The "Creating Crossborder Competitive Clusters" seminar


Between the 20th and the 21st of July 2011, the „Creating Cross-Border Competitive Clusters” seminar was held at the Constanta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Navigation and Agriculture and at the Queen Mary Palace in Balcic (Bulgaria). The seminar was dedicated to the Establishment of Crossborder RO-BG Clusters in the fields of Food and Tourism. The event was organized by the  Constanta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Navigation and Agriculture and by the Dobrich Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The presentations were held by Mr. Vajda Lajos – President of AICAR, Mr. Ion Dănuț Jugănaru – CCINA CEO and Mr. Daniel Coșniță –the president of the Association of Clusters in Romania.


Throughout the seminar, Mr. Vajda Lajos presented models of best practices of East- European clusters, illustrating the types of clusters, the services they provide and the number of members a cluster should have. Moreover, the president of AICAR talked about the importance of clusters in the development of a favorable business environment, which is considered by the EU the basis of economic development and of innovation.

To support this statement Mr. Vajda presented the Business and Technology Incubators Project- INCUBAT, highlighting the importance of this project through the fact that business incubators could include among their ranks legal entities which would ensure the management of the clusters. This, in turn, would have a multiplication effect, as more businesses could benefit from services. 


In the second part of the seminar, Marc Anthony Chesner discussed the best practice models of clusters from Italy, more specifically the industrial-agriculture clusters of Emiglia- Romagna and the fruit and vegetable network from the same region.

A solution for the development of clusters in Romania would be the establishment of regional clusters, grouped around business incubators so that, afterwards, clusters from the same field would form national clusters. Also, for the development of these clusters and for a better coordination and reprezentation at an international level, it is necessary that they adhere to an associative structure, such as the National Association of Clusters in Romania.

If this association of clusters would be accomplished and if each incubator would provide headquarters/ services for 3 cluster- management entities, 150 clusters could be establishment in a time span of 2 years.