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  • 1. Support of cluster collaboration in the European Strategy for the Danube Region Csaba Novák PhD. MAG – Hungarian Economic Development CentreDirector, Directorate for Strategy and International Relations
  • 2. MAG - Hungarian Economic Development Centre is a crucial grant agency for clusters and members• Shareholder: Ownership structure: – 100% Hungarian Development Ministry of National Development Bank• Offers non-repayable grants from EU and national sources• Main clients: Hungarian Development Bank – Ministry of National Development – Ministry for National Economy – Hungarian Development Bank MAG - Hungarian Economic Development Centre – National Innovation Office (NIH)• Currently 420 employees • +60 trainees Venture VÁTI Hungarian• Approx. 30.000 contracts Finance Regional Hungary Ltd. Development Agency handled European Commission Enterprise and Industry 2
  • 3. From 2011 the MAG – Cluster DevelopmentOffice performs the following tasks inrelation to clusters Cluster policy Communication, cooperation, coordination MAG – Cluster International activities Development Office Complex management of cluster calls Cluster analysis European Commission Enterprise and Industry 3
  • 4. MAG – Cluster Development Office is aproject-based unit The most important projects at MAG Cluster Development OfficeDomestic Transnational Cluster development ClusterCOOP CluStrat CENTRAMO in Hungary (MAG – CDO) TA funding from OP • Managing the cluster accreditation scheme •All 3 transnational projects are • … implemented mainly through countries • Regular analysis of the in the Danube Region performance of •All transnational projects address Hungarian clusters similar challenges in these countries European Commission Enterprise and Industry 4
  • 5. Cooperation through clusters is amenable to the cooperation visualised in the Danube Region Strategy Main elements of the Danube Region Strategy Connecting the Protecting the Building Strenghtening Danube Region environment in Prosperity in the Danube the Danube the Danube Region Region Region To develop the To invest in people knowledge society TO SUPPORT THE and skills through research, COMPETITIVENESS education and OF ENTERPRISES,information technologies INCLUDING CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT European Commission Enterprise and Industry 5
  • 6. Countries of Central East Europe in the Danube region share joint problems in the field of cluster developmentTerritorial coverage of the Danube Concerned Central East Europeanregion countries in the Danube Region CZ SK HU• Joint solutions should be elaborated in order to face the challenges of cluster development• From among the Danube Region countries, in all 3 projects it is the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic that we most intensely to cooperate• Poland also plays important role in cluster cooperations European Commission Enterprise and Industry 6
  • 7. MAG actively participates in transnational projects in order to enhance cooperation in the Central European RegionMain objectives Projects DescriptionEnhancing Framework Programme: Central Europeconditions for an Programmeeffective Transnational ClusterCOOP Lead partner: Ministry for NationalCluster Cooperation in Economy (HU)Central EuropeanCountriesBoosting innovation Programme: Central Europethrough new cluster Programmeconcepts in support of CluStrat Lead partner: Steinbeis Europaemerging issues and Zentrum (D)cross-sectoral themesin clusteringTo raise the level of Programme: Competitiveness andexcellence of cluster Innovation Framework Programmeand network CENTRAMO Lead partner: MAG – Hungarianmanagement in the Economic Development Centremember countries and (HU)region European Commission Enterprise and Industry 7
  • 8. Joint problems shared by the Central East European countries Challenges Reactions•Fragmented cluster policies •Optimization and harmonization•Lack of joint regional tools ClusterCOOP of cluster policies in the region to enhance cooperation •Interactive, web-based platform•Lack of harmony between •Systematic and thematic series of regional, national and policy dialogues in three different international policies CluStrat levels•More emphasis should be •Put the focus on emerging given to develop emerging industries and cross-cutting issues industries•Lots of clusters and cluster •Benchmarking of clusters with a initiatives but substantially common European methodology fewer excellent clusters CENTRAMO •Train-the-trainers activities for•Lack of a commonly used cluster management excellence cluster quality •This project will be provide the methodology „testing ground” for the new Europe-wide training material of the ECEI Transnational projects can successfully reflect to the joint challenges of cluster development in Central East Europe European Commission Enterprise and Industry 8