Cross Border Business in Times of Digitalisation

Presenting DigitaliseSME: Supporting the Digitalisation of SMEs via the Cross Border Matching with Digital Experts

Organised in collaboration with

Date: 10th April 2019

Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Venue: Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1000 Brussels - Room Maelbeek

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Topic explanation

According to a communication of the European Commission and the Industry Committee of the European Parliament, it turns out that more than 99% of all European enterprises are SMEs, providing more than 90 million jobs and generating 3.9 trillion euro in value added.

It is obvious that SMEs deliver a determinant contribution to the creation of jobs and growth and hence achieve and contribute to the economic success of a country.

Cross-border mobility

Another important fact is, that 35% of the businesses do not invest in foreign markets, because of their lack of knowledge of those markets. This could be improved by the necessary information about options for internationalization in the form of and exchange of experiences. Export credit guarantees and reducing trade barriers would be of help.

To handle the decision-making process geared toward international activities, cross-border cooperation, strategic alliances and the innovative forms of corporate cooperation must be structured so that their culturally diverse constituents can interact effectively.


4.30 pm: Opening words

Mrs. Annette Godart-van der Kroon, President LVMI Europe

4.45 pm: Keynote speech

Mr. Stéphane Ouaki, Head of Investments and SMEs Unit in DG RTD

Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME:
"The project DigitaliseSME and ways for more cross-border business in the European Single Market".

5.15 pm: Panel discussion with

Mrs. Valérie Guimard, Vice-President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and President of AFDEE

Mr. Daniel Kaddik, Director of the European Liberal Forum

Moderator: Mr. Philip Stafford, Editor, FT Trading Room at Financial Times

6.15 pm: Closing remarks

6.30 pm: Networking reception

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This event is supported by the project DigitaliseSME

The Pilot Project DigitaliseSME is co-financed by DG CONNECT of the European Commission, on proposal of the European Parliament.
The content of this event and its related invite reflect only the authors' views, i.e. that of the partners of the project <DigitaliseSME>. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.


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