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Working Group meeting to launch the Small Business Act for Europe assessment
A first public-private Working Group meeting, launching the third cycle of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) assessment, took place in Chisinau on 23 May 2018. The main objective of the Working Group meeting was to launch the third cycle of the SBA assessment. In addition, the meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the progress in implementation of SME policies in Moldova since...
macro financial assistance for Ukraine
On 29 May 2018, EU ambassadors endorsed, on behalf of the Council of the European Union, an agreement with the European Parliament on a new package of macro-financial assistancefor Ukraine. A further €1 billion in loans will cover Ukraine’s financing needs over a period of two and a half years. The loans will support economic stabilisation and a programme of structural reforms , supplementing...
Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Andrea Viktorin
An expert assessment of Belarus' compliance with the principles of the Small Business Act for Europe was discussed on May 29 at a round table in Minsk. The meeting was organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in cooperation with the Council for the Development of Entrepreneurship, in the framework of the EU-funded project ‘ EU4Business: From Policies to Action...
A series of rural startups from Belarus will get the chance to put their ideas into action with EU support, after being selected at the fourth Startup Weekend in Kamarova earlier this month. At the event, business ideas were presented by residents of Miadziel, Astraviec, Smarhoń and Pastavy districts, who had been trained at the School of Rural Business in Kamarova from January to April 2018. A...
Ready to Trade: training on product listing in Azerbaijan
A first workshop on product listing has just been held by the International Trade Centre in Azerbaijan, as part of the recently launched ‘ Ready to Trade ’ project funded by the European Union in the framework of the EU4Business initiative. The project aims to improve the competitiveness of SMEs from Azerbaijan and other Eastern Partnership countries, and help them access new markets with a...
Château Mukhrani
A training on agritourism development took place at the end of April at Château Mukhrani in Georgia, supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development , with funding from EU under the EU4Business initiative. More than 20 representatives from micro businesses learned how to use opportunities created by raising visitor flow to the country and to Mukhrani in particular. Along with...
ITC berry export seminar
On May 3, the International Trade Centre in cooperation with the Ukrainian Berries Association organised its first seminar in Kyiv on the possibilities of exporting berry products to EU markets. The seminar was held within the framework of the three-year ‘ Ready to Trade ’ project, a regional programme funded by the EU across the Eastern Partnership under the EU4Business Initiative. The project...
Georgia on European Way
The EU4Business project ‘Georgia on European Way: Creation of Effective Model for DCFTA and SME Strategy Implementation’ has issued a call for project proposals from Georgian civil society organisations. The deadline for applications is 31 May. The EU-funded project aims to increase and support Georgian civil society organisations’ role in raising public awareness, understanding and support for...
grant opportunity for IT companies in Shirak marz Armenia
As part of the EU4Business project on ‘Boosting Technological Developments in Shirak Marz’, the Microsoft Innovation Centre Armenia and Gyumri Information Technologies Centre have announced a new grant opportunity for partner IT companies. The deadline for applications is 20 May. The goal of the grant opportunity is to assist IT companies operating in Shirak marz in expanding their activities and...
Pavel Filip, Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip in Brussels on 3 May on the occasion of the fourth Association Council meeting between the EU and the Republic of Moldova. With trade between the EU and Moldova up a further 18% in 2017, accounting for 55% of Moldova's total trade, the two sides discussed further steps to translate increased trade volumes into...