eNewsletter december 2014

eNewsletter Dezember 5


ClusterPoliSEE Project Final Conference

Dear Madam/Sir,   we would like to kindly invite you to the final conference of the ClusterPoliSEE project that will take place in Venice (Italy) on the 26th of November 2014.   ClusterPoliSEE Project Final Conference “Boosting clusters policies and policy learning mechanisms in Europe” Venice, 26 November 2014 (09:30 – 14:30) Conference Venue: Palazzo Franchetti, San Marco 2487   ClusterPoliSEE main objective is to enhance the capacity of regional policy makers to confront, prevent and anticipate change, developing smart specialization strategies for cluster improvement, thus accelerating differentiation and structural change towards a knowledge-based economy. 25 partners covering 12 different South East Europe countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Albania, Moldavia and Serbia) has cooperate to develop smarter cluster policies supporting territorial cohesion, R&D and open innovation systems, encouraging transnational cluster cooperation between strong performing regions and weak performing regions, both represented, directing and adapting existing and future policies to international challenges. The theme of the conference is “Boosting clusters policies and policy learning mechanisms in Europe". It represents the main occasion to disseminate projects results, arising from constant and mutual exchange of knowledge and discussion on transnational policies and instruments supporting clusters and will give to audience the opportunity to discuss, with representatives of European, national and regional institutions, the future of clusters policies in the light of the new programming period 2014-2020. In order to subscribe and download the agenda of the conference, please use the link below: We would be more than happy to welcome you in Venice!   Best regards, Antonio Bonaldo Veneto Region Research and Innovation Dept. Fondamenta S. Lucia, Cannaregio 23 - 30121 Venezia Tel. 041/2794267 - 041/2794268 - Fax 041/2795801   _____________________________________________________________________________________ Gentile Signore/Signora,   con la presente sono lieto di invitarLa a partecipare alla Conferenza Finale del progetto strategico ClusterPoliSEE, che si terrà a Venezia il prossimo 26 Novembre 2014.   Progetto ClusterPoliSEE Conferenza Finale “Boosting clusters policies and policy learning mechanisms in Europe” Venezia, 26 Novembre 2014 (09:30 – 14:30) Sede dell’evento: Palazzo Franchetti, San Marco 2487   Obiettivo principale del progetto ClusterPoliSEE è quello di rafforzare le capacità dei policy maker regionali al fine di affrontare, prevenire e anticipare i cambiamenti, attraverso lo sviluppo di strategie di specializzazione intelligente per il miglioramento del cluster, accelerando in questo modo il cambiamento verso un'economia basata sulla conoscenza. 25 partner appartenenti a 12 diversi paesi del Sud-Est Europa (Austria, Bulgaria, Croazia, Grecia, Ungheria, Italia, Romania, Slovenia, Slovacchia, Albania, Moldavia e Serbia) hanno collaborato per lo sviluppo di politiche più intelligenti a sostegno dei cluster, della coesione sociale, degli investimenti in R&S e dei sistemi di open innovation, incoraggiando la cooperazione transnazionale tra regioni più e meno competitive, entrambe rappresentate, adeguando ed indirizzando le politiche esistenti e quelle future al livello delle sfide internazionali. Il tema della conferenza è "Promuovere politiche a favore dei cluster e meccanismi di apprendimento in Europa". Durante la conferenza saranno presentati i principali risultati del progetto, frutto di un costante e mutuo scambio di conoscenze e confronto a livello transnazionale circa le politiche e gli strumenti a supporto dei cluster e sarà anche l’occasione per discutere insieme a rappresentanti di istituzioni europee, nazionali e regionali, il futuro delle politiche di sviluppo dei cluster alla luce del nuovo periodo di programmazione 2014-2020. Per la registrazione all’evento e scaricare il programma, collegarsi alla seguente pagina web: Nella speranza possa prender parte all’evento, si inviano distinti saluti.   Antonio Bonaldo Direttore Sezione Ricerca e Innovazione Regione del Veneto Fondamenta S. Lucia, Cannaregio 23 - 30121 Venezia   Tel. 041/2794267 - 041/2794268 - Fax 041/2795801    


