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So let us just begin! The FoodNet project kick-off meeting has been held on the 24th of January, 2018, in Łódź, Poland, in the conference chamber of Grohmann’s Palace, beautiful and stylish revitalized headquarters of Łódź Special Economic Zone.

We met together in very friendly atmosphere, appreciating each other not only as professionals but also – and perhaps above all – as friends.

The meeting was prepared and organized by LODZistics, the lead beneficiary of the project. Gathering representatives of every associated clusters: Bernard Piette (Logistics in Wallonia), Felix Arion (AgroTransilvania Cluster), Pablo Garcia Cabezas (Coexphal), Gunta Rozenthale, Andris Spulis, Janis Baltacs (Latvian Logistics Association) as well as our scientific experts from the University of Łódź (Maciej Urbaniak, Jarosław Ropęga, Marta Raźniewska, Jakub Brzeziński, Piotr Sosnowski), the meeting let participants to discuss all tasks and liabilities connected to particular partners in the project.

Remigiusz Mielczarek, Project Manager welcomed all attendees, presented the main assignments of the project and meeting agenda. All participants and their organisations were presented, highlighting the identification of Project Manager, Scientific Manager and Work Package Leaders. LODZistics presented the global overview of the project: call, project overall and specific objectives, timing, milestones, structure, work programme, expected outputs and indicators for particular WPs.

Aleksandra Oleksik, Financial Manager, presented the contractual and financial issues, summarizing the scope of Grant Agreement and Consortium Agreement. After presentation of all WPs a round table discussion among project partners took place. Concluding the meeting all attendants started the unofficial part of the event, initiating very friendly relationship with each other and declaring the smooth flow of the collaboration within consortium at the same time.

The project team met face-to-face to discuss about project ambition, objectives and its coordinated implementation, with tasks and assignments for the following months.

The project aims at improving the potential of European food market clusters by making business and logistics processes more sustainable. The project will address current needs in the area of cooperation and improving green behaviour in supply chain of food clusters and other industry clusters. The main objective of the proposed action is to establish and sustain after the end of actions planned in this project a Food In Eco Network (FoodNet), an EU wide meta-cluster as a long term European Strategic Cluster Partnership-Going International (ESCP-4i) supporting clusters and business network organisations, their SMEs and other cluster members collaborating for innovation, market-uptake, and marketing of competitive products, services and technologies in the field of food and eco-logistics and support SMEs in global competition. The project is dedicated to SMEs, especially in the following sectors: the food sector (fresh, bio, eco), the logistics sector, the ICT sector, and the energy sector, cooperating/associated within clusters, regional authorities, and sectoral organisations (e.g.: food producer groups, clusters, business environment institutions).


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