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EUROPE 2020 Strategy for Growth - Promoting Business Partnerships in Portugal

SMEs in Portugal have been going through quite some difficulties in the past few years.

However, efforts implemented by the Portuguese government are starting to have 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 many other EU- and third countries, Vice President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani also visited Lisbon assisting Portuguese SMEs realise their potential and successfully overcome current difficulties.

About the event

Vice President Tajani joined forces with the Portuguese government to enable European businesses to learn how Portugal is changing and how it is becoming a place where to seek fruitful business partnerships and investments.

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

Following an exchange of views between Mr Tajani’s offices and the Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency (AICEP) that operates under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an agreement was to mainly focus on the economic sectors identified as important for the Portuguese economy.


About 650 representatives of companies from 23 countries participated in the event; about 400 of them participated in the B2B organised by the Enterprise Europe Network with more than 1300 bilateral meetings with a large participation of companies from Spain, Italy and Greece as well Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey.

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Conference was held on 28 - 29/11/2013

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