Maramures SMART Cafè: innovation anchors and innovation based jobs in the County

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On the 14th of  June  2012, a first meeting of the INTERREG IV C project  - „SMART EUROPE”  took place , under the coordination of Maramures County Council through the International Relations Office.
Assessing the experience of MINI EUROPE project and the effects of the economic recession at European level, „SMART EUROPE” project is dedicated to bringing together regional authorities, research centres, SMEs development centres and different economical actors, in order to find common solutions to stimulate employment in innovation based economical sectors.  

This was one of the goals of the first informal meeting of this project , a SMART CAFÉ event.  There were participants from the North University Baia Mare, County Office for Employment Maramureş, Chamber of Commerce, Centre for SMEs Development, Maramureş County Council, and representatives of relevant SME’s that activate in innovative sectors.

The meeting started by a brief presentation of the project and its objects provided by the project manager Mihaela Liţe, followed by a brief presentation of the employment rate in Maramureş by Oana Oşanu, deputy director of County Office for Employment; and in the end, Mr. Radu Big, deputy director of the Centre for SMEs Development presented the innovation plan for Maramures county that was a direct result of the MINI EUROPE project.

The focus of this first SMART CAFÉ was to identify the „innovation anchors”- the regional stakeholders with a potential to generate opportunities for innovation based jobs. As a result of the open discussions, the participants agreed upon the fact that the innovation anchors for our county are represented by a combination of companies from the processing industry, the university and organizations  that sustain the development of SME’s., etc .

In order to have an efficient collaboration and communication, the stakeholders of the project initiated a communicational group where all relevant information about the project can be found.
It is an open forum in Romanian language where all interested stakeholders are invited to contribute with relevant opinions: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/smart-cafe-maramures

Further information in Romanian language are available here.