Financing projects of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Danube Region
22nd and 23rd March 2012
The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a macro-regional strategy covering all countries along the Danube from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea. The Strategy is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Danube Region countries. Its main objective is to address common challenges and coordinate existing policies and programmes to reinforce integration in the Region.
The EUSDR has defined 11 so-called Priority Areas. Austria, represented by the City of Vienna, and Slovenia have been put in charge of coordinating Priority Area 10 (EUSDR PA 10) - “Institutional capacity and cooperation.” An important element of the EUSDR PA 10 is the creation of a Danube Investment Framework to assist project owners in the Region in developing project proposals, and facilitate coordination between different funding sources.
At the 1st Danube Financing Dialogue in Vienna, international experts will gather to discuss vital issues concerning the financing of SME projects in the Region. Furthermore the event will serve as a matchmaking opportunity for regional SMEs and Financial Institutions. SME representatives will have the unique opportunity to identify suitable financing sources for investment projects and present their projects to participating representatives of Financial Institutions. In turn, Financial Institutions will have the opportunity to identify new fields of business.
Participation will be by application only. Participants will include:
- SMEs with eligible investment projects. Conditions: relevance to the priorities of the EUSDR and one or more policy fields (transport, energy, culture, environment, technologies, education or security) and a financing volume of 1 to 25 million EUR.
- Financial Institutions
- EUSDR representatives
The 1st Danube Financing Dialogue offers two different ways of matchmaking:
1. Face-to-face meetings between representatives of SMEs and Financial Institutions:
SME representatives will have the possibility to schedule a face-to-face meeting with financiers in order to present their project and to discuss financing possibilities. As for the Financial Institutions, - the conference provides the opportunity to present financial instruments to potential clients in face-to-face meetings. Therefore, the Financial Institutions will each set up a stall to present their institution and products.
2. Poster Session:
SMEs will have the opportunity to present their projects to the invited financiers on a poster, in the so-called “market place”. The Poster session will provide an overview of selected projects to the Financial Institutions.
The participation in the conference is free of charge. Furthermore, a network dinner will take place on the 22nd March to which you are invited. Please be aware that the travel expenses will not be covered. The organiser is however happy to assist you with your travel and accommodation arrangements.
For more information on the 1st Danube Financing Dialogue, please refer to the Draft Agenda:
If you wish to participate, we kindly ask you to register by 1st March.
On behalf of
Directorate General Regional Policy
EUSDR PA 10 Coordinator | City of Vienna
Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)
Otto-Wagner-Platz 3 | A-1090 Vienna
Technical Assistance for the EUSDR PA 10 Coordinator