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Venue: Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, c/Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona

Progamme PDF

13th March 2014







Jordi Baiget
Chairman of Santa Creu and Sant Pau Foundation

Normunds Popens
Deputy Director-General of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy - European Commission

José María Piñero
Director-General of European Funds - Spanish Ministry of Finance and Public Administration

Felip Puig
Catalan Minister for Business and Labour - Generalitat de Catalunya

Film Projection: Cohesion policy in Spain (5min)


Coffee Break


Keynote Speeches - The Role of the SMEs: Opportunities and Challenges

Patrizio Bianchi
Emilia-Romagna Minister of Education, Training and Research PPTEN

Juan Tugores
Professor of Economics - University of Barcelona PPTEN

Hugh Morgan-Williams
Former Chair BUSINESSEUROPE's Entrepreneurship & SME Committee





Debate: Policies in Support of SMEs and Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Jordi Torrebadella
Deputy Head of Unit Spain - Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy - European Commission


Gilles Gantelet
Head of Unit of Strategic Policy Unit - Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry - European Commission

Antonio Fernández
Deputy Director-General of “Support SMEs” of General Secretariat of Industry and SMEs - Spanish Ministry for Industry, Energy and Tourism PPTES

Pere Torres
Secretary for Business and Competitiveness. Ministry for Business and Labour - Generalitat de Catalunya

Elena Del Rey
Head of Fundraising - BCN Activa PPTEN

Manel Sarasa
President of Wineissocial SL PPTEN

Jose Luis García
President of Light Environment Control SL PPTEN


End of the session and Visit to ‘Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site’

14th March 2014





Debate: Access To Finance

Moderator: Andrea mairate
Head of Unit Spain - Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy - European Commission PPT EN


José Cabrita
Mandate Manager of the European Investment Fund (EIF) for Spain and Portugal PDF EN

Jorge Ramírez
General Manager of European Microfinance Network (EMN)

Javier Ponce
Director of the Economic and Financial Affairs Directorate at the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) PPT ES
Teresa Torres
Managing Director Financial Instruments for Innovative Companies (IFEM) PPT EN


Coffee Break


Elena Rico
Investment Director at Caixa Capital Risc PPT EN

Albert Colomer i Espinet
Director of the Business Angels Network of Catalonia (BANC) – Member of the Board of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) PPT EN

Paolo Zaggia
Head of Europe Department at Finlombarda SpA (Finanziaria per lo Sviluppo della Lombardia) PDF EN


Closing Remarks

Andrea Mairate
Head of Unit Spain - Regional and Urban Policy Directorate General - European Commission

EU Regional Policy: Stay informed