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The European Cluster Collaboration Platform, on behalf of the European Commission, in partnership with the North-East Regional Development Agency Romania and the Romanian Cluster Association - CLUSTERO are jointly organizing the Clusters Meet Regions conference and matchmaking event on 21-23 November 2023 in Iasi, Romania.

Themed as “Clusters as drivers of regional innovation eco-systems,” the conference will debate on the role of clusters as reliable dialogue partners in the design, implementation and ongoing monitoring of regional development policies and programmes with a focus on smart specialisation, skills for industrial transition and entrepreneurship.

A particular emphasis will be put on the international and interregional cluster-cooperation in relation with Ukraine and Republic of Moldova against the wider Danube Region perspective.

Clusters, SMEs and other European innovation actors are also invited to discover the business and technology potential of Eastern Europe in a dedicated matchmaking event, organised on 22nd November afternoon with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network, with focus on ICT, agrifood, wood & furniture, textiles, energy and environment, health, tourism and bio-economy sectors.

Context and Objectives

15 regional workshops are being organised in those EU regions that expressed the interest in hosting such a workshop during 2022-2023 as part of the “Clusters meet Regions” cycle. These events bring together clusters and policymakers within the EU from national, regional, and local levels in order to learn from each other how to better use clusters to strengthen industrial ecosystems, serve national/regional economic development and liaise with other regions facing similar transition challenges.

The objectives of the Clusters Meet Regions workshop in Iasi are to strengthen the role of clusters as:

  • a reliable interface between macro-regional, national, and regional economic policy actors and their member organisations
  • catalysts of regional innovation and dual transition processes 
  • channels for high added value support services for SMEs.
Target Group

The event will bring together onsite over 150 representatives from clusters, companies, national and regional public authorities and business support organisations from Romania and other European countries as well as researchers, civil society, financial intermediaries, innovation agencies, industrial associations, investors, and other related actors.

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The Draft Agenda will be available soon! Stay tuned!


The registration for Clusters Meet Regions workshop in Iasi, Romania will be available soon! 

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