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Вп деветптп издание на електрпнскипт Инфпрматпр на Еврппскипт инфпрмативен и инпвативен центар вп Македпнија, ги имате стандардните пдделпци каде се претставени најнпвите бараоа и ппнуди за бизнис и технплпшка спрабптка вп рамки на Еврппската мрежа на претпријатија (EEN). Вп пвпј брпј ве инфпрмираме за ппдпрганизираоетп вп рамките на мрежата вп т.н. Сектпрски групи,


Сектпрски групи на Мрежата на еврппските претпријатија ЕЕНприближуваое дп МСП The EU economy is powered by 23-million small- and medium-sized companies, which provide two out of three private-sector jobs. By helping these firms become more innovative, globally competitive and versatile, the Enterprise Europe Network is also creating the conditions for more jobs and growth in the years ahead


he Enterprise Europe Network boosts business in Europe and feeds into the goals of the EU’s ambitious 10-year economic strategy, Europe 2020. The strategy is designed to strengthen the EU’s economy as a whole and to promote economic growth in three priority areas: smart growth (based on knowledge and innovation); sustainable and competitive growth (combining resource efficiency with competitiveness); and inclusive growth (delivering social cohesion). ”Europe 2020 is about what we need to do today and tomorrow to get the EU economy back on track,” European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said when unveiling the strategy in March 2010, calling on Europe to tackle its ”growth deficit” in the wake of the global economic crisis. ”We need to build a new economic model based on knowledge, a low-carbon economy and high employment levels,” he added. ”This battle requires mobilisation of all actors.” The call to action was heard loud and clear by the Enterprise Europe Network, whose 3,000 experts in 49 countries work on a daily basis to help SMEs make the most of business opportunities in the single market and beyond. With more than 590 Network branches worldwide – including in every EU Member State – a partner is always available to help an entrepreneur excel.



Инпвации Beck & Partner KG, is a small Vienna-based consulting firm that helps renewable energy and drinking-water innovators turn their ideas into commercial successes. A recent tip from its local Network branch, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, led to a partnership with Xewer, a small Italian company that pioneered a way to store low-cost electrical energy from renewable sources. ”Whenever we come across something of interest to any of our clients, we inform them immediately,” says Thomas Röbelreiter, a Network technology transfer expert in the Agency. Röbelreiter recently told Beck & Co. about ProGeo, Xewer’s system for converting hydrogen power into methane electricity – which can then be stored for later use when needed. Although the concept already exists, Xewer has pioneered a way to do it at a lower cost. ”This innovation has huge potential,” says Dr. Guenther Beck, who has already conducted market research and given technical advice to Xewer. Xewer CEO Gastone Sauro, Beck’s new Italian partner, added: ”We have a lot of great ideas, and now we have an expert to help manage them. We are grateful to the Network for this unique opportunity.”

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Технплпгии и инпвации Успешни приказни Ozara is a Slovenian SME specialised in the training and employment of individuals with disabilities. n its search for EU funding the company turned to the Enterprise Europe Network in Ljubljana, based in the Chamber of Craft and Small Business Of Slovenia. After identifying the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci programme as the one for Ozara, Network expert Larisa Vodeb helped the company identify potential partners and put together a winning proposal. The proposal was successful, and Ozara is now leading an international pilot project funded under the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci programme to train handicapped people in the ceramics industry. Through a project known as ACtrain, Ozara and its new European partners will develop more than 40 computer-based lessons for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted. The project is based on the idea that being handicapped should not prevent anyone from being able to work. Eventually, the training programme should be available to disabled persons worldwide via any computer. ”It is truly inspiring to see what disabled people can achieve if they receive just a tiny bit of understanding and support,” says Vodeb.

innovation potential using IMP3rove, a European Commission-funded online tool. More and more Network partners also work with business clusters, roughly defined as concentrations of relevant players in a given sector including private firms, research institutes and public bodies. Italian and Spanish Network partners recently held the first-ever brokerage event for their respective environment and energy clusters, and hope to bring more clusters together in the future – including from other industry sectors. The Network also sees public procurement as a prime market opportunity for creative concepts, products and services, the speciality of innovative SMEs. Practically speaking, Network partners hold events to bring together buyers and sellers, and introduce companies to authorities who are actively seeking innovative products. The Network has also studied specific ways to finance innovation, such as public procurement. Increasingly, the Net work can therefore act as an information source for public buyers

as a promoter of innovative solutions, for example by providing guidance on how innovative products or services are compliant European norms. Working for the greater good Inclusive economic growth is another cornerstone of Europe 2020, which seeks to help at least 20 million people out of poverty – mainly by improving education and training. Within the Network, there are several initiatives with a social dimension – which also have longterm economic benefits for all.

