News and Announcements

Joint Steering Group Meeting of PA 8 and 7 and on 9th December 2015 and 10th Steering Group Meeting of PA 8 on 10th December 2015 in Budapest, Hungary

Posted by Member 132bf50, Tuesday, 22nd December 2015 @ 1:58pm

  • A joint Steering Group meeting of Priority Area 8 "Competitiveness of Enterprises and Cluster Development" and Priority Area 7 "Knowledge Society" and Danube was held on 9th December 2015 in the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest. 

    The meeting gathered participants from 12 EUSDR countries, including members from Austria, Baden-Württemberg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Moldova as well as the European Commission (COM) - DG Regio and DG JRC Seville - the Danube Strategy Point (DSP) and representatives of the Joint Secretariat of the Danube Transnational Programme.

    The aim of the event was to provide information of activities in the PA 8 and PA 7. The progresses, significant outcomes and next steps were also duly reported and also how PA 7 and PA8 can use the Danube-INCO.NET results and activities together. Thus it included also information on the mapping of EUSDR, research and innovation stakeholders, on possible funding of cooperation of stakeholders based on priorities identified as well as on the attempt to support the coordination of funding instruments in the Danube Region.

    Moreover, an overview was given about the DANUBE REGION CALL 2015 IN FRAME OF EUREKA NETWORK that opened in March 2015 and saw strong interest with a great number of proposals (80) and participants (301). This call demonstrates that the players in the region are well connected: industry (17), SME (172) and academia (101) and that the region has innovation potential.

    The JRC Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy addressed the scientific needs related to the implementation of the EUSDR and aims to the strengthening of scientific cooperation in the Danube Region. The potentials for S3 collaboration in the EU macro-regions: ICT, Health, Energy, Sustainable innovation incl. water issues were also raised. In conclusion, the upcoming S3 Policy Brief - "Smart Specialization in macro-regional dimension: Mapping R&I priorities in the Danube region" as well as some upcoming events were announced (21-22 Jan, Istanbul: Thematic seminar on Hydropower energy; 4 Feb, Brussels: JRC-COST workshop "The role of city-regions for a low carbon-economy"; 18-19 Feb, Chisinau:"S3 Design Learning Workshop'').

    Information from Brussels was also guaranteed by DG Regio. An overview of the macro-regional strategies and EU programmes was provided: coordination between Managing Authorities and the macro-regional governance actors is essential for the further implementation process of the EUSDR. It is therefore crucial for the former to liaise with the latter who can offer valuable advice regarding projects likely to contribute to macro-regional objectives.

    In this context two representatives of the Danube Strategy Point (DSP) introduced themselves to the participants as well as the main scope and activities of the DSP.

    The Steering Group meeting of PA 8 on 10th December 2015 in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry served for discussing on main achievements in 2015 in terms of actions and project implementation. For further processing of the PA 8 targets and milestones were debated and defined based on the Action Plan of the EUSDR. Further topics were the enhancement of cooperation within the Danube Region: information on the Danube Transnational Programme was given and cooperation approaches within ARGE Danube and Business Professional Women Danube Net were discussed.

    The PowerPoint presentations are available in the section "Steering Group".


Posted by Eberhard Wachter, Thursday, 21st May 2015 @ 1:32pm

  • The second call for project proposals of the initiative START – Danube Region Project Fund has been officially launched. The call will be open from the 20th of May until the 8th of July 2015. All relevant documents for the application can be found in the START section until the 6th of July 2015.

    Due to the great success of the Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP) initiative, the European Commission decided to launch a second phase of TAF-DRP with a third call. The call will be open from the 20th May until the 26th of June 2015. Application documents and information are available on the TAF-DRP section until the 24th of June 2015.

Survey about "Barriers to cooperation in Research and Innovation in the Danube Region“

Posted by Member 132bf50, Monday, 23rd March 2015 @ 2:22pm

  • Danube-INCO.NET invites you to fill in a questionnaire in order to better understand barriers and obstacles in relation to international cooperation in Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RTDI), as well as pitfalls including the socio-cultural aspects. The goal is to eventually propose recommendations for the policy making system.

    Call for filling out the survey is also published in newsletter and website: where you can find more information about the project and purpose and the goal of the questionnaire.

    Please fill out the questionnaire at the following link –

    Filling out the survey will take about 15 minutes.


