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13 October 2010

Enterprise Europe Networks opens SME gateways to China and South Korea
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The Enterprise Europe Network has opened 15 contact points in China and South Korea, giving European SMEs easier access to these attractive markets. This was announced at the third annual conference of the European Enterprise Network in Antwerp. European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani underlined that competition from companies outside the EU has become more intense as a result of the financial crisis.


Today, 25% of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the EU export or have exported at some point during the last 3 years, a share which is expected to increase considerably. To support SMEs ready to do business abroad, the Network extends its reach to Asia, with additional contact points in China and more planned in Japan. With 589 partner organisations covering 47 countries including all 27 EU Member States, the Network acts as an innovative and unique channel to help SMEs to succeed.


There are now 10 partner organisations in China, in cities including Guangzhou, Xiamen and Hangzhou, and five in South Korea, including centres in Seoul and research hub Daejeon .


More than two million European companies have tapped into the Enterprise Europe Network since its launch early 2008 to grow their businesses.


The Network was launched in February 2008 by the European Commission and is a key part of the EU�s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, which aims to encourage competitiveness in European businesses.



It offers practical support and advice to more than two million European small businesses, helping them to make the most of international opportunities and start exporting.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"European small businesses drive growth and create jobs. As markets become global, an increasing share of SMEs will turn their ideas and energy into exports outside their own countries or the EU. There are huge opportunities for SMEs in large trading partners like China and South Korea, and the Enterprise Europe Network can help smooth the way. We will bolster the process to promote SMEs with an update of the Small Business Act by the end of 2010 which will provide efficient support for entrepreneurs to launch their personal success story."

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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The "Innovation Union" � turning ideas into jobs, green growth and social progress

 
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The European Commission's "Innovation Union" will focus Europe's efforts on challenges like climate change, energy and food security, health and an ageing population. It will use public sector intervention to stimulate the private sector and to remove bottlenecks which stop ideas reaching the market. The Innovation Union is a "flagship" in the Europe 2020 Strategy.

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EU backed venture wins Nobel Prize for Physics

 
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European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani has congratulated Professor Andre Geim and Dr Konstantin Novoselov for their exceptional achievement in winning the Nobel Prize in Physics for their research on the highly conductive element Graphene. Both scientists are part of a UK venture-backed team which is partly financed by the European Commission Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). He emphasized that "the EU is delighted to support such innovative researchers and to help them creating economic value from the practical application of outstanding science". He continued: "to turn a great idea into a great success requires both, talent and capital. It is most difficult for innovative firms during their initial phase to access finance for assessing and developing an initial concept, which is why the EU focuses on promoting early-stage investments."

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Galileo: Secure Satellite Navigation for emergency and security services

 
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A special Galileo navigation service will be set up for better management of critical transport and emergency services, better law enforcement (police), improved internal security (border control) and safer peace missions. These are the core objectives of a European Commission proposal published today on the Public Regulated Service (PRS) access rules. Using highly encrypted signals, PRS will offer protection against threats to infrastructures dependent on satellite navigation technology so that PRS users can receive vital, often life-saving, information even when other infrastructures become unavailable.PRS is one of the important features of Galileo that adds value compared to other satellite navigation systems. The access to PRS will be limited to authorised governmental bodies.

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