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June 2017
Newsletter EN

Azerbaijan Lack of skills and inability to access new markets amongst challenges faced by SMEs in Eastern Partnership countries
01/06/2017
Georgia EU Investment Week in Armenia
Armenia 16/05/2017
Armenia Making SMEs more competitive will be a key feature of the OECD Eurasia Week 2017 to be held in October
12/10/2017 to 25/05/2017

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

EUR 1.5 billion of loans supported almost 100 000 SMEs under EU4Business initiative, 1st General Assembly hears

24 May 2017

The 1st General Assembly meeting of the EU4Business initiative took place on 17 May in Brussels. It brought together over 80 representatives from the six Eastern Partner countries, country missions to the EU, implementing partners (EBRD, EIB, OECD, World Bank, GIZ, KfW, GFA, Eurochambres, ITC, IKZ, EBA) and European Institutions.

Discussions focused on key achievements and the way forward for EU4Business. The EU4Business Consolidated Report was also presented. The report reviewed implementation of the initiative from 2009-2016.

EU4Business success stories in a video

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LATEST NEWS
Lack of skills and inability to access new markets amongst challenges faced by SMEs in Eastern Partnership countries
01/06/2017

Internationalisation and skills needs are two of the biggest challenges facing SMEs in Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, the 17th Meeting of the Platform 2 on Economic Convergence with EU Policies heard in Brussels on 18 May 2017.

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Success of SME Academy on EU market access in Moldova
Moldova 19/05/2017

65% of exports from Moldova are now reaching EU markets, the vice-chair of the country’s chamber of commerce and industry told an SME training academy in May.

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EIB introduces new financial support for SMEs in Georgia
Georgia 09/05/2017

The European Investment Bank has launched two new programmes, developed jointly with the European Commission, to help private sector development in Georgia.

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Belarus
EU Investment Week in Armenia
Armenia 16/05/2017

The financing of SMEs and start-ups in Armenia was the theme of an EU Investment Week held from 2 to 5 May.The week kicked off with the EU4Business SMEDA (Support to SME Development in Armenia) project organising visits to start-ups and innovative companies on 2 May.

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Successful exchange scheme for Business Support Organisations extended
16/05/2017

Training visits to the EU for representatives of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) are extended following the success of visits over the past year.

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EVENTS

07-09

Jun 2017
Export training for SMEs in the Belarussian agro-food sector (SME Academy)

Belarus

08

Jun 2017
Business forum on economic reforms in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

23-25

Oct 2017
Making SMEs more competitive will be a key feature of the OECD Eurasia Week 2017 to be held in October
More events
www.EU4Business.eu

EU4Business is an EU initiative that helps SMEs in the six countries of the Eastern Partneship region to realise their full potential and boost economic growth.

EU4Business secretariat

De Kleetlaan 2
B-1831 Diegem
Belgique

Phone number

+32 2 749 18 51

Email adress

secretariat@eu4business.eu

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