Posted by Member 132bf50, Monday, 16th March 2015 @ 1:03pm

3rd Meeting of the Working Group "Environmental Technologies and Energy Efficiency on 28-29 January 2015 in Stuttgart and Baden-Baden

Posted by Member 132bf50, Tuesday, 10th February 2015 @ 3:37pm

  • The 3rd Meeting of the Working Group Environmental Technology and Energy Efficiency was held on the 28 and 29 January 2015 as part of the PA 8 of the EUSDR in Stuttgart and Baden-Baden, Germany. The WG is designed as an open space group. The participation depends on the thematic scope of each WG meeting.

    Tasks of the WG are to identify, present and support projects in the Danube Region in the field of Environmental Technologies and Energy Efficiency. The focus of the 3rd meeting was to present project examples, ideas and experiences in the area of water and waste management and to inform about the upcoming call of the INTERREG VB Danube Transnational Progamme. The included visiting program in Baden-Baden focused on best practice and solutions for SMEs and municipalities Green waste to biofuel: biomass Concept of Baden-Baden", presentation of the city of Baden-Baden. 


Posted by Member 132bf50, Friday, 9th January 2015 @ 10:48am

  • The Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia, together with the Ministry of Finance and Economics of Baden Württemberg, organizes the “Third Workshop Cluster Networking and Development Prospects in the Danube Region” within the implementation of Priority Area 8 of the EU Strategy for Danube Region to be held in Vukovar on March 10-11, 2015. Venue place: Hotel Lav Vukovar.

    The topics of the 3nd Workshop will be primarily focused on development of activities of the Danube Cluster Network emphasizing in particular the sources and possibilities of cluster financing in the Programming Period 2014-2020. Participation of high level EU representatives is anticipated as well as participation of the representatives of 14 countries involved in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUDSR), and Central European Initiative (CEI) countries.

    The First Day Workshop will start on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with a plenary Session up to 5:30 p.m. and closing of the first day with networking dinner at 6:00 pm.

    The Second Day of the Workshop, with two major topics the internationalization of the clusters networking with best practise of the clusters in Danube region, and EU financing prospects up to year 2020, will be resumed in the morning of Wednesday, 11 March, at 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 pm with closing networking lunch.


    Registration form

4th Political-Strategic Meeting WG Clusters of Excellence

Posted by Member 111eb56, Friday, 19th December 2014 @ 12:33pm

  • The fourth political-strategic meeting of the Working Group Clusters of Excellence took place on 4 December 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. 38 cluster experts, cluster managers and governmental representatives, representing ten countries, came together in order to jointly develop cooperation projects based on results of the Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects, which was awarded to DanuClus in the course of 2014. Later, together with Gerd Meier zu Köcker from the Cluster Agency Baden-Württemberg, they discussed methodologies for developing a strategic cluster cooperation approach.

    Powerpoint Presentation Dr. Sigrid Winkler:
    141204 WG CoE WSI Budapest.pdf 

    Meeting minutes in pdf:
    141204 Meeting Minutes WG Clusters Budapest.pdf


    Session 1: Technical Assistance Facility for DanuClus

    Sigrid Winkler presented the results of the consulting project on DanuClus financed by the Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects. The consultancy Metis assisted DanuClus between April-October 2014 in order to develop feasible projects for funding applications in the ETC Danube Program. The major outcome of the consultancy effort was that a funding application for a cluster networking platform with a variety of different pilot activities and a large number of project partners would not be feasible in the Danube Program. Therefore, the consultancy instead applied, based on the suggested topics included in the draft cooperation program of ETC Danube, a thematic approach by developing three separate projects each with a limited number of partners. The suggested topics are: Industry at School, Renewable Energy and Energy-efficiency, and Food Technologies.

    Criticism was raised by the members of the working group that the suggested project ideas did not sufficiently reflect the needs of clusters in the region. The working group therefore discussed how to adapt the suggested project ideas to the requirements of Danube Region clusters. The discussion resulted in preliminary project ideas and relevant follow-up activities:

    Industry at School:

    Clusters propagate in regions with too few engineers the message that “industry is sexy”. In pilot projects, one school (ie secondary education, VET) and one cluster should each work together in order to raise interest in industry-related jobs. Each partner chooses a different format of such cooperation (interactive workshops in schools, information sessions about industry, company visits for pupils etc.) in order to establish different methodologies and develop best practices. On the level of tertiary education, students should receive internship opportunities in clusters’ partner firms.

