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International activities / Missions for Growth

International activities / Missions for Growth

Vice-President Tajani is organising Missions for Growth in European and third countries. These missions involve political and business meetings and discussions in areas of mutual interest in the fields of Enterprise & Industry policy but do not deal with specific trade policy issues; they allow for high-level contacts between Vice-President Tajani, European External Action Service, European entrepreneurs, and political authorities of third countries.

European companies are informed of these missions through the Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry's website, the Enterprise Europe Network, by industrial federations, Member States Embassies and by EU delegations and representations. The participation is open to all interested businesses. Missions for Growth are usually followed by missions led by the EU SME Envoy in missions concentrating specifically on SMEs.

The objective is to enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest of enterprise & industry policy (through signature of political documents in various sectors such as industrial cooperation, innovation, standardisation, clusters, entrepreneurship, raw materials, SMEs, space, tourism).

During the pioneering period of December 2011 – December 2012, seven separate Missions for Growth involving eleven different countries, 300 companies (including some business federations) from 17 EU Member States took place.

The countries visited were: United States of America, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt.
In total, 51 political agreements were signed.

The last Missions for Growth took place from 22 to 25 January 2013 in Peru and Chile. In 2013, further visits to China, Russia and India (dates to be confirmed) are planned.

 


 

1. United States of America

Mission for growth from 10 to 12.05.2012 with a business delegation composed of 11 European Organisations and 2 National Associations.

11.05.2012: Letter of Intent between the United States of America and the European Union concerning cooperation in support of the activities of small and medium sized enterprises:

Develop a framework for cooperation between the International Trade Administration and the Enterprise Europe Network, including operational arrangements to collaborate on specific cooperative measures for SMEs.

10.05.2012: Recognition of Mutual Interest between Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on toy safety issues: Signed by VP Tajani and Chairman Tenenbaum of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Strengthen existing cooperation on toys safety, including the promotion of closer collaboration between standardisation bodies, increased synergies of market surveillance and enforcement systems, organisation of joint activities with third countries + closer cooperation in the field of electrical appliances and fireworks.

21.05.2012: Joint Statement on Space Cooperation between the United States of America and the European Union by Antonio Tajani and Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary, Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State:

Enhanced EU-US space cooperation with a view to strengthening stability in space by exploring areas of mutual interest (e.g. space situational awareness, orbital debris mitigation).

10.05.2012: Recognition of Mutual Interest on the field of toy safety Signed by Antonio Tajani and Inez Tenenbaum Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Continuing and enhancing cooperation between the EU and US on toy safety.

 


 

2. United Mexican States

Mission for growth from 13 to 15.05.2012 with a business delegation composed of 14 European Companies, 3 European Federations, 1 Spanish regional federation representing 7 Member States.

17.01.2012: Joint Declaration between Mrs Gloria Guevara Manzo, Secretary for Tourism of the United Mexican States and Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission to strengthen tourism flows between the United Mexican States and Europe:

Develop cooperation and actions to facilitate tourism flows between Europe and Mexico by promoting travel in particular in the respective low seasons, optimising the use of available spare airline and accommodation capacity thus benefitting the local economy of the host destinations

15.05.2012: Letter of intent on an SME policy dialogue signed by Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr Bruno Ferrari Garcia de Alba, Secretary of Economy of the United Mexican States.

Establish a dialogue on SME Policy to promote mutual understanding and enhance bilateral cooperation, focus on exchanging information and practices aiming at the development of a modern SME policy framework conducive to entrepreneurship in an enhanced business environment. Appoint SME Envoys

15.05.2012: Letter of intent on industrial cooperation signed by Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr. Bruno Ferrari Garcia de Alba, Secretary of Economy of the United Mexican States

Promote and encourage direct cooperation towards those industrial sectors of mutual interest and deepen the industrial cooperation with the view of identifying new priorities and opportunities to foster their mutual potential for sustainable development and growth

15.05.2012: Letter of intent on a policy dialogue on raw materials signed by Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr. Bruno Ferrari Garcia de Alba, Secretary of Economy of the United Mexican States:

