In 1996 Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Spain took the initiative to organize a seminar in Brussels on the European Union MEDA programme. Up to 400 companies registered for this event structured in two parts: a first one devoted to presentations from the European Commission officials in charge of the implementation of the programme and a second one where one to one company meetings took place in order for them to get to know their competitors better and identify potential partners to participate together in EU tenders.
Due to the success of this "pilot" seminar, the four countries decided to invite the rest of the EU Member States to join this initiative in order to organize smaller events two to three times a year focused on one specific sector at a time. The first sector seminar in the present format was held in 1998 and at that time Austria, Finland, France, Sweden and United Kingdom had already joined the project.
At present, Permanent Representations and Trade Promotion Organizations from 24 Member States are involved in the organization of the sector seminars and more than 5.000 companies have already participated in the 47 events held so far. One or two Member States (in a rotating order) are responsible for the logistics of each seminar while the other countries are responsible for inviting and registering companies of their own nationality.
The next SEMINAR will focus on the energy window of the European Union Global Gateway strategy. It will take place IN PERSON in Brussels on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.
The European Global Gateway Strategy was launched in December 2021 by the European Commission and the EU High representative for foreign affairs and security policy with the objective of boosting smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport sectors and to strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.
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The new Practical Guide (PRAG) introduces some changes that may impact the way of European companies participate in tenders and call for proposals. The webinar will take place on 30th June at 10h.00-11h:15. Finland, Italy and Spain are the main organizing countries of the webinar and a significant number of Member states organizations co-organize the event. The platform will be Webex. For those companies that cannot access to the session the same day, we plan to record it in order to make it available on this web page.