Join the „Bridging the Regions in Europe” Conference

Worldwide, the proportion of people aged 60 and over is growing faster than any other age group: this demographic change represents. Innovative, IT-supported solutions were sought for within the SEE_Innova partnership in order to find solution for a sensitive problem: keeping elderly people in their homes as long as possible and support their active ambient living with new technological tools. What has been reached? Come and find out at the two-day conference in Budapest. But this is not all! The second day will be dedicated to clusters. „Bridging the Regions in Europe” is the title of the event to show the central role of Hungary between Eastern and Western parts of Europe. Clusters have their important role in this process. We will talk about the trends in cluster development and also present the newest achievements. Come and meet the partners and know the results. Let’s talk to the experts and to each other first of all! Date: 11th November 2014, 9.00 – 16.00 and 12th November 2014, 9.00 – 14.30 Venue: National Innovation Office H-1061 Budapest, Andrássy u. 12.   You can find the agenda here attached. The conference is free of charge but registration is needed before the 7th November 2014. Registration is open. For more information click here.


European Open Days 2014 – Bruxelles 6-9 October

Cluster PoliSEE and Clustrat Strategic Projects,  will jointly organize the thematic debate “Boosting innovation through interclustering strategies and smart specialisation policies” during the next edition of European Open Days. The debate would feed into the discussion on future European cohesion policy, exchanging ideas with regional, national and EU decision-makers and experts on the main achievements of ClusterPoliSEE and CluStrat strategic projects.  The main objective is to showcase the results of developed policy learning mechanisms, new cluster concepts and related policy recommendations, inspiring debate on good regional, national and transnational governance, including IPA (Croatia, Serbia, Albania) and ENPI (Moldova, Ukraine) countries.  The contribution towards creating growth and jobs by smart regional policies and the respective potentials of Emerging Industries and Key-enabling Technologies with a territorial impact would be discussed in the light of ClusterPoliSEE and CluStrat findings. This workshop is followed by a networking session, that will provide participants the opportunity to meet with delegates and representatives with similar topical interest, to expose views and engage in constructive dialogue in the context of the cluster development. The debate will take place on Wednesday, 08 October, from 09:00 until 10:45, at the Committee of the Regions (Van Maerlant Building, Room 1). A networking session will follow from 10:45 until 12:30 in Foyer 6, JDE building (Open Days Secretariat will assist the participants to move from the debate room to the networking station). For participating to the debate online registration is necessary. Registration page: Debate code:  08C04


E-Newsletter October 2014

E-Newsletter October 2014


Cooperating clusters

The third V4Clusters project matchmaking event took place in Gliwice organized by the Polish Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship Promotion Co. More than 40 people attended at the event. On behalf of the V4C project Visegrad Fund the following organizations participated: National Cluster Association; the Czech Knowledge Cluster; Pannon Business Network Association; Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship Promotion Co.; Slovak Union of Clusters. The event was aimed to present the profile of clusters selected by the project partners. IT cluster was selected from Poland, machine industry cluster from the Czech Republic, wooden furniture industry cluster from Hungary and the automotive cluster from Slovakia. The clusters had the opportunity to get to know each other and develop joint projects in the 2014-2020 period. The participants are included the following clusters: the Silesian Automotive Cluster, the Jurassic Tourism cluster, sustainable infrastructure cluster, the social economy cluster from Poland, the Automotive Cluster, the MediVite health cluster from Slovakia, Professzio and the wood and furniture industry cluster from Hungary; the Mechatronics engineering cluster from the Czech Republic. The project partners signed the declaration in which the cluster partners support their member organizations partici pating in the SEBSEAM EU project, which supports EU entrepreneurs in South East Asia markets.  


