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EU4Business: more digital economies and innovation

“The Business Forum today is a great opportunity to discuss challenges of modernising economies and societies in the Eastern Partnership. Small businesses have a key role to play and the EU actively works with partner countries and international financial institutions to ensure the right business environment. Through the EU4Business initiative in particular, the EU is providing increasing support for them to grow, export, innovate and adapt to a digital economy.” Said The Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn.

The 4th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Business Forum took place in Tallinn on 26-27 October 2017, under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. More than 500 business leaders, government officials, policy makers from the European Union and from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine come together to debate on the ‘Digital Economy: Innovative Platform for Transparent Borderless Business’.

The forum will serve as a platform for participants to discuss how to redefine governance processes and create a basis for transparent economies. Discussions will also focus on cross-border trade, logistics, e-commerce and financing for international business.

After the Association Agreements entered into full force, the business exchanges between the EU and Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have substantially intensified. Moreover, businessmen from these three countries can now travel to Europe visa free to explore new market opportunities and develop business partnerships. The agreements are also beneficial to the EU Member States, exports to the EaP countries have increased from €16.3 billion in 2004 up to €33.1 billion in 2014.

Under the EU4Business initiative, the EU provides access to finance, supports exports to new markets and offers know-how for growth to small businesses in all six partner countries, in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Since 2009 the EU has supported 100,000 enterprises and helped create more than 10,000 new jobs in the region.

In the margins of the event an agreement is signed between the EU and the European Investment Bank (EIB). This new project, part of EU4Business, will allow EIB to provide its first local currency loans in Ukraine. Three more EU backed guarantee agreements will be signed by EIB and European Investment Fund (EIF) with local banks to respond to the urgent needs of Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian businesses.

The External Investment Plan, presented at the Business Forum on the 27 October, is another EU instrument for increasing economic growth and stability. Its innovative guarantee will make it easier to invest in key sectors of the economy in the Eastern Partnership countries. In the margins of the event, 150 business will participate in the B2B session, expected to establish new joint ventures and business partnerships.

The EaP Business Forum is held every two years as a side event to the Eastern Partnership Summit, which this year will take place on November 24 in Brussels.

EU awarded digital innovation projects

 “Digitisation is changing how our societies and labour market function. It is important that we indeed reboot equality and ensure technology is used to make everyone in Europe benefit from the opportunities created by technological change. I therefore congratulate the three winners, which show creative potential to push for a truly inclusive economy and society.”  Said Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

The Commission awarded three projects with the Equality Rebooted prize. This year’s edition of the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition asked candidates to present digital innovation projects addressing inequality in Europe. The winners will receive each €50,000 for having successfully and impressively proven how digital technologies can improve people’s lives. The innovations awarded are a collaborative platform to build more sustainable homes and neighbourhoods (Buildx from United Kingdom), a multimedia tool for blind and visually-impaired people (Feelif from Slovenia) and peer-to-peer learning network (Saga from Netherlands). Digital inclusionis anchored also in the Digital Single Market strategy, through which the Commission supports accessible ICT solutions, assistive technologies, development of digital skills as well as increasing participation of disadvantaged people in the digital society. This is part of the Commission’s broader aim to enhance social inclusion of disabled persons, via initiatives such as our proposal to make products and services more accessible for them.The European Social Innovation Competition is organised since 2012 in memory of the Portuguese politician and social innovator Diogo Vasconcelos to convert the most innovative ideas into sustainable and transformative projects.

EIB supports the digital economy

 

 “The agreement signed today with IP Only under the Juncker Plan is good news for Sweden just days after the first EU summit dedicated to Europe’s common digital project. Europe needs fast internet to reap the benefits of the digital single market. This is true for citizens and companies alike, in all corners of Europe: rural or urban.” Said Vice-President Andrus Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €125 million to Swedish broadband provider IP-Only to support the expansion of its fibre network in cities and rural areas in Sweden. This deal will give high-speed internet access to over 400,000 homes by 2020.  And as Cyber Security Month kicks off, the EIB has also signed a €20 million financing agreement with CS Group in France under the Investment Plan. The company will use the financing to develop their research, development and innovation into cyber security systems.