    Mostly clusters with public funding and, accordingly, tasks in service of the general public, will be part of this project, as fully company funded clusters will receive resistance from their partner firms not to engage in a project with a more long-term and education-related aim.

    To Do:

    • Upper Austria (AT, Sigrid Winkler) checks until end of 2014 whether there is interest in being a lead partner in this project
    • Other members of the working group check until the end of 2014 whether in their region clusters would be interested in taking part in the project. Selection criteria for clusters are that they have experience in training (especially at school level) and have a demand for more engineers in their region.
    • Together with the partner candidates the work packages will be developed in early 2015.


    Cluster managers receive training in order to be able to teach their cluster firms methods for energy and material efficiency in order to optimize production processes and improve productivity. The proposed methods are easy to implement, do not require new investments or an innovation effort. For more elaborate optimization methods, an innovation voucher system could be implemented in a second phase of the project.

    To Do:

    • Cluster Agency Baden-Württemberg (DE, Gerd Meier zu Köcker) is lead partner. Until mid-January the Cluster Agency will revise the work packages and circulate them in the Working Group.
    • Other interested partners so far: Magurele (RO)
    • The project will be developed in close cooperation with the WG on Energy Efficiency in PA8 (Rumjana Hilpert)


    Food technologies:

    Food standards and certifications are a major problem for food producers as they differ from country to country and often undergo revision. In this project, a training for agro-food cluster managers will be offered to disseminate information on food standards (and their changes) in the EU and major export markets outside the EU. Bio food could be a specific focus.

    To Do:

    • Lead partner is the Ministry of Economy Romania (RO, Costin Lianu) or the Union of Slovak Clusters (SK, Daniel Acs)
    • The lead partner will revise the work packages and circulate them in the Working Group until mid-January 2015.
    • Synergies with the project SIRA (PA8) and the OECD expert group on food standards (contact Alan Paic) will be sought.

    Session 2: DanuClus as Platform for Clusters in the Danube Region

    The working group decided that despite the problem that DanuClus will not be able to receive funding as a project in the ETC Danube Program, the brand “DanuClus” should be maintained in the Working Group.



    Session 3: Development of a Cooperation Strategy for Clusters in the Danube Region

    The rationale for this discussion was that cross-regional cluster cooperation among Danube partners is still weak. Especially when it comes to specific actions. Thus two options have been presented by the ClusterAgentur BW (Gerd Meier zu Köcker).

    Powerpoint presentation Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker:
    141204 MzK cooperation_strategy_danube_extern.pdf 

    Option 1 is a three level approach, in order to involve all relevant stakeholders (cluster policy makers, cluster managers and cluster firms). Cooperation on policy level should aim to improve regional cluster policies. Cooperation on cluster manager level should contribute to a further professionalization of cluster managements. Cooperation on cluster firm level can contribute to an enhanced competitiveness.

    Proposed actions:

    Policy level: Peer Assessment on Regional Cluster Policies, which is a well structured way to peer review and benchmark regional cluster policy approaches. It

    • is strongly supported by the EC to motivate regions to define better policies,
    • stimulates mutual learning and striving for policy excellence,   
    • reveals where a given regional policy approach stands compared to other peers,
    • does not intend provide any ranking or good / bad
    • helps to better implement Smart Specialisation Strategies for the benefits of clusters and cluster actors

    Cluster Manager level: Mutual benchmarking of cluster management processes, like strategy development, financing, service development or managing members. Aim is to exchange experience about what works for Danube Cluster Managements, which cluster management services are most suitable for firms from Danube region and how can Cluster Management better serve regional policies.

    Cluster firm level: Organising and participating in trans-regional roadmapping exercises to better understand upcoming trends and future industrial transformation processes. Such joint roadmapping exercises also contribute to a trans-regional matching

    Option 2 was an approach based on the assumption that:

    • especially those regions shall cooperate in areas of mutual interest and mutual strength,
    • emerging Industries reveal over-average potential for cross-border cooperation,
    • cooperation is driven by the interest of the cluster actors, not because of funding opportunities
    • not all regions need to cooperation at the same time in all fields
    • matured cluster organisation coordinate cross-border actions
    • critical mass of cluster actors facilitates cooperation

    In the following an approach was presented, which revealed strong Danube regions in the new 10 Emerging Industries. The idea was that the working group focus on industries where many regions have a strong industrial base.


