The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its Member States and six Eastern European Partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It aims at building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation. The EaP Brussels Summit in November 2017 endorsed an ambitious workplan centered around “20 Deliverables for 2020” and adopted a revised EaP multilateral architecture to support the implementation of the 2020 EaP Agenda.
The EaP Business Forum is a traditional event with the aim of evaluating the achievements of the EaP from the perspective of business communities and to further develop EaP cooperation, mainly focusing on the promotion of bilateral and multilateral economic connections between the EU and the six Eastern partner countries of the EU.
EaP Business Forum provides the framework for political and business debates between EU27/+UK and EaP countries. The fifth (previous) edition of the EaP Business Forum took place in Wien, December 2018, during the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council.
Objectives of the 6th EaP Business Forum
The Business Forum will address contemporary challenges facing the business world – with a special focus on SMEs and marking the 10th anniversary of the EaP by:
Participants: Ministers of the six Eastern European partners, entrepreneurs from the EU 27/+UK and EaP region, other countries interested in the region, relevant stakeholders from international financial institutions and agencies involved in the different trade-related subjects, etc.
One-day event, divided in two parts:
The opening and concluding interventions will focus primarily on the political/governmental component, while the panels will have a economic/business profile.
The two panel discussions will focus on the following topics:
The panel will focus on success stories from the EaP region; as well as developments in the IT sector, especially in the area of SMEs; the ease of access to finance; and ways to incentives young entrepreneurs. The panel will aim at identifying current bottlenecks and difficulties and a way forward, through innovations and e-solutions in the logistics sector, and modernization of logistics infrastructure.
The panel will focus on success stories from the EaP region, and also on the developing of the sector; as well as barriers to trade, in the margins of the current EU digital single market. Its aim will be identifying current challenges, opportunities and development possibilities for SME’s in EaP countries to reach international markets.
Working language: English with simultaneous translation in Romanian and Russian