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EBRD and EU boost competitiveness of Serbian firms

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Serbia will be able to boost their competitiveness thanks to a new EBRD programme combining targeted and grant-supported investments.

The EBRD SME Competitiveness Programme is providing a €40 million credit line that two local partner banks, UniCredit and Banca Intesa, will offer to local SMEs. In addition, borrowers will be able to benefit from European Union grant incentives worth 15 per cent of the total investment.

Find more information about the initiative here.

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WB EDIF at the Poznan Summit 2019

The Western Balkans Summit Poznan 2019 took place on July 3-5, where the Ministers of foreign affairs, internal affairs and economy convened on July 4 and on the day after the heads of states and governments discussed key issues concerning Western Balkans. The European Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn opened the Berlin Process for Western Balkan with the participation of the Forum for Business and Civil Society.

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Poznań Summit 2019

The Western Balkans Summit Poznań 2019 will take place on July 3-5 at the Poznań International Fair. Ministers of foreign affairs, internal affairs, and economy will convene on July 4. A Leaders’ Summit will take place on July 5 – heads of states and governments of partners to the Berlin Process will discuss key issues concerning Western Balkans.

WB EDIF will be presented during this Summit, among other with the presence of a stand, promoting the various instruments and programmes it has to offer.

More information about the Summit can be found here.

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WB EDIF PAG and WBIF Steering Committee, Berlin, 25-26 June

WB EDIF PAG meeting will for the first time take place within the WBIF Steering Committee, taking place on 25th and 26th of June in Berlin. This is the first step in the integration process of the WB EDIF under the WBIF umbrella. During this meeting the WB EDIF will be introduced to the broader WBIF audience and showcase the main results and achievements to date.

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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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Launch of the “EU for Serbia – Financing for SMEs” initiative targeting EUR 180m new loans for Serbian businesses

Today in Belgrade, the EIF endorsed the selection of five local banks (Raiffeisen bank, UniCredit bank, Banca Intesa, ProCredit bank and Komercialna bank), which will implement the “EU for Serbia – financing for SMEs” Guarantee. The event took place in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ms Ana Brnabić, the State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy, Mr Milun Trivunac, and Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Sem Fabrizi.

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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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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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