Develop a dialogue on raw materials and mining to promote mutual understanding and enhance bilateral cooperation and the exchange of information on policies related to raw materials and mining and establish communication channels so as to strengthen the exchange of information

15.05.2012: Letter of intent for a space policy dialogue signed by Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr. Dionisio Arturo Perez-Jacome, Secretary of Communications and Transport of the United Mexican States:

Establish a structured dialogue on space cooperation, involving the Mexican Space Agency, with the aim of building an effective system of partnership and cooperation between the European Union and the United Mexican States in civil space activities. In this regard, areas of potential cooperation could be Earth Observation and Earth Science; Contribution to the Group on Earth Observation; Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Satellite-based Augmentation Systems; Satellite communications

 


 

3. Colombia

Mission for growth from 16 to 17.05.2012 with a business delegation composed of 13 European Companies, 1 European Association, 3 European Federations representing 4 Member States.

17.05.2012: Joint Declaration between Mr. Gabriel A. Duque Mildenberg, Vice-Minister for Trade, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Colombia and Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission to strengthen tourism flows between Colombia and Europe

Develop cooperation and actions to facilitate tourism flows between Europe and Colombia by promoting travel in particular in the respective low seasons, optimising the use of available spare airline and accommodation capacity thus benefitting the local economy of the host destinations

17.05.2012: Letter of Intent on an SME policy dialogue between Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr. Gabriel A. Duque Mildenberg, Vice-Minister for Trade, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Colombia

Establish a dialogue on SME Policy to promote mutual understanding and enhance bilateral cooperation, focus on exchanging information and practices aiming at the development of a modern SME policy framework conducive to entrepreneurship in an enhanced business environment. Appoint SME Envoys

17.05.2012: Letter of Intent on industrial cooperation between Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr. Gabriel A. Duque Mildenberg, Vice-Minister for Trade, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Colombia:

Promote and encourage direct cooperation towards those industrial sectors of mutual interest and strengthen innovation, technology transfer and absorption, diversification, modernisation, development and product quality in businesses

17.05.2012: Letter of Intent on a policy dialogue on raw materials between Mr. Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr. Gabriel A. Duque Mildenberg, Vice-Minister for Trade, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Colombia:

Develop a dialogue on raw materials and mining to promote mutual understanding and enhance bilateral cooperation and focus on exchanging information and practices which relate in particular to the competitiveness of our extractive industries and framework conditions that foster investment and innovation

 


 

4. Brazil

Mission for growth from 23 to 24.04.2012 with a business delegation composed of 17 European Companies, 2 European Associations, 1 Spanish Association, 1 European Industrial Association, 2National Industrial Association representing 7 Member States

23.04.2012: Joint Memo of the meeting between Daniel Calleja Crespo (Director General, Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry) and Humberto Luiz Ribeiro da Silva (Secretary of Commerce, Brazil) on the Kick-off meeting of the EU-Brazil SME Dialogue:

Agreement to launch the SME dialogue and to fix a number of topics and objectives. Agreement to enhance co-operation between the SME Envoys on both sides.

 


 

5. Uruguay

Mission for growth on 25.04.2012 with a business delegation composed of 9 European Companies, 1
European associations, 1 Spanish association 2 regional associations, 1 European industrial association, 1 national industrial association representing 5 Members States .

 


 

6. Chile

Mission for growth from 26 to 27.04.2012 with a business delegation composed of 11 European Companies, 1 Spanish association, 2 regional associations, 1 national industrial association.

27.04.2012: Joint Memo of the meeting between Daniel Calleja Crespo (Director General, Directorate- General Enterprise and Industry) and Tomas Flores Jana (Deputy Secretary of Economy and SME’s) on the Kick-off meeting of the EU-Chili SME Dialogue

Agreement to launch the SME dialogue and to fix a number of topics and objectives and identify the role of different stakeholders

 


 

7. Egypt

Mission for growth from 13 to 14.11. 2012 with a business delegation composed of 102 European Companies and Industry Associations representing 13 Member States.

