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The event "Success Flower for a Dragon Woman" in the last 10 years has promoted more than 300 women from all over Serbia, 97 women received this prestigious recognition and from Nis City were: the owner of the company Dela Bosa (2011), Dr. Danka Milojkovic, Cluster House Director for the affirmation of women's entrepreneurship in the South Serbia (2012) and Dragan Ristic, ABW Nis (2015).

This year’s event gathered 26 businesswomen from Serbia. Mrs. Dusica Trickovic, an owner of the food processing company „Kiki Kore” from Nis had been nominated for this prestige national award.

The company „Kiki Kore” from Nis has 16 employed women producing the handmade traditional pastry and cakes and selling on the domestic market. The company „Kiki Kore” is selected to be one of 15 representatives of the Serbian export oriented clusters and SMEs delegation for business cooperation with the Czech Republic. Mrs. Trickovic was nominated for the award named “The best entrepreneur in 2013” organized by the Opportunity Bank. The company „Kiki Kore” from Nis is a highly social responsible company.


The Cluster House’s partner institution the Quercus-Group from Copenhagen is organizing the cluster course in Copenhagen from 3-4 November.

For more details please visit the link http://www.quercus-group.com/single-post/2016/09/13/Join-Our-2-Day-Cluster-Course-on-3rd---4th-November-2016.

 Invitation_Cluster Course 3-4 November 2016_Copenhagen by Quercus Group and Oxford Research.pdf

Cluster Manager of the Year 2016: the Contest is now started!

Dear Cluster Managers and Cluster community,

The European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General (DG GROWTH) believes that cluster organisations play a key role in raising the competitiveness and innovation strengths of European businesses and in shaping smart industries.

The Cluster Manager of the Year Award provides an opportunity for European Cluster managers to showcase their excellence and for the European Union to promote the excellence of European cluster initiatives.

The Award is organised by the team responsible for the European Cluster Observatory which is a key part of this process. A jury composed of international experts will pre-select three cluster managers who will be invited to give a speech at the European Cluster Conference 2016, on the Thursday 1st December evening.

You can find attached to this email the application form that should be used to apply for this year’scontest. The deadline for application is set to 11th November 2016, midnight and applications should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information, please use the same contacts.

This year, a particular importance is put on your participation to the European Cluster Collaboration Platform activities, the European hub for cluster organisations and cluster collaboration, as an indicator of cluster management excellence.

We wish you every success with the award,

The European Cluster Observatory team

Visit the European Cluster Observatory at:http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cluster/observatory_en

 Application Form_Cluster Manager of the year 2016.docx


The first CZ-RS Cluster Forum was held in Nis, Serbia from 13 -14 October 2016

Within the accompanying business matchmaking event between Czech Republic and Serbia in Novi Sad in September 2015, under the patronage of the Czech Prime Minister Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka and Serbian Prime Minister Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, supported by the Czech and Serbian Chambers of Economy, the MoU between the Czech National Cluster Association and the Serbian Cluster House had been ceremonially signed.

The six-month project CZ-RS CrossClustersNETworking SME Trade Bridge, based on the setting up of trade cooperation between export oriented SMEs in Czech and Serbia using the clusters as an efficient tool for transnational connections, started in May 2016. The mission of the project is to encourage cross-border cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises - members of the export-oriented clusters through trade cooperation, joint ventures and investments, exchange of knowledge, transfer of know-how and access to new markets.

Initiators and authors of the project are the Global TCI Network members:

Dr. Pavla Bruskova, NCA President

Dr. Danka Milojkovic, Cluster House Director

The project is implementing in the framework of Aid for Trade Programme – Serbia, co-funded by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, the Check Development Agency, the Serbian Cluster House and non-financially supported by the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia and the Czech Embassy in Belgrade.

Czech Cluster Family representatives

CZ-RS Cluster Forum – opening session

The Forum had been opened by representatives from national and regional officials from Serbia:

  • Mr. Milija Miletić, Deputy of National Assembly  of the Republic of Serbia

  • Mr. Zeljko Stojanovic, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunication of the Republic of Serbia
  • Mr. Milan Krstić, Mayor of the Medijana Municipality, Niš, Serbia
  • On behalf of the President of Kursumlija Municipality Mr. Dragan Simić, cluster manager, Tourism Cluster Radan, Kuršumlija Municipality, Serbia

The Forum gathered 12 representatives of the Czech clusters and companies and over 70 Serbian clusters and SMEs in the following areas:

EU funded projects. Food processing. Wellness and Health Tourism. Metal sector. Machinery industry. Packaging, chemical industry, bio medicine, recycle industry/waste collection and treatment. Energetics, ecology, oil and gas processing. Wood-processing, Furniture production. Nanotechnology - Agriculture and Food Industry , Chemical Industry (Plastic Material Production) , Textile industryfunctionalized membranes, application of special composite Nano fibrous yarns.

