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1st Danube-INCO.NET clustering workshop on ERIC held in Trieste

Targeted participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine took part in the First Clustering Workshop on the European Research Consortium (ERIC), organised in the framework of the Danube-INCO.NET project for Advancing Research and Innovation in the Danube Region. The Workshop, whose main objective was to illustrate the advantages of ERIC as a legal framework for promoting transnational cooperation among Research Infrastructures, was held at the CEI Headquarters in Trieste on 3 February.

Representatives of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina; the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office; the Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development; the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information; the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, as well as of the Ruder Boskovic Institute from Croatia; the German Steinbeis Donau Center and the German Aerospace Center were amongst the invited participants.

During the Workshop, the representative of the European Commission, Paul Tuinder, provided an overview on the application process as outlined in the Council Regulation 723/2009. Success stories and case studies were also presented, including the Trieste-based Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC-ERIC), as the only ERIC having its seat in Italy, and the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS), whose application for establishing an ERIC is currently under evaluation by the EC. 

Participants were informed on the opportunity - provided in the context of the Danube-INCO.NET project - to fund 2 Pilot Activities aimed at launching new R&I cooperative initiatives in the Danube Region.

Danube-INCO.NET is implemented under the European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (FP7). Its objectives are tightly linked to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), in particular to Priority Area (PA) 7 (“Knowledge Society”) and 8 (“Competitiveness”). The CEI participates in the project as a full-fledged partner, responsible for the implementation of Work Package 3 “Tackling societal challenges: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in a Bio-based Economy”, which foresees, among other activities, the organisation of five workshops, one brokerage event and one triple-helix conference with the ultimate purpose of promoting the creation of new clusters and networks across the Danube Region.

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