13.11.2012: Letter of intent on SME policy dialogue between the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt signed by Antonio Tajani and Eng. Hatem Saleh, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade:

Political messages on the basis of SBA; SME friendly legislation, administrative start up modul; To reduce administrative burden for companies.

13.11.2012: Letter of Intent on enhanced cooperation and exchange of information in the field of standardisation between the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt signed by Antonio Tajani and Eng. Hatem Saleh, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade:

Importance of standardisation for the competitiveness of the enterprises; Support standardisation (international and European); to improve their participation in the European standardisation and to strongly invite them to fulfil their rights and obligations deriving from being CEN-CENELEC Affiliates; Commitment of the EC to invite CEN-CENELEC to make sure that Affiliates are taken into proper account when elaborating a standard.

13.11.2012: Letter of Intent on industrial cooperation between the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt signed by Antonio Tajani and Eng. Hatem Saleh, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade:

Aims at promoting and encouraging debate regarding industrial policy and competitiveness in an open economy, industrial cooperation between economic operators and technology transfer and industrial innovation.

13.11.2012: Letter of Intent on the establishment of a mechanism of a regular dialogue in the field of tourism between the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt signed by Antonio Tajani and Hisham Zaazou, Minister for Tourism:

Reinforcing the EU – Egypt Partnership in the tourism sector, while supporting the country's endeavours towards restoring tourist flows through a sustainable tourism growth and employment strategy.

 


 

8. Morocco

Mission for growth from 25 to 27.11. 2012 with a business delegation composed of 24 European Companies, 4 European Associations, 7 National Associations, 1 Investment promotion agency, 2Mediterranean Associations.

26.11.2012: Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco in the Field of Tourism signed by Antonio Tajani and Dr. Lahcen Haddad Minister of Tourism:

Recognising the key role that the tourism sector plays in economic and social development and industrial competitiveness. Reinforcing cooperation in sustainable tourism and employment on both sides. Better coordination and cooperation.

Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco on SME policy dialogue signed by Antonio Tajani and Abdelkader Aâmara Minister of Industry, Commerce and New Technologies:

Political messages on the basis of SBA; SME friendly legislation, administrative start up module; To reduce administrative burden for companies.

26.11.2012: Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco on Conformity Assessment and the Acceptance of Industrial Products signed by Antonio Tajani and Abdelkader Aâmara Minister of Industry, Commerce and New Technologies:

Boosting the competitiveness of a high value-added industry; To improve the predictability of market conditions, the removal of commercial protection barriers, and the harmonisation of systems; To create jobs and to improve bilateral collaboration.

26.11.2012: Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco on Dialogue on Raw Materials signed by Antonio Tajani and Fouad Douiri, Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment:

Fostering good governance in the natural resources sector; Promoting investment and infrastructure; Developing geological knowledge and skills; Supporting the implementation by the industry of a process for reducing the content of cadmium and other heavy metals in phosphoric acid and phosphates.

26.11.2012: Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco on strengthening cooperation and exchange of information in the field of standardisation signed by Antonio Tajani and Abdelkader Aâmara, Minister of Industry, Commerce and New Technologies:

Importance of standardisation for the competitiveness of the enterprises; Support standardisation (international and European); to improve their NSB's participation in the European standardisation and to strongly invite them to fulfil their rights and obligations deriving from being CEN-CENELEC Affiliates; Commitment of the EC to invite CEN-CENELEC to make sure that Affiliates are taken into proper account when elaborating a standard

28.11.2012: Memorandum of Understanding on Clusters Cooperation signed by the representatives of the Moroccan Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies; the Clusters and Competitiveness Foundation (CCF), the European Innovation Management Academy (EIMA), and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP):

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Moroccan-EU Business Forum, provides for the implementation of the “Euromed-innovative entrepreneurs for change” program. This program aims to promote excellence in cluster management, reinforce innovation management support services through training, develop closer cooperation between clusters, business incubators and networks to support the promotion of SMEs in common interest strategic areas through B2B/matchmaking partnership events.

