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Kick-off: Second Phase of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative

We are very happy to announce the official start of the Second Phase of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI 2). On February 1st we hosted the kick off meeting of this initiative to discuss with our European partners the way towards the further development of the cluster labelling scheme. 24 cluster experts attended the meeting, representing 17 organisations who have committed themselves to participate in ECEI 2. An additional eight organisations with a stated commitment to the ECEI 2 process were not able to participate but will contribute to it in the further process.

ECEI II is the result of an intensive discussion with the European Commission about the further development of the Cluster Labelling Scheme that resulted from the first European Cluster Excellence Initiative (2009-2011). The scheme is – thanks to the valuable contribution of cluster organisations and assessors – a huge success: more than 1,000 cluster organisations from 41 countries have already participated in the scheme and received a Bronze, Silver or Gold Label of Cluster Management Excellence. As the cluster merry-go-round has been racing since the inception of the scheme some seven years ago and many new developments occurred, there is a need for a revision of the labelling scheme.

Aiming to find new indicators to measure cluster management excellence, e.g. in the context of smart specialisation or internationalisation, and to the enhancement of the capacity of the expert network as well as of a new governance system that takes the large number of stakeholders and their interests better into account, the overall objective of ECEI II, funded under the COSME programme, is to develop a process leading to an improved European Cluster Excellence Policy with a particular focus on a higher level of transparency, accountability and efficiency of the current European benchmarking and labelling scheme. The new system that will emerge from this process will be fully operational from 2019 onwards.

The following specific objectives need to be achieved in order to reach this overall objective:

  • The existing methodology of the labelling will be further developed in order to adapt it to today’s cluster challenges. Also new communication tools will be developed. This will not only inspire the Phase 2 of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative, but will also increase the Europeanisation of the labelling system in a transparent way.
  • Cluster Management Excellence expertise needs to be reinforced at European level. The strengthening of the benchmarking and labelling methodology through training for practitioners and encouraging twinning approaches between cluster organisations in the regions will be essential in this respect.
  • A management structure for the renewed European cluster benchmarking and labelling process will be developed. This will happen notably through a “European Cluster Coordination Board” that is to be shared by the European Commission, who will ensure policy supervision and will monitor the implementation of the new process.

ECEI 2 is led by VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH as host organisation of the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA). More than twenty organisations from all across Europe have joined the project.

Source  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/kick-off-second-phase-european-cluster-excellence-thomas-l%C3%A4mmer-gamp


New perspective for the Balkan Clusters through ESCA model for labelling cluster excellence

Today's the ESCA II phase first working meeting in Berlin definitely opened the new brightest perspective for strategic cluster development in the Balkans. Discussion was in harmony with the SMART Balkan Cluster Policy Declaration, which the Cluster House on behalf of the BBS ClusNet submitted to the EC DG Enterprise Cluster Unit, as the output paper of the Round Table within the Eccp Cluster Matchmaking event, which was held in Thessaloniki in September last year.

The Berlin meeting gathered carefully selected representatives from 20 organization from Europe.

The Balkan clusters have been presented pure realistic, respecting clusters needs which have been identified and analysed from the Cluster House last 7 years, collected continually during the seven BBS conferences Days of Clusters (Serbia, Bulgari, Turkey, Romania, Macedonia 2010-2016) and other cluster related events.
I kindly asked our European cluster colleagues to forecast possibility of creation a special model of clusters accreditation/labeling cluster excellence/ for the Balkan clusters with the aim to support our efforts in the further cluster-based economic development in the Balkans and to support our contribution in keeping the peace in the region.

This was one of the best meetings for the Balkan Cluster Development in last 5 years that I attended.

Thank you Thomas Lämmer-Gamp and your team for this great oportunity for the Balkans to open its sleepy eyes.

The Balkan Cluster Family lead by the Cluster House will use the opportunity to continue with the policy development efforts in the framework of the TCI European Cluster Conference in Sofia in March 20-22. We will try to set up meetings with all important stakeholders such as EC and policy makers from economically powerful countries who can have interest for collaboration with the Balkans.

PCM-LFM training

Nis 9-11 February 2018

Leskovac 2-4 March 2018

Trainer: Dr. Danka Milojkovic, PM expert


One of activities within the framework of the program THE RACE FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SOUTHERN SERBIA, important for the internationalization of the business of the South of Serbia

Visit of H.E Mr. Anders Christian Hougård, Ambassador of the Danish Embassy in Belgrade, accompanied by Mr. Nenad Mitosevic, Economic Consul and Mr. Boško Šukilović, Secretary, was realized in the mediation of the Nis Cluster House on Friday, January 26th.
The Roundtables on cooperation between Denmark and Southern Serbia were held in Nišava Administrative District under the leadership of Mrs. Draga Sotirovki, chief of Nisava District and in the City of Leskovac under the leadership of Mr. Goran Cvetanovic, mayor of the City of leskovac. The Training Center for Youth Entrepreneurship and Clusters, a re-donation of the House Cluster, was opened in Leskovac the same day.

Photo gallery is available on the following links:

DK Ambassador in Nisava District Administration 26.1.2018

DK Ambassador in Higher Business School in Leskovac 26.1.2018

DK Ambassador in Leskovac City 26.1.2018


This article is fully available only in Serbian language. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

DK - Southern Serbia Bridge

In the framework of the programme "The Race for the Entrepreneurial Southern Serbia", the Cluster House Nis in partnership with the Epus-Activator Cluster and the Higher Business School in Leskovcu, is organizing meetings between the Danish Embassy and businesses in Niš and Leskovac.
The hosts of the Round Tables on "Cooperation between Denmark and Southern Serbia" are the Nisava Administrative District and the Leskovac City Mayor Office.
The aim is to find distributional channels and market for the Southen Serbian companies in Denmark and attract Danish investors to the Southern Serbia.
The participants at the round tables will be cluster actors: representatives from public, business and academia.
After succesful implementation of two largest Danish programs in the Southern Serbia: LEDIB and F&B, the new mechanism for DK-RS collaboration is focused on exporters and investors.
During the visit to Leskovac, H.E. Danish Ambassador will open at the Higher Business School premises the "Training Centar for Youth Entrepreneurship and Clusters", a subject of the Cluster House donation to thr School as an activity of the programe "The Race for Entrepreneurial Southern Serbia".
This matchmaking evet is oprn only for the Cluster House members and stakeholders.