    The majority of the participants considered option 1 as most appropriate, and proposed to include elements of option 2 into the roadmapping activities on the cluster firm level. As a thematic choice among the emerging industries, mobility was seen as the most promising option for the roadmapping exercise. During the next months, more details and actions will be agreed on.

8th Steering Group Meeting of Priority Area 8 "Competitiveness and Cluster" on 3rd/4th December 2014 in Budapest

Posted by Member 132bf50, Wednesday, 17th December 2014 @ 3:51pm

  • The 8th Steering Group meeting of the Priority Area 8 "Competitiveness and Cluster Development" of the EUSDR was held on 3rd December 2014 in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Budapest/ Hungary.

    The meeting gathered participants from 11 EUSDR-countries, including members from Austria, Baden-Württemberg, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine, as well as the European Commission (COM), the OECD and the European Investment Bank attended the meeting. 

    In addition to the update on implemented and planned actions of the respective Working Groups and the report on the work of the socio-economic study, there was a first open exchange of ideas concerning the 4th  Annual Forum  on 29th/30th October 2015 in Ulm/Germany.

    Other subjects covered at the meeting were the presentation of the National Contact Point in Ulm for the newly created Danube programme as well as the new coordination office of the Danube Strategy- the Danube Strategy Point (DSP) - based in the Representation Office of the State of Baden-Württemberg in Brussels. The DSP shall improve the implementation of the EUSDR and support the COM, the Priority Area Coordinators (PACs) and the National Coordinators (NC) in their work. The COM will finance the establishment and work of the DSP for two years with an amount of 2 million EUR and the support of the PACs with approximately 2.1 million EUR. The follow-up financing for the DSP could be provided by INTERREG V B. The setting up and running of the DSP is planned for May 2015.

    Further topics were opportunities for cooperation between the OECD and the EUSDR as well as funding opportunities such as European Investment Fond, Horizon 2020 and COSME in the macro strategy.

    The Powerpoint presentations are available in the section "Steering Group".

8th Steering Group of PA 8

  • Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 at 11:30am - 2pm Thursday, 4th December
    Location: Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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A new facility instrument for Danube Region projects preparation is launched

Posted by Member 132bf50, Monday, 21st July 2014 @ 10:10am

  • The Priority Area 8 (PA 8) on Competitiveness calls the EUSDR countries stakeholders for their attention to the launch of the new instrument START – Danube Region Project Fund – Call 1. This is a new pilot initiative that provides seed money facility for kick-start project especially small EU grants that help to develop the Danube Region.

     is cooridinated by Priority Area 10 "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation" (PA 10) of the City of Vienna. The First Call for Proposal has been open by PA 10 on July 18, 2014 at web site where all related documents are available:

    - Guidelines for Applicants
    - Application form
    - Letter of Support

    The deadline for the online applications are September 16 and 17, 2014 with closure at 24:00 CET on the 17th September 2014.

    After the closing call (17th of September) the applications will be forwarded by PA 10 to PACs for the relevant Priority Area for pre-selection. The PACs and their Steering Group are experts in the matters addressed by the project applicants and can best assess the relevance of the project applications for the EUSDR and in particular for their Priority Area.

    The key aspects of the PA 8 particularly with regard to the relevance of the competitiveness of enterprises are:

    SMEs (Strengthening technical management internationalization; Smart Specialization; Clustering)

    • Entrepreneurship Education, Vocational Training, and Qualification

    • Innovation and Technology Transfer

    • Environmental Technology and Energy Efficiency

    • Governance (Enhancement of institutional Capacity; Capacity of Business Organizations

    The decision making will be taken by the START Selection Committee, that is composed by the respective PA-Coordinators and chaired by PA 10. 

Speakers Corner DanuClus at the Third Annual Forum in Vienna

Posted by Member 111eb56, Thursday, 17th July 2014 @ 4:42pm

  • During the Third EUSDR Annual Forum in Vienna, the Working Group Clusters of Excellence of Priority Area 8 presented its progress in project development, introduced some project ideas, and discussed future steps with the audience.

    The Working Group leader Dr. Sigrid Winkler started the session with a short overview on the results of six workshops for project development held by the WG on 30 April 2014 in Vienna. The WG members Dr. Till Truckenmüller from the Automotive Cluster Bulgaria and Daniel Acs, president of the Union of Slovak Clusters, gave detailed insights into the project ideas “Connecting the Manufacturing Industries of the Danube Region” and “Cluster Optimization”. Also introduced were the project ideas on the following topics: smart furniture manufacturing, Green Chemistry Belt®, gender/diversity as drivers of innovation, and creative industries.


