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Joint Romanian-Hungarian Cluster Conference 2018

As the first European cluster event kicking off the “European Cluster Weeks” initiative, the 3 days conference co-organised by the Hungarian Ministry of Finance and the Romanian Cluster Association (CLUSTERO) and supported by the INTERREG Europe CLUSTERIX2.0 project invites cluster experts and practitioners to a lively debate on relevant topics such as sustainable business models, cluster support tools, the role of universities, of the Y generation and of the start-ups. A special focus will be put on innovative SMEs with dedicated sessions and a B2B/C2C matchmaking event.

The rationale behind the joint conference is to bridge the cluster success stories of two neighbouring Eastern European countries which have followed different paths towards reaching the same result - the establishment of a competitive and sustainable cluster landscape – that now needs to be scaled up within the wider European perspective.

In striving for a world class cluster status, both countries benefited a lot form the European interregional learning processes enabled by the INTERREG Europe CLUSTERIX2.0; both the Hungarian well established national cluster programme with its well-operating financing, evaluation and accreditation system and the ambitious Romanian industrial clusters programme with its organisations climbing the stairs of excellence in a bottom up approach, adopted and adapted innovative cluster management instruments or smart cluster policy approaches from other European partner regions in Sweden, Denmark, Flanders, France, Italy, the Czech Republic and Austria. The findings and results of three years of successful interregional cooperation will be presented, debated and capitalised upon alongside other Danubian or European initiatives (Danubiovalnet, CLUSTERS3, STRING etc.) and embedded into the INTERREG Policy Learning Platform.

In addition to the high scientific and informative character, the conference will also have a strong practical side, facilitating bilateral business meetings between participating national and international companies and clusters via the brokerage event session conducted with the support of Enterprise Europe Network.

Join us for clustering, intercultural sharing and innovation spirit!

Details about registration, programme, participation to the brokerage event, promotion opportunities and logistics are to be found here.

In the attachment you can also find the invitation to the event.








Bianca Muntean, cluster manager iTech Transilvania Cluster by ARIES T about the  JOINT ROMANIAN – HUNGARIAN INTERNATIONAL CLUSTER CONFERENCE 2018:

We had the honour to be a part of the Joint Romanian - Hungarian International Cluster Conference at the end of November and the opportunity at the same time to bridge the cluster success stories of 2 neighbouring Eastern European countries which have followed different ways in reaching the same result- the establishment of a competitive and sustainable cluster landscape – in order to scale it up on the wider European perspective.



David Fernández Terreros, Clusters Coordination and Research Unit, SPRI - Basque Country Business Development Agency about the JOINT ROMANIAN – HUNGARIAN INTERNATIONAL CLUSTER CONFERENCE 2018:

It was a great pleasure and honour to speak at the Joint Romanian – Hungarian Cluster Conference 2018 and to share with an engaged audience the Basque experience on cluster development, convergence and integration, a hot topic across Europe.

Brilliantly organized by the Hungarian Min. of Finance, @Peter Keller, and the Romanian Cluster Association, Daniel Cosnita, it featured lively panels on topics such as cluster models, their contribution to regional development, the role of universities, traditional clusters’ potential or digitalisation; moderated by Gál Körmendy, IKOSZ; Lucia Seel, cluster expert; Simone Hagenauer, Ecoplus; Vuillermoz Patrick, PLASTIPOLIS; Christoph Matthias Reiss-Schmidt, Business Upper Austria; Marius V. Niculae, DTP; Zoltan Bendo, Tenderix and Gabriela Pirvu, Romanian Min. of Economy. Annalisa Tessarolo, DG Grow, outlined the EU cluster strategy.

We discussed with, among others, Prof. Paul Svasta, the crucial challenge of solving the talent gap in the manufacturing industry, allegedly a common European concern and a threat to industrial modernisation. Could this be a target for a joint action in the framework of European cluster policy?

David Fernandez Terreros

My sincere appreciation to the Government of Hungary for its kind invitation to participate in this Cluster conference.

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