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The 2nd BlasNET International Workshop

29.03.2013

The 2nd international workshop named Cluster Approach and Networking in Support of SMEs of the Black Sea Region under the project Black Sea Regional Development Network (BlasNET), was held on 28-29.03.2013 in the city of Sevastopol, RUkraine. The project BlasNet is under the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2007 – 2013.

Before the official opening, Dr. Dimitar Radev, Project Manager, Mr. Dmitriy Kovalchuk, Director of the Agency of Economic Development of Sevastopol (AEDS) and Mr. Volodymyr Kulikov, AEDS gave interviews to the media.

The workshop with participants from businesses, professional organizations, NGOs, academics, politicians and leading experts was opened by Mr. Poyarkov Vadim N., Sevastopol City Council. There were representatives of all partners’ organizations, as well. 

The project BlasNet and organizations - partners were presented by Dr. Dimitar Radev, project manager and heads of partner’ organizations. Mr. Dmitriy Kovalchuk, director of the Agency of Economic Development of Sevastopol (AEDS) presented the activities of AEDS. Then, according to the Agenda, the Sevastopol Chamber of Industry and Commerce was presented by Ms. Ludmila Vishnya. The aims and results of the Programme for Social and Young Entrepreneurship Development were presented by Mr. Valeriy Vasunin, coordinator of the programme. The main fundamental tourism development problems and solutions in Sevastopol were presented by Mr. Grinuk Konstantin, chief editor of the newspaper “Travel Herald” and director of the marketing agency “Gryphon”. 

The afternoon session of the workshop went on with partners’ presentations of 22 good practices, selected to be members of the Black Sea Network. The Ukrainian organizations - GPs were presented as follows: 

Cluster “Products of the Sea”, Ms. Oksana Vyalova, CEO of the cluster; 

Municipal enterprise “Touristic-informational Centre”, Ms. Svetlana Zubreva, director

Cluster “Business tourism”, Ms. Ludmila Panova, expert Tatiana Demina, cluster coordinator 

From Bulgarian side eng. Liliya Kaloyanova presented the selected Bulgarian organizations, which will be within the founders of the BlasNet: Varna Chamber of Tourism (VCT), Chamber of commerce and Industry (CCI) – Dobrich, Bulgarian Chamber of Shipping (BCS), Bourgas Regional Tourist Association (BRTA) and Black Sea – Danube Association of research and Development (BDCA).

The presentations of the project partners from URENIO, Greece were:

Association of ICT companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE), Mr. Nikolas Gountaras;

Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), Mr. Yannis Fallas;

Thermi S.A. Business Incubator, Mr. George Martinidis;

South-East European Research Centre (SEERC), Mr. Yannis Fallas.

Ms. Alis Balca, PIMM Constanta, Romania presented the coastline Danube delta association ALDD, Crusial Systems & Services Constanta and the Romanian Maritime Cluster.

All the participants took part in a lively discussion, moderated by Mr. Kulikov Volodymyr (AEDS) and expressed their opinion. 

Main conclusions emerged from the Workshop are:

- The progress in innovative approaches in the 3 priority sectors – ICT, Tourism and Maritime industry in Sevastopol is thanks to USAID funds and German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), but the pre-accession funds are needed for the sustainable development of the region.

- The b2b connections triggered between the regions-partners in the BlasNet project and the future Black Sea Network will be a good base for the development in the Black Sea Region.

Dr. Dimitar Radev, RAPIV, BlasNet project Manager during the interview for media in Sevastopol

Mr. Dmitriy Kovalchuk, Director of AEDS during the interview

 The participant in the Workshop

The official opening of the International workshop by Mr. Poyarkov Vadim, Sevastopol City Council

Dr. Radev presents the JOP “Black Sea Basin 2007-2013” and the project BlasNet

Ukrainian and Greek participants in the workshop

Mr. Yannis Fallas presents the activities of URENIO

Mr. Iulian Groposila presents the activities of PIMM

 Mr. Dmitriy Kovalchuk, presents the  main objectives and activities of AEDS

 The Sevastopol Chamber of Industry and Commerce, presented by Ms. Ludmila Vishnya

Mr. Valeriy Vasunin, coordinator of the Programme for Social and Young Entrepreneurship Development

 Mr. Grinuk Konstantin, chief editor of the newspaper “Travel Herald”

Cluster “Products of the Sea”, presented by Ms. Oksana Vyalova

Ms. Tatiana Kurteva’s Demina’s presentation – Municipal enterprise “Touristic-informational Centre” 

Ms. Demina’s presentation - Cluster “Business Tourism”

Eng. Liliya Kaloyanova, RAPIV presents Bulgarian members of the Black Sea Network

Thermi S.A. Business Incubator, presented by Mr. George Martinidis, URENIO

Association of ICT companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE), presented by Mr. Gountaras

Ms. Alis Balca, PIMM Constanta, Romania presents Romanian members of the Network

The Black Sea Basin Programme is co-financed by the European Union through the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.
This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The content of this publication are the sole responsibility Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations – Varna and can in no way reflect the views of the European Union.