Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1000 Brussels - Room Maelbeek
According to a communication of the European Commission and the Industry Committee of the European Parliament, it turns out that more than 99% of all European enterprises are SMEs, providing more than 90 million jobs and generating 3.9 trillion euro in value added.
It is obvious that SMEs deliver a determinant contribution to the creation of jobs and growth and hence achieve and contribute to the economic success of a country.
Another important fact is, that 35% of the businesses do not invest in foreign markets, because of their lack of knowledge of those markets. This could be improved by the necessary information about options for internationalization in the form of and exchange of experiences. Export credit guarantees and reducing trade barriers would be of help.
To handle the decision-making process geared toward international activities, cross-border cooperation, strategic alliances and the innovative forms of corporate cooperation must be structured so that their culturally diverse constituents can interact effectively.
4.30 pm: Opening wordsMrs. Annette Godart-van der Kroon, President LVMI Europe
4.45 pm: Keynote speechMr. Stéphane Ouaki, Head of Investments and SMEs Unit in DG RTDMr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME:The project DigitaliseSME and ways for more cross-border business in the European Single Market.
5.15 pm: panel discussion with Mrs. Valérie Guimard, Vice-President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and President of AFDEEMr. Danile Kaddik, Director of the European Liberal ForumModerator: Mr. Philip Stafford, Editor, FT Trading Room at Financial Times
6.15 pm Closing remarks
6.30 pm Networking reception