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EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev on 13 July 2017. Pictured, left to right: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council; Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine, and; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
The EU and Ukraine have signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, to come into force on 1 September 2017. The AA provides the blueprint for Ukraine's ambitious reform path and will foster trade and investment between the EU and Ukraine. The DCFTA has been operating provisionally for a year and has already seen significant growth in trade. EU is Ukraine’s...
Evening cityscape in Tbilisi
Since 2011, the European Investment Bank Group (EIB) and ProCredit have jointly improved access to long term finance for SMEs in Georgia. So far, 872 projects of small and medium businesses received EIB financing, totalling EUR 25 million, through ProCredit Bank Georgia. “Unlocking the potential of the private sector in Georgia through availability of affordable, long term financing for...
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...
Farid Malikov (centre), executive director of PESI in Azerbaijan, visits a facility in Slovakia as part of his training with the Slovak Chamber of Trade and Industry  (Trenčín branch) in the frame of the BSO Exchange scheme as part of the East Invest 2 programme of the EU4Business initiative.
The Slovak Chamber of Trade and Industry (Trenčín branch) has been helping an Azerbaijani business association understand better how it can contribute to creating a successful vocational education and training (VET) system in Azerbaijan. Farid Malikov, executive director of the Partnership for Economic and Social Initiatives (PESI) in Azerbaijan, an independent think tank on the market economy...
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 –...
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...
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...
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...