Project title and acronym: Enabling Development of Sustainable Cross-Border Clusters – CBC Clusters

Description of the project, including its aims, results, outputs, activities, etc:  The main challenge that will be jointly tackled by this project is the shortage of skilled labour force for SMEs in the dominant industries in the area – paper industry and mechanical engineering in Belišće and agriculture in Sombor,  together with high unemployment rates and low potential for innovation. This will be done by the creation of two joint cross-border clusters – one in the sector of agriculture and applied new technology in agriculture, located in the city of Sombor, and another one in the sector of paper industry and mechanical engineering, located in the town of Belišće. Since main objective of this project is creation of favourable business environment for growth of capabilities and employment potential of SMEs, the main change it will bring about is strengthened cross-border industry-government-university-civil society cooperation through the establishment of two joint cross-border clusters, coordinated by business support institutions, in the area of Sombor and Belišće. During this project two clusters will be established, innovative mobile and web-based solution will be introduced and web-based tool for mapping of the renewable resources in agriculture in the CBC region will be developed.Together with that, two buildings will be adapted and equipped for cross-border clusters purposes. Main target group for this project are SMEs and business support organisations, but local public authorities, universities, interest groups and general public as well. This project will facilitate and significantly improve the collaboration and trade flow between the two areas allowing SMEs to form partnerships with vendors of complementary offerings and internationalise their market range.

Total project budget (in EUR): 1 102 472.76 EUR

The amount of EU co-financing (in EUR): 937 101.83 EUR

Duration of the project: 01.06.2019 – 30.11.2021 (30 months)

Information on the project’s Priority Axis: Enhancing competitiveness and developing business environment in the Programme area

Name of the Lead Partner and Project Partners and description of their roles within the project:

  • City of Sombor – Lead Partner, LP
  • National Alliance for Local EconomicDevelopment – Project Partner, PP1
  • Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences Osijek– Project Partner, PP2
  • Business Incubator BIOS– Project Partner, PP3
  • Local Development Agency of the Town of Belišće– Project Partner, PP5

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The project is co-financed by ERDF and IPA II funds of the European Union.

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