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Report of the General Assembly 22nd-23rd September, 2019 Bucharest, Romania

The General Assembly started at 9.00 o’clock at the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 23rd September. The opening statement came from Mr. András Rév, president of the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association and Mr. Sorin Dimitriu, president of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Mr. Dimitriu mentioned that regional chambers who gathered together in Bucharest are independent chambers, and this GA has a historical moment of DCCA because it will have a new Statute, it will become an independent legal entity and called Danube Chamber of Commerce Federation-DCCF. River Danube makes a history and connection for DCCF members and this platform must generate and identified international projects at EU level as well as pull EU funds.

Mr. András Rév highlighted the following at the GA introduction: the IHK Ulm, IHK Passau and WKOÖ Linz are not participating at the GA but they will meet on 22nd October with the Attorney and the Secretary General for discussing the new Statute and future membership. HGK-Varazdin Chamber of Economy also not participating at the GA but the president of HGK-Varazdin Chamber of Economy, Mr Dragutin Glozinic will sign a new Statute on 10th October in Varazdin, Croatia. The Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the WKNOE Sankt Pölten, Pest County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ruse Chamber of Commerce, Vratsa Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce are participating at the GA and willing to sign a new Statute of DCCF. The Bratislava Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vienna Chamber of Economy, which is participating at the GA in Bucharest, the Csongrád County Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as Pécs County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, need a Board approval and final Presidium decision. The Novi Sad Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry had withdrawn from the membership. The Belgrade Chamber of Commerce and Industry or instead of Belgrade Chamber of Commerce the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the HGK-Osijek Chamber of Economy still pending to become a member of DCCF.

Mr. Juganaro from Konstanza CCI proposed that Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania- CCIR will be a member of DCCF in the future instead of Konstanza CCI.

Mr. Hohan, vice president of Bucharest Chamber mentioned that referring of the Statute of DCCF Article of Membership, says that every legal entity could become a member of DCCF including a national chamber of commerce and industry too.

Mr. Moser, vice president of WKNOE Sankt Sankt Pölten, agreed with Mr. Hohan but added that the priority is to build a regional chamber network and focusing more regional cooperation instead of national.

The next point was the acceptance of the DCCF New Statute and the present members unanimously accepted the DCCF New Statute. The election of the new Presidium of DCCF was in the other main point of the Agenda. It was confirmed by unanimous vote Mr. András Rév as a president of DCCF and it were elected vice presidents of DCCF, by unanimous vote, Mr. Sekib Avdagic, president of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Christian Moser, vice president of WKNOE Sankt Sankt Pölten, and Mr. Mihai Daraban, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. For the Supervisory Board were elected as members, by unanimous vote, Mr. Milen Dobrev, executive director of Ruse Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Elek Bonyhády, Pest County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the president of the Supervisory Board Mr. Ion Hohan, vice president of Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The participants also unanimously elected Mr. Peter Lőrincze as DCCF Secretary General. The Presidium, the Secretary General and the Supervisory Board members were elected for a definite term of 4 years.

Founding members of DCCF:

  • Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pest County and City of Érd with County Status
  • Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Ruse Chamber of Commerce
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vratsa
  • Istanbul Chamber of Commerce
  • Lower Austrian Chamber of Economy
  • Varazdin Chamber of Economy

The DCCF membership fee will not change in 2020: annually €800 per member and the membership fee invoice will be sent to the members from 1st January 2020 and until the end of December 2019, the financial statements will be sent to members (DCCA Closing and DCCF Opening Financial Statements).

After the election process Mr. Patrick Hartweg, Lower Austrian Chamber of Economy, gave a presentation about DCCF visibility and DCCF Manifesto, which was adopted by the GA.  The next program point was that President Rév informed the GA about the discussion between Mr. Abruzzini, president of Eurochambre and him regarding the possibility of DCCF membership in Eurochambre in the Eurochambre Conference in Brussels. They had agreed that in later stage it could be a good opportunity if DCCF became a member of Eurochambre, however DCCF would like to have a special (lower) membership fee.

