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Working Group Clusters & Regional Development (WG of PA8 within EUSDR)

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General Information
Programme: 
2014-2020 INTERREG VB Danube
Project duration: 
Sunday, 1 January, 2017 to Tuesday, 31 December, 2019
Total budget: 
€352.862.400
EU Contribution: 
€52.929.360
Partnership Composition: 
Organisation nameFunctionCountryWebsite linkECCP linkIs Cluster Organisation ?
Croatian Wood Cluster
Coordinator
Croatia
Yes
VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Coordinator
Germany
No
IND-AGRO-POL
Partner
Romania
Yes
ABC
Partner
Bulgaria
Yes
National Cluster Association-CZ
Partner
Czech Republic
Yes
Ministry of Finance Hungary
Partner
Hungary
No
Clustero
Partner
Romania
Yes

The main objective of the WG Clusters and Regional Development is to foster the development of clusters and their collaboration on the national, international, regional, and cross-sectoral level. Background: The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the European Commission in December 2010. The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission, together with the Danube Region countries and stakeholders, in order to address common challenges together. The Strategy seeks to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube Region. The Danube Region Strategy addresses a wide range of issues; these are divided among 4 pillars and 12 priority areas.

Priority Area 8 aims to support the competitiveness of enterprises. The main Actions of the PA 8 are: • To foster cooperation and exchange of knowledge between SMEs, academia and the public sector in areas of competence in the Danube Region. • To improve business support to strengthen the capacities of SMEs for cooperation and trade. • To support enterprises through high performing training and qualification schemes. • To prioritize the effective implementation of measures provided for under the Small Business Act for Europe. • To improve the competitiveness of rural areas and in particular of the agricultural sector • To eliminate cross border barriers and bottlenecks to people and business • To improve framework conditions for SMEs in areas where competitive infrastructure is missing.

Given the complexity of the tasks of the Priority Area 8, it is imperative to set up Working Groups. The Priority Area Coordinators together with the Steering Group established five thematic Working Groups, which are as follows: WG - Innovation and Technology Transfer WG - Artificial Intelligence WG - Clusters and Regional Development WG - Digital Danube WG - Female Entrepreneurship.