It is our great pleasure to announce that several ICT clusters from the Balkan and Black Sea cluster network have been invited to sign a GRANT Agreement with the European Commission. Namely, a consortia of 8 clusters coordinated by the Bulgarian ICT Cluster as the lead organization had submitted a project proposal named GIVE (acronym) under the COSME Call: Clusters go International. The list of the partners is: Bulgarian ICT Cluster; Albanian IT Association - AITA; Automobile Cluster Serbia; Bulgarian Automotive Cluster; Cluj IT Cluster; Macedonian ICT Chamber of Commerce - MASIT; ICT cluster of Central Serbia; Green and Smart Technology Cluster (Latvia)
The project proposal preparation was supported by the REG USAID Project, targeting the sustainability of our individual country partners and, especially, the multi-country network.
AIM of the Project: Green Ict deVElopment (GIVE) general project objective is to build up a strategic cluster partnership in the field of smart green technologies among the three vital industries - automotive, renewable energy and ICT.
The smart green technologies encompass all industrial and human activities which generate positive impact to the environment applying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Today, traditional manufacturing industries as automotive and renewable energy should find smart solutions to answer to global environmental challenge they face by applying ICT.
The GIVE partnership will be based on cross-clusters, cross- border, and cross - regional and cross - industry collaboration.
It ill be very challenging because it has eight partners from seven different countries, two different European regions and three vital industries.