Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs

Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs

ROCHAM is pleased to provide to members the invitation from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to the hearing  on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs(rapporteur: Milena Angelova), adopted in July 2017.

The hearing will take place on 29 November 2017 from 9:30 to 12:30 at the premises of the Európa Pont, Lövőház u. 35, H-1024 Budapest, in the conference room.

The main objective of the hearing is to debate the effectiveness and efficiency of the EU policies for SMEs and gather valuable input and feedback from Hungarian stakeholders on the matter with a view to finding ways in which they can be improved. Particular emphasis to be put on the recommendations that have been outlined in the EESC opinion with the aim of implementing them at national level. Issues such as access to finance, improving access to markets and internationalization, promoting entrepreneurship, reducing the administrative burden, simplification, supporting SMEs competitiveness and innovation will be at the forefront. EESC will moreover discuss solutions to better target policies and design measures which can respond to the different types and sizes of businesses, also inviting stakeholders to express their views on the current definition of SMEs and on its potential need for revision.

The hearing are held under the auspices of SME Envoy for Hungary Mr Antal Nikoletti and will be moderated by Mr András Edelényi, Hungarian member of the EESC

Participationis free of charge, but please note that for budgetary reasons ROCHAM received a limited number of seats for its members. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact diana.jawad@rocham.hu and EESC Secretariat (jana.valant@eesc.europa.eu or luis.lobo@eesc.europa.eu). For organisational reasons we kindly ask you to confirm your attendance or provide the name of the person attending the hearing on behalf of your organisation.

Venue:         Európa Pont, Lövőház u. 35, Budapest

Date:            29th of November 2017

9.30 a.m.         Opening speech by Mr András Edelényi, Hungarian member of the EESC

9.35 a.m.         Panel discussion on the European approach to promoting SMEs, moderated by Mr Stefano Palmieri, member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), with the following speakers:

Ms Milena Angelova, EESC member, rapporteur for the Opinion on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs

Mr Dimitris Dimitriadis, EESC member, rapporteur for the Opinion on The potential of small family and traditional businesses to boost development and economic growth in the regions

Mr Panagiotis Gkofas, EESC member

Ms Katrin Sturm, Secretary General of the European Association of Guarantee Institutions, AECM

Mr Alain Nadeau, Head of Budapest Office of the European Investment Bank
 

10.20 a.m.       Open discussion moderated by Mr Stefano Palmieri, EESC member

10.45 a.m.       Coffee break

11 a.m.            Panel discussion on improving the effectiveness of SMEs policies in Hungary moderated by Mr András Edelényi, Hungarian member of the EESC, with the following speakers:

                        Mr Antal Nikoletti, SME Envoy for Hungary

                        Mr László Krisán, Managing Director of Kavosz Plc., vice president of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

                        Mr Tamás Éder, Vice-president of the Hungarian Agro-Chamber

                        Ms Anita Hendinger, coordinator of Enterprise Europe Network

12.00    Open discussion moderated by Mr András Edelényi, Hungarian member of the EESC

12.25 p.m.       Closing remarks by Mr Stefano Palmieri, EESC member

12.30 p.m.       End of the hearing