take part in a range of creative activities, from drawing to putting on a musical stage play. ”Today’s training failures become tomorrow’s skills gap,” says Friedhelm Forge, a Munichbased Network partner at IHK. ”Therefore it is our goal to narrow this gap and mobilise all education potential. There is no reason why any capable young person should be shut out of the job market, and no reason why the Network should not help make a difference.”

One example is an academic summer camp for disadvantaged teenagers supported by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria (IHK). For threeand-a-half weeks, pupils with learning disabilities are given extra lessons in a welcoming and dynamic environment to boost their chances of finishing school and getting a job or an apprenticeship. Besides standard lessons in mathematics, reading and computer science, the youngsters


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Германски технологии имплементирани во Португалија With a turnover of €965 billion in 2008 and more than four million people working in the sector, the EU food and drink industry is ripe for partnership


When Cristina Cabeza, an agrofood advisor within Ceseand, the Spanish Network umbrella organisation for the Andalusia region, saw details of the food and drink fair SIAL in Paris, she thought that her contacts would find it worth attending. ” There are around 200 innovative companies in the food sector in my region, but I knew it wouldn’t be so easy to convince them to go. The big issue is the travel costs,” she said. Sixteen local firms nevertheless signed up. Cabeza knew that one in particular, Hacienda Meca, was looking for importers in France. ”I looked at the catalogue of profiles and I saw the French company Clavero,” she said. In conjunction with the Network partner in Brittany, the Chambre Régionale de Commerce et d’Industrie de Bretagne, Cabeza helped Hacienda Meca and local firm Clavero Tierra de Espana meet at the fair’s brokerage event, which took place over three days. The result was an exclusive deal for Clavero to distribute Hacienda Meca’s olive oils for the French hotel and high-end restaurant business. Agrofood producers have roots in their home regions but need to find distributors across the European Union. As many do not have the manpower to search on their own,



inding the right partner is crucial for Europe’s highly fragmented agrofood sector. It’s a tough industry consisting mainly of small- and medium-sized enterprises catering for sophisticated consumers who constantly demand new products.

the Enterprise Europe Network is a valuable tool for bringing the two sides together. The Network is a perfect fit for the agrofood sector as it was designed with smaller companies in mind. As well as find trading partners, the Network’s hundreds of members can advice on issues as diverse as finance, technology and European Union law. ” The most useful thing we can do is help companies make direct contact,” says Julio Carreras, the chairman of the Network’s agrofood sector group – a body which helps small and medium enterprises innovate through cooperation. Entering your profile into the Network’s powerful partner search engine can bring profitable results. The Network also keeps the market informed about initiatives launched by the European Commission and the EU in general, such as the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7), says Carreras. In addition to direct contacts, Networksponsored brokerage events frequently take place on the sidelines of established trade fairs. Thirteen brokerage events involving at least two Network partner organisations were organised in this sector in 2010. The

principal advantage of this kind of event is that it allows companies looking for partners to hold several meetings at the same venue with a scheduled agenda. I talian Network par tner organisation Promofirenze, based in Tuscany, also helped one of its clients, local firm Mastrantoni, to find a foreign distributor using the business cooperation database. Romanian company Izoconstruct, contacted via Romanian Network partner Camera de Comert, Industrie si Agricultura Galati, asked Mastrantoni to send over a shipment of Tuscan olive oil and wine soon after the two companies were put in touch, with the objective of distributing the produce throughout Romania. ” The partnership database is a very useful tool for assisting small and medium enterprises in finding new partners,” said Carlo Mastrantoni of the Italian firm. Promofirenze also gave him valuable information on labelling and food safety requirements in Romania. ”Italian agrofood products receive a high level of interest in Poland and Russia, and in general in the countries of eastern Europe,” said Promofirenze consultant Margherita Lella.