Pannon Business Network joined to Danube Transfer Center Network

In line with the development of a long-time cooperation, in accordance with the mutual interests of partners in developing the valuable idea of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centres – Danube Transfer Centres (DTC) in the Danube Area, and to play actively in the strategy related to the development of a technology transfer competence network, Pannon Business Network Association joined to DTC Network. The German federal state of Baden-Württemberg is one of the most innovative regions, not only in the EU but also worldwide. Willing to pass on the experience and knowledge of many years of successful economic development to other countries and convinced of the economic potential of the Danube Region, Baden-Württemberg seeks to improve and support the economic collaboration within the EUSDR (EU Strategy for the Danube Region) area. The main objective of the project consisted in the implementation of pilots Danube Innovation and Technology Transfer Centers (DTC-Danube Transfer Center). The DTCs pilots are organised as “one-stop-shops”, mainly for SMEs with one common approach and strategy. DTC can be located e.g. at universities or other organisations which are active in applied research. First Danube Transfer Centers are located in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Bratislava, Nitra (Slovakia) and Novi Sad (Serbia). Setting-up Danube Transfer Centers was a pilot project of Priority Area 8 within EUSDR. Financial support was given by the Ministry of State of Baden-Württemberg. The project was implemented by Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, Stuttgart, represented in this pilot project by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum and Steinbeis-Donau-Zentrum. In line with the development of a long-time cooperation, in accordance with our mutual interests in developing this valuable idea of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centres – Danube Transfer Centres (DTC) in the Danube Area, and to play actively in the strategy related to the development of a technology transfer competence network. Specific aims of DTC Network: - Supporting to find local and regional financial solution to facilitate the opening and the implementation of the Danube Transfer Centres. - Improve regional and international cooperation in Innovation and Technology Transfer and promoting networking in order to create a bridge between research, innovation and business - Improve the access to the knowledge, expertise and markets in the region and promote technology transfer and innovation projects using concrete actions - Strengthening of the cooperation and knowledge transfer between public research and industry and identifying opportunities and bottlenecks in the different sectors                 


START ‐ Danube Region Project Fund

What is START? The realisation of projects and initiatives is essential for the success of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). START – Danube Region Project Fund is a new pilot initiative of the EUSDR and provides Seed Money for the development and implementation of Danube Region projects. Seed Money means that beneficiaries receive an early pre‐financing in order to cover the project expenses from the beginning. This helps especially small organisations with limited resources to START their projects. START is coordinated by PAC 10 (Priority Area Coordination 10 of the EUSDR) of the City of Vienna, with the involvement of all Priority Areas. EuroVienna ensures the operational implementation of the Facility. The total allocation to START amounts to € 900.000. 95% of the START budget is financed by the European Commission, 5% by the City of Vienna. The START initiative is running until the end of 2016, 2 calls for project proposals are foreseen. What kinds of projects are supported? ---> Projects located in the entire Danube Region: - EU Member States: Germany (Baden‐Württemberg and Bavaria), Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia; - EU Accession Countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro and - Non‐EU Countries: Moldova and Ukraine. ---> In principle, projects must involve at least two partners from two EUSDR countries. ---> Eligible applicants are public or private organisations with legal personality (no individuals). START is especially designed for small institutions, non‐governmental and civil society organisations. ---> Projects which address topic(s) from at least one of the Priority Areas (PA) of the EUSDR: ---> Projects must be of public interest and have a macro‐regional impact. ---> Project duration: 6 months to one year. ---> START is designed to support two different types of projects: ---> For both types of projects (A and B), START funding can be used to carry out following activities: How much funding is available? START EU grants can range from € 10.000 to € 40.000 per project. In addition, project partners must co‐finance at least 10% of the total project costs, from their own resources or other (non‐EU) sources. As START is a Seed Money, 50% pre‐financing is paid after project selection, to provide sufficient cash‐flow. A second pre‐financing (up to 25%) can be paid after validation of the interim report, halfway through the project duration. The payment of the balance is done after validation of the final report and expenses declared. How to apply? Applicants have to complete the START application form, which will be online on the PA 10 homepage from 18th of July until 17th of September. The completed applications have to be submitted through an online application tool, which will be opened from 15th to 17th of September, 24:00 CET. The link to the online application tool can be found on the 1st page of the application form. Please read carefully the document “Guidelines for applicants” before completing the application. Applications submitted directly to the Implementing Body (EuroVienna or PAC 10) e.g. via E‐Mail will not be adressed. Contact If you have any general questions on START, please contact EuroVienna or PAC 10:   Kurt Puchinger | PAC10 Vienna +43 1 89 08 088 2201 kurt.puchinger@pa10‐     Elise Lindner | EuroVienna +43 1 89 08 088 2907     Gudrun Pabst | EuroVienna +43 1 89 08 088 2904   More information www.danube‐


