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Participants at the SME Academy on Access to EU Markets, from 10-12 May, heard that 65% of Moldovan exports are now reaching EU countries.
65% of exports from Moldova are now reaching EU markets, the vice-chair of the country’s chamber of commerce and industry told an SME training academy in May. 35 representatives of SMEs attended a three-day academy in Chisinau, organised under the EU4Business East Invest 2 project in cooperation with the Moldova Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 10-12 May. Mihail Bîlba, vice-chair of the...
Participants at the high-level conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of ODIMM, the Moldovan SME development organisation.
Some 3,700 jobs have been created by SMEs in Moldova over the past decade, while around 2,500 companies have benefited from financial support, a conference in Chisinau heard on 17 May. ODIMM , the Moldovan Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Sector Development Organisation, celebrated a decade of working for SMEs in the country at a high-level conference at the Republican Palace. Over 100 people...
Armenian business people at the Armenia-Turkey Investor Day ©EU
The financing of SMEs and start-ups in Armenia was the theme of an EU Investment Week held from 2 to 5 May.The week kicked off with the EU4Business SMEDA (Support to SME Development in Armenia) project organising visits to start-ups and innovative companies on 2 May. Armenia-Turkey Investor Day An Armenia-Turkey Investor Day was also held on the first day, promoting links between start-ups and...
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Training visits to the EU for representatives of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) are extended following the success of visits over the past year. BSO reps from the EaP countries have been undergoing training at their EU counterparts since August 2016. Meanwhile, EU experts have also been...
The EBRD, EU and TBC Bank signed an agreement on 2 May to provide loans to help Georgian SMEs improve their products and services to compete in the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) set up by Georgia and the EU. The agreement covers loans of USD 100 million in local currency (lari) , organised as follows: USD 60 million to help SMEs to comply with the requirements of the DCFTA ; USD...
The EIB launched two new programmes to boost private sector development in Georgia at a seminar in Tbilisi on 8 May: DCFTA Initiative East and InnovFin.
The European Investment Bank has launched two new programmes, developed jointly with the European Commission, to help private sector development in Georgia. It presented the programmes - DCFTA Initiative East (part of the wider EU4Business initiative) and InnovFin (EU Finance for Innovators) – at a high-level seminar under the EU4Business initiative in Tbilisi on 8 May. The event attracted around...
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Local authorities in the six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries are encouraged to apply for funding to help their cities lead economic growth and job creation in the region. The Call for Proposals “Mayors for Economic Growth Pioneer Projects” targets those cities that already have a Local Economic Development Plan which is consistent with the initiative and outlined in the mayor for Economic...
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched a new EUR 10 million credit line for SMEs in Moldova supported by EU4Business . The funds could help your SME take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement Moldova has with the EU. The credit facility aims to help local SMEs invest in improvements in product...
Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip
Moldova is making good progress overall in the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) it has with the EU - but needs to advance in several sectors, a key meeting held in Brussels heard on 31 March. Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip met with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes...
The East Invest 2 programme is recruiting EU experts to take part in a training academy for senior managers of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. The BSO Strategic Planning Academy will take place from 8 to 11 May 2017 in Westerham, Germany, organised under East Invest 2 , an EU-funded programme targeting Business (Support) Organisations (BSOs) and...