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Programme: 1st SME Assembly "Helping SMEs Go for Growth"

Programme: 1st SME Assembly "Helping SMEs Go for Growth"

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Cyprus, as EU presidency, will put SMEs at the centre of policy-making this year by hosting an Assembly on SME issues. The Assembly will take place in Nicosia on 15 and 16 November 2012 and bring together SMEs; business organisations; European, national and regional government; academia and the media to discuss how to help SMEs ‘Go for Growth’.

The SME Assembly recognises the importance of the European Union’s commitment to SMEs and its success in rolling out and implementing the Small Business Act, the SME policy framework, at member state level. Delegates to the Assembly will take part in dynamic and interactive discussions and workshops with SMEs and organisations that have worked successfully to promote small business.

The Assembly will culminate in the annual European Enterprise Promotion Awards ceremony, celebrating organisations that have helped to promote entrepreneurship at national, regional or local level over the past year.
Cyprus, as EU presidency, will put SMEs at the centre of policy-making this year by hosting an Assembly on SME issues. The Assembly will take place in Nicosia on 15 and 16 November 2012 and bring together SMEs; business organisations; European, national and regional government; academia and the media to discuss how to help SMEs ‘Go for Growth’.

The SME Assembly recognises the importance of the European Union’s commitment to SMEs and its success in rolling out and implementing the Small Business Act, the SME policy framework, at member state level. Delegates to the Assembly will take part in dynamic and interactive discussions and workshops with SMEs and organisations that have worked successfully to promote small business.

The Assembly will culminate in the annual European Enterprise Promotion Awards ceremony, celebrating organisations that have helped to promote entrepreneurship at national, regional or local level over the past year.

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I
st
SME Assembly
Helping SMEs Go for Growth
 
Organised by the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union andthe European Commission Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry
Thursday 15
th
November
Filoxenia International Conference Centre, Nicosia
08.00
Transport from Hotels to Filoxenia Centre
09.00
Arrival & Security
09.30
Welcome and Introduction
Michalis Persianis
, Host of the SME Assembly
 
EN, EL, FRDE, IT, ES
 09.35
Welcome from the Cyprus Presidency
Neoklis Sylikiotis
, Minister of Commerce, Industry & Tourism, CyprusEN, EL, FRDE, IT, ES
Message from José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
SMEs are key to delivering EU 2020 goals
 
EN, EL, FRDE, IT, ES
09.40
Opening Plenary Session
 –
If SMEs grow, the economy grows
Keynote speech by
 Antonio Tajani 
, Vice President, European Commission;then in conversation with
Michalis Persianis
 
EN, EL, FRDE, IT, ES
10.10
Press Conference
 Antonio Tajani 
, Vice President, European Commission
Neoklis Sylikiotis
, Minister of Commerce, Industry & Tourism, CyprusEN, EL,IT
10.10
Networking Coffee Break
10.30
The Big Debate
 –
This
Assembly believes that the best way to help Europe’s SMEs
grow is to remove the obstacles in their path
Team A - those who think the best way of helping is to remove obstacles:
Gunilla Almgren
, UEAPME
 Jan Barnes
, eBay
Hugh Morgan-Williams
, BUSINESSEUROPE, Canford AudioTeam B - those who think removing obstacles is necessary, but not sufficient
 Arnaldo Abruzzini 
, EUROCHAMBRES
Daniel Calleja
, European Commission
Christiana Iacovidou Constantinidou
, Cleopatra HotelModerator:
Michalis Persianis
 EN, EL, FRDE, IT, ES
 11.40
Growing Through Finance
 Anthony Clarke
, Angel Capital Group
Hubert Cottogni 
, European Investment Fund
Stelios Stavridis
, Ideales Group
 James Burnham
, European Venture Capital AssociationModerator:
 Joanna Drake
, European CommissionEN, EL, FRDE, IT, ES
12.45
Family photos of EEPA candidates and SME Envoys
 12.45
Networking lunch
 
 
 
I
st
SME Assembly
Helping SMEs Go for Growth
 
Organised by the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union andthe European Commission Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry
Thursday 15
th
November
14.15
Meeting of the SME Envoys Network
By invitation only
 
EN, EL, FRDE, IT, ES
14.15
Policy Session 1Growing through greeninnovation
Costas Andropoulos,
European Commission
Luciano Brandoni 
,Industrial Association of Le Marche
Kyriakos Parpounas
,Green Dot CyprusModerator:
MichalisPersianis
 
Policy Session 2How regions & cities helpSMEs grow
 Arto Bryggare
, UusimaaHelsinki region
Marc Sans
, BarcelonaActiva
Nick Small 
, EUROCITIES,Liverpool City CouncilModerator:
Stephen Alambritis
, Councillor andEntrepreneur
 
Policy Session 3Simplifying the rules tohelp SMEs grow
 Jussi Järventaus
, Federationof Finnish Enterprises
Bozena Lublinska-Kasprzak 
,Polish Agency for EnterpriseDevelopment
Mats Persson
, Open Europe
 Jonathon Stoodley 
,European CommissionModerator:
TyphaineBeaupérin
,EUROCHAMBRES
 
EN, ELSession 1IT
15.30
Presentation of European Enterprise Promotion Awards Certificates & networking coffee break
 16.00
Policy Session 4Small business / Bigworld
Gaia della Rocca
,Confindustria
Stefanie Holland 
, USChamber of Commerce
Gerwin Hoogendoorn
,Senz Umbrellas
Heinz Werner 
, HeinzWerner GmbHModerator:
SimonCheetham
, ErinyesInternational
 
Policy Session 5Helping SMEs growthrough publicprocurement
Marko Curavic,
EuropeanCommission
 Andrea Marconi 
, EuropeanBuilders Confederation
Gina Quin
, Dublin Chamberof CommerceModerator:
BambosCharalambous
, CyprusMinistry of Commerce,Industry and Tourism
 
Policy Session 6Big business cares forsmall business
Sofia Kalomenides
, Ernstand Young
Stefanos Loukakos
, GoogleGreeceModerator:
MarceloCrescenti 
, Der Handel
 
EN, EL,Session 5IT
17.15
Transport to hotels
19.00
Transport to Carob Mill, Limassol
20.00
European Enterprise Promotion Awards & Gala Dinner
Demetris Christofias
, President of the Republic of Cyprus
 Antonio Tajani 
, Vice President of the European Commission
Othmar Karas MEP
, Vice President of the European Parliament
Luc Van den Brande
, Vice President, Committee of the RegionsEN, EL

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