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EUROPE 2020 Strategy for Growth - Creating a business environment for more and better jobs - Mission to the Wallonia region (Belgium)

European SMEs have been going through quite some difficulties and faced a lot of challenges over the last years.

Member states and regions such as Wallonia made however an effort to help small companies overcome this difficult period.  The implementation of the successive Marshall Plans and the Small Business Act for Wallonia have had positive effects on enterprises and as a consequence on the overall conditions of the economy.

Building on the successful visits to foster business cooperation carried out in Greece, Portugal and many third countries, Vice President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani also visited Wallonia assisting SMEs in the region to successfully overcome current difficulties.

About the event

Vice President Tajani of the European Commission has therefore joined forces with Jean-Claude Marcourt, Vice-President and Minister of Economy of Wallonia to make European companies aware of the business and investment opportunities in this region strategically located between Germany and France.

To support this key priority, the Wallonia regional government organised a conference with the objective of making European companies aware about opportunities in and from Wallonia. At the same time a business-to-business forum was be set up to allow European enterprises to meet potential partners in Wallonia.

High potential sectors, developed by the Walloon Business and Competitiveness Clusters, were chosen as key areas for the business-to-business meetings:

  • Aeronautics and Space
  • Mechanical industry: mechatronics, materials and surfaces of the future
  • Biotechnology, especially (Bio)-Pharma and Life-Sciences
  • Logistics
  • Creative Industries


About 500 representatives of companies from 36 countries participated in the event; about 340 of them participated in more than 850 bilateral meetings with a large participation of companies from France, Portugal, Luxemburg and Italy as well Germany, UK, Tunisia and Brazil.

Practical information

Conference was held on 18/2/2014

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