 


 

9. Tunisia

Mission for growth on 28.11.2012 with a business delegation composed of 24 European companies and 4 European Associations, 7 National Associations, 1 Investment promotion agency, 2 Mediterranean Associations.

28.11.2012: Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Republic of Tunisia on Dialogue on Raw Materials signed by Antonio Tajani and Mohamed Amine Chakhari, Minister of Industry, and Technology:

Fostering good governance in the natural resources sector; Promoting investment and infrastructure; Developing geological knowledge and skills; Supporting the implementation by the industry of a process for reducing the content of cadmium and other heavy metals in phosphoric acid and phosphates.

28.11.2012: Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Republic of Tunisia on the Field of Satellite Navigation signed by Antonio Tajani and Abdelkarim Harouni, Minister of Transport

EU technical assistance to Tunisia in the introduction of EGNOS

28.11.2012: Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Republic of Tunisia on strengthening cooperation and exchange of information in the field of standardisation signed by Antonio Tajani and Mohamed Amine Chakhari, Minister of Industry, and Technology:

Importance of standardisation for the competitiveness of the enterprises; Support standardisation (international and European); to improve their NSB's participation in the European standardisation and to strongly invite them to fulfil their rights and obligations deriving from being CEN-CENELEC Affiliates; Commitment of the EC to invite CENCENELEC to make sure that Affiliates are taken into proper account when elaborating a standard.

28.11.2012: Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Republic of Tunisia on SME policy dialogue signed by Antonio Tajani and Mohamed Amine Chakhari, Minister of Industry, and Technology:

Political messages on the basis of SBA; SME friendly legislation, administrative start up module; To reduce administrative burden for companies.

28.11.2012: Letter of Intent between the European Union and the Republic of Tunisia in the Field of Tourism signed by Antonio Tajani and Elyes Fakhfekh, Minister of Tourism:

Recognising the key role that the tourism sector plays in economic and social development and industrial competitiveness; Reinforcing cooperation in sustainable tourism and employment on both sides; Better coordination and cooperation.

 


 

10. Peru

Mission for growth on 23.01.2013 with a business delegation composed of 26 companies, 1 European Association, 1 National Association, 1 National Institute, 2 National Chambers, Representing 9 Member States

23.01.2013: Joint declaration of the Republic of Peru and the European Union to strengthen tourism flows between Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Roncagliolo Orbegozo:

Develop cooperation and actions to facilitate tourism flows between Europe and Peru by promoting travel in particular in the respective low seasons, optimising the use of available spare airline and accommodation capacity thus benefitting the local economy of the host destinations

23.01.2013: Letter of intent on an SME policy dialogue between the European Union and the Republic of Peru between Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Minister of Production Gladys Triveño Chan

Establish a dialogue on SME Policy to promote mutual understanding and enhance bilateral cooperation, focus on exchanging information and practices aiming at the development of a modern SME policy framework conducive to entrepreneurship in an enhanced business environment. Appoint SME Envoys.

23.01.2013: Letter of intent on industrial cooperation between the European Union and the Republic of Peru between Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Minister of Production Gladys Triveño Chan

Promote policy measures to establish a dynamic, integrated and decentralised approach to managing cooperation in areas of interest to industry, so as to create a favourable environment to serve mutual interests

23.01.2013: Letter of intent on cooperation in the field of sustainable construction between the European Union and the Republic of Peru between Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Minister of Production Gladys Triveño Chan

Promote policy measures to establish a dynamic, integrated and decentralised approach to managing cooperation in areas of interest to construction industry, so as to create a favourable environment to serve mutual interests

23.01.2013: Letter of intent on a policy dialogue on raw materials between the European Union and the Republic of Peru. between Mr. Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Minister of Energy and Mining Jorge Merino Tafur

Develop a dialogue on raw materials and mining to promote mutual understanding and enhance bilateral cooperation and focus on exchanging information and practices which relate in particular to the competitiveness of our extractive industries and framework conditions that foster investment and innovation

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