Worldwide interest for cross country cooperation
Cooperation through strong research and innovation milieus, cluster and SME networks were interesting subjects at TCI's international cluster conference in Auckland at the end of November. Experts, policy makers and practitioners confirmed that cross country collaborations and the macro regional perspective are of high interest for future economic growth.
The flagship BSR Stars and the project StarDust were presented at the conference. The audience showed great interest in the benefits of small countries working together, using cooperation between clusters and smart specialization as tools to increase global competitiveness. This confirms that StarDust’s innovation cooperation between actors in the Baltic Sea region can have an impact both on business development and on future policies.
The European Union has given higher priority to cooperation in the Baltic Sea region with the newly approved Council conclusions. It means that the innovation cooperation also has gained in importance. During 2012, when Denmark chairs the EU, it is expected that the General Council will adopt a new action plan for the BSR Strategy.
I would like to welcome you to the first newsletter from BSR Stars and StarDust and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2012.
Karin Nygård Skalman