    Cornelia Muraru-Ionel from the Romanian Business Incubator INMA-ITA, then presented three more project ideas, developed by Romanian partners of the WG Clusters of Excellence: the Danube agro-industrial business cluster “Danube4AgroInd”, the establishment of a monitoring and simulation system for erosion and desertification in the Danube river basin, and a network for superior capitalization of miscanthus culture.


    The speakers’ corner concluded with a vivid discussion with the audience. Many expressed their interest in joining specific projects or proposed new projects for further deliberation in the Working Group. Also important events for the cluster community in the Danube Region were announced, such as the ClusteriX Final Conference on 22 October in Vienna, which will focus on cross-cluster collaboration.

    All interested parties can obtain more information on these projects by contacting Dr. Sigrid Winkler (

    Presentation: 140627 WSI DC Speakers Corner.pdf
    For all presentations of the Annual Forum:

EUSDR Progress Report June 2014

Posted by Member 132bf50, Monday, 14th July 2014 @ 10:19am

  • The Priority Area 8 (PA 8) "To support the competitiveness of enterprises, including cluster development" of the EU Danube Strategy (EUSDR) is coordinated by two Priority Area Coordinators (PACs) resident in the Ministry of Finance and Economics in Baden-Wuerttemberg and in the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts in Croatia.

    The PACs are committed to report annually to the European Commission/ DG Regional Policy about the progress made regarding the implementation of the targets and actions of the Strategy. The Progress Report is a summary of the important results agreed with the Members of the Steering Group (SG) and the seven Working Groups (WGs) of the PA 8 in the Reporting Period (01.01.2014 - 30.06.2014). The basis for this is the Action Plan of the EUSDR and the derived roadmaps of the SG of the PA 8. In addition, the next steps and planned measures to achieve the objectives of the PA 8 are identified.

    The Progress Report has been submitted to the DG Regional Policy in June 2014.




First State-of-the-Region Report: Socio-Economic Assessment of the Danube Region

Posted by Member 132bf50, Wednesday, 18th June 2014 @ 9:23am

  • The first state of the region report on the Danube Region commissioned by the Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg has compiled a series of results on the prosperity and competitiveness of the Danube Region, Entrepreneurship and SMEs as well as Cooperation and Networks. Examples of the results are: 

    • The Danube Region’s GDP per capita reaches around two-thirds of the level of the EU-28.
    • The Danube Region has a large labour force potential but still a rather low labour productivity.
    • The Danube Region has become less attractive for investors over the last couple of years.
    • There is a significant level of firm dynamics leading to an increase in the number of firms in most countries.
    • Although cooperation potential exists all along the Danube based on already existing structures, participation in cooperation initiatives is very uneven.

    The full text of the report is available here.

3rd Political-Strategic Meeting WG Clusters of Excellence (30 April 2014, Vienna)

Posted by Member 111eb56, Thursday, 5th June 2014 @ 12:14pm

  • The third political-strategic meeting of the Working Group Clusters of Excellence took place on 30 April 2014 in Vienna. A record number of 51 cluster experts, cluster managers and governmental representatives from 9 Danube Region countries (AT, BA, BG, CZ, DE, HU, RO, RS, SK) came together in order to jointly develop cooperation projects during a whole day of intensive discussions and workshops.

    140430 Minutes WG CoE Vienna.pdf
    140430 Agenda.pdf


    Introductory Session:

    The meeting started with a warm welcome by the host, Helmut Miernicki (CEO of ecoplus, AT), who presented information on the region of Lower Austria’s activities in the Danube Region.

    Subsequently, Sigrid Winkler (TMG Upper Austria, as leader of the Working Group Clusters of Excellence took over with a short outline of the goals of the meeting: developing project ideas, finding potential project partners, identifying funding opportunities. As background information she presented the state of programming in the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Danube Programme. Especially the thematic objectives “Research & Innovation” as well as “Governance” have potential to become funding sources for cluster projects. First calls in the programme are expected in late spring or early summer 2015.

