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On April 11th SME Europe hosted a working dinner in cooperation with EuropaBio. The topic discussed was “The Future of Medicine: Promoting an Innovative Ecosystem to Position European Biotech SMEs at the Forefront of Cutting-Edge Science”. The importance of this event was increased by the participation of Dr. Paul RÜBIG MEP, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Honourable President of SME Europe, John BRENNAN, Secretary General of the European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio), Jean-David MALO, Director for Directorate B – Open Innovation and Open Science, DG Research and Innovation…

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On March 6, 2018, SME Europe of the EPP hosted a Working Breakfast event in the European Parliament considering the following thematic: “The Future of Trade Between the EU & India”. The event featured the following speakers and moderators: Srita Heide, Founder & CEO, Srita Heide International – Indo-European Business, Dr. Ingo Friedrich, Honorable Member of the European Parliament, President of the European Economic Senate; Dr. Paul Rübig MEP, Member of the ITRE and BUDG Committees, Honorary President of SME Europe of the EPP; H.E. Gaitri Issar Kumar, Ambassador of…

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On 21st February 2018, SME EUROPE of the EPP in cooperation with the ERTRAC (European Road Research Advisory Council, hosted a Working Dinner event in the European Parliament considering the following thematic: “Research & Innovation in Road Transport: Challenges & Strategies for FP9”. The event featured the following speakers:Paul Rübig MEP, Member of the ITRE and BUDG Committees, Honorary President of SME Europe of the EPP; Clara De La Torre, Director DG RTD, European Commission; Stephan Neugebauer, ERTRAC Chairman and BMW Group Director on Global Research Cooperation; Followed by Workshops…

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On October 19th, SME EUROPE of the EPP in cooperation with the the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) & DIGITALEUROPE, hosted a Working Breakfast event in the European Parliament considering the following thematic: “Dual-Use Reform: Enabling & Securing European Exports of Technologies, Software & Semiconductor”. The event featured the following speakers: Klaus Buchner MEP, Rapporteur on “Union regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering, technical assistance and transit of dual-use items”, Member of INTA Committee, Marietje Schaake MEP, Opinion Rapporteur on” Union regime for the control of exports, transfer,…

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On 26th September 2017, SME EUROPE of the EPP in cooperation with the FCH-JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking), hosted a Working Lunch event in the European Parliament considering the following thematic: “Collaborating with SME’s to make Fuel Cells and Hydrogen an Everyday Reality”. The event featured the following speakers: Ivan Štefanec MEP, Vice-President of SME Europe, Member of IMCO; Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking; Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission; Jacob Kroggsgard, Senior Vice-President of NEL, Producer of…

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On 26th September 2017, The European SME Business Club (a member of SME Connect) in cooperation with SME Europe of the EPP and Friends of SMEs, hosted a Working Breakfast event in the European Parliament on the following thematic: “Encouraging SMEs to Go Cross Border: EU Project to Mobilise SMEs”. The event featured the following speakers: Iuliu WINKLER MEP, First Vice-President of SME EUROPE, Co-Author of SME EUROPE’s Resolution on “Innovative Entrepreneurs”, Vice-Chair of the International Trade Committee (INTA); Arne GERICKE MEP, Member of the Committee on Employment and Social…

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On 11th July 2017, SME EUROPE in cooperation with the EPP Group, hosted a Working Breakfast event in the European Parliament considering the following thematic: “Communication on Standard Essential Patents: What is the impact for Innovation and Competition for Start-Ups and SMEs?”. The event featured the following speakers: Paul Ruebig MEP, Honorary President of SME Europe and Vice-Chairman of STOA, Member of ITRE; Christian Ehler MEP, Member of ITRE; Michael Koenig, Acting Head of Unit of Intellectual Property, Fight against Counterfeiting, DG GROW, European Commission; Sangwoo Kim, President Corporate Affairs…

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On June 27th, SME Europe organized a Working Dinner on the topic of The Future of Mobility: Solutions for Smart Cities in Europe. Bendt Bendtsen MEP, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, President of SME Europe, opened the event with a welcome speech where he emphasized the importance of the mobility and digitalisation in order to be a more successful and competitive region. Also, for SMEs and for the societies as whole. Paul Rubig MEP, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Chairman of Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA), Honorary…

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The Working Breakfast held on June 29th 2017, GEOBLOCKING and SMEs – How to use the full potential of Single Market, was hosted by MEP Roza Gräfin von Thun und HOHENSTEIN. She opened and moderated the discussion. During her speech, she explained what Geo-blocking is and its impact on businesses and consumers, its negative side and how it can be dealt with. She underlined that it is essential to have an open market where consumers can access to better options. She mentioned that EU institutions are working in order to…

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