The Cluster House hosted over 100 SMEs, clusters and academia representativesfrom Czech and Serbia  in Nis, Serbia  and contribute to over 60 B2B, C2B and C2C matchmaking meetings.

During the CZ-RS Cluster Forum in Nis, representative of the Serbian Buisness Women Association and their members supported by the Cluster House initiated the first Serbian Women Cluster Initiative.

October 14, 2016 Check delegation attended the Tourism Cluster Learning Trip „Davil’s Town“ UNESCO protected location within the frame of the Torusim Cluster Radan Kursumlija, South Serbia, with the aims of getting better overwie of the development of cluster-based value chain, hearing the Serbian cluster best pratice and to contribute to the further internationalization of the clusters and SMEs cooperation in this part of Serbia.

The special significat of this event is that it was organized during the week when the Serbain Prime Minister with Ministries spend a week in the City of Nis with the aim to better understand needs and challenges of Serbian people from the South East Serbia which is the poorest part of Serbia but with the huge capacities in agriculture and food processing, textile, construction, wood processing and furniture production, metal, energy and IT.

From 1-3 November 2016 the Serbian Cluster Family will visit Prague with the aim to further develop business cooperation which started in Serbia and to support transfer of lessons learnt and the best practices in the filed of cluster-based economic development.

The following project outputs will be achieved:

-        export-oriented clusters and SMEs in the CZ & RS is  mapped and business cooperation is initiated

-        interactive web platform/forum for direct business cooperation between the CZ & RS developed

-        case studies of the successful internationalisation of SMEs in clusters in CZ & RS are created

-        Internationalisation strategies of two clusters in CZ & RS are prepared.

CZ Clusters presentations

YUMIS company Nis led by Mr. Milovan Kocić,

a member of the CH Agro Cluster and a founder of the LEDIB Cluster House Union

Serbian Women Cluster Initiative started at the CZ-RS Forum in Nis, October 13, 2016

Tourism Cluster Learning Trip „Davil’s Town“ UNESCO protected location

– Torusim Cluster Radan Kursumlija, South Serbia

Forum has been followed by media:

Photos from this event are available via link http://cz-rs-clusnet.clusterhouse.rs/en/galerija/

After the Romanian cluster conference, Galati, 5-6 October 2016

On its way to integral innovation, Galati becomes an important harbor on the European Cluster Map

Under the motto “Clusters. Danube Strategy. Bioeconomy”, over 200 participants from Germany, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Republic of Molodva have debated along the 2 days of the 5th Romanian National Cluster Conference over the role of clusters in the definition of innovation ecosystems at European Level with focus on bioecoomy  Strategic cluster planning, the transfer of best practices, innovative solutions for SME development, international bilateral B2B and C2C meetings organized under the auspices of the Enterprise Europe Network have been the main topics of the conference alongside the meetings of the Danube Startegy experts of the Priority Axis 8 “Competitiveness”.

The national cluster conference is the main annual event of the Romanian Cluster Association – CLUSTERO, a representative community of practice of Romanian clusters at national and international level. The 2016 conference has been organised in Galati by the SE Cluster Consortium of CLUSTERO, led by Mr.  Daniel Cosnita and the Industrial Park Galati having as main co-organisers the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Clusteragentur Baden Wuerttemberg and the Romanian Association for Knowledge Economy Promotion.

Dr. Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House, was a conference speaker with presentation on the topic „Impact of Internationalization of Clusters and Networks on Innovative Jumps”. The Cluster House had 8 brokerage meetings with the Romanian cluster community representatives during the conference. The most important discussion was developed with ESCA, European Cluster Observatory, Danube Strategy WG PA 8, DBH Project Management Netherland – Hungary, Danube Region- EU Macro Regional Strategies - Vienna - Europe Integration Foreign Affairs Federal Ministry Republic of Austria; International and Cluster Unit -Ministry of national economy, Budapest, Hungary; ClusteRo, and Romanian Rosenc & APP Clusters.

Dr. Danka Milojkovic, Director of the Cluster House, Mr. Milan Peprník, Minister Counsellor of the Czech Embassy to Bucharest and the Invest Romania representative exchanged views on best practices as regards promoting the country’s competitive advantages.

In Romania there are 88 cluster initiatives recorded by the Ministry of Economy. There are 27 winners of the structural funds cluster financing programmes. There are 28 ESCA Bronze Labeled Clusters and 8 ESCA Silver Labeled Clusters. Romanian Association of Clusters ClusteRo has 33 members. Since the cluster organizations for accessing to EU funds have to be registered in PADOR and has the ESCA certification, the Romanian cluster accreditation system based on ESCA is one of excellent examples for strategical approach of the cluster-based economic development and growth in country and boosting internationalization of the clusters cooperation.

Abstract_Dr. Danka Milojkovic Serbia.pdf