In the first time of DCCF GA history, main sponsor was supported the GA. This year in Bucharest the OTP Bank Romania, was the main sponsor and on behalf of OTP Bank Romania, Mr. György Gáldi, vice-chairman of the Management Board gave a detailed presentation about its role in Romania’s financial and economic life.

The GA of DCCF agreed of the First Presidium Agenda also, which will contain:

  • Project proposal by Mr. Ion Hohan: the Danube Cruise trip from the Danube Delta to Passau. It contains: tourism industry, boating industry, transport industry, water management industry;
  • Danube Business Conference by Mr. András Rév: River Danube as a transport hub, boating and cargo industry, tourism industry;
  • Shopping Street projects;
  • Smart Cities;
  • Industry 4.0 and digitalization.

Finally, the expert day was determined on 27thNovember in Budapest at the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The first Presidium meeting will be held in Sankt Pölten, Austria on 29th January 2020 and the next GA of DCCF will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 21st and 22nd September 2020 organized by Istanbul Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

Meet2Match 2015 – Brokerage Event in energy, environment, wood and food sectors in Hungary

Meet2Match 2015 – Brokerage Event in energy, environment, wood and food sectors in Hungary

Dear Partners,

We are pleased to inform you of Meet2Match2015 Brokerage Event in energy, environment, wood and food sectors in Hungary, please visit the official web page of the event:  https://www.b2match.eu/meet2match2015.

Enterprise Europe Network office Győr hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Győr-Moson-Sopron County will organise the event on 7th and 8th of October 2015 in Győr, together with the University of West-Hungary and ATEKNEA Solutions.

We would very much appreciate if you agree to join us in the organizational activities and promote the event among the companies from your region, we already have registered participants from 6 countries with co-organisers from 8 countries.

The brokerage event offers a great opportunity to companies working in the energy, environment, wood or food sector to find new business partners, explore new market potentials and increase competitiveness and visibility on international markets.

Besides participants from the industry, academic institutes and for-profit research centres are welcome to facilitate business, R&D cooperation and technology-transfer on international level.

Information about the event has been placed on the EEN event calendar: http://een.ec.europa.eu/tools/EVE/Event/Detail/d64639db-fb1d-4ea7-a382-f380f92a5e09

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on een@gymskik.hu!

Belgrade Investment Days – New investment meeting point of East and West

21-22. September 2015.

Belgrade Investment Days – New investment meeting point of East and West

Belgrade Investment Days is a unique platform that links international investors and attractive projects in Serbia and South East Europe. The Inaugural Conference will be held on 21-22. September 2015. in Belgrade and it will bring together over 300 representatives of the investment community from Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Russia, China and Turkey. The focus of investors are large infrastructure projects of the City of Belgrade, the projects of public institutions and other local governments, investment and cooperation opportunities in the private sector as well as companies in the privatization process.

Belgrade Investment Days is the new meeting place for the investment community and the new address that will generate opportunities for success in the region.  For further information, and registration for participating to conference, please visit: www.belgradeinvestmentdays.org.

There will be no participation fee!

Belgrade Chamber of Commerce are glad to announce the newly established Annual investment program Serbia and South East Europe, Belgrade Investment Days and cordially invite you to participate at the main meeting that will take place on 21– 22. September 2015., at the Grand Hall of the National Assembly in the Republic of Serbia, Belgrade.

Belgrade Investment Days will showcase several types of projects:

  • Public institutions – projects from the City of Belgrade, plus other cities and municipalities, some of which are already wholly or partially budgeted. Investors and partners are invited to discuss infrastructure projects, municipal and commercial waste and waste water treatment, real estate development, transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy via ESCO and Public Private Partnerships.
  • Private projects – individual companies will showcase projects from various sectors including construction, industry, agricultural and agribusiness, IT, energy, tourism sector and others.
  • Companies to be privatised – there is an ongoing process of privatization of some remaining social and public companies in the Republic of Serbia. There are still almost 200 companies yet to be privatised.

