Date: 27-28 March, 2018
In the context of the High Level Industrial Dialogue between the EU and Ukraine, Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) organised the EU-Ukraine Cluster Policy Learning and Matchmaking Event on March 27 and March 28 in Kyiv.
The Matchmaking Event gathered representatives of over 50 cluster organisations from Ukraine and other 12 COSME countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Spain, Ireland, Poland and Hungary) for cross-sectorial meetings in the field of Information Technology, Agro/Food, Eco-energy and Building and Construction, Transport and Logistics, and Textile. The cluster organisations managed to strike up for more than 90 successful matchmaking meetings and received practical advice on how to implement successfully cross-border and cross-sector collaborations.
From the part of the Transylvanian Mechanical Engineering Cluster (TMEC), Szende Mihálcz had unofficial meeting with Berta Szabó from the South West Hungarian Engineering Cluster, with whom she had already made a cooperation agreement in the 10th European Cluster Matchmaking Event in Thessaloniki 2017, in Greece and we can gladly say that the common work successfully goes on, they are waiting for theresult of Seed Money Facility call.
Slawormir Tokarski, the Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing from DG GROW, European Commission, presented an overview of the role of clusters in the EU strategy and the importance of cluster collaboration between EU and Ukraine with a high potential of mutual economic growth. Mr Tokarski also noted that cluster cooperation is very practical and creates important partnerships that goes beyond politics. Cluster cooperation connects clusters and enhances economic growth and creates jobs for citizens and companies.
Marc Pattinson, the Project Coordinator of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), briefly delivered an overview of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform services and the EAP+ H2020 Project. As in the previous news we mentioned, the TMEC in a partnership with the Engineering Academy of Armenia (EAA) also take a part in the H2020 Project, the details are available at the following link: http://www.tmecluster.eu/projects .
An interactive debriefing sessions closed the first day of event. Feedback from the cluster organisations highlighted the usefulness of combining policy and learning opportunities with C2C activities as well as C2B with businesses from the event. The cross-sector focus of the event is an essential part of the event that needs to be enforced for the successful future collaboration.
On the second day, the representatives of cluster organisations were split in several groups for site visits. One group of cluster organisations visited UNIT.City and UNIT.Factory coding school, while two other groups made a visit to the Ukrainian Logistics Alliance (Szende Mihalcz, project manager attended in this event, there were a lot of programes and places of interest) and the Green Garden Group. It was a great opportunity and windup of the event to observe how several industries operate in the country and how they collaborate with European counterparts.