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Интелегентни енергии


enmark has long been harnessing wind energy, building up expertise on land and at sea. But the country’s offshore market is modest. That ’s why Mor ten Basse Jensen, Apro’s development manager, got in touch with the Enterprise Europe Network. His local branch is based in Herning’s Business Development Centre Herning & Ikast-Brande. In 2010, Thomas Andersen of the Business Development Centre and the UK’s Yorkshire and Humber region co - organised a conference in Herning, Jutland, on offshore wind development in the UK . Apro and another 40 Danish companies attended the seminar. At the Herning event Jensen got a first insight into opportunities in the British wind

energy sector and met Yorkshire and Humber Network branch Targeting Innovation. But the company wanted to dig deeper. Tim Barraclough of Targeting Innovation organised a visit to the Yorkshire and Humber region for Apro and arranged meetings with local companies, among them the international UK-based offshore servicing expert Cosalt. ”It was refreshing to see how keen everyone was to pool efforts and knowledge,” said Barraclough. Apro set up Cosalt Wind Energy Ltd, a joint venture with Cosalt, which had been looking to expand into the wind energy market. ”Europe is a fast-moving market,” says Jensen, ”and you can miss out on an order if you’re not on the spot. The Enterprise Europe Network was a great help.”


Danish company Apro is a world leader in building and maintaining wind farms. Working with the Enterprise Europe Network, the company has branched out in the rapidly expanding UK market, creating 30 new jobs.

The new company provides offshore installation, offshore ser vice, safety and inspection services. Cosalt Wind Energy has hired 30 new employees, 10 in the UK and 20 in Denmark. The company expects to hire even more people over the next two years. ” Working with my new Danish colleagues has been a very enjoyable experience,” says Winston Phillips, the joint venture’s managing director and long-time Cosalt director. ”We are all committed to developing a substantial European business.” A first major contract involves supplying engineers to Siemens offshore wind operations around the UK coast. Apro is now working with Enterprise Europe Network branches in Germany and the Netherlands to carry out similar operations with their developing offshore markets.

Прпмпција на Вашите инпвации Greek embroidery software company has landed a distribution deal in Turkey, thanks to the Network’s local expertise


hessalonik i firm Compucon makes software that designs textile patterns that can be read by almost all known pattern machines. Already exporting into several markets, business development director Thomas Vassaras was looking for the right Turkish distributor.

internet, for example. Someone needs to get information from both sides and decide if the partners are suitable.”

Network information officer Monika Nagy got in touch with her Turkish colleague, Serdal Temel, Network project manager in Izmir’s Ege University Science and Technology Centre. He helped put Vassaras in contact with Turkish company Yorka Software. The result was a distribution agreement which Vassaras hopes will eventually cover not only Turkey but also partners further to the east.

He turned to the Network office in Thessaloniki, which is hosted by the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece. He explains: ”Despite the technology now available, it is not that easy to find the right partner on your own, via the

”The Network is a reliable system. Using it means the approach from one company to another is not spontaneous,” explains Nagy.

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Кпнзпрциумски активнпсти

ЕУ им ппмага на фирмите да ги кпристат ЦИП фпндпвите The Network helped a German green engineering company make the all-important first steps abroad


olfgang Perbix heads a consortium of engineers that specialises in rehabilitating contaminated buildings, brownfields and landfills, as well as improving the energy efficiency of buildings. When he was looking to expand outside his German base, the Enterprise Europe Network in Hessen was on hand to help. This is one of the key roles of the Enterprise Europe Network: helping companies to reach new markets, identify technology partners and access EU funding. Perbix set his sights on eastern Europe: a ripe market for environmental consultancy work.

” We drafted the profile of the type of company he was looking for,” said Margarete Kessler, a consultant with the Development Agency for the State of Hessen, the local Network contact. ”He wanted companies that could help bring in new projects that required special qualifications, experience in environmental protection and language proficiency. There were a lot of expressions of interest, particularly from Portugal, Poland and Croatia.”

good matches. Kessler received 50 responses from her colleagues in 10 countries.

Network partner organisations working from close to 600 locations across Europe and beyond share company profiles and help find

”The Network is the best way to find contacts in Europe. These contacts are essential for market entry in foreign countries,” says Perbix.

