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Cluster managers workshop: an international dialogue on Research based industrial clusters in the Black Sea Region

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The international seminar for cluster managers was held in the conference hall of the Institute for Economics and Forecasting on 15 February, 2017. The seminar was organized within the framework of two relevant projects funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: the Black Sea Horizon and the Strengthening Research and Innovation towards Ukraine projects. The aim of the seminar was to promote the dialogue between selected industrial and innovation clusters from the Black Sea Region, fostering cooperation opportunities and to provide recommendations on how to establish, manage, sustain and internationalize these clusters.

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The seminar was targeted practitioners, although a lot of representatives of research institutes and universities took part in it. The total number of participants was about 80, including 23 participants from such foreign countries, as Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Poland, Portugal etc. Mr. Thierry Devars, the project officer of the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Anatolii Bagan, the deputy head of the department of industry and entrepreneurship development of the Kiev City State Administration, Dr. S. Lukach, adviser to the Parliamentary Committee on Industrial Policy made introductory remarks.

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During the introductory session Ms. Ines Marinkovic (Austria) presented the Black Sea Horizon project (http://blacksea-horizon.eu), in which the Institute for Economics and Forecasting takes part, while Gorazd Weiss (Austria) presented the RILINKS2UA project, which is aimed at supporting and enhancing the integration of Ukraine to the European Research Area (https://ri-links2ua.eu).

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The next session was devoted to exchange of cluster development experience in the Black Sea region. During the session  three case studies were presented. Prof. Nadiya Boyko (Ukraine) talked about cross-border cluster Cassiovia Life Science, Dr. Felix Arion (Romania) presented experience of the AgroTransilvania cluster. The third presentation was made by Svetlin Ranguelov (Bulgaria). He provided an information about the activity of the Association of Business Clusters and Bulgarian cluster landscape.

All presentations are available at https://blacksea-horizon.eu/object/document/686

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The seminar revealed the great interest to cluster development in the Black Sea region. It was expressed by many participants, who actively participated in the discussion session. Most of participants agreed that further support of cluster initiatives (networking, sharing knowledge and experience etc) was needed, as well as organization of events, similar to this cluster manager’s workshop. After finishing the seminar foreign and Ukrainian participants positively evaluated the efforts of the Institute for Economics and Forecasting on preparation of the event.

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The projects BLACK SEA HORIZON and RILINKS2UA have received funding from Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under the Grant Agreements 645785 (H2020-INT-INCO-2014) and 692476 (H2020-INT-INCO-2015)

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The announcement

Institute for Economics and Forecasting Ukrainian National Academy of Science together with academic public union “Knowledge Platform – Agrarian Development and Rural Innovations”, Delegation of Polish Academy of Science in Ukraine, agriculture universities and NGOs facilitating Public Academic Hearings “Ukrainian village and rural population under holdingization: will European basics of rural development be implemented in Ukraine?” оn June, 10, 2015. During the hearings will be discussed main points of draft “Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development 2015-2020” related to interests of farming households and family farms, rural communities and rural settlements, which are in risk of being ignored in the process of Strategy implementation after its adoption.

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Recommendations for the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU on the basis of experience in Eastern Europe

A new research paper by the Institute has been published:

The implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU: recommendations based on the experience of Eastern Europe: research paper / ed. Acad. NAS of Ukraine V.Heyets, Corr. NAS of Ukraine A.Danylenko, Cor. NAAS of Ukraine, Dr. of Econ.  T.Ostashko; National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, State Institution "Institute for Economics and Forecasting of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine"- K., 2015. - 104 p.

The report provides recommendations on the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU elaborated by a research team of State Institutions "Institute for Economics and Forecasting of NAS of Ukraine" (IEF) based on analysis of the experience of European integration in Eastern Europe.

The scientists investigated various problems of the implementation of the Agreement for individual industries, markets, and economic and financial institutions, such as agriculture, food processing, steel, energy, rail transport, financial markets, monetary policy, technical regulations, public procurement and the environment, and produced a series of recommendations for the government and business with a focus on the role of industry associations and mechanisms of cooperation between business and government.

