The DEAL laboratory intended for research and application of the latest technologies in the field of digital transformation was opened today in the Science and Technology Park in Novi Sad.
The director of the EBRD for the Western Balkans, Matteo Colangeli, emphasized that science and innovation are of great importance and belong to the investment priorities of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
“This is evidenced by the financial support in the amount of 80 million euros that we set aside at the beginning of this year for the development of Science and Technology Parks in Niš, Čačak and Kruševac. The focus of this project is to achieve synergy between the university and the economy, as this is extremely important for the revival of these smaller towns in Serbia and the development of their creativity,” said Kolandjeli.
According to the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Plamena Halačeva, through this program, support was provided to a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises in Serbia.
“With support funds of 2.2 million euros, we supported 132 companies to grow, adopt new technologies and be more innovative. This is important for us not only to improve the competitiveness of the economy, but to improve the quality of life and standards of citizens,” said Halačeva.
The director of the Science and Technology Park Nebojša Drakulić stated that the DEAL laboratory will be a step forward towards the transformation of digital technologies and production systems.
“The laboratory will greatly help the members of the Science and Technology Park and will be at their service to improve their projects and gain new knowledge in order to help create new solutions. All the equipment of the laboratory will serve this purpose,” underlined Drakulić.
The opening of the DEAL laboratory, which was created in cooperation with Axiom Tech and Siemens, was financed by the European Union through the program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).