European SME Week will be launched by the European Commission and Lithuanian Presidency on 24 November.
This will kick off a flurry of activities related to small and medium enterprises over the following days.
While of course every week is SME Week for Chambers, EUROCHAMBRES will play an active role in these proceedings, which will revolve around the SME Assembly in Vilnius on 25-26 November and the Eastern Partnership events on 27-29.
On this occasion, EUROCHAMBRES will present the findings of the second edition of its SME Test Benchmark, which will reveal whether the European Commission is itself respecting the ‘think small first’ principle in the way it drafts legislation. Secretary General Arnaldo Abruzzini will take part in the meeting of the national SME Envoys, where the network’s priorities for 2014 - a pivotal year for Europe’s economic recovery and for EU policy making - will be defined. EUROCHAMBRES will also contribute to the debate on SME Internationalisation, a key feature of Europe’s competitiveness strategy.
SMEs will also be in the spotlight when evaluating three years of East Invest, an EU-funded initiative, managed by EUROCHAMBRES in partnership with Chambers and business organisations from all six countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine).
The programme has offered numerous opportunities for SMEs – and business-support organisations – to establish partnerships, be trained on EU acquis, to promote investment opportunities. The East Invest conference will take stock of the results and plan ahead.