International Cross-border Trade: Challenges and Solutions facing SMEs

Internationalisation and international entrepreneurship among SMEs remains a topic of considerable relevance and many challenges. Despite the existing policy initiatives and support schemes, only a relatively small number of European SMEs currently engage in cross-border activities and an even smaller number report they are considering it. Internationalisation is certainly not for every SME but given the significant role they play in our economies, if just a few more were to successfully transition to become international companies, either via trade or investment, the benefits would be significant. Consequently, supporting the internationalisation of SMEs should remain a priority of the European SME competitiveness strategies. With this debate we would like to contribute to the general discourse by bringing together the knowledge and experience of our network members, highlight unique and shared challenges across the industries and explore solutions.
  • Welcome & Opening

    Jörgen Warborn MEP

    INTA Coommittee;
    Vice-President of SME Europe

  • Keynotes

    Peter Sandler (TBC)

    Director for Enforcement, Market Access, SMEs, Legal Affairs and Technology at the European Commission

    María Alcalá-Galiano Malo de Molina (TBC)

    Commercial Attaché at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU

  • Statements & Debate

    Eleonora CATELLA

    Deputy Director of International Relations at BusinessEurope

    Roberto Corciulo (TBC)

    President and Senior Consultant of IC&Partners Group

    Eric Pelletier

    Vice-President and Head of International
    Government Relations of Alibaba

    Bart Van Zwol

    CEO of WHC Labs

  • Moderated by

    Horst Heitz

    Chair of the Steering Committee of SME Connect


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