The words „The Danube can open up the EU towards its neighbours in the Black Sea Region, the South Caucausus and Central Asia” marked the start of the 2nd Danube Financing Dialogue (DFD). It is with this quote from the European Commission’s Communication on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region that Kurt Puchinger, Coordinator of this Macroregional Stategy from the City of Vienna opened the 2nd conference of its kind. After a successful premiere in March 2012 at the Austrian National Bank in Vienna, the lo cation of the DFD was moved to Belgrade and in that way closer to the aforementioned target region of the Strategy. The Serbian National Bank hosted this international conference attended by around 200 participants.
The DFD brought together representatives of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with high-profile actors from the Danube Region with the objective to identify and to discuss innovative business opportunities. Small group discussions were held in order to give a large number of participants the opportunity to voice their ideas and doubts about financing issues. Similarly, the one-to-one meetings between the representatives of both banks and SMEs, which the participants could schedule online prior to the conference, offered both groups of actors the possibility to focus on their individual needs and interests and thereby together figure out financing potentials.
The 3rd Danube Financing Dialogue is planned to take place in Bucharest in October 2013.
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Participants: Download the List of Participants
The 2nd Danube Financing Dialogue – a great success in BelgradeSpeeches:
Financial Instruments in Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020
Financing Instruments to support SMEs – Andreas Beikos, Head of Office, European Investment Bank Western Balkans, Representative Office in Belgrade