The morning saw presentations by European Commission DGs DEVCO, GROW and NEAR as well as the European Investment Bank, focussing on policies for the sector, opportunities for consultancies and SMEs, and blending. A session focused specifically on the most recent updates to PRAG (now PRAG 2016) while a panel of companies shared their experiences and lessons learnt.
As for previous editions, in the afternoon business to business meetings among companies were organised, giving operators the opportunity to discuss opportunities and consortia. Information desks with representatives from DEVCO, the EIB and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) were also present, enabling attendees to ask individual questions on procedures and programmes.
The next sector seminar will focus on Sustainable Energy In Eu External Actions Instruments. It will take place in Brussels on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
The sectorseminar on Water in EU-External Action Instruments took place on Tuesday, 15.11.2016.
The event took place on March 10, gathering around 150 participants from all over Europe, the majority of whom were companies and organisations active in private sector and development.
The sector seminar Private Sector Development in EU External Action Programmes is re-scheduled to take place in Brussels on Thursday, 10 March 2016. More information about this event is available under "next seminar".