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Launch Event of the largest information and consultancy network in Europe - the Enterprise Europe Network

The Fourth National Innovationn forum in Bulgaria served as a Launch Event of the largest information and consultancy network in Europe supporting small and medium–sized enterprises – the Enterprise Europe Network. The event in Bulgaria was held in parallel with the Launch event at European level in Brussels where the European Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen announced Enterprise Europe Network.

Mr. Eli Anavi, Director “Enterprise Policy”, Ministry of Economy and Energy, announced the inauguration of the network in Bulgaria. The network in the country integrates the activities of the former Innovation Relay Center-Bulgaria and the eight Euro Info Centers located in Sofia, Vratsa, Russe, Dobritch, Yambol, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv and Sandanski.

The new Enterprise Europe Network is part of the Commission's integrated policy for promoting entrepreneurship and growth of enterprises in Europe. It will support SMEs from all sectors to take greater advantage of the opportunities of the Single Market.

More concretely, the Enterprise Europe Network offers the following services:

1. Assisting companies in going international

An estimated one million European SMEs could be involved in cross-border trade and investment. The Enterprise Europe Network will help develop exchanges between enterprises, trigger new ideas, nurture potential partnerships and stimulate firms to develop beyond their initial horizons. One-to-one match making meetings will be organized to help identify trustworthy partners.

Building technology partnerships between SMEs based on the transfer of innovation is another way to ‘go international’ and generate return on investments in research. The network is assisting SMEs to identify partners and make the contractual arrangements with them.

2. Innovation, new products and grasping opportunities in the single market

Help small businesses with technical issues such as intellectual property rights, standards and EU legislation, as it can be difficult for companies to remain abreast of changes in EU related opportunities.

Promoting innovation: The Enterprise Europe Network encourages SMEs to become more innovative as sharing the results of research can trigger new ideas/opportunities. Amongst other, collaboration with clusters bundling different innovation related activities will be improved. Ensuring access to innovative technology will help SMEs face global competition.

3. Accessing EU projects and funding

The Enterprise Europe Network aims to overcome the knowledge gap regarding different sources of EU financing and ensure companies are aware of the possibilities available. SMEs will in particular be encouraged to participate in research programmes.

4. Providing feedback to the Commission

The Enterprise Europe Network will act as a two-way street between entrepreneurs and the Commission, relaying views in both directions to ensure that the policies and initiatives the Commission prepares will be helpful for SMEs and do not mean additional administrative burden.

More information

Mr. Angel Milev
tel.: +359 2 973 3000


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