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POLICY ANSWERS workshops on the topic “How to Initiate Sustainable Changes in Your Company by Implementing Green Transformation”

As part of the POLICY ANSWERS project (Horizon Europe programme), the Mihajlo Pupin Institute –Science and Technology Policy Research Center, in May 2024, organized three educational and interactive workshops on the topic “How to Initiate Sustainable Changes in Your Company by Implementing Green Transformation”.

Workshops on GT were delivered to 40 Serbian SMEs in three key regions: Belgrade, Krusevac (South Serbia), and Cacak (Western Serbia and Sumadija). The workshops increased the export potential of the targeted SMEs as they became familiar with the regulations related to the Green Agenda (CBAM).

 

 
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Workshop “How to Initiate Sustainable Changes in Your Company by Implementing Green Transformation”

In the small hall of the Mihajlo Pupin Institute, on May 17, 2024, the first in a series of educational workshops on the topic "How to Initiate Sustainable Changes in Your Company by Implementing Green Transformation" was held, gathering 16 small and medium-sized enterprises. This set of workshops is conducted as part of the POLICY ANSWERS project and within the Horizon Europe program.

During May 2024, the Mihajlo Pupin Institute will organize a total of three one-day workshops dedicated to the topic of sustainable business practices and green transformation. These educational workshops are aimed at entrepreneurs, providing them with the opportunity to improve their business by applying the latest methods of circular economy and green transition to achieve sustainable business practices and increased energy efficiency. The agenda and educational materials created for the workshop include lectures on the benefits of green transformation, circular economy, energy efficiency, and the application of digital technologies.

The next two workshops will be held in Kruševac (May 24th, 2024) in cooperation with the Regional Chamber of Commerce of Kruševac and in Čačak (May 31st, 2024) in cooperation with the Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Science and Technology Park of Čačak.

Conference under the POLICY ANSWERS project

Conference under the POLICY ANSWERS project, titled "Policy Dialogue on Aligning Priorities in the Western Balkans"  - WB Vision 2023, held on September 13th in Sarajevo at the GreenPark Space had a significant impact when government representatives from the Western Balkans, key stakeholders, European Commission (EC) representatives, and experts from both the Western Balkans and the EU converged at the 3 thematic domains: digital, green and health.

Approximately 150 participants from 19 European countries attended the conference. This event also provided an excellent opportunity to stimulate dialogue and collaboration between representatives of Western Balkans Ministries and European Partnerships, resulting in the organization of 38 bilateral meetings. The conference, served as the focal point, accompanied by two specific workshops (14.-15. September) dedicated to research infrastructures and researchers' mobility.

 

Mihajlo Pupin Institute actively participated in the conference's organization, also Sanja Popović Pantić, the head of the Science and Technology Policy Research Center, successfully moderated the session titled "DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION - Shaping the Western Balkans Digital Future" Additionally, representatives from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Science, Technological Development, and Innovation of the Republic of Serbia were in attendance, alongside other interested participants from Serbia.

More information and conference agenda accessible at: https://eu-wb-policy-dialogue-stakeholder.b2match.io/

 

Summer school on “Green Transition and Digital Transformation”

From September 5th to 8th, 2023, in Belgrade, a summer school on "Green Transition and Digital Transformation" was held. Upon the recommendation of the group leader, two colleagues from the The Science and Technology Policy Research Centre (STPRC), Daniela Kuzmanović and Ana Kovačević, attended the summer school. The summer school was organized by the Center for Advanced Economic Studies (CEVES) and the Faculty of Economics, Finance, and Administration (FEFA) in collaboration with GIZ, as part of the project: Recover Better Support Fund, Funding Line 1: Sustainable development advisory bodies.

During the four-day interactive and enriching program, participants had the opportunity to attend open lectures and engage in discussions with relevant speakers, including Danko Kalkan (Aligning Business with ESG Principles), Marija Pantelić (Executive Director for Business Sustainability, Bosis), Luka Stanić (Bg reklam), Goran Radosavljević (FEFA Faculty), Tijana Gajić (Pexim Foundation), Ivan Pribićević (Simplify), Uroš Milosavljević (KPMG), as well as consultants for digital transformation in companies: Milena Milićević, Momir, Ana Jeličić, and Goran Tintor. Through the summer school, the Center's associates gained additional skills for project involvement in the field of digital and green transformation.

 

 

The best team, including the STPRC colleague Ana Kovačević, will have the opportunity to present their solution at the prestigious event "MSP100 Expo 2023 Development of People ↔ Development of SMEs" on November 9th in Niš.

Sanja Popović Pantić presented the POLICY ANSWERS project at the EU Week of Opportunities

During the EU Week of Opportunities, Sanja Popović Pantić presented the POLICY ANSWERS project, its goals and the wide range of opportunities it offers. The focus was on the main aspects of our capacity building activities in Serbia, which play a key role in improving Serbia's readiness to join the EU. Sanja highlighted the benefits that the project brings to different target groups: researchers, companies, students, policy makers, decision makers and other actors in the innovation ecosystem.

Thank you to the EU Delegation in Serbia for the opportunity to introduce the Serbian professional public to the opportunities that this project provides.

