European Cluster Policy Making Event

European Cluster Policy Making Event

European Cluster Policy Making Event

13 September 2017

CERTH, Thessaloniki, Greece

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  Registration and Coffee

Welcome speeches – Introduction

·         Konstantinos Michailidis, Representative from Region of Central Macedonia

·         Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (tbc)

·         Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit of Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship, DG GROW


Policy Roundtable: Aim to illustrate how cluster-based interregional collaboration can foster and improve territorial co-operation in the BalkanMed region, focusing on the support and funding of Interreg programmes, cluster networks and regional smart specialisation strategy implementation.

Policy Input Speakers (10-12 minutes each)

·         Lila Oraiopoulou, Region of Central Macedonia, Head of Managing Authority involved in S3 (tbc)

·         Balkan National level Policy makers (tbc)

·         Peter Keller, Head of Unit, International and Cluster Unit, Hungarian Ministry of National Economy

·         Joint Research Centre speaker (tbc) author of “The Role of Smart Specialisation in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policies”

·         Lefteris Kretsos, General Secretary of Communication & Media Ministry Greece (tbc)

Regional Cluster Co-operation Showcase (15 minutes each):

·         BalkanMed Interreg Programme Joint Secretariat.

·         Balkan Cluster House, Director Danka Sokolovic Milojkovic (Serbia) How to restart cluster development in the Balkans


Q&A (10 minutes)

Moderator: Marc Pattinson, ECCP


Cluster Pitch Presentations

One-Minute Cluster Pitch session (one slide per cluster):-

–          Name

–          Country

–          Topic

–          Main co-operation / partnership offer


  Two Parallel seminars to showcase cluster co-operation experiences


1.       Co-operation seminar on Smart Cities/Mobility/Circular Economy

–       Introduction and scene setting Chorus Cluster

–       Cluster Showcase Presentations:

·         iTech Transilvania (Romania) (tbc)

·         Marche Manufacturing Cluster (Italy) Chiara Mansanta (tbc)

·         Citizem Smart City Murcia (Spain) (tbc)

·         Company representative (Greece)

Moderator: Christos Koutousis, Chorus Cluster


2.       Co-operation seminar on Creative industries

–       Introduction and scene setting Dr Nikos Vogiatzis, gi-Cluster

–       Cluster Showcase Presentations:-

  • Creative Industries Cluster of Vojvodina (KVIK) (Serbia) Mrs. Tatjana Kalezic (tbc)

·         Croatian Cluster of Competitiveness of Creative and Cultural Industries Zrinka Dužević (tbc)

·         Company representative: leading Thessaloniki-based company in e-Sports/e-Gaming (tbc)

·         Cap Digital (France) (tbc)

Moderator: Julia Phocagi, Corallia Cluster

Introduction to the afternoon session

·         Athanasios Konstandopoulos Director, CERTH

Presentation of innovation and entrepreneurship support

·         Simon Bensasson, Member of the Thessaloniki City Council, Municipality of Thessaloniki (tbc)

·         Greek National Bank (tbc)

Visit to the Foundation for Research and Technology of Hellas and to the Chorus Cluster, accompanied by Chorus Cluster Manager Christos Koutousis, Head of Extroversion and Networking Services

Technical visit and/or presentations (tbc)