PROJECT NUMBER: 1232204
Delivering better SME and Enterprise support through EU Programmes and Policies
5-6/Jul/2012 • Brussels
The seminar is aimed at organisations as well as policy makers in public administrations, regional authorities, Regional Development Agencies, and Chambers of Commerce involved in facilitating the creation of new business and promoting the development of entrepreneurship, especially with respect to SMEs.
European enterprises and SMEs play an important role in promoting growth, reinforcing competitiveness and boosting employment; Europe must therefore develop a more entrepreneur-friendly environment and better SME support programmes. Indeed, business competitiveness can only be enhanced if action is taken in a vast number of policy fields, such as: efforts towards implementing the Small Business Act and the SME Performance Review; plans to develop appropriate business support services; efforts to cut red tape; and effective EU programmes to support SME development. This two-day seminar will provide participants with a better understanding of the opportunities and the funding programmes Europe offers for business, as well as the importance of SME development for policy makers and public administrations, whose task it is to set the right framework for enterprises.
The seminar will consist of a series of illustrated presentations and workshops given by EIPA lecturers, EC officials and external experts. Ample time will be allocated for question and answer sessions, discussions and sharing experiences as well as for a visit to the Cabinet of the Vice President of the European Commission in charge of enterprise.
This seminar focuses on the different aspects of enterprise development, aiming to provide participants with a clear practical tools such as: how can intermediaries and final beneficiaries make use of EU programmes; the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, or the Structural Funds and the proposed changes in the period 2014-2020; the financial instruments of the EIF such as JEREMIE; how to access the € 8 billion that Europe spends annually on international cooperation; and what are the rules of state aid on SME?
Thursday 5 July 2012
Welcome and introduction to the objectives and methodologies of the seminar
Antonella Passarani, Cabinet of the President, Region Marche Brussels Delegation, House of the Regions of Central Italy
Marco Lopriore, Senior Lecturer, EIPA
Key issues and challenges in implementation of EU SME and enterprise programmes and policies
• Enterprise lifecycle
• Measuring SME performance
• Introduction to raising EU funds for SME
State Aid and SMEs
• Basic state Aid principles and application of state aid rules to SME
• SME definition
• Financial support to SME (de minimis, state guarantees, regional investment aid, SME investment and employment aid, female entrepreneurship, etc)
Mihalis Kekelekis, Senior Lecturer, EIPA
EU Enterprise policy for the competitiveness of SME
• Difficulties faced by SME
• Challenge of linking various EU policies and programmes
• Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe and consultation with SME
• CIP 2007-2013 and COSME 2014-2020 (Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs) programmes
• Introduction to the EU financial instruments
Maria Pia Vigliarolo, Unit SME policy development, DG Enterprise, European Commission
Lunch at Ristorante Rosticceria Fiorentina
Developing EU programmes and projects for SME
• Practices in supporting policy and representation with programmes
• Case studies of International Cooperation Programmes
Micol Martinelli, Senior Advisor International Affairs, European Chambers of Commerce and Industry Association (Eurochambres)
Workshop around SME regulations
Key note address
Massimo Baldinato, Member of Cabinet of Antonio Tajani, Vice President European Commission in charge of industry and entrepreneurship
Dinner at a restaurant Le Manneken
Friday 6 July 2012
SME support from structural funds
• SME in the current Structural Funds Regulations and for 2014-2020
• Case studies of Global Grants in ESF and ERDF
• European Adjustment Globalisation Fund (EGAF)
• Complementarity between Structural funds and other EU funds
Implementing Innovation Union: the role of Public Authorities boosting Innovation & Research in SMEs
• Budgets and themes for SME support in FP 7
• Proposed new programme HORIZON 2020 for 2014-2020
• Successfull proposals & examples of projects
Berndt Reichert, Head of SME Unit, DG Research, European Commission
Lunch at Ristorante Rosticceria Fiorentina,
The role of EIF in the support of innovative SMEs in Europe
• Venture capital and private equity
• Guarantees and securitisation
• Microfinance and European Progress Microfinance Facility
Bruno Robino, Head of Region, Regional Business Development, European Investment Fund (EIF)
Evaluation and close of the seminar
Close of seminar
The seminar will commence on Thursday 5 July 2012 at 09.00 and will finish on Friday 6 July 2012 at 15.45
The seminar will take place in the Conference room of Marche Region Headquarter at Rond Point Schuman 14, 1040 Brussels (BE), tel.: +32 22 86 85 42.
The seminar will be conducted in English.
The participation fee is €725 and includes documentation distributed during the seminar, two lunches, one dinner and refreshments. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.
EIPA offers its members a reduction of 10% of the registration fee. EIPA offers its members a reduction of 10% of the registration fee. For details, please click here.
The lunches will be served at the Region Marche Headquarter. The dinner on Monday evening will be served at a local restaurant. Should you require a special menu (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic), please inform the Programme Organiser so that this can be arranged.
Kindly complete the online registration form before 11 June 2012.
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed registration form.
Prior payment is a condition for participation. Please indicate the method of payment on the registration form. In any case, the participant or his/her administration will receive an invoice for the payment of the registration fee. For cancellations received after the closing date of registration we will have to charge an administration fee of €150 unless a replacement participant is found.
EIPA reserves the right to cancel the seminar up to 2 weeks before the starting date. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, hotel, etc.). For EIPA's cancellation policy, please visit our website.