Horizon Europe POLICY ANSWERS workshop “Building Business Sector Capacities for Green Transition”

As part of the POLICY ANSWERS, the Mihajlo Pupin Institute, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vojvodina, organized workshops in Belgrade (25th May 2023) and Novi Sad (30th May 2023) on the topic "Building Business Sector Capacities for Green Transition".

The workshop educators were Siniša Mitrović (Director of the Circular Economy Center at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce) and Radman Šelmić (Advisor to the President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce for Green and Circular Economy and Digital Transformation). The workshop primarily targeted small and medium-sized enterprises but was open to all other interested companies seeking to familiarise themselves with contemporary trends in this field and to improve the quality of their business. The workshop aimed at providing a comprehensive analysis of the significance and challenges of the Green Agenda for the Serbian economy, with a particular focus on the circular economy, and assist businesses in implementing green transition in their operations.

Various topics were covered during the workshops, including the impact of the Green Agenda on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, introduction to the concepts of industrial symbiosis, non-financial reporting, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) as a new standard for financial access, due diligence, and supply chains.

By participating in these workshops, more than 35 companies had the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insights into best practices that can contribute to the competitiveness and long-term success of businesses in a changing business environment.

Horizon Europe POLICY ANSWERS workshop in the Institute Mihajlo Pupin

On April 21st, 2023, the Mihajlo Pupin Institute organized the last workshop in a series of five workshops under the POLICY ANSWERS project, titled "How to improve business through advanced digital technologies?" at their premises.

Fourteen selected SMEs that had already participated in previously held workshops in Belgrade, Cacak, Novi Sad and Nis (attended by more than 100 participants) were present at the workshop. On this occasion, the companies had the opportunity to get acquainted with contemporary digital solutions (ERP innovation system and its modules, CRM and Power BI software systems) at an advanced level, which can help their company achieve competitiveness in the market.

In addition to certified lecturers Tijana Sekulic and Miodrag Kostic, Igor Jovanovski from Kameleon Solutions, the representative of Sales Force in the Republic of Serbia, was a guest at the workshop. Mr. Jovanovski introduced CRM (Customer Relationship Management) to all participants.

Horizon Europe project POLICY ANSWERS workshop in Niš “How to improve business by using the latest digital technologies?”

On April 13th 2023, the Institute Mihajlo Pupin, as a partner on the Horizon Europe project POLICY ANSWERS, and in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia - Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Nišava, Pirot and Toplica administrative districts, organized in Niš a workshop on the topic "How to improve business by applying the latest of digital technologies?".

The workshop is part of the activities of the POLICY ANSWERS project (R&I Policy Making, Implementation and Support in the Western Balkans) within the work package intended to strengthen SMEs and increase the capacity of institutions and the economy. It was implemented by certified trainers and educators of the "Center for Digital Transformation of Serbia", Tijana Sekulić (owner of the agency AT consulting), and Miodrag Kostić (director and owner of the company Veza d.o.o.).

The workshop was attended by a large number of participants, who expressed interest in attending the advanced workshop on the digital transformation of companies, which will be held on April 21th in the Institute Mihajlo Pupin in Belgrade.

We would like to thank all participants for their active participation and discussion, which contributed to making the workshop even more successful.

Horizon Europe project POLICY ANSWERS workshop in Čačak “How to improve business by using the latest digital technologies?”

The Institute Mihajlo Pupin, as a partner on the Horizon Europe project POLICY ANSWERS, in cooperation with the Regional Chamber of Commerce of Moravica and Raška Administrative District Čačak and Science and Technology Park in Čačak, has organized a workshop on the topic “How to improve business using the latest digital technologies?”

The workshop is one of the activities on the POLICY ANSWERS project (R&I policy Making, Implementation, and Support in the Western Balkans) within the work package intended to strengthen small and medium-sized enterprises and raise the institutions and economies capacities.

The workshop was realized by certified trainers and educators of the Center for Digital Transformation of Serbia, Tijana Sekulić (owner of the agency AT consulting), and Miodrag Kostić (Director and owner of the company Veza d.o.o.).

We are pleased that the entrepreneurs from the Raška and Moravica districts recognized the importance of digital transformation and took an active part in the workshop.

Horizon Europe project POLICY ANSWERS workshop in Novi Sad “How to improve business by using the latest digital technologies?”

On Friday 31.3., in cooperation with the Vojvodina Chamber of Commerce, the Institute Mihajlo Pupin has organized a workshop with a topic “How to improve business using the latest digital technologies?” as one of the crucial activities on the Horizon Europe POLICY ANSWERS project (R&I Policy Making, Implementation and Support in the Western Balkans).

The aim of the workshop is to further enhance the results from the project work package related to strengthening the SMEs and increasing the capacities of institutions and the economy.

The workshop was realized by certified trainers and educators of the Center for Digital Transformation of Serbia, Tijana Sekulić (owner of the agency AT consulting), and Miodrag Kostić (Director and owner of the company Veza d.o.o.).

We are pleased that we realized the workshop with the participation of representatives from different industries and sizes of companies, which indicates the importance of applying digital technologies in business. We had a total of 35 participants, from the sector of micro, small, medium and large enterprises as well as the academic sector, business institutions and associations.

We are announcing the next workshop in Čačak which will be held on April 7, and other on April 13, which will take place in Niš.