International Clusters Conference in Romania, 22-23 September 2014

North-East Regional Development Agency, as organizer, together with the Ministry of Economy, National Institute for Economic Forecast, Economy for Knowledge Association and the National Association of Clusters in Romania, as partners, have the pleasure to invite you at the International Conference – Clusters and the management of knowledge towards Europe 2020, event that will take place during 22nd and 23rd of September 2014, in the Unirea Conference Center Iași. Together with our speakers we will look for answers for the following questions: - How can clusters become more competitive to contribute to the industrial revolution in their regions and in Europe? - Can the new European financing programs like Danube 2020, INTERREG 2020 or operational programs cover the entire shelf with cluster development topics? - How can be capitalized the results of cluster transnational projects to ensure enough developed and attractive cooperation framework for European clusters? - Do we still need clusters that emerge? - Are clusters’ managers ready to implement standards for quality certification? This event intends to bring together European cluster policy makers, public authorities, cluster management organizations and their members, companies, universities, research entities to provide qualitative and pragmatism to our event, being scheduled among others 4 workshops, 1 national exhibition and 2 brokerage events. Organised with the support of ClusterPoliSEE European Strategic project, the conference will provide the opportunity to present and promote the results achieved by the 25 partners in the field of analysis and evaluation of cluster policies, mutual learning and smart specialization. Access at the conference is free on the basis of a subscription formulary. For details and subscription go to


The world first tourism cluster dedicated to youth was launched in Romania

The world first tourism cluster dedicated to youth was launched on 11 of September 2014 at Bucharest, within the conference “Youngsters meet tourism, clusters and innovation” organized by the Department for Small and Medium Enterprises, Business and Tourism in Romania. The launch of tourism cluster dedicated to youth took place in presence of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai, officials of the Romanian Government, representatives of central and local public authorities.     “I have supported the establishment of the cluster since six months ago when the minister said about his idea. Why? Because you have all the premises to succeed. Romania is the future of tourism in Europe, is a country that promises, has authenticity and dynamism, all at the same time.” said Taleb Rifai, WTO Secretary General. “I support public private partnership and I see within this cluster an example of partnership which must have as priority to attract financing for start-ups in the field, because if we want a dynamic in tourism, we need SMEs. I believe that this initiative will be the start for establishment of similar clusters in Europe and why not, a model of good practice in the world." said Florin Nicolae Jianu Minister for SMEs, business and tourism. “The role of this tourism cluster dedicated to youth is to gather at the same table state institutions, private companies and international organizations that have a common interest in promoting youth tourism in Romania. I am excited and glad to launch this cluster and hope to be successful. It is true that young people spend less on a trip, but they are traveling more often and in larger groups and their messages spread on social networks abroad can bring more free promotion to Romania, so youth tourism is a niche that our country needs to capitalize more, as proposed in the Master Plan of the WTO to promote Romania. “ said Razvan Pascu, founder of the tourism cluster dedicated to youth.   For further details you can visit the Department for Small and medium enterprises, Business and Tourism in Romania web page at