The City of Belgrade, the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce and the Central European Development Forum (CEDEF) are the organisers of this innovative Annual Investment Programme which connects East and West, bringing both the business and financial community in direct contact with each other.

Belgrade Investment Days is targeting investors and banks, investment funds, operators of utilities and technology vendors, services companies, individual companies looking for market expansion outsourcing of production, IT, energy and water investments.

For further information, and registration for participating to conference, please visit: www.belgradeinvestmentdays.org.

There will be no participation fee!

We will be glad to see you at Belgrade Investment Days!

MEET THE WORLD IN BELGRADE

A symbolic place for Europe: EU to invest over €78 million in the border region of Austria and Hungary

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu said: “It is a very symbolic border in Europe. When Hungary started to remove its barbed wire fence with Austria in May 1989, history was made. Now, over 25 years later, we are trying to remove some of the remaining cross-border obstacles. With this new Interreg programme, we will be able step up the level of cooperation in several areas, from environmental actions to new border crossings, in order to make life better for citizens and businesses in this border region.”

The programme will address some of the remaining border issues. It has a strong environmental focus with emphasis on the management of joint natural spaces, from projects preserving biodiversity in national parks along the border to actions helping develop the common natural and cultural heritage.

Another strong focus lies on better cross-border connections, on better accessibility to trans-European transport networks and on the creation of new border crossings. The governments of Hungary and of the Austrian region of Burgenland have recognized investment in road and rail as a priority.

The new EU supported cooperation programme will also finance regional and local initiatives to foster closer legal and administrative cooperation, from language learning to joint labour market actions. Finally, the programme will help develop cross-border business schemes for SME and invest directly in the local economy.

The overall programme budget amounts to €95,870,027 with a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund of €78,847,880.

Background

The programme area for “Interreg V-A Austria-Hungary” covers the Austrian (NUTS 3) regions Nordburgenland, Mittelburgenland and Südburgenland, Niederösterreich Süd, Wiener Umland/Südteil, Wien, Graz and Oststeiermark and the Hungarian regions Győr-Moson-Sopron, Vas and Zala.

The funding breakdown of the five priorities of the programme and some expected results are:

  1. Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency (31% of the EU-funding allocation, or 24 691 650): This priority includes a broad range of environmental actions, aiming at a common approach to protect the region’s natural assets and its shared resources. Among the expected results: improved conservation degree of Natura 2000 sites (100.000 ha), better chemical and ecological condition of cross-border water bodies and increased attractiveness for green tourism.
  2. Promoting Sustainable Transport and Removing Bottlenecks in Key Network Infrastructures (30% of the EU-funding allocation, or EUR 23 447 250). The objective is to improve cross-border connectivity and accessibility as well as to foster the shift to environmental-friendly transport modes. Actions include new road and rail linkages from the identified nodes to the main transport corridors crossing the programme region. Among the expected results: more road border crossings, decreased travel time to TEN-T network and better public transport.
  3. Enhancing Institutional Capacity and an Efficient Public Administration (24% of the EU-funding allocation, or EUR 18 998 758). This priority aims at enhancing the cooperation intensity and strengthening the cross-border integration, in order to make the best use of existing regional resources. Through supported actions, the programme not only intends to support knowledge exchange, but also to launch an important learning-process: communicating despite the language barrier, reflecting usual standards and processes, training abilities to negotiate despite diverging opinions and finding compromises.
  4. Fostering the competitiveness of SME (9% of the EU-funding allocation, or EUR 6 979 350). This priority targets the Strengthening regional entrepreneurship, the performance of start-ups and the innovation capacities of SMEs with a focus on the development of internationally competitive products.
  5. An additional 4.7 million euro (EU-funding) will be provided for technical assistance.

