CeRamICa project (http://www.ceramicaproject.eu/) started as the result of a long cooperation and collaboration of the Lead Partner the Hungarian city Hódmezővásárhely and some other cities on the field of ceramics and other small crafts. The twelve project partners come from eight European countries: Hungary, Romania, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Slovenia.

The objective of the CeRamICa project is to jointly develop local and regional development strategy recommendations and instruments to support and boost the ceramics and small crafts sectors in the partners’ regions, offering operative models to all Europe.

These sets of recommendations will be drawn with the aim of preserving and revitalising this significant European cultural heritage and thus making this sector a competitive driving force of the local economies.

We are working on the SWOT and Market Analysis together with Policy Recommendations for the Development of the Small Crafts Sector in Pomurje region in Slovenia.

The project financed by the Slovenian partner in the International Project CeRamICa INTERREG IVC the Municipality of Velika Polana and to be finished in 2011.


Business advise #3

On June 30, 2011, in Growth funding, by Oikos

Our colleague from Oikos Croatia is writing about subsidies for the development of wide range activities for olive oil production in Croiatia (text in Croatian language only). There are several funds available for funding from European union and national funds while several requests need to be respected.

In order to be successful plan up front and develop your project carefully respecting requirements.  We wish you good luck and a successful application, if you need help we at Oikos will be happy to help.

The list of subsidies and requirements was developed by Daniela Doubek, Oikos, Croatia.


Successful regions are able to use internal resources for their sustainable growth and are able to mix internal sources with external ones in order to achieve even better utilization of their strengths and opportunities.

The key is elite of a region, elite being able to utilize resources and being able to share results of growth with partners. Less developed regions are victims of their own elite which are not being able to develop partnerships for growth. Even more in the long term view it is a responsibility of the elite to play by the book and set an example for others. Playing by the rules in total brings much larger benefits to everyone and is important for a long term growth but much too often long term is too far for elites in some regions. Same goes for setting an example in growing partnerships, building strong business environment.

Elite can be too weak to attract external resources to add value to regional ones in order to speed up regional growth. Attracting external resources and partnerships would add value to regional partnerships and resources which would in principle lead to smart growth strategy. And here key gains are knowledge and networks which lead to market development and not in the end to improved demographics. Same goes for regional elite not possible to build internal regional partnerships even if resources are available but stay unspent. The same elite may reject building regional partnerships in order to avoid transparent use of resources which gives it sole possibility to share results of regional and external resources internally without transparent understanding of result achieved.

External intervention to weak regions is not only important in order to build joint national strategies and securing funding for regional growth. Smart regions will open and ask external partners for help in order to help regional elite to open up and build capacities for partnerships and smart growth.


Project-Cycle-Management Trainings according to EU Standards within the project of GIZ Serbia Municipal Economic Development in the Danube Region

The key stage of capacity building in Serbia will be based in ability of local communities to  design development strategies and implementation them. This will require Serbian municipalities not only to write growth strategies but also to build partnerships and implement projects in order to achieve objectives designed. Projects are implementing tools for strategies and knowledge in project development and implementation will be a key to success in years to come. Serbian municipalities are one of the core elements of Serbian development together with national government they are responsible for the public utilities, business environment and social cohesion.

In order to support future development of Serbia The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) started developing skills and knowledge of people employed by local communities by training them for PCM.

PCM Training GIZ Serbia June 2011

Workshop on Logic Framework Matrix

Based on success of the first PCM training for Serbian municipalities in 2009 new round of training courses is delivered in 2011 and 2012 in order to raise capacity of local communities and towns for project preparation and implementation.

A series of 7 training sessions is designed to cover basics of project cycle management, project development, budgeting, cost benefit study and evaluation. All being based on local needs and potentials. The 3-day trainings are organized in order to cover theory and practical knowledge while participants need to develop at least 2 realistic projects per municipality and apply for funding as an end result of the training.

On our second training participants developed 9 project ideas and started designing them in detail. The discussion on Logic framework matrix helped participants better structure their projects and future approach to the project development.