    140430 Winkler WG Cluster Intro ppt.pdf

    Gabor Hunya (wiiw) presented an overview on the cluster chapter of the socio-economic study for the Danube Region prepared for Priority Area 8. He invited the participants of the meeting to send him feedback on the current draft of the study (

    EUSDR socio-economic study.pdf

    Six Workshops:

    During the day, the participants split up into 6 groups in order to discuss and develop project ideas relevant for their field of expertise. These six workshops were initiated and held by members of the working group. The topics of the workshops reflected strong fields of cluster activity in the Danube Region, the general economic activity of this geographic area as well as future challenges for clusters and Europe as a whole.

    Six workshop topics:

    • Smart Furniture Manufacturing
    • Innovation and Gender/Diversity
    • Connecting Manufacturing Industries (esp. automotive)
    • Biomass: Green Chemistry Belt®
    • Cluster Optimization
    • Creative industries

    For detailed information on the outcomes of the workshops see below!

    Concluding Session:

    Sigrid Winkler reported that Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP) had started in April 2014.

    140430 Winkler WG Clusters Conclusions ppt.pdf

    Then the workshop leaders presented the results of all six workshops to the plenum for further discussion.

    It was decided to convene a follow-up meeting with the workshop leaders and persons responsible for EU funding programmes to discuss the feasibility of the proposed project ideas in the new EU funding period. The meeting was scheduled to take place at the fringes of the EUSDR Annual Forum by the end of June 2014 in Vienna (more information to follow soon).

    Finally, the day ended with a networking dinner in a social atmosphere over Vienna Schnitzel and spirited discussions.

    Next Steps:

    • 26 June 2014: Follow-up Meeting WG Clusters: Workshop leaders and EU funding programmes (tbc)
    • 27 June 2014, 12:30-13:00, Vienna City Hall: EUSDR Annual Forum 2014: Danube Cosmos on "DanuClus - Progress and Future of the Danube Cluster Networks"
    • Until October 2014: Technical Assistance Facility for DanuClus

    Results of the Workshops:

    Workshop 1: Smart Furniture Manufacturing 

    Workshop leader: Genoveva Christova (Bulgarian Furniture Cluster, BG,
    Facilitator: John Murray (GrowthClusters Ltd., BG,

    Furniture manufacturing in the Danube Region has a potential for cross-cluster innovation by integrating for instance healthcare or green technology clusters. The workshop with 14 participants representing nine Danube Region countries produced the following key conclusions:

    • “Passport for Furniture” and ID-Cards – collaboration with ICT
    • Active Ageing
    • Container ships on the Danube to transfer used furniture to workshops for re-manufacturing – logistics project
    • Improved design technology for better use of materials
    • Eco-friendly restaurants as a market for “green furniture”
    • Furniture leasing companies as a market for re-manufacturing
    • Funding Opportunities in DG Enterprise’s “Competitive Public Procurement Practice” for the promotion of re-used furniture in public buildings
    • Need for “applied” experts in furniture costumization
    • Competence mapping and pilot actions in these areas
    • Liaison with similar EU thematic organizations/projects 

    More information:
    140430 WS Furniture Manufacturing.pdf
    140430 Christova Furniture ppt.pdf

    Workshop 2: Gender/Diversity and Innovation

    Workshop leaders: Lucia Seel (Lucia Seel Consulting, AT, and Gisa Schosswohl (INTO projects, AT,


    As one of the most visited workshops of the day, it addressed the question how cluster initiatives can contribute to generating more innovation for their industries by taking into consideration a gender/diversity approach. Two concrete project ideas were developed:

    • Diversity management guidelines:
      • Development of guidelines for companies to support their implementation of diversity management systems, with pilot actions in a testing phase
    •  Gender and diversity in innovation through clusters:
      • Create awareness for women’s innovation potential for more/better business: women as producers and consumers (market analysis), policy level
      • Strengthening female entrepreneurship (education and training)

    More information:
    140430 WS Gender Diversity and Innovation.pdf 
    140430 Schosswohl Seel Gender ppt.pdf

    Workshop 3: Connecting Manufacturing Industries

    Workshop leader: Till Truckenmüller (Automotive Cluster Bulgaria, BG,

    With ten participants from six countries, this workshop focused on automotive clusters when discussing several potential projects and actions:

    • Installing a spokesperson for (automotive) clusters in Brussels
    • Research project on products/components potentially produced in Danube Region to substitute imports from China etc.
    • Supply chain development for SMEs in the automotive sector
    • Multiplication of the German dual education system in other Danube countries
    • Cross-collaboration of automotive industry and other relevant sectors (e.g. technical textiles, plastics, aluminum etc.)
    • Quality sign for clusters
    • Managed online platform for technology-driven clusters, integration of existing platforms
    • Project “DonauMotor” (in collaboration with LP – Fraunhofer Institute, DE): Open for more clusters, especially supercluster platform (see above)