More information:

Cooperation between regions and countries

http://www.at-hu.net/

Twitter: @EU_Regional @CorinaCretuEU #CohesionPolicy

Green Economic Forum 2015

EuCham European Chamber
Szabadság tér 7. (BANK CENTER)
1054 Budapest • Hungary
Tel. +36 1 445 1055
Fax +36 1 700 2128
Green Economic Forum 2015
Budapest, April 2015
Addressing the challenges of the global economy’s transition from the linear model to the circular economy, EuCham European Chamber is hosting the Green Economic Forum on Monday 11 May 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.
Registration from 5pm
Main conference 6pm 8pm
Green Economic Forum will gather companies and organizations, improving their efforts towards a circular economy and urging businesses to respond to the sustainability challenges by setting common principles. O rganizations and businesses will be able to share their experiences and ideas on environmentally conscious principles and practices, which reinforce innovation and enable a restorative economy.
The last year’s edition of the event, Green Business Forum 2014, enabled the public and private organizations to share their views on sustainable practices, to exchange knowledge and diversify network with over 130 green counterparts from more than 25 countries.
This year the focus will be on the topic of circular economy, discussing the obstacles, as well as the benefits involved in the transition from the linear model. High level representatives of several companies and organizations will actively participate in the forum this year, among them Lego, K&H Bank, European Environment Agency, Global Sustainability Institute, MOL group, ABB, CEU Business School and many more.
Attending is free of charge for accepted registrants. The event will be held in English.
Link to the event on social media: LinkedIn Facebook Google+
Venue: Kinnarps Center Váci út 92, 1133 Budapest, Hungary
Application for attendees: goo.gl/bA9Gg5
Information, collaborations, sponsorships:
Tel. +36 1 445 1055

4th Annual Forum of the EU-Strategy for the Danube Region

4th Annual Forum of the EU-Strategy for the Danube Region

4th Annual Forum of the EU-Strategy for the Danube Region on 29 – 30 October 2015

Venue: Trade Fair Ulm in Ulm, Germany

The title of the 4th Forum of the EUSDR this year is “Smart, social, sustainable – Innovation for the Danube Region”. The forum focuses on innovation, professional training and dual education, entrepreneurship and civil society, which are essential for the sustainable growth of the Danube Region.

During the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSDR the ETNDR is organizing a workshop “Networking and advanced technologies for wastewater treatment and energy efficiency in the Danube Region” on 29 October 2015, 14:00 – 15:30.

In the workshop our ETNDR members as well as our Technology Partnership ETNDR Waste Water Treatment will present innovative technological solutions in the field of wastewater treatment and energy efficiency.

As part of the workshop, the 4. Meeting of the Working Group Environmental Technologies and Energy Efficiency, PA 8, EUSDR will take place.

The ETNDR will participate with an exhibition stand on the Forum, where our members, activities and projects will be presented. There you have the opportunity to meet and to exchange ideas with the other ETNDR members and Forum participants as well as to find new potential partners.

Please send us your Case Studies (attached template) and short project proposals until 5 October 2015. We will present your documents on the ETNDR exibition stand as well as at the workshop.

The registration for the Forum begins in mid-September 2015. Please register as soon as possible. According to our experience, the Annual Forums are very quickly overbooked.

Further information: http://www.danube-forum-ulm.eu/.

Dissemination event of project “Learning by Doing”

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VET Transition: from classrooms to companies

Open Seminar to support economic growth and competitiveness with help of WBL in VET

“Targeted capacity building of VET partnerships

in the Danube Region for the effective modernisation of VET systems”

EUSDR PA8 – Competitiveness – Meeting of Working Group for Vocational Education and Training

 

Organised by Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Venue: Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 99 Krisztina krt., Budapest, Baross Gábor Hall, 6th floor 

Date: 31 January, 2017 0900–1400

Moderator: Ms. Ágnes Dobrotka, Budapest Chamber of Commenrce and IndustryŰ
Senior Project Manager of Learing by Doing project, EUSDR PA8 Working Group Leader Vocational Education and Training


9.00 – 9.20 Welcome speeches

Hungarian implementation of EUSDR address
Mr. István Joó
Ministerial Commissioner
Responsible for implementation of Danube Region Strategy
Secretary of Danube Region Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations, Hungary

Opening address
Mr. dr. Zoltán Kiss
President
President of Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Legal representative of the LP “Learning by Doing” project

EUSDR address – Competitiveness
Ms. mr. sc. Dragica Karajić
EUSDR PA8 –Competitiveness – Priority Area Coordinator
Head  of Directorate for EU Programmes
Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Croatia 

9.20 – 9.30 Ambition setting video message

Mr. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen
Minister
Ministry of Research and Education, Norway

9.30 – 11.10 Plenary sessions

Plenary Session I. – Vocational Education and Training in EU
Why transition of existing VET systems towards more demand-driven schemes is essential for a successful EU?

