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Training visits to the EU for representatives of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) are extended following the success of visits over the past year. BSO reps from the EaP countries have been undergoing training at their EU counterparts since August 2016. Meanwhile, EU experts have also been...
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The financing of SMEs and start-ups in Armenia was the theme of an EU Investment Week held from 2 to 5 May.The week kicked off with the EU4Business SMEDA (Support to SME Development in Armenia) project organising visits to start-ups and innovative companies on 2 May. Armenia-Turkey Investor Day An Armenia-Turkey Investor Day was also held on the first day, promoting links between start-ups and...
The EBRD, EU and TBC Bank signed an agreement on 2 May to provide loans to help Georgian SMEs improve their products and services to compete in the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) set up by Georgia and the EU. The agreement covers loans of USD 100 million in local currency (lari) , organised as follows: USD 60 million to help SMEs to comply with the requirements of the DCFTA ; USD...
The EIB launched two new programmes to boost private sector development in Georgia at a seminar in Tbilisi on 8 May: DCFTA Initiative East and InnovFin.
The European Investment Bank has launched two new programmes, developed jointly with the European Commission, to help private sector development in Georgia. It presented the programmes - DCFTA Initiative East (part of the wider EU4Business initiative) and InnovFin (EU Finance for Innovators) – at a high-level seminar under the EU4Business initiative in Tbilisi on 8 May. The event attracted around...
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Local authorities in the six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries are encouraged to apply for funding to help their cities lead economic growth and job creation in the region. The Call for Proposals “Mayors for Economic Growth Pioneer Projects” targets those cities that already have a Local Economic Development Plan which is consistent with the initiative and outlined in the mayor for Economic...
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched a new EUR 10 million credit line for SMEs in Moldova supported by EU4Business . The funds could help your SME take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement Moldova has with the EU. The credit facility aims to help local SMEs invest in improvements in product...
Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip
Moldova is making good progress overall in the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) it has with the EU - but needs to advance in several sectors, a key meeting held in Brussels heard on 31 March. Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip met with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes...
The East Invest 2 programme is recruiting EU experts to take part in a training academy for senior managers of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. The BSO Strategic Planning Academy will take place from 8 to 11 May 2017 in Westerham, Germany, organised under East Invest 2 , an EU-funded programme targeting Business (Support) Organisations (BSOs) and...
The Moldovan Government is establishing a Consultative Council for the development of SMEs in the country. The new structure will operate under the Ministry of Economy and act as a platform for effective dialogue between entrepreneurs and government departments. The council, set up under a new law for SMEs adopted in the last quarter of 2016, will study the problems of small and medium-sized...
A Ukrainian software company has won a €1.22 million grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 innovation and research programme for a product that could save semiconductor firms millions of euros by eliminating faulty chip manufacture. Polyteda Cloud is receiving the grant towards a two-year project, " Innovative Cloud-Based PV Workflow for Semiconductor Foundries ”, as part of a...