DK – Southern Serbia Bridge

In the framework of the programme “The Race for the Entrepreneurial Southern Serbia”, the Cluster House Nis in partnership with the Epus-Activator Cluster and the Higher Business School in Leskovcu, is organizing meetings between the Danish Embassy and businesses in Niš and Leskovac.
The hosts of the Round Tables on “Cooperation between Denmark and Southern Serbia” are the Nisava Administrative District and the Leskovac City Mayor Office.
The aim is to find distributional channels and market for the Southen Serbian companies in Denmark and attract Danish investors to the Southern Serbia.
The participants at the round tables will be cluster actors: representatives from public, business and academia.
After succesful implementation of two largest Danish programs in the Southern Serbia: LEDIB and F&B, the new mechanism for DK-RS collaboration is focused on exporters and investors.
During the visit to Leskovac, H.E. Danish Ambassador will open at the Higher Business School premises the “Training Centar for Youth Entrepreneurship and Clusters”, a subject of the Cluster House donation to thr School as an activity of the programe “The Race for Entrepreneurial Southern Serbia”.
This matchmaking evet is oprn only for the Cluster House members and stakeholders.


FRANCE CLUSTERS support the BBS ClusNet


The SMART Balkan Cluster Policy Declaration is promoted in the France
Clusters Newsletter with over 20.000 readers, with the aim to support
cooperation between clusters of respective cluster networks in France
and in the Balkan and Black Sea Region within the BBS ClusNet lead by
the Cluster House.


International Cluster Info n°132 – November.eml

The CLUSTER HOUSE BBS ClusNet in the TCI Board of Directors


The Cluster House, an initiation and a coordinator of the Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network (hereinafter BBS ClusNet) is an organizational member of the Global TCI Network – Institute for competitiveness, innovation and clusters based in Barcelona. One of the TCI Board of Directors members is Docent Dr. Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House Nis-Serbia and a manager of the BBS ClusNet. She is elected on the TCI General Assembly meeting in Monterrey, Mexico in 2014 and re-elected on the 20th Annual TCI Conference in Bogota, Colombia in November this year.


Docent Dr. Milojkovic is responsible for the cluster-based economic development in the SE Europe. Her main tasks as a member of the board are following:

  • Take the lead in specific areas of interest (i.e. research and development of new tools and services for members), regional initiatives with special focus on the SEE region, working groups (i.e. cluster evaluation group)
  • Take active part in the organization of the TCI conferences as part of the Organizing / Steering Committee
  • Represent TCI in the different activities and events where TCI participates during the year: Global Conference, Regional Conferences, other TCI conferences
  • Committed to the objectives of the association and actively strive to achieve those and active participation on the Board meetings.
  • Advocacy for socially balanced economic development and employment creation in the SEE region.
  • Enabling business environment for SME development based on collaboration between public sector, academia, financial organizations, media and business community.
  • Establishment of the public-private dialogue for advocating for the needs of SMEs.
  • Exchange of knowledge and experiences in the cluster based economic development in developed countries, countries in transition and developing countries.

Main activities are:

  • B2B/C2C matchmaking, Membership recruitment.
  • Development of the TCI Regional conference in the SEE, a powerful tool for advocating for cluster-based economic development in the region
  • Development of the European TCI cluster conference in Bulgaria in March 2018, a tool for cross-regional networking, promotion and development

RESTART Balkan CLUSTER Development

After 5 long years lack of cluster development in the Balkans, the new optimistic time with the ECCP Greece Cluster Matchmaking event comes for the Balkan clusters.

The Cluster House, an exit strategy of the Danish LEDIB Program 2007-2012 and its self-supported tool the BBS ClusNet (2012) with over 170 clusters in the region, have been recognized by the EC as a potential strategic partner in the region.



50 clusters from the Cluster House BBS ClusNet  and the Mediterranean Region were attended the ECCP Greece Cluster Matchmaking event in Thessaloniki from 13-14 September 2017 cluster network, supported by the Unit of Clusters / EC DG Growth.

