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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

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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  


“Clusters and Knowledge Management towards Europe 2020” Conference Conclusions

The conference, organized in partnership with the Ministry of Economy, Institute for Economic Forecasting, Association of Clusters in Romania and the Association for Promotion of Knowledge Economy, was held in Iasi and benefited of the contribution of 29 lecturers and attendance of over 180 participants. Conclusions drawn: 1. More concentration of regional investments for innovation towards projects generators of added-value, was the recommendation of Claus Schultze, policy analyst at DG Regio, European Commission. The operational programmes should include a smaller number of priorities but with more inter-sectorial connections (improved connectivity with other operational programmes), synergy with other funding programmes (Danube 2020, Horizon 2020 and COSME). The European Commission expects that the investments carried out for rehabilitation of cultural-historic heritage buildings to be subsidized by ERDF only if it is clearly demonstrated that they are integrated/correlated in/with projects intended to support obtaining the added-value; clusters should develop projects that address specific markets and not specific eligibility conditions of the calls for proposals.   2. More focus of clusters support structures on developing and professionalizing the services provided to the members was suggested by Thomas Lammer-Gamp, Director of European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA). The cluster management organizations should be mandated with responsibilities, working teams and action plans for providing the following types of services: training, assistance on accessing funding, internationalization and inter-clustering cooperation. The financing programmes should be oriented mainly on supporting the cluster members and not the cluster association. 3. The National Strategy for Development of Research-Innovation sector through Smart Specialization was brought to its final version stated Mr. Adrian Curaj, director general of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI). The vision of this strategy is bringing the companies to the forefront as important pillars for innovation. UEFISCDI shall issue on annual basis the maps of knowledge for Romania. These maps will include regional data that will allow real-time monitoring of smart specialization levels. UEFSCDI will launch in October 2014 an intelligence-radar system purposed for obtaining the needed information concerning the evolution trends of smart specialization sectors in Romania (the first envisaged sector will be bio-economy). 4. Danube 2020 Programme will be ready in October 2014 – announced Mrs. Andreea Pena, coordinator of the National Contact Point. As a novelty, from now on this programme will not be accessed solely by public utility entities but also by SMEs.  The 15% flexibility rule will be maintained for making possible attraction in the projects of traditional partners from Italy, Greece, etc. – member states of the former SEE programme. It is expected that the projects will mainly focus on interregional learning through demonstrative actions of immediate effect. 5. ClusterPoliSEE has presented the main results proposed for capitalization in the 12 countries and 24 partners of the project: a. A customized training program for cluster smart specialization, b. e-learning platform (, opened now not only to partners but also to clusters and their members through its Market Place and Meeting Point sections – created at the North-East RDA’s initiative; c. development of transnational cooperation on 7 thematic areas: research-innovation, sustainability, smart specialization, funding, cooperation and networking, new skills and jobs, inter-sectorial cooperation), implementation of 6 pilot actions out of which one in the North-East Region (development of the evaluation methodology of the regional cluster’s value chain, analysis of value chain and organization of first cluster-to-business and cluster-to-cluster – type meetings) d. ClusterPoliSEE project will be promoted in Brussels during Open Days 2014 in the framework of two events organized by Marche Region Italy – Department MA ERDF and ESF hosted on October 8, 2014 in the premises of the Committee of the Regions:  Public debate – Development of innovation through inter-cluster cooperation strategies and smart specialization policies and the Networking Session -  Supporting cluster policy learning in the European regions by encouraging transnational synergies, exchange of best practices  and strengthening inter-sector cooperation.  6. Clusters Danish Academy of the University of Southern Denmark – provides training courses for cluster managers and their support organization. The directorul of RegX – Mrs. Lotte Lagkilde, member of the management board of TCI Network (the largest network of cooperation of organizations and experts in the field of clusters) showed her wide openness and availability for cooperation through projects dedicated to development of competences for supporting the clusters. 7. Corallia Clusters Initiative from Greece is available to cooperate with clusters in Romania active in the field of IT&C and creative industries. 8. Mr. Ragnar Siil, member of the EU’s Expert for Creative and Cultural Industries, former state secretary in the Estonian Ministry of Arts, has the needed knowledge for creation, development and promotion of creative and cultural industries supporting policies, methods of capitalization of economic results of these industries. 9. The clusters from the Lower Austria expressed – through Mrs. Lucia Seel - their availability to cooperation in the fields of plastics, wood and public lightening. 10. The Smart Specialization Platform Seville will launch in October the “Stairways to excellence” Programme. Dedicated to the member states that accessed EU after 2004, this programme will focus on providing assistance services for filing in the gaps of the regional/national innovation system and will fund actions intended for stimulation of effective implementation of national and regional smart specialization strategies. 11. Entreprise Rhône-Alpes International (ERAI, France) is available for projects focused on clusters internationalization. 12. Historical moment – the first meeting of the clusters in the North-East Region. With the support of the North-East RDA, on 23rd September 2014 in Iasi there was a meeting of the management organizations and the members of the following clusters: Astrico Nord-Est, Imago-Mol Medical Imaging Cluster, Iconic New Media, Ind-Agro-Pol and BioROne. The purpose of this meeting was to facilitate the exchange of contacts and identification of priority fields of interest. The following initiatives and proposals were recorded: a. Ind-Agro-Pol Competitiveness Pole is looking for support for creation of an agri-food cluster in the North-East Region starting from the availability expressed by the 4 companies already members of the competitiveness pole and of SC Mecanica Ceahlau Piatra Neamt. The initiative is going to be facilitated by the North-East RDA which will contact the coordinator of Transagropolis Iasi, as well as Sc TCE 3 Brazi Neamt. The fields of interest for inter-clusters cooperation will be agricultural machinery, intelligent textiles, precision farming (satellite farming or site specific crop management) and renewable energies. b. Iconic new Media Cluster – is looking for support for carrying out an alliance with Euronest ITC Hub Cluster; there were discussions already initiated for attracting new members (Regiconia International and Access Project Investments). There is interest shown for joint projects focused on researching and development of domestic IT&C solutions (availability for funding), internet solutions for goods, e-radar, precision farming and design. c. All clusters present at the conference are willing to organize a seminar dedicated to presenting the funding opportunities available for cluster during 2014-2020 programming period. d. Astrico Nord-Est Cluster and Ind-Agro-Pol Competitiveness Pole want to develop and promote a project intended for carrying out a very detailed market survey for smart specialization fields of the North-East Region. e. The Cluster Consortium of the Center Region of Romania proposed initiation of discussions with the clusters in the North-East Region in the view of creating a similar regional consortium and joining it to the existing consortiums in West and South-East Regions for promotion of mutual-interest projects under Danube 2020 Programme on smart specialization agrofood, tourism, renewable energies. f. Romanian Textile Concept proposed grouping into a sectorial consortium of all textile clusters in Romania.


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