Kessler first brought Perbix to Porto in Portugal, where three meetings were organised in coordination with the local Network office, the Instituto de Apoio às PME e à Inovação. Contacts were also followed up in Croatia and Poland. Three partnership agreements came about as a result, as well as the first planned project: an assessment of environmental pollution at sites in Croatia.

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The Eco-Innovation Initiative has proven a big hit among its main target audience: small- and mediumsized enterprises. Many innovative ideas have already become reality: have you heard about the nappy recycling plant? An Eco-Innovation Initiative project has shown that nappies do not always have to be incinerated or placed in landfill. Other projects have included the re-use of tannery waste as fertiliser and the promotion of bamboo filters for grey water in the food industry. Around 70% of all project applications come from SMEs, which also receive approximately 70% of available funding. ”We have reached the SMEs, and we encourage all companies of this type to come forward if they have a good green idea they want to bring to market,” says Beatriz Yordi, Head of the EcoInnovation Unit at the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation.

The initiative is designed to sit between the research and development phase and the market itself. Fund managers aim to boost Europe’s environmental and competitive standing by supporting green technologies, management methods, products and services. ”We’re looking for projects that can be replicated,” says Yordi. While there are plenty of good ideas kicking around in Europe, companies sometimes need a helping hand bringing them to the implementation phase, she says. Between 2008 and 2013, nearly €200 million will be available to fund projects that promote eco-innovation in Europe. The current annual call has a budget of around €36 million. ”Our application procedures are simple,” says Yordi. Community funding covers half of the eligible costs. Priority areas include recycling materials, buildings and construction, the food and drink sector, water, and green purchasing. ”It is truly inspiring to see what disabled people can achieve if they receive just a tiny bit of understanding and support,” says Vodeb.


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FP7 истаржуваоа, развпј

Бизниспт бара развпјни прпекти The Network helped an Italian firm land EU funding for groundbreaking research designed to replicate the light from the sun indoors


reating artificial light that replicates sunlight seems like science fiction. But that is just what the Enterprise Europe Network and the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) is helping to achieve. Network member APRE, the Rome-based Agency for the Promotion of European research, helped link an Italian client with a Europe-wide network of companies and researchers in order to exploit the latest advances in nanotechnology. The goal is to incorporate nano-composite materials into lighting, creating all the colour varieties of direct sunlight, including the diffused ’blue tinge’.

The potential applications for artificial daylight are enormous. ”There are tests that show that in schools where there is real natural light the efficiency of the students is better than in schools using artificial light,” says Professor Paolo Di Trapani of the University of Insubria in Italy, one of the project partners. ” There are also expanding needs in the entertainment industry such as cinemas, and shopping centres that are located underground for energy saving reasons. The quality of light is an increasingly important issue. We are working on making light healthy.” Putting together a successful FP7 proposal is not straightforward. In addition to the requirement


Italian company Light in Light needed extra funding to push the boundaries of existing research. APRE consultant Christin Pfeiffer and her colleagues helped the firm assemble the right group of partners, both private sector companies and researchers, and advised them on the best ways to access EU funds. that there be at least three partners from at least three EU Member States and two research performers, applicants have to show a willingness to create a network and share knowledge. ”If they don’t want to share then they’re not right for the proposal,” says Pfeiffer. The Network also advises companies on how to prepare their applications. ”Preparing the ’impact’ chapter where the expected results from the research project need to be described in detail is not easy,” explains Pfeiffer. Encouraging cooperation between academia and industry – two very different worlds – is another challenge the Network is experienced at tackling. The result for

Light in Light was a resounding success: the consortium was awarded FP7 funding of €1.2 million. The Network has helped more than 1 500 companies find research partners for FP7 applications. ”We are helping to create transnational teams and increasing the participation of small and medium enterprises in the programme,” says Anastasia Constantinou, coordinator of the Network’s working group on collaboration with FP7 National Contact Points. ”Even if they are not successful with the funding that’s still a good result. They are working as a team.”

