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Growing a Sustainable EU Economy through SMEs: Boosting jobs, growth and entrepreneurship

Energy, climate change and the environment

CEPS Conference Room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

Participation in this event is free of charge. Networking lunch from 13:00-14:00, followed by the GreenEcoNet Thematic Workshop on ’Internationalisation of SMEs: Improving access to markets for green SMEs’

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Growing a Sustainable EU Economy through SMEs: Boosting jobs, growth and entrepreneurship


Job creation and economic growth are two of the top priorities of the European Commission under President Juncker. Against this background, the Commission in November 2014 announced an Investment Plan aimed at unlocking public and private investments on the path to economic recovery. SMEs – as the backbone of the EU economy – will not only be a major target of the Investment Plan but will also require improvements in the regulatory environment. The second GreenEcoNet Annual Conference will discuss the impact of SMEs to growing a sustainable EU economy and will address issues such as the contribution of SMEs to developing green jobs as well as the growth and job opportunities arising from using resources more efficiently. The discussion will start with a presentation of the GreenEcoNet platform for SMEs, demonstrating its contribution to a sustainable EU economy. The event will feature a panel composed of experts from policy, research and business.

GreenEcoNet is a project financed by the European Commission, which brings businesses and academia together on an EU-wide platform to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the transition to a green economy. This platform allows SMEs in Europe to connect to each other and to share their experiences, innovations and best practices. It thus aims to assist SMEs in optimally reaping the business opportunities of a green economy. 




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Speakers list
Kurt Vandenberghe

Director, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Peter Czaga

Policy Officer, DG Environment, European Commission

Patrice Liauzu

Advisor, European Investment Bank

Daniel Coulon

Managing Director, Techniwood International

Franz Brudl

Advisor, Austrian Economic Chambers

Vasileios Rizos

Researcher, CEPS