    More information:
    140430 WS Connecting Manufacturing Industries.pdf
    140430 Truckenmüller Automotive ppt.pdf

    Workshop 4: Biomass: Green Chemistry Belt®

    Workshop leader: Claudia Kirchmair (Biocampus Straubing, DE,

    Unfortunately the workshop leader, Claudia Kirchmair from Biocampus Straubing, could not attend the workshop due to illness. Nevertheless, eight potential project partners representing five Danube Region countries discussed their ideas and their willingness to take on a role in this already fairly developed project:

    • The project Green Chemistry Belt should be an instrument to develop a roadmap for green chemistry in the Danube Region: potential for biomass, infrastructure for refinery and logistics, supply chains etc.
    • Awareness raising among policy makers about the importance of green chemistry for future economic development in Europe: less oil dependency, employment opportunities, technology development, eco-friendliness etc.
    • Build-up of a transnational network of potentially interested partners for further project development

    More information:
    140430 Kirchmair GCB ppt.pdf

    Workshop 5: Cluster Optimization

    Workshop leader: Pavla Bruskova (National Cluster Association, CZ,

    Cluster optimization is an important issue for many clusters in the Danube Region, where clusters often still have potential for further development. Therefore this workshop attracted most participants. Cluster performance and impact evaluation was a main point of discussion. After a presentation by Prof. Peter Heydebreck (inno AG, DE) on learnings from the EU-funded project ClusterCOOP, the group developed three work packages for a project on cluster performance and impact evaluation:

    • Monitoring: performance indicators and analysis of data on the activities of cluster organizations and its members, as well as cluster policy impacts and thus public funding efficiency
    • Evaluation: basis for an “Integrated National Cluster Accreditation Scheme” to review cluster (policy) objectives and cluster governance
    • Justification: awareness raising and capacity building of National Cluster Associations, cluster management training etc.

    More information:
    140430 WS Cluster Optimization.pdf
    140430 Heydebreck Cluster Optimization ppt.pdf

    Workshop 6: Creative and Cultural Industries

    Workshop leader: Lucia Seel (Lucia Seel Consulting, AT,

    The actual state of play in the creative and cultural industries (CCI) in the Danube Region is still a big unknown: who are the actors, are there any clusters, how to cope with the diversity of this sector, how does CCI benefit the innovation potential? On the basis of these questions, the participants of this workshop developed a number of actions:

    • Mapping exercise
    • Building up networks and platforms, for instance LinkedIn Group “CREATIVE DANUBE” (already open!) and synergies with EUSDR PA 9
    • Awareness raising about the potential of CCI for the innovation process
    • Link between CCI and city development
    • Potential projects 
      • Linking river cities (second biggest cities after capitals) in creativity networks
      • Floating exhibitions and residency programmes: linking creativity-driven organizations and industries
      • Integration of CCI actors into project “Danubius” (RO and DE)

    More information:
    140430 WS Creative Industries.pdf
    140430 Seel Creative Industries ppt.pdf
    140430 Seel Cross Innovation ppt.pdf

INTERREG B 2014-2020: Calls for submission of applications

Posted by Member 132bf50, Tuesday, 27th May 2014 @ 10:37am

  • Removing economic, social and spatial differences and promoting the coalescence of Europe - these are the objectives of  the European structural policy. In the context of the European Territorial Cooperation programs (INTERREG V B) the EU supports transnational projects helping to reduce these disparities and supporting territorial cohesion.

    The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure supports German project partners in developing project applications and  in raising national co-finance. The revised application packages including guidelines for applicants will be published in mid-June 2014. 

    The next deadline for the submission of preliminary projects is 25 July 2014 and the cut-off date for co-financing projects is scheduled for 17 October 2014

    More information about the Federal funding program are available under and from the middle of June 2014 respectively under


The Environmental Technology Network Danube Region at the IFAT–International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management from 5 to 9 May 2014 in Munich

Posted by Member 132bf50, Friday, 16th May 2014 @ 12:48pm

  • The Environmental Technology Network Danube Region (ETNDR) has participated with a promotion area Danube Region of 25qm on the joint stand from the state of Baden-Württemberg at the IFAT 2014. Many interested visitors attended the promotion area and get information about the ETNDR from the Project Managers Rumjana Hilpert and Stefanie Dörre. Thereby new members were obtained and contacts were created between several partners.

