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In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, the resilience of small and medium enterprises has been put to the ultimate test. The EU4Business team perfectly understand that SMEs face challenges to keep their business afloat. Entrepreneurs find it difficult to regularly adapt to newly-emerging regulations and market requirements, maintain the workforce, seek investments and continue operations...
The moratorium on inspections is a broad concept used by both government officials and the media. In Ukraine, there are at least two major categories of inspections that people usually haven’t been told much about. The first category subject to the moratorium during the quarantine is the so-called state supervision (control) of economic activities. It is identified by spheres of control and NOT...
Armenia The state of emergency in Armenia is extended for 30 days till June 13, while financial and economic activities can be undertaken under specific conditions. Read More A total of 84.4 billion AMD (about US$ 175 million) have been distributed by the government as of May 16, 2020 to 48,400 legal entities and more than 1 million individuals. With the 3rd measure dedicated to SMEs, the...
Armenia About 14,000 economic entities (93.3% of the potential beneficiaries) with 2 to 50 employees received a total of about 2.2 billion AMD (about US$ 4.5 million) as the result of the measure aimed at mitigating the economic circumstances of Covid-19, according to the State Revenue Committee. Read More 70.3 billion AMD (about US$ 145 million) was distributed through 17 actions of the...
Lifting quarantine rules on May 11 allowed a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises to go back to work. Coronavirus continues to spread, and entrepreneurs should pay special attention to the safety of both their employees and clients. That is why the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) in cooperation with the SME Development Office ( SMEDO ) operating within the Ministry of...
Armenia From May 4, 2020 vast majority of businesses including cafes and restaurants are allowed to resume their work exclusively in the open-air areas. There could be a return to the strict regime in case of aggravation of the situation. Read More Some 24,000 business entities have been already assisted by the Government of Armenia. Over 62 billion AMD (about US$ 128 million) had been provided...
EU provides UAH 123.5 mln to entrepreneurs from Donbas under EU4Business FinancEast programme
The EU-funded FinancEast programme has announced the results of first four months of its operation. From December 2019 to April 2020, the European Union provided UAH 123.5 million in subsidies and compensation to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the government-controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The programme provides for the reimbursement of up to 50% of...
Armenia 167 loan applications from SMEs worth 1.6 billion AMD (about US$ 3.3 million) have been approved as of April 16, 2020. Under the effective job support measure for entities with 2-50 employees, another 1.2 billion AMD (about US$ 2.5 million) was disbursed as one-time grants. Read More The Asian Development Bank predicts 2.2% economic growth for Armenia , the World Bank keeps it lower – 1.7...
Since March 2020, entrepreneurs can learn at online-events of the Business Information Support Centers (BISCs) and the Merezha online platform. Business Information Support Centers have already reoriented 10 out of 40 planned events to the online format: Management effectiveness program for medical centers; Sectoral Program of Business management in the health and beauty industry; Training "...
Santa Ukraina swiftly switches manufacturing following EBRD and EU support Hundreds of fashionable dresses, blouses and skirts are the garments that textile producer Santa Ukraina usually manufactures and ships to European retail brands every day. But the coronavirus has transformed its work: “We realised very quickly that now was the time to act,” explains Evhen Dyrdin , CEO of Santa Ukraina. “...