Synergy of the ECCP, the Cluster House BBS ClusNet and the EEN on the ECCP Greece Cluster Event preparation heavily contribute to the cluster-based Balkan Region EU integration.



The Balkan Mediterranean Clusters Family was together in Greece with the aim to discuss strategic solutions for RESTART the Balkan CLUSTER development. The Balkan clusters need systemic, long term and bottom up support from the EC. The Balkan cluster intermediary organizations (National clusters associations, cluster management organisations, consulting clusters, etc) and clusters are one of powerful drivers for sustainable economic development in the region and in the same time tools which could boost the Balkans to open its sleepy eyes and successfully integrate with the rest part of Europe.

The next Balkan cluster family gathering will be in Bucharest, 22-23 November 2017 and in Sofia in March 2018.





The Custer House is a partner institution for the Balkan and Black Sea Region of the ECCP Matchmaking Mission in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Cluster House BBS ClusNet members –cluster in the field of cultural and creative industries, the circular economy, mobility, smart city, agrotech and automotive are invited to register their participation on the 10th matchmaking mission in Thessaloniki, Greece, until 28th of July, getting an opportunity to be selected for refunding participation costs up to 800 EUR per cluster according to EU procedures.

The 10th ECCP cluster matchmaking mission in Thessaloniki, Greece, taking place in the context of the Thessaloniki International Fair, will be held between the 13-14th of September, gathering many clusters from the south east of Europe and officials of the European Commission with an opportunity to discuss S3 implementation and cluster policy in the Balkans.

During this event, you will have the possibility to:

  • Meet other clusters from all over Europe active in the focus sectors during a cluster matchmaking event;
  • Take part in thematic workshops (TBD)
  • Visit the 82nd edition of the Thessaloniki International Fair, with booths specialized in creative industries, agro economy, tourism, etc.

If you are interested in taking part in this mission, please read the call for expression of interest and send your application with the filled questionnaire electronically to Dr Danka Milojkovic (, Morgane Veillet Lavallée ( and Marc Pattinson (

Referring to membership in the BBS ClusNet, the deadline for submitting your application is the 28th of July 2017 at Midnight CET.

For more information on the mission and how to participate, click here.



The project is co-financed by the Development Agency of Serbia and GIZ, with the local coordination of the Cluster House from Nis with partners from Leskovac, Pirot and Vranje. Project duration: July – December 2017.

Project activities are tasked to contribute to the promotion of economic development and to affect the problems of unemployment of young women in underdeveloped municipalities in the South of Serbia through support to self-employment in the services and tourism sector.



for the LEDIB Programme beneficiaries, stakeholders, business and academia  & Cluster House members


The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia & the Cluster House Nis

Supported by Faculty of Economics Nis & YUMIS company Nis


Time Topic
10:30 – 11:00 For guests with special invitation

Round Table discussion about the LEDIB Programme impact on the SMEs development in Southern Serbia, and business development enhancement through cooperation between science and practice supported by public sector. Address: Niš, 52 Generala Milojka Lešjanina Str.

Registration of participants

11:00 – 11:30 Round Table opening and welcome address

·  N.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia

·  Mr. Carsten Lund, President of  The LEDIB Cluster House Union Assembly

·  Dr. Danka Milojković, Director of The Cluster House Nis and the Global TCI BofD

11:30 – 12:30 Plenary session

·        Discussion on the impact of the LEDIB Programme in Southern Serbia and local economic development after LEDIB completion

·        Cluster House role in the region as an exit strategy of the LEDIB Programme and possibilities of its further development and growth supported by the local and regional partners in order to enhance economic development and generate new jobs

·        Discussion with business people about current obstacles to boost development and to expand business activities in Southern Serbia

·        Round Table closing remarks

Moderation: Cluster House Team


13:00 – 14:30 For guests with a special invitation

Working lunch at the ethno restaurant, a member of the Cluster House

15:00 – 16:00 For guests with a special invitation

Visit to YUMIS company, a member of the Cluster House


16:30 – 17:30 Lecture on  State of green – the Danish way

at the University of Nis Faculty of Economics

Trg Kralja Aleksandra Ujedinitelja, Niš

N.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen

Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia

The official language of the Cluster Day in Nis is Serbian language.

