Volume IX, 8-2010
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Water supply and wastewater treatment in the EU external aid programmes

Sectorial seminars represent a great opportunity for companies to get familiar with EU programmes focusing on development and external aid provided to third countries. Moreover, it is an ideal way to find suitable business partners for future cooperation among companies from different Member states.

On November 24th, CEBRE and CzechTrade in cooperation with Czech, Swedish and German Permanent representations to the EU organised a sectorial seminar on Water supply and wastewater treatment in the EU external aid programmes. More than 200 participating companies from all over Europe operating either as consultants in the water supply and wastewater treatment area or companies active in this field had a possibility to get to know latest news concerning external aid of the EU dedicated to water supply sector and wastewater treatment sector.

In the week from 22 to 26 November 2010, Andrei Bunis, EU official of DG Enterprise and Industry, visited the Czech Republic to find out obstacles faced daily by Czech SMEs. Mr. Bunis then participated in the European Commission’s Enterprise Experience Programme, which is designed for EU officials to obtain information from the real environment to be further used to improve the European legislation and initiatives. Mr. Bunis met with business representatives at national and local level, with Enterprise Europe Network, and spent three days in Step Trutnov, a company that produces biomass boilers and pressure vessels. » read more «

Business Economic Forecast 2011

Both EUROCHAMBRES Economic Survey 2011 and BUSINESSEUROPE´s Economic Outlook for 2011 indicate that businesses are confident that the worst is behind and the economic situation will improve next year.

Economic activity has been gradually strengthening, even more than expected throughout 2010. The recovery is mainly pushed by strong exports and driving industrial production. Moreover, the labour market is stabilising more quickly than expected.

The anticipations on GDP growth in the EU has been adapted by BUSINESSEUROPE from 1.1% to 1.8% in 2010 and 1.7% in 2011 compared with the EC forecast expecting GDP grow by 0.75% in 2010 and 1.5% in 2011. The recovery has been particularly evident in Germany, Sweden, Poland and Finland. On the other hand, Greece, Romania, Latvia, Spain and Ireland have suffered from negative growth.

Nevertheless, it is essential to keep working on progress, mainly by introducing reforms that would reduce public debt and by focusing on public » read more «

Stability, credibility of the euro is the biggest priority!

Leaders of European businesses, presidents of 40 member federations in 34 countries gathering in BUSINESSEUROPE discussed the importance of stability and credibility of the euro, the need to focus more on growth and to strengthen the international dimension of European economy at their Council of Presidents in Brussels on 3rd December 2010.

Through a letter of BUSINESSEUROPE’s president Juergen Thumann, European businesses call upon the European Council to reaffirm a strong leadership » read more «

ENERGIZING EUROPE: Prague European Energy Forum 2010: Strategies for the near future

Cez Group Held in the premises of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the fourth Czech European Energy Forum was organised at the beginning of December 2010.

Traditionally, the Prague forum focuses on several energy topics and this event was not an exception. High level panellists discussed issues of Energy security at the end of the first decade of the third millennium in the first panel discussion, targeting mainly the crucial importance of self-sufficiency in electricity production and diversification of hydrocarbon supplies, encompassing the priorities of upcoming Hungarian presidency » read more «