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Iryna Halimska (left), acting vice-president of Volyn Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, underwent membership and services related training with the Seville Chamber of Commerce in Spain.
The BSO Exchange programme, developed by the East Invest 2 project, has continued to provide Eastern Partnership countries’ representatives with quality training at their EU counterparts. The latest use of the facility was made by Iryna Halimska, acting vice-president of Volyn Chamber of Commerce and Industry in northwest Ukraine. She underwent training at Seville Chamber of Commerce in Spain...
Vineyards in Georgia’s Kakheti region, whose wines are among those featured in the new online platform.
Winemakers in Georgia have launched an online information platform sharing details of over 100 wines for sale in the country - thanks to support from the EU4Business East Invest 2 project. The Competence Centre for Wine, Wine Marketing and Grape Products (CCWMG) came out of a Business Support Organisation (BSO) twinning project between the Georgian Wine Association and the Bulgarian Chamberr of...
Event “Eastern Partnership: Ready to Trade” in Baku
By International Trade Center News EU-funded project to improve competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises in Azerbaijan and other Eastern Partnership countries. (Baku/Geneva) – A project to boost the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Azerbaijan and connect them to global value chains was today launched in Baku. The ‘Eastern Partnership: Ready to Trade –...
Representatives of the EU4Business SMEDA project sign a partnership agreement with the organisers of the 2017 Sevan Startup Summit, which will take place on the shores of Lake Sevan in Armenia from 24 to 31 July.
EU4Business, through its SMEDA project, has signed a partnership agreement with local bodies to support Armenia’s Sevan Startup Summit , which will be held from 24 to 31 July 2017. The Summit is as an important annual event in Armenia where startups can present their business ideas and further improve them with the assistance of mentors, experts, trainers and peers. Where startups and investors...
Chisinau/Luxembourg, 4 July 2017 An EU-backed programme enabling the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Republic of Moldova and other countries that have signed an Association Agreement with the European Union was launched in Chisinau today. The goal of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) Initiative East is to strengthen...
EU4Business was well represented at the OECD policy seminar in Minsk, which aimed to help Belarus successfully implement its SME strategy.
The Ministry of Economy of Belarus presented its draft SME strategy at an international seminar in Minsk on 27 June. The strategy to 2030 includes proposals to improve the business environment. The Ministry of Economy also identified reform priorities in the areas of innovation, investment and export promotion. Advice from EU and EaP countries The two-day seminar, “SME strategy for Belarus:...
The first Steering Group meeting for the Mayors for Economic Growth project was held in Kiev.
A signing ceremony for 20 Ukrainian cities in Kiev on 20 June brought the number of local authorities in Eastern Partnership countries joining the Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) initiative to over 100. The signing ceremony took place during the first Steering Group meeting for M4EG, held in Kiev City Hall, attended by representatives of national governments, as well as associations of local...
Over 10,000 new jobs have been created in SMEs in projects under the EU4Business initiative.
EU4Business projects have created more than 10,000 new jobs since the initiative launched in 2009, according to a Consolidated Report of its activities. The Report, presented to the 1st EU4Business General Assembly in Brussels on 17 May, says a further 93,000 jobs in SMEs have been supported by business advice under the initiative. Further achievements From 2009 to 2016, other impressive results...
The regional position paper was endorsed at the final conference of the East Invest 2 project, held in Kiev on June 21.
A Regional Position Paper as a contribution by the East Invest 2 project to the Eastern Partnership Business Forum in Tallinn this October contains a series of broad-ranging recommendations to improve the business climate for SMEs. The regional position paper, endorsed at the final East Invest 2 project conference in Kiev on 21 June, was drafted with the input of around 200 business associations...
The EU Business Climate Report 2017 was launched during the recent EU-Azerbaijan Business Forum on 8 June 2017. The survey aims to assess the current conditions for doing business in Azerbaijan, highlighting key reform achievements and remaining bottlenecks. Improvements made but economy still weak Despite notable improvements in the EU businesses' perception of the economic situation over the...