Keynote speakers:

  • Helen Hoffmann
    International expert
    European Commission, Directorate General Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, Unit E.3 – VET, Apprenticeships & Adult learning
    Bruxelles, Belgium
  • George Kostakis
    Cedefop expert
    Europen Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
    Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Madlen Serban (video message)
    Director
    European Training Foundation
    Torino, Italy

Plenary Session II. – Vocational Education and Training  in the Danube region (10.40-11.10)

Experiences regarding the transformation of existing VET systems towards more demand-driven schemes 

Keynote speakers from Danube region

  • Darko Mali
    Head of Research and Development Strategies Department
    Institute of Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training, Slovenia
  • Ing. Monika Rybová
    Senior State Advisor
    Department of Secondary Vocational Schools and Conservatories, Regional Education Division, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak Republic, Slovakia
  • Tibor Dőri
    National Representative of Hungary in European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EfVET)
    Euro-Contact Business School, Hungary

11.10 – 11.40  Coffee break

11.40 -12.40 Workshop  session

Moderated Fish-Bowl Discussion with participants 

12.40 -12.50 Conclusion from international perspective

Mr. Sándor Blaskó
Administration  Officer (PA8) of EUSDR Danube Strategy point
Danube Strategy Point, Representation of Land Baden-Württemberg to the EU

12.50 -13.00 Take away message – Euroskills 2018

13.00 -14.00 Lunch

Proposed accomodation nearby for guests:
Hotel Mercure Buda (Address: 1016, Budapest, 41-43. Krisztina krt.) cca. 800 m (8 min) – walking distance from the venue of the event, please check their website.
http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1688-mercure-budapest-buda/index.shtml

In case of reservation until 19th January, 2017 – Special offer for guests of Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
Arrival (30/01/2017)
Departure (31/01/2017),
no. of nights: 1,
Standard room with buffet breakfast 62 EUR (+ 18% VAT + 4% tourist tax) = cca. 78 EUR
Please refer uppon reservation to the Budapest Chamber of  Commerce special discount.

Download the agenda here:

Open seminar VET transition

Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry is involved in interregional projects

More than 6 million € for project implementation from January 2017
Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is actively participating in INTERREG Danube projects, involved in three projects starting from January 2017, whose total budget is more than 6 million €.

Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is actively participating by involvement of 3 projects implementation within the Danube Transnational Programme. The Programme fully supports the European Union’s Strategy for Danube Region (EUSDR) on the territory of 14 countries in Europe.

BCCI has a double role in the project preparation and implementation: acts like a project partner and leads a partnership based on the Danube Chambers of Commerce and Industry membership, as a guestor chamber collaborates with other regional chambers and elaborated a well-defined common idea.

BCCI is the Lead Partner of Transnational Project „Learning by Doing” with total budget of 2.359 million €. The project partnership covers the whole Danube Region, All 14 countries are participating with 24 project partners, which implementation period is till 30 June, 2019. The aim of the project is to improve the capacities of the relevant VET actors in order to ease the transition towards more company and practice oriented systems of Work Based Learning in Vocational Education and Training in the Danube Region. With this main goal helps to improve the region’s smart development, by responding to economic changes and labour market needs. The Secretariat and Managing Authority of Danube Transnational Programme gave the label of Strategic Project to this specific project as it has a territorial relevance, great partnership and very important topic.

BCCI also involved in two more project as a project partner within Danube Transnational Programme, where its role is to map the real needs of the SMEs, to negotiate the conceptual-  and content-based questions and to disseminate the results of the project towards its chamber members. The „INNOHCP” project focused on IT solutions of knowledge-based innovative products and its total budget is 1.827 million €, the implementation period of the project is 1 January 2017 – 30 June 2019.

