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The role of SMEs in border regions

The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR),

in collaboration with the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA),

warmly invites you to attend the online seminar

SMEs in Border Regions

(their specific problems, possible solutions, opportunities offered by the new EU Programs and more)

Thursday, late January or early February (27 or 28/1, 2, 3 or 4/2) 2021, 10:00 CET

Via Zoom (the link will be sent to registered participants)

Please register here (link to be included)

  • Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General of AEBR, will introduce the workshop, highlighting the role of SMEs for the development of cross-border areas, their current situation in a context of a pandemic, and main challenges and opportunities in the post-pandemic period.
  • Esteban Pelayo, Director of EURADA, … (more text)
  • Key-note speech: n.n., DG GROW, on the EU focus on SMEs, in particular for the reconstruction of many border regions (40% of EU territory, one third of the European population and 30% of the EU’s GDP) in a more sustainable, digital and resilient way (tbc)

The Role of Projects: (incl. “flashes” from b-solutions: identified obstacles and solutions)

  • n.n., Pannon EGTC, Lead Partner of the Interreg Europe project InterVentures (Policies to promote the internationalisation of SMEs for more competitive regional ecosystems in border areas of the EU) will introduce the project and give an overview about the situation of SMEs, what are the most interesting findings of the project and how this project is helping SMEs.
  • Sandra Spule, Spatial Foresight, presentation on the ESPON Targetted Analysis BusDEV – Business Development Opportunities at External EU Borders, (some more text on this presentation)

The Role of Chambers:

  • A Chamber of Commerce from a Greek border region (tbc)
  • Chamber of Commerce of Lombardy (tbc)

The Role of Institutional Support: (examples of regional agencies)

  • SVDA Struttura Valle d’Aosta s.r.l. (IT-CH-FR) (tbc)
  • Kainuun Etu (FI-RU) (tbc)
  • ZARA- Zagorje Development Agency (HR-SI) (tbc)

The Role of CB Structures:

  • A Central European euroregion / an Iberian one  (tbc)

Summ up and closing:

  • AEBR
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