SMEs in Europe have been hit hard by the economic crisis and they face many challenges that require adapting to new ways of doing business, accessing markets and funding. Business partnerships and networks are essential to help SMEs to grow and produce new jobs which is Europe's number one priority.
The Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani is keen to further assist SMEs in Greece to successfully overcome current difficulties following his successful Athens visit to foster business cooperation last year. As a result a new Business-to-Business event will be held in Athens on 11 March 2014.
Under the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Vice President of European Commission Antonio Tajani and Commissioner Damanaki, together with the Greek Ministry of Tourism are organising a high level conference focusing on tourism and blue growth on 10 March. A business to business event will follow on 11 March in order to promote business partnerships between Greek and European SMEs active in sectors identified as key contributors to growth, such as:
The event will be a unique opportunity for enterprises aiming at:
The conference will focus on coastal and maritime tourism and blue growth strategies, with the participation of the Vice President of the European Commission, Mr. Antonio Tajani, Commissioner Damanaki and the presence of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Minister Kefalogianni.
Please note that due to organisational and security reasons only a limited number of places will be available for 10th March, which requires a separate registration (see below). You will be informed in due time if we are able to accommodate your request.
This B2B event is being held in conjunction with a high-level political conference the day before under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union - Ministry of Tourism and the European Commission.
The b2b will focus on:
10 - 11 March 2014
Note: Participants interested to take part in both events (conference on 10.03 and the B2B on 11.03) need to register at both links mentioned-above).
Athens - Venue TBC
Additional information: entr-M4Growth-Europe@ec.europa.eu