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Danube Competitiveness in Practice conference in Pécs/Hungary:Preparation for the Seed Money Call

The 1st Danube Competitiveness in Practice (DCP) event of the Priority Area 8 of the EU Strategy of the Danube Region (PA 8) will jointly be organized on 4-5 October 2017 in Pécs/Hungary together with the Open 4 Business Matchmaking event of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs –Baranya Hungary.

As regards the topics of the first event, we will put a special attention on the first Seed Money Call of the Danube Transnational Programme, which will be published at the beginning of October 2017. Within the frame of specific, thematic workshops (in line with the topics of the Seed Money Call) we will try to bring together different stakeholders and to foster the generation of strategic projects, which can eventually be submitted within the first Seed Money Call.


Business Forum "Smat Cities in the Danube Region"

Posted by Doz Maria, Thursday, 23rd February 2017 @ 9:57 am
PAC 8 organized in great cooperation with the Economic Senate of Austria and the South European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) the Danube Business Forum focusing on "Smart Cities in the Danube Region" on 20th -21st October 2016 in Göttweig/Austria and 31st October 2016 in Novi Sad/Serbia.

Entrepreneurs from more than 10 countries from the entire Danube Region come together to learn about the opportunities that arise through current Smart City projects, especially for the small and medium-sized enterprises. Entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries took the opportunity to network, to meet representatives of a wide range of companies, the EU Commission, OSCE and various cities in the Danube Region. Practical examples from Prague, Sibiu, Vienna and Stockholm were used to demonstrate what Smart City concepts mean in terms of implementation. The focus was on small and medium-sized enterprises, as the broad base of companies would benefit particularly if they participated in the realignment of cities. Furthermore the business forum gave a practice oriented overview and the opportunity to actively network with stakeholders who offer numerous docking facilities for implementing concrete projects.

In addition to the know-how transfer, the symposium provided concrete results:

• Small and medium-sized enterprises need an information and networking platform to find out what they need to know in the future for the successful exercise of their profession. They all need a clear picture of the new knowledge requirements in order to be a relevant supplier for Smart City projects.

• Municipalities are called upon to develop their own individual SWOT analysis. Cities and communities need a clear understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats in order to develop a Smart City Strategy.

• Urban neighbor regions must cooperate more closely as development spaces for smart city concepts, so that Smart Cities will become Smart Regions.

In the informal talks, a wide range of possibilities for cooperation have been established for example the Smart City district in Belgrade. The Symposium showed that the knowledge transfer to SMEs is very important in order to keep the economy going.

12th Steering Group Meeting on 16th November 2016 in Vienna

Posted by Doz Maria, Thursday, 23rd February 2017 @ 9:54 am
PAC 8 (Baden-Wuerttemberg and Croatia) organized the 12th meeting of the Steering Group of PA 8 on 16th November 2016 in the Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Austria.

The meeting gathered participants from four countries, including members from Baden-Wuerttemberg, Croatia, Czech Republic and Hungary as well as the European Commission and the Danube Strategy Point. This meeting served for discussing on main achievements in 2016 in terms of actions and project implementation. For further processing of the PA 8 the reporting obligations were debated. Further topics were the enhancement of cooperation with the Business Professional Women (BPW) Danube Net, the Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development Budapest as well as the Senate of Economy of the Republic of Austria.

European Economic Danube Forum ´Smart Cities ´- 21 October - Göttweig (AT)

Posted by Doz Maria, Wednesday, 5th October 2016 @ 11:58 am
The Danube Economic Forum is organized by the Priority Area Coordinator 8 "Competitiveness of Enterprises" of the EU Danube Strategy (PAC 8 of the EUSDR), the Economic Senate of Austria and the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI).

The aim to the forum is to bring together a number of representatives from politics, administration, science and industry from the Danube region and in the Danube riparian states to develop innovative approaches to combine technology-bades change and innovation in urban areas and to offer a business platform for cross-border cooperation opportunities.

Thematically, its focus will be on Smart Cities in the Danube region. Smart City is an urban development vision to integrate multiple innovative technology solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city´s assets- the city´s assets include infrastructure, buildings, transportation and mobility, energy and water supply, waste water management, creation of SMEs and thus of jobs, vocational training, communication, security and other community services. In short: The intelligent solutions are focused more generally on the goals of increased energy and resource efficiency, economic competitiveness and improved quality of life for citizens.

Joint Steering Group Meeting of PA 8 and 7 and Danube-INCO.net on 9th December 2015 and 10th Steering Group Meeting of PA 8 on 10th December 2015 in Budapest, Hungary

Joint Steering Group Meeting of PA 8 and 7 and Danube-INCO.net on 9th December 2015 and 10th Steering Group Meeting of PA 8 on 10th December 2015 in B
A joint Steering Group meeting of Priority Area 8 "Competitiveness of Enterprises and Cluster Development" and Priority Area 7 "Knowledge Society" and Danube INCO.net was held on 9th December 2015 in the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest...

START – DANUBE REGION PROJECT FUND and TAF-DRP – TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE for DANUBE REGION PROJECTS: Calls now open!

START – DANUBE REGION PROJECT FUND and TAF-DRP – TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE for DANUBE REGION PROJECTS: Calls now open!
The second call for project proposals of the initiative START – Danube Region Project Fund has been officially launched. The call will be open from the 20th of May until the 8th of July 2015. All relevant documents for the application can be found in the START section until the 6th of July 2015...