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SME ASSEMBLY 2014 "Growth through Enterprise: Exploiting the Opportunities Ahead"

Naples, 1-3 October 2014 – Promoting the growth of enterprise and the significance of SME’s in the European Economy was the objective of the SME Assembly.

Hosted by the European Commission in partnership with the Italian EU Presidency, the Assembly, which was the main European SME Week event, featured speakers from the Italian Government, the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, academia and the private sector. Key speakers included: the Italian Minister for Economic Development, Federica Guidi and Member of the European Commission for Entrepreneurship & Industry, Ferdinanco Nelli Feroci, as well as Daniel Calleja, EU SME Envoy and Director General, DG Enterprise and Industry and Anthony L. Gardner, US Ambassador to the EU. The Assembly was opened formally on 2 October in the presence of H.E. Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy.

Among the many sessions which took place during the Assembly, SEECEL’s Director, Ms Efka Heder was invited by the European Commission to speak during the Policy Session devoted to Skills and Entrepreneurship. Ms Heder’s presentation focused on best practice in integrating entrepreneurship teaching into national curricula. She touched on the questions of what type of skills are needed by the young people in order to be equipped to have the possibility of becoming entrepreneurs.

An annual exhibition and networking opportunities formed the main focus for SME’s Week. The Entrepreneurship Forum was an opportunity for interviews with the European entrepreneurs and managers of successful SME to give their input about the benefits from the EU enterprise support.

The SME Assembly also featured the European Enterprise Promotion Awards Ceremony, where 22 nominees competed for their chance to win a Grand Prize in one of six categories or the Grand Jury Prize.

SEECEL, as a National Winner, received a certificate from the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry during the Award Ceremony, held on the 2 October 2014.
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