CSONGRAD MEGYEI KERESKEDELMI ES IPARKAMARA, Hungary

Address: CSONGRAD MEGYEI KERESKEDELMI ES IPARKAMARA

Websites: www.csmkik.hu

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Csongrád County (CSMKIK) has a history of more than 120 years (but formally named CSMKIK since 1994) and has nearly 1500 members from the fields of trade, industry, service and crafts. These enterprises represent nearly 60% of the economic power of the county. Although the membership is voluntary, it is compulsory for the enterprises of Csongrád County (except for the companies working in the field of agriculture) to register themselves at the regional chamber of commerce; in addition the Chamber has a registry of the regional construction companies too.  The role of the chamber is to help their members, the actors of the business sphere, through the improvement of entrepreneurial environment, economic analyses and forecasts, the coordination of vocational training, suggestions, building credible, authentic business relationships and providing consultation in legal, taxation and other matters. The Training Department of the Chamber is a coordinating body between the enterprises and VET institutions (including the trainees), tackling their tasks identified in the Act and enforcement decree on vocational training and conducting master training and master examinations. 

Associations or Networks of which CSMKIK is a member comprise: Danube Chambers of Commerce Association (19 chambers are members) and Enterprise Europe Network (around 600 member organisations). The EEN network supports SMEs by free innovational consulting in order to increase and utilize their innovative potential. The aim of the network is to increase the innovational activities of SMEs, to present technology tranfer possibilities and to develop international cooperations. The network also supports the business sector by offering personalized consulting for boosting SMEs innovational capacities.

CSMKIK has a monthly newspaper called Kamarai Futár which is received by the chamber’s 1500 member companies. It has an electronic version too, which is forwarded to 200 e-mail addresses.

Other innovation supporting activities of the Chamber include:

  • Project InnoPortfolio – national matchmaking database for researchers and enterprises.
  • Open laboratory project – research database for chambers, universities, research centres, accredited innovation clusters etc.
  • The Chamber also offers consultation possibilities on intellectual property rights and patents and organises quarterly Industrial and Innovation Clubs for exchange of best practices.
  • S3 Strategy - the Chamber played active role in defining the priorities of the county level Smart Specialization Strategy.

CSMKIK will be responsible for the wide dissemination of the current project results. To this end the chamber will publish regularly information on its website: www.csmkik.hu (3000 visitors/month), both in English and in Hungarian languages. CSMKIK will include information about the project progress in the weekly newsletter of the Chamber and Enterprise Europe Network-Szeged - Euro Info Futár sent to 1150 e-mail addresses. Regular press releases and presentations at different events will be organized.

The Chamber has numerous contacts that are key-stakeholders of the current project proposal: 

  • DARFÜ (South Plain Regional Innovation Agency)
  • SzegedBoost (umbrella organization of start-up enterprises)
  • Junior Achievement Hungary+ KISOSZ (Association of Csongrad County Retailers)
  • University of Szeged
  • Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
  • Young Entrepreneurs Association Hungary (county level representative office)

These stakeholders will be kept informed about the project’s main objectives, results and its milestones in order to utilize and spread the project’s results among their target groups.