The event will be followed by national, regional and local media.

For additional information please contact the Cluster House Info Center via:

e-mail  or mobile phone +381 65- 52 07 121

Looking forward to fruitful discussion to move a step forward cluster-based economic development in Southern Serbia.


The Catalan Cluster of Agricultural Production Means (FEMAC) in collaboration with The PIC consortium, QUALIMEDITERRANEE , VEGEPOLYS and TERRALIA organise the 7th  edition of the PIC meeting, the most important event in the plant production industry organized annually in Europe, which will be held in Lleida (Spain) on the 27th  and the 28th of September 2017. This event is addressed to SMEs, Research Centers, Farmers, agricultural companies, agro professionals, Universities, Start Ups, and clusters from all over the world.

The first day of the event will be focused on a general view of the European Programs on Agriculture, farm and Plant Innovation and it will hold three different workshops which each participant will be able to choose in accordance to their interests. These workshops will deal with the Crop Management approach, the Digitization of the Agri-food sector and the Innovative Technology for Genetics and Breeding. The second day will be build around B2B sessions among the participants to foster future strategic cooperations and around the parallel visits to IRTA, the Agricultural Research Institute in Catalonia, and to the Vineyard Production Plantation in Raimat (Lleida), which will be hosted by AGROPIXEL, a crop management consultancy.

The Pic meeting has already celebrated 6 editions since 2011 in different French cities such as Paris, Marseille, Angers and Montpelier and countries like Portugal and Argentine, all of them with the same topic and structure. Previous editions have been driven by the main aim to develop international cooperation, both in terms of international discovery missions for its members and the setting up of European projects, always positioning the event in the plant sector. Under this objective, the Inter Plant Cluster Consortium focuses its innovations in the following crops: cereals, seeds, fruit and vegetables, ornamental horticulture, vineyards, tropical plants, medicinal and aromatic.

For further details:


Elisabeth Molina

Telf. 00 34 973 224 921



Facebook: Pic Meeting 2017:


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Cluster House at the INSME Annual Meeting in Mexico

On behalf of the Cluster House Dr. Danka Milojkovic participated in the call for papers for the XIII
INSME Annual Meeting on “IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY IN SMEs AND THEIR ROLE IN GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS”. Since the paper on the topic „The transnational cluster collaboration platforms as a powerful tool for encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises to access to the global market” has been positively evaluated, the Cluster House Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network will be presented on this world-wide SME development event within the INSME Annual Meeting in Puerto Vallarta, State of Jalisco, Mexico, in May 15-17, 2017.

1. Abstract INSME 2017_Dr. Danka Milojkovic.pdf

2. Milojkovic_Invitation Speaker_13th INSME Annual Meeting.pdf

3. 13th INSME AM Draft 13.04.17.pdf


In the framework of the centenary of diplomatic relations DK-RS , the SERBIAN CLUSTER DAY will be organized at the Cluster House in Nis, in May 11, 2017.

Serbian Cluster Day consists of three events:

  • the cluster-based round table on SME development in South Serbia
  • visit to YUMIS company, a members of the Cluster House Food Processing Cluster Initiative and
  • lecture on State of green – the Danish way given by H.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia at the University of Nis Faculty of Economics.

Welcome to Nis – city of clusters in the Balkan and Black Sea Region!

Welcome to Cluster House to jointly celebrate the BBS ClusNet holiday!

 1. Pozivnica DAN KLASTERA Nis-Invitation letter CLUSTER DAY NIS_11.5.2017

2. Agenda_CLUSTER DAY in Nis_11.5.2017