The recommendations are based on the analysis of the experience of implementation of the European Association Agreements in Eastern European countries and analysis of structural changes that have occurred in these countries after the completion of the implementation and following their EU membership. Special attention was given to those provisions of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, whose implementation, as shown by analysis of the experience of Eastern Europe, may require extension of time, and whose implementation involved EU financial assistance.

The paper is the third issue in the series dealing with the problems of European integration of Ukraine completed by the research team of IEF scientists.

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Innovations and Ukraine’s social and economic development

Department of Innovation Policy, Economics and High-Tech Research completed work on "The main problems and guidelines of Ukraine’s innovative development in 2015-2020."

 The work is the result of comprehensive research by specialists from several Ukrainian research institutions (coordination and general methodology to implement the project were provided by the State Institution "Institute for Economics and Forecasting of NAS of Ukraine"). The researchers deepened the understanding of the importance of innovation in the reproductive processes in a modern economy, revealed various socio-economic generalities determining the dynamics of innovation development both at the state level and at the level of individual companies. In particular it is shown that, with the innovative type of development, the dynamics of change reaches a level at which features that characterize the variability of state, begin to greatly dominate over those that characterize its stability. The authors show the role of national institutions in the implementation of innovation policy under the crisis conditions, in which Ukraine is now.

 The investigation provides calculations of the dynamics of the main indicators of innovation development in recent twenty years. There are proposals to strengthen the impact of innovation on the modernization of the national economy through the formation of national institutions whose activities should be focused on achieving the priorities of innovation of the economy, particularly in the financial sector, such as universal and specialized development banks, export-import banks, government and venture leasing companies, innovation funds and foundations, regional development agencies and others. Among innovation-oriented national institutions of other types, which should acquire particular importance are parks, industrial parks, business incubators, research centers, technology transfer centers, centers of design and others that will contribute to the development of innovation infrastructure and mainly act on the principles of entrepreneurship.

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“Assessing the impact of AA/FTA between Ukraine and the EU on Ukraine’s economy”

A new detailed research on the very urgent topic recently published by the Institute for Economics and Forecasting of NAS of Ukraine. The resulting report edited by Academician NAS Ukraine Heyets, Corr. NAAS of Ukraine T.O.Ostashko and Corr. NAS Ukraine L.V.Shynkaruk. The report gives a detailed account of the effects of implementation of the Agreement, and outlines the prospects and risks for specific industries and markets such as trade and financial markets, as well as public procurement market and the labor market. See details (Eng)

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A quarter century of reforms

At the end of May 2014, the Institute for Economics and Forecasting of NAS of Ukraine met with Grzegorz W. Kolodko, the famous Polish economist and director of the Center for Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research, TIGER (www.tiger.edu.pl & www.volatileworld.net) at the Kozminski University in Warsaw, former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Poland. Professor Kolodko described the changes that were made in Poland during the past 25 years, answered questions from the audience and presented the book "Whither the World: The Political Economy of the Future" (http://www.znanium.com/catalog.php?item=booksearch&code=kolodko). Learn the basic theses of Professor G. W. Kolodko’s speech here.

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Below you will find a new scientific report by our Institute’s researchers: “Integration Possibilities for Ukraine: Prospects and Consequences” edited by V. Heyets and L. Shynkaruk

The report presents the results of a research into the possible effects of improved trade regimes for the national economy as a result of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU and trade conflicts between Ukraine and Russia. The authors reveal various features implemented in Ukraine’s investment projects with the EU and non-EU countries, and consider possible variants of cooperation with Russia in aircraft building, aerospace industries, shipbuilding and railway engineering. Dedicated for experts in economics and public administration, academics, and a wide range of readers interested in the economic development of Ukraine. Integration Possibilities for Ukraine: Prospects and Consequences 

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