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Business associations in Armenia are creating a website to encourage SMEs to complain about barriers they face in doing business. The new reporting platform is part of a project, “Evidence-based Advocacy for Reform”, funded by the EU4Business programme. The European Business Association Armenia , the voice of the EU business community in the country set up by the EU Delegation to Armenia , said...
The EU has allocated €14.5 million to Azerbaijan as part of the country’s regional development programme. It envisages a wide range of measures, from twinning and technical assistance to the creation of a business information system in rural area s, improved support for the development of SMEs in rural areas and family farming, the introduction of agriculture consulting services system, and...
The EU intends to expand dialogue and cooperation with Azerbaijan as the two parties begin negotiations for a comprehensive new partnership agreement that will better address their shared challenges, said Christian Danielsson, director general for neighbourhood and enlargement negotiations at the European Commission. Mr Danielsson was speaking during a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart...
The EU is to provide a further €6 million for the development of SMEs in Belarus over the next four years – with a special emphasis on innovative startups and women in business . “We would like to support innovative fledgling companies and small enterprises, and women who are engaged in business under the very good Women in Business project launched this year,” said Andrea Wiktorin, Head of the...
A new USD 100 million financing package organised under the EU4Business programme will enable the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to provide further support to Georgian SMEs. The funding, in the national Lari currency, will be fed through TBC Bank , one of Georgia’s major financial entities. USD 60m of the amount is designed to help SMEs comply with the requirements of the...
The Moldovan Government is establishing a Consultative Council for the development of SMEs in the country. The new structure will operate under the Ministry of Economy and act as a platform for effective dialogue between entrepreneurs and government departments. The council, set up under a new law for SMEs adopted in the last quarter of 2016, will study the problems of small and medium-sized...
A Ukrainian software company has won a €1.22 million grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 innovation and research programme for a product that could save semiconductor firms millions of euros by eliminating faulty chip manufacture. Polyteda Cloud is receiving the grant towards a two-year project, " Innovative Cloud-Based PV Workflow for Semiconductor Foundries ”, as part of a...
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and EU4Business are providing loans and investment support to the Ukrainian pharmaceutical producer Ecopharm, so that it can build a new export-oriented manufacturing facility in the town of Slavuta in Khmelnytskyi region, western Ukraine . A seven-year loan from the EBRD , worth up to €3.6 million, will also help buy state-of-the-art...
An EU-backed programme enabling the European Investment Bank to further enhance its support to SMEs in Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership countries was launched at a conference in Kiev on 10 February. The goal of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) Initiative East programme is to strengthen economic development in the target countries by providing financial and technical...
The Science and Technology Entrepreneurship (STEP) programme has launched a new funding cycle to provide tech start-ups with money to get their products to market and create new ventures. STEP funds teams of scientists, researchers, engineers working in fields like Biotech, CleanTech and engineering. Those that receive grants will get: Access to seed funding Mentoring and network opportunities...