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Jean-Marc NOLLET

SME Conference is perfect platform for change

The research and innovation small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) Conference under the Belgian presidency will take place in November of this year. This unique event puts SMEs in direct contact with key personnel and Ministers from three EU presidencies - past, present and future. The conference is the ideal platform for SMEs to influence the highest level of EU policymakers and air their views on what improvements can be made to the Framework Programme.

In an exclusive interview, we talk to Jean-Marc Nollet, Walloon Community Minister for Children, Research and Public Service, about this event and what key points must be addressed.

The SME Conference is built around SMEs, from an SME perspective, and will be divided into three stages that cover the complete innovation cycle: from initial idea to implementation and exploitation. Through a roundtable discussion and open debate with policymakers and Ministers from three EU presidencies

Registration for the SME conference is open from the 25th of June at the following website:


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