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The Balkan SME Conference – Sofia 2016

May 11, 2016


On the 23rd of June, 2016 will be held "The Balkan SME Conference - Sofia, 2016", organised by the Association for Assistance of Small and Medium sized Enterprises – United Business Clubs (UBC) with the special support of the the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) and InvestBulgaria Agency, both part of the Ministry of Economy.

During the conference there will be discussions on the following topics:

  • Turning the disadvantages into opportunities: The Balkans – a serious future factor in the European technological and industrial development;
  • EU funds and programmes – partnerships between the Balkan SMEs, local authorities, universities and research centers; project preparation and management;
  • EU funding for SMEs and municipalities in the area of security and antiterrorism;
  • Juncker Investment Plan and EFSI;
  • Financial instruments for stimulating the internationalization of the SMEs;
  • Tourism – the third important and profitable economic sector in Europe; cooperation between the Balkan SMEs and municipalities in the field of tourism.

The conference is to be attended by representatives of SMEs, NGOs and local authorities (municipalities) from all the Balkan countries.

Expected number of participants: More than 500.

Official guests of the event will be representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the official Bulgarian authorities, foreign missions in Bulgaria, presidents of Pan-European, trans-national and national organizations.

The Balkan SME Conference – Sofia 2016 will be covered by the leading Bulgarian media. Journalists from almost all other Balkan states will be also invited.