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News article25 October 2022Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

The Enterprise Europe Network Annual Conference 2022 has started in Prague

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The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is the world's largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises with international ambitions. Today it opens the 2022 EEN Annual Conference to discuss how the network can best accelerate the industrial transition through its services.

The Annual Conference is the network's main event, providing participants with an interesting and stimulating mix of EU policy updates, workshops, and networking sessions. It is a leading forum for its members to exchange best practices and reflect on the quality and visibility of EEN services, including sustainability, the single market, internationalisation and innovation. It offers opportunities to network and build synergies with members and other external stakeholders.

This year, the conference takes place in Prague from 25-27 October, with over 500 people onsite and around 1,500 people participating online. The overarching theme for this year's event is 'New Network, new realities, new impact'. With the European economy dealing with the cumulative shock of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, it is vital that the EEN Network's services evolve to meet these challenges. That means a stronger focus on the industrial transition: sustainability, digitalisation and resilience. It is part of a continuous effort to improve SME access to the single market and global markets - including better integration within regions. Harnessing the power of innovation is essential for supporting these goals and, notably, the twin transition. Finally, the goal is raising quality across the renewed Network to deliver maximum impact to SMEs and stakeholders in the most visible way.

Roughly 3,000 experts across over 470 member organisations in almost 70 countries comprise the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), including innovation agencies, regional development agencies, chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, and research institutes. It helps ambitious SMEs innovate and grow internationally by combining international business expertise with local knowledge across a range of targeted services.

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