The Made in Danube project with 17 project partners, represented by 10 countries, will be implemented during 30 months with 1.901 million € of total budget is focused on the sector of bio-economy and try to help for innovative marketable products and services.

Linkages between DCCA and EUSDR – Danube Chambers of Commerce Association (DCCA) were established by the initiative of Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) together with 10 more regional chambers along the Danube River in 2010. The members of the DCCA realized the potentials of the EUSDR, and the Association’s main goal is to support the Strategy, based on their network, strong cooperation and collaboration by the involvement in project development and implementation. BCCI, as the guestor chamber of the international organization of DCCA proactively participates in the implementation of the EUSDR. The main goal of the EUSDR (covers the territory of the Danube river basin with the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Germany (State of Baden Württemberg and State of Bayern), Romania, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia and 4 counties of Ukraine (Odessa, Chernivetska, Ivano-Frankivska and Zakarpatska) is to coordinate the development policy along 11 priority area, to make the Danube region more strengthen, better connected, to protect the environment and to build the prosperity in the Danube Region.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Gabriella Szányi
PR-Marketing Director
Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry
PR-Marketing Department
1016 Budapest, Krisztina krt. 99.
Telephone: +36 (1) 488 2114
Mobile phone: +36 (30) 350 2063
E-mail: szanyi.gabriella@bkik.hu

Transforming Vocational Training: from Classroom to Enterprise

Danube Seminar organized by the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry

24 project partners from 14 countries, thus covering the entire Danube region, participated at the first seminar of the Learning by Doing Project. The three-day long series of events organized by the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (hereinafter referred to as BKIK) in the end of January and the beginning of February is part of the Danube Strategy with a total budget of EUR 2.3 million. The implementation phase ends in June 2019.  

The INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme, a subsidized program of strategic importance, entered its implementation phase on 1st January 2017. The total budget of the project is EUR 2.3 million, the implementation phase ends in June 2019. 24 project partners from 14 countries – covering the entire Danube region – participate at the project launching discussions taking place between 30th January and 2nd February 2017 at the BKIK headquarters.

BKIK plays an active role in the implementation of the Strategy for the Danube Region: the “Learning by Doing” project was initiated by BKIK as a leading partner and is aiming at capacity building and the modernization of vocational training, focusing on the vocational training related players of the Danube Region.

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region is destined for aligning development policies in 11 fields of interest in order to improve the interconnectedness of the region, promote environmental protection, improve welfare and prosperity, and strengthen the region. This goal is supported by the activities of the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association (hereinafter referred to as DCCA), the international organization of BKIK comprising 20 regional chambers. The annual general assembly of the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association will be organized in 2017 under the leadership of the Hungarian presidency, closely connected to the program schedule of the 6 year-old Danube Forum, on 17th October. The chambers of DCCA constitute the basis of the “Learning by Doing” project – there are altogether 8 DCCA member chambers participating therein.

In his welcoming speech Dr Zoltán Kiss, president of the Chamber emphasized: the Budapest Chambers of Commerce and Industry, in order to highlight the importance of venture oriented approach in Hungarian vocational training and adult education, will play a liaising role between educational institutions and the entrepreneurial community. Students participating in the vocational training will be introduced to the SME sector where the interested ones can familiarize themselves with various trades with the help of experienced professionals and appropriate technical conditions. BKIK is in close cooperation with the National Office of Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning, vocational training centres, schools, hands-on training venues, as well as with the vocational training institutions and business associations focusing on professions of major importance from the aspects of economic development. These good professional relations are indispensable for the establishment and professional cooperation of the interest group to be implemented within the frameworks of the “Learning by Doing” project.

At the launching event of the “Learning by Doing” project there were almost 100 guests participating at the seminar entitled “The Transformation of Vocational Training: from Classroom to Enterprise”, including the representatives of the European Commission, and those of various other renowned international and Hungarian vocational training institutions.