Clusters in Europe IV Conference – 2017

How can we draw from the lessons of the past to secure future success?


30. November – 1. December, 2017

Budapest, Hungary


Day 1  –  Thursday, 30 November 2017


Moderator of the conference: Ms Emily WISE,  Researcher at the Lund University, Sweden

9.00 – 9.30


9.30 – 9.50

Opening remarks


Mr Balázs RÁKOSSY, State Secretary for the Utilization of EU Funds, Ministry for National Economy of Hungary


Ms Eszter VITÁLYOS, State Secretary for EU Development Projects, Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary


Mr Thomas BENDER, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate for Administrative Capacity Building and Programme Implementation II, DG REGIO

9:50 – 10.50

Block I. - From the very first steps to 2017


Mr Christian KETELS, President of TCI Network,Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School


Mr Reinhard BÜSCHER, former Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate for Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies, DG GROW

  Mr Gyula Pomázi, Deputy State Secretary for Industry Strategy and Economy Regulation, Ministry for National Economy of Hungary

10.50 – 11.10

Coffee Break

11.10 – 12.20

Block II. - Why we started?


Mr Marc SANSÓ, Strategy consultant at ACCIÓ – Government of Catalonia, Spain


Mr Patrick VUILLERMOZ, Cluster manager of Plastipolis, France


Mr Merete NIELSEN, Director of Cluster Excellence Denmark, Denmark


Mr Werner PAMMINGER, CEO at Business Upper Austria, Austria

  Questions and Anwers

12.20 – 13.30


13.30  – 14.40

Block III. - The treasures of future networks


Summary of the start

Ms Emily WISE, Lund University, Sweden


Mr Ron BOSCHMA, Professor at the Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands


Mr Carsten SCHIERENBECK, Team leader, European Commission, Unit of Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship, DG GROW


Clusters as bridges between economic and social challenges

Mr James WILSON, Senior Researcher, Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Lecturer, University of Deusto, Spain


Network – Human – Cooperation-Motivation

Ms Zita ZOMBORI, Head of Secretariat of InnoPartners & Friends, Hungary

  Questions and Anwers

14.40  – 15.10

Coffee Break


Block IV. - Cluster organisation H2H

15.10  – 16.20

Moderator: Mr Gál KÖRMENDY, Programme coordinator - West-Pannon Economic Development Non-profit Ltd., Hungary


Mr Harald BLEIER, Cluster manager, Plastics- and Mechatronics Cluster, Austria


Ms Drahomira PAVELKOVA, Professor at University of Zlin, Czech Republic


Mr Thomas LAEMMER-GAMP, Director, VDI/VDE Innovation Technik GmbH, Germany

  Mr David FERNANDEZ TERREROS, Programme coordinator at SPRI Basque Business Development Agency, Spain
16.20 – 16.30

Closing remarksof the 1st day

Ms Emily WISE, Lund University, Sweden


Day 2  – Friday, 1 December 2017



Panel discussions - problems, introductory remarks, debate


Cluster and SME perspective after 2020 especially in V4 countries

Cross Clustering–From Cluster to Cluster through Business to Business / from Human to Human to Money to Money

Role of clusters in Industry 4.0 and S3

Diversity at cluster competitiveness in a changing society (the SHE factor, territorial and cultural diversity)


Section chair:

Mr Laszló TUROCZY (HU)




Ms Gabriela PIRVU (RO)

Mr Daniel ÁCS (SK)


Mr Marcin SOWA (PL)

Mr Robert WENZEL (CZ)

Mr Csaba NOVÁK (HU)

Section chair:

Mr Daniel COSNITA (RO)





Mr Alberto BALDI (IT)








Section chair:




Ms Genoveva CHRISTOVA (BG)

Ms Tamara HÖGLER (DE)

Mr Harald BLEIER (AT)

Mr Christian WÖGERER (AT)


Mr Gyula POMAZI (HU)







Section chair:





Mr Enric PEDRÓS (ES)


Mr Tibor BALÁZS (HU)








11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

Section Block II – summary, conclusion


Summary report of the ‘Block IV- Cluster organisation H2H’ – Mr Gál KÖRMENDY


Summary reports of the panel discussions by the section chairs


Mr Tamás KARSAI, Deputy State Secretary, for Economic Development Programmers, Ministry for National Economy, Hungary – conference closing remarks

12.30 - 12.40

Summary of the conference - Ms Emily WISE, Lund University, Sweden



Leading Questions of the panel discussions:

Cluster and SME perspective after 2020 especially in V4 countries

  • What are the main focal points at the cluster support programmes in your country?
  • In your opinion what are those fields where public support/ state subsidy can be reasonable for supporting and assisting the clusters in your country?
  • Do you think that the cluster's role in the economy will change in the future, if so how and why?
  • Cluster development is a tool for SME development policy. Based on your current experience, do you intended to modify your cluster and SME development policy at the next programming period after 2020? What are the key challenges for SMEs and clusters to be addressed in the 2020 period?
  • In your opinion what are those fields where the national /regional cluster programmes need to be supplemented by EU level intervention (national vs EU level support)?
  • What specific programs do you think the European Commission could help clusters? Do you consider it necessary to take macro-regional features (V4, South East Europe, Baltic region etc.) into account in these programs?


Cross Clustering–From Cluster to Cluster through Business to Business / from Human to Human to Money to Money:

  • What is the trick in keeping the commitment of cluster members alive?
  • What kind of instruments do you use in order to foster B2B cooperation out of the C2C cooperation
  • Is there a role for the State in this matter?
  • What is a success/failure story that you want to share with us?


Role of clusters in Industry 4.0 and S3

  • What support can clusters provide to SMEs to enable them to access the necessary skills and technology competences to embark on the Industry 4.0 journey?
  • How can clusters participate in the modernisation and digital revolution required within traditional manufacturing sectors?
  • How can clusters contribute to the design and implementation of interregional industrial investment projects?
  • What role can clusters play in supporting the internationalisation of actors identified via the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process/ S3 implementation actions?


Diversity at cluster competitiveness in a changing society (the SHE factor, territorial and cultural diversity):

  • What are the main features and special characteristics of the clusters in your country/ region that make your clusters different from the clusters in other countries/ regions?
  • In your opinion what are the main obstacles and challenges that clusters encounter during their various phases of their life cycle (start-up, developing, mature…)?
  • In your experience at interregional cooperation programs, which are the main areas that need to be improved for more effective cooperation? What are the key challenges of cooperation (cultural and territorial differences etc.) and how do you handle it?
  • Can it be an advantage if you have the „SHE” factor in a cluster management organisation? What challenges is SHE looking for in cluster management position?
  • How does the environment behaviourally react on SHE in cluster and what does SHE do to get support?
  • What not to do in a cluster? As if the cluster has no weaknesses, what have you done to improve cluster's reputation & value?