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WB EDIF Annual Report 2018

New edition of the WB EDIF Annual Report has been released during the SME Forum in Sarajevo on 7 May, 2019.

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WB EDIF SME Forum, Sarajevo, Press Release

On 7 May 2019 in Sarajevo, the WB EDIF held its second SME Forum in the region. The Forum, hosted by the EBRD and coordinated by the European Commission and the EIF, brought together key stakeholders from the private and public sector.
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WB EDIF SME Forum, Sarajevo, 7 May

“It is our pleasure to invite you to the Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility SME Forum on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 from 14:00 to 18.15 in the Main Hall (Level 1) of the Hotel Holiday, Sarajevo, Bosnia – Herzegovina. The WB EDIF SME Forum will open with the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2019 launch session, co-hosted with the OECD, setting the stage for an in-depth discussion on the opportunities and challenges in the SME business environment. This will be followed by an interactive panel session, during which SMEs, finance providers and other stakeholders can share their experiences under WB EDIF as well as exchange lessons learned and best practices on their road to success. Read more

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13th WBEDIF Platform Advisory Group meeting

13th WBEDIF Platform Advisory Group meeting took place on 5 December in Luxembourg, at the premises of EIB and hosted by EIF. PAG has discussed the results of WB EDIF to date and the future strategy of the platform for the benefit of the target beneficiary economies. A short movie has been created at this occasion, which will be released soon!

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Next year’s Berlin Process Summit to be held in the city of Poznań

Deputy Ambassador of Republic of Poland to Serbia, Mr Andrzej Kindziuk, announced that his country will host the next year’s Berlin Process Summit in the city of Poznań, due to its economic and historical significance. The announcement came during the event on the future of Berlin Process, organised by the European Western Balkans portal.

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CESEE Bank Lending Survey H1-2018

This report presents the results of the EIB CESEE Bank Lending survey at the regional and at the single country level. The survey is a unique instrument developed in the context of the Vienna Initiative to monitor cross-border banking activities and deleveraging in CESEE, to better understand the determinants / constraints influencing credit growth in CESEE and to gain some forward-looking insights into cross-border banks’ strategies and market expectations regarding local financial conditions.

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The fifth Berlin Process Summit got underway with a meeting of Economy Ministers in Vienna

The fifth Berlin Process Summit, hosted by the United Kingdom, got underway with a meeting of Economy Ministers in Vienna on 4 July.

Discussions in Vienna focused on how the Berlin Process could best support economic growth in the region, including through the implementation of the Western Balkans Multi-Annual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area Plan – a proposal agreed at the 2017 Berlin Process Summit to allow for the unobstructed flow of goods, services, capital and highly-skilled labour across the region, so as to promote investment and trade.

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WB EDIF Business Forum

The first WB EDIF Business Forum took place in Belgrade on 26 June 2018 as part of the 12th WB EDIF PAG meeting. The Forum was hosted by the Ministry of Economy of Serbia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and took place under the auspices of the European Commission with the support of the EIF.

The event gathered more than 150 participants from the entire region, including officials from the beneficiary economies, EC, EUDs, IFIs, Chambers, banks and finance providers as well as a number of SMEs. Several panels were organized to learn more about what WB EDIF has to offer, to hear stories from the companies benefitting under the facility and to discuss the main access to finance challenges.

The Forum was opened by the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Marko Cadez, State Secretary of Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Serbia, Branimir Stojanovic and Head of Cooperation at Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, Ingve Engstrom.

A business to finance event was organized in the afternoon, where the SMEs from the Western Balkans had the chance to meet the finance and advisory providers under the WB EDIF.

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