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hile China offers huge opportunities for high-growth companies in all sectors, many entrepreneurs have no idea how to break into the market without any language skills or local contacts. Fortunately, the Enterprise Europe Network is there to lend a helping hand, represented by 10 branches in southeast and central China. Additional organisations are expected to join in coming months from the north eastern and western regions. ”We can help European firms find the right business partners in China,” says Lisa Zhang,


Тhe Enterprise Europe Network in China is an invaluable resource for European SMEs seeking a foothold in the world’s second-largest economy.

a Network expert with the Network’s Southeast China branch in Fujian province. As for the five southeastern coastal provinces, Zhang says they all boast thriving economies, well-developed transpor t infrastructure, a solid scientific research foundation, and a ”superb investment climate”. The Network uses several tools to match European and Chinese firms, including speednetworking events at major international trade fairs like last year’s ’b2fair’gathering in Shanghai. The event was organised with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network in Luxembourg.

Cooperating closely with their European counterparts, Network partner organisations in China also organise company missions to Europe. Working closely with colleagues in Germany, they are planning company missions this year to the Anuga food and beverage fair in Cologne, and the Intersolar Europe expo in Munich.

More information http://www.enterprise-europe-network.

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Finland is very long from north to south, so we have to channel our resources to serve the whole country,” says Hanna Heikkinen, the Network’s country coordinator based in Helsinki at the federal Ministry for Employment and the Economy. In practice, that means close ties among eight partner organisations – who regularly signpost clients to each other and organise staff development days. The Network also holds training sessions with other national networks on EU programmes relevant to SMEs,

such as the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7). Network partner organisations also work handin-hand with local and regional chambers of commerce and other business organisations such as ELY-Centres and Science Parks. The Network in Finland is closely attached to Enterprise Finland, a common brand for all Finnish public enterprise services. Although Finland is known for its manufacturing and electronics industries, SMEs are active in all sectors. Many rely on the Network to find


In Finland, the Enterprise Europe Network has branches in six cities. They cooperate closely with other business support groups to help entrepreneurs nationwide reach their full potential.

business partners abroad. This is true even in unexpected markets like Israel, where the Network organised a mission for Finnish firms. ”Although neighbouring countries like Germany, Sweden and Russia are the most important,” says Heikkinen, ”Finnish companies are open to cooperation possibilities everywhere.” More information

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Бизнис спрабптка

Македпнија на Рускиот пазар Annual Best Practice Awards celebrate Network partner organisations’ achievements in improving service to European businesses

ince it was launched in 2008, the Enterprise Europe Network has evolved into a community of talented business advisors who help foster jobs and growth across Europe. Made up of more than 590 partner organisations in 49 countries, the Network combines the special skills, strengths and experience of thousands of professionals – all providing a quality service to European entrepreneurs.

record. Each best practice can be shared with all other colleagues as part of the drive to continually improve the quality of service. Every time a player scores a goal, it boosts the performance of the entire team. Every partner with a good practice to share can submit it to the EACI, which selects 12 finalists in four different categories that are put up for a vote. Now in their third year, the Awards have

As part of that service, members are constantly innovating, developing new tools and methods to attract new clients and improve results. Known as good practices, they include ever ything from the creative promotion of events to the development of sophisticated new IT systems. The Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) manages the operational side of the Network and collects good practices all year round, distributing validated profiles to all partners so that they can adopt the ones they find most useful. In addition, the Network honours the most successful of these with Best Practice Awards. Winners are selected following a vote by all partners and announced at a muchanticipated ceremony, usually on the last day of the Network’s Annual Conference. Much more than just an honour for the actual trophy winners, the Awards are reason for the entire Network to celebrate. That is because all partners can take on board those tools and methods with a proven track

partners went to ’Viking Days,’ a unique corporate matchmaking event for Network advisers dreamed up by Syntens Innovation Network in the Netherlands and Denmark’s Agro Business Park. Short, targeted business meetings were combined with ice-breaking introductions, informal dinners and other social gatherings. The media relations and campaigns Award went to a five-day road show in the German state of Hesse that demonstrated the value of taking the Network directly to the people. Organised by the region’s Network partner, the tour informed 160 businesses in remote areas about EU, national and regional support programmes as well as cooperation possibilities. Ensuring that clients never knock on the ’wrong door’ when they seek help is another award category. Honours went to a powerful web search tool developed by a partner in northeastern Italy. It connects directly with the Network’s entire database of company profiles and requests to the competent partner in the company’s geographical area.

become highly competitive and prestigious, inspiring partners to constantly come up with new ideas. Each practice submitted is evaluated by the EACI, which posts all validated entries on the Network’s intranet for all to see.