#EPIC : la créativité digitale belge a de beaux jours devant elle. #digital #media #communication

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Dans un contexte économique complexe, la créativité est le levier de l’innovation au quotidien, une nécessité pour générer de la croissance. Deux atouts de réussite bien ancrés au sein de l’agence digitale EPIC.

En effet, après avoir clôturé l’année 2014 en beauté sur une hausse du chiffre d’affaires de plus de 42% et l’obtention de nouvelles récompenses internationales –  1 FWA et 2 Awwwards  – EPIC continue sur sa lancée en abordant le premier semestre 2015 sous les meilleurs auspices et avec des ambitions internationales !

Créée en 2009, l’agence liégeoise qui emploie actuellement 13 personnes réussit à séduire de plus en plus de grands noms grâce à une approche mêlant stratégie, réflexion créative alliées à une intervention opérationnelle jusqu’au-boutiste. Les contrats remportés en 2014 et début 2015 bénéficiant d’une résonance internationale, ne font que confirmer la volonté et la capacité d’EPIC à s’ouvrir et s’étendre vers de nouveaux marchés.

Parmi les contrats les plus récents, on pointera  Crop Trust, une organisation internationale – fondée par l’ONU et installée à Bonn – occupée à lever des fonds à concurrence de 850 millions de dollars pour préserver la diversité agricole et la sécurité alimentaire dans le monde.

Au terme d’un concours réunissant une dizaine d’agences internationales de renom, EPIC a remporté un premier contrat afin de revoir entièrement l’identité visuelle et la stratégie digitale de l’organisation.

Depuis lors, la collaboration a été étendue à tous ses supports de communication, telle que la récente mise en ligne du  rapport annuel interactif de l’organisation.

Autre contrat de taille, Studio 100, célèbre société anversoise de production TV pour enfants, notamment à l’origine du dernier film d’animation de Maya l’abeille. Elle a également choisi EPIC pour la refonte ergonomique et graphique de l’ensemble de ses sites – plus de de 15 ! – ainsi que pour le développement d’une nouvelle  plateforme e-commerce, arborant tous un design sur mesure et véritablement taillé pour un jeune public.

La liste ne s’arrête pas là, l’agence a en outre signé des collaborations avec Lampiris (et son projet  Thermo Car), Mobitec, producteur belge de meubles proposant un  catalogue en ligne personnalisable, le groupe Eloy avec la reprise de sa communication digitale ou encore une collaboration à long terme avec le groupe EVS.

Autant de nouveaux clients qui ont permis à EPIC de tirer pleinement profit de ses capacités stratégiques, créatives et techniques et qui ne font que confirmer sa capacité à s’adapter à tout type et à toute taille de projet dès qu’il est question de digital!

Si les perspectives sont plus que réjouissantes pour EPIC, l’agence veut avant tout consolider ses acquis en continuant à renforcer son équipe avec l’arrivée de 2 profils supplémentaires sur le premier semestre 2015 et démontrer qu’elle a plus que jamais les atouts indispensables à ses ambitions internationales et à sa volonté de se positionner en tant qu’acteur de référence dans le secteur digital.

THE SEMI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS

 

SEMI means semi-conductors. A very vivid industry which is really a key business in everyone’s everyday life. Recently, a meeting took place in Brussels gathering all stakeholders of the semi-conductors industry: big companies, the European commission, representants of states, think tanks, research institutes….

brusselsdiplomatic.com met Hans Kundert,  the chairman of SEMI.He explains us why semiconductors are very important for everyone and for the development of our economy

 

Miguel D. DESNERCK

 

HUAWEI PRESENTS ITS WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY TO EUROPEAN DECIDERS

Yesterday in Brussels, Huawei , a chinese global telecommunication company presented its most advanced technology to european developers in front of the European parliament in Brussels.

Huawei is a global telecommunication company with an advanced wifi technology, also for crisis situations. Their technology was used during the earthquake in Haiti.

Huawei gathered yesterday important EU-stakehilders, MEPs and EC-officials to explain their projects in Europe.

We had an interview with Tony GRAZIANO, the VP Public-Affairs and Communication of Huawei in Brussels.

 

Miguel D. DESNERCK