Mrs. Elisabetta Gardini, Member of the Committee on Public Health and Food Safety, Senator and Chairwoman of the working group microbusiness of SME Europe of the EPP, introduced the topic by putting emphasis on the importance of creating the right incentives for SMEs to do research and development in order to create new opportunities. She also reminded the audience of the importance of stimulating entrepreneurship in order to boost innovation and productivity of SMEs through using their intellectual property efficiently. She hopes that projects like the L2P platform from the Politecnico de Milano will help Europe’s SMEs to do that.
This included for example the necessity of strong and effective accompanying measures on the ground, the need for clarity on the definition of conflict areas, introduction of the importers list, the need for a new European authority, and the creation of strong mechanisms under the review clause.
After the official photo appointment, Dr. Horst Heitz, Executive Director of SME EUROPE, opened the network cocktail and welcomed the honorable guests, officials and especially the Minister of Economy of Serbia Mr. Željko Sertić. This assembly was a great opportunity for all representatives of Economy, Politics and Industry sectors to specify the chances and synergies with a special focus on small and medium sized enterprises.
During his opening speech Dr. Heitz highlighted the importance of the progressively developing economic negotiations and relationships between Serbia and European Union. “SME EUROPE of the EPP is very delighted to support the initiative of the Chambers of Commerce of Serbia and to have this dinner discussion about “Serbian Business meets EU” tonight. Not only because it is an honour to have Mr. Sertic, Minister of Economy of Serbia, as honorable guest here, in him we also welcome a good old friend and supporter in Brussels.”, he said.
Dr. Heitz further elaborated the long, successful collaboration between SME EUROPE and the Serbian Business Associations and its Chambers of Commerce. He emphasized that SME EUROPE will continue helping Serbia and its companies on their way to the European Union
In the introduction, Mr. Rübig pointed out that the European Union is still the most important and biggest market in the world. The EU currently still holds 25% of the worldwide production and also about 50% of the social contribution being made in the European internal market. In times of economic and international instability, it is important to have a credible commitment to economic policies. Mr. Rübig drew the attention to energy independence which is, as he described, one of the most important things for a successful and prosper future of the European Union. Furthermore, Mr. Rübig stated that raw materials approximately worth 200 billion Euros are imported to Europe. He underlined that a directive on Europe 2050 would be a possibility to make sure that areas for mining, industry and infrastructure have a secure space to develop.
Dr. Paul Rübig MEP, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Honorary President of SME Europe, opened the discussion and introduced the speakers and the subject of the Working Lunch with further questions. He questioned how Europe and the Member States will handle energy and waste in the future and how they could be even more effective in environmental areas and in recycling. The European People Party (EPP) will follow a strong line to achieve more efficiency in the future.