Five clusters originating in Central and Eastern Europe (Hungary, Romania, Germany, Poland and Serbia) have gathered this week in the Romanian town of Brasov to hold the kick-off meeting of the partnership COSMENERG4i ‘Global Clusters for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies’. This event also gave opportunity to hold workshop discussions under the already ongoing COSMENERG Clusters Excellence project of the same consortium.
The partnership is the biggest one in its field in Central and Eastern Europe and has been created thanks to the project grant ‘Clusters Go International’ funded by the European Commission Executive Agency for SMEs.
The project aims to create a long-term partnership sustainable in the long-run and focuses on internationalisation services for SMEs, concretely towards the Middle East and Southeast Asia with new markets foreseen in the future. Thanks to the project activities the partnership will establish cooperation agreements and business contacts with relevant stakeholders in the target regions, including governmental bodies, business intermediaries and other clusters organisations in the field of renewable energy and environmental technologies.
Cluster members will be the main beneficiaries of the project activities and will attend business matchmaking events and internationalisation activities in the target regions. The partnership will also create top-notch tools and services for their members, including an online networking and business platform for internationalisation services. Other clusters in the field of renewable energy and environmental technologies will be able to join COSMENERG-4i in the future, making it the greatest global alliance in its field originating in Central and Eastern Europe.
In the framework of the COSMENERG Cluster Excellence project 3 workshops were held targeting issues, such as:
consortium strategy - thematic areas of long term cooperation,
development of cluster strategic plans and implementation roadmaps for cluster development,
strengthening support services to cluster SMEs to generate additional added value and to facilitate transformative development for the cluster companies’ growth, innovation and competitiveness.