    Delegations from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovak Repubilc were guests. There was a matchmaking with companies from Baden-Württemberg. During the country presentations on 7th and 8th May the delegations from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and Serbia presented some projects and gave information about the situation of the environmental technologies in their Country.

    Web-page of the ETNDR:


    Stefanie Dörre, Project Manager Environmental Technology Network Danube Region Telephone +49 7031 20398-25,

    Rumjana Hilpert, Project Manager EU Strategy for the Danube Region

    Telephone +49 7031 20398-31, e-Mail

3rd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region - 26 & 27 June 2014 Vienna City Hall, Austria

Posted by Member 132bf50, Tuesday, 22nd April 2014 @ 3:42pm

  • The Annual Forum is the main event of the year for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region and its motto this year is "We grow together, together we grow". In 2014 it is organized by the European Commission, the City and Province of Vienna and the Republic of Austria.

    The Priority Area 8 "Support of Competitiveness and Cluster" is engaged in Speaker Corners on the following issues:

    - DanuClus - Danube Cluster Networks
    - Smart SME Platform Danube Region
    - Danube Chamber of Commerce Association DCCA
    - Environmental Technology Network Danube Region (ETNDR)
    - Technology Transfer and matchmaking for the Danube Region incl. Project
    - SIRA - Development of competence centers "Intelligent and innovative rural areas in the Danube Region"

    Furthermore there will be an exhibition on the topic of SEECEL

    You will find more detailed information on the website


7th Steering Group Meeting in Chisinau/Moldova

Posted by Member 132bf50, Friday, 11th April 2014 @ 2:26pm

  • Mobilization of Moldavian stakeholders within the Priority Area 8 "Competitiveness and Cluster" in the framework of the  EUSDR 

    The 7th Steering Group Meeting of the Priority Area 8 "Competitiveness and Cluster Development" of the EUSDR was held on 8th/9th April 2014 in Chisinau/Moldova.

    The meeting brought together representatives from different ministries, business organizations and academic institutions from 9 EUSDR-countries: Austria, Baden-Württemberg, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. Furthermore the Steering Group meeting was accompanied by representatives from the EU Commission and EU Delegation from Moldova.

    The participants analyzed the current situation of implementation of the EUSDR especially in consideration of the Danube country Moldova and dicussed new opportunities for cooperation in order to increase competitiveness, encouraging new initiatives and expanding communication platforms in that region. The Moldavian stakeholders have shown great interest in strengthening transnational cooperation and developing projects with stakeholders from the Danube Region.

    The Steering Group meeting attracted a great deal of media coverage. The television transmission of the meeting is available under the following link:

International meeting of Experts

Posted by Member 132bf50, Thursday, 3rd April 2014 @ 9:53am

  • Meeting of the Working Groups:

    "Innovation and Technology Transfer", "Environmental Technologies and Energy Efficiency" and"Cooperation of Business Organizations"

    Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia hosted an international meeting of experts of the working groups for “Innovation and Technology Transfer”, “Environmental Technologies and Energy Efficiency“ and “Cooperation of Business Organizations” together with the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The event took place in Zagreb on 24th and 25th of March 2014 and is part of the activity of the Priority Area 8 of the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

    The meeting gathered hundreds of participants from14 countries involved in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region and emphasized that the Danube Strategy is the key to strengthening transnational cooperation, to encourage the development of new forms of cooperation in the economic sector and the development of manufacturing and production, and that the goal of this international meeting of experts and policy makers support the process of re-industrialization in the Danube countries.

    The working group experts’ conclusions and presentation in PP are displaced at "Files" respectively: WG “Innovation and Technology Transfer”,  WG “Environmental Technologies and Energy Efficiency“ and WG “Cooperation of Business Organizations”

    The presentation about financing opportunities of PA 8 projects within the EUSDR "Territorial Cooperation Programmes" is available here

Political-strategic meeting WG Clusters of Excellence

  • Wednesday, 30th April 2014 at 9:15am - 6pm
    Location: EcoPlus in Palais Niederösterreich, Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna

    On Wednesday, 30 April, the next political-strategic meeting of the Working Group Clusters of…


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