EuroMed Invest hold a conference highlighting achievements in the Euro-Med region
December 18, 2017
The EUROMED Invest final conference was held on 14 December 2017 at the European Economic and Social Committee’s headquarters (EESC) in Brussels, Belgium. The EU funded project started 4 years ago in December 2013.
The final conference was the occasion to have a look on the project achievements. Gathering implementing partners and project’s final beneficiaries, the conference highlighted the role and implication of the European Union in the development of the Euro-Mediterranean region, as well as the main impact reached.
Since the beginning of the project, the EUROMED Invest project enabled nearly 2000 people to be trained. Around 9000 organisations benefited from its activities, mostly start-ups, companies and Business Support Organisations, but also clusters, technoparks, incubators, local and central public authorities, civil society organisations, and others.
From December 2014 to December 2017, 4524 Business-to-business meetings were organised during the EUROMED Invest Business Roadshow, both in the North and in the South of the Mediterranean. During these activities, 691 business partnerships were identified through the B2B meetings and 30 partnership contracts have been signed since then.
The final conference contributed to open-up a debate regarding the path to follow for an enhanced business climate in the region. Several international organisations of the sector (OECD, UNIDO, BUSINESSMED, ASCAME, Union for the Mediterranean), as well as European Commission representatives (DG NEAR, DG GROW, DG TRADE) took part in the discussion.
The aim of the EUROMED Invest project is to boost private business and investment within the Euro-Mediterranean region to contribute to inclusive economic development. The project’s activities aim to empower Euro-Med business and investment networks to implement targeted strategies in support of SME development in specific sectors: agri-food, water and alternative energies, tourism, transport and logistics, cultural and creative industries.