Last but not least, the 2010 awards recognised Enterprise Europe Flanders’ for helping increase SMEs’ participation in European public consultations online and on business panels.

And the winners are…

As partners continue to develop winning tools and methods all year long, the annual competition for Best Practice Awards will only get tougher – resulting in a better performance by the Network overall.

Last year’s Best Practice Awards, announced at Antwerp’s elegant Elisabeth Hall, proved to be especially inspiring. Top honours for transnational collaboration between Network


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Објавени ппвици ЦИП, ФП7

Финансираое на инпвациите U in 2007. It runs through 2013 with a total budget of €3.621 billion.


ore than 100,000 European SMEs have benefited from the financial instruments of the CIP, set up by the European Commission to foster the competitiveness of enterprises, especially SMEs; to promote all forms of innovation including eco-innovation; and to accelerate the development of a sustainable, competitive, innovative and inclusive economy. Although the current framework still applies, the Commission is already deciding on future priorities and designing the instruments that will be used after 2013, following a public consultation with stakeholders. The CIP is divided into three operational programmes, each of which has a specific objective. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP), with a budget of €2.166 billion, seeks to remove market barriers preventing innovative businesses from expanding and thriving across Europe by supporting business cooperation and transnational technology transfer. One of the ways it does this is by providing SMEs better access to finance for investments

in technological development, eco-innovation, technology transfer and other areas through venture capital investment and loan guarantee instruments. The financial instruments, managed by the European Investment Fund in cooperation with financial institutions in EU Member States, target companies in different stages of their development. Among the most important instruments of the CIP is the Enterprise Europe Network, which is funded by the EIP. It is managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), which also administers the CIP’s Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (described below). These close links enable Network par tner organisations to keep entrepreneurs abreast of new calls for proposals under each programme soon after they are published. But the Network’s role goes well beyond flagging interesting funding opportunities. It works hard to match SMEs with potential business partners, provides individual business and innovation support and advises them on how to put together a winning proposal to secure EU funding.

Pilot projects and networking actions funded by ICT PSP are selected through open calls for proposals launched each year. Pilot projects test the innovative use of ICT in several areas including health, ageing and social inclusion, government and governance and energy efficiency, environment and smart mobility. The final element of the CIP, the Intelligent Energy – Europe Programme, with a budget of €727 million, is a non-technological programme focused on creating a more favourable business environment for increasing energy efficiency and renewables. Rather than fund ideas for new innovations, the IEE programme covers ideas that are already viable. Examples of projects it funds include training on new construction techniques that can cut energy costs by 50% compared with traditional buildings, or help for Europe’s cities to become cleaner and more energy-efficient.

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The CIP also encourages a better uptake of information and communication technologies (IC T ) and the increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Commissioner Oettinger at a flagship event during EU Sustainable Energy Week


The I nformation Communic ations Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP), whose budget is €728 million, aims to promote a wider uptake and best use of ICT by citizens, governments and businesses, especially SMEs. In the long term, this will boost growth and jobs in Europe.

More information

Настани, кпнференции

All year round, Enterprise Europe Network partner organisations host, co-organise or participate in a wide range of corporate matchmaking events to promote their activities and bring together SMEs with potential partners. Following are some highlights from this year’s busy agenda. A complete online diary is available at




European SME Week will feature local, national and regional events all over Europe devoted to SMEs and promoting entrepreneurship. As in the past many Network partner organisations will organise events of their own, which can take the form of informational competitions, company open days, online activities and workshops.


CeBIT Bilisim Eurasia, Brokerage Event, Istanbul, Turkey


ANUGA Matchmaking Cologne, Germany


BioBusinessMatching at the BIOTECHNICA, Hannover, Germany


EUROTOOL Brokerage Event 2011, Krakow, Poland


AquaMatch 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Sustainable construction matchmaking fair at the BATIMAT expo, Paris, France


Environmental technology solutions brokerage event at WATEC expo, Tel Aviv, Israel


Healthcare Brokerage Event MEDICA 2011, Düsseldorf, Germany


TECH INDUSTRY 2011, Riga, Latvia



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