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1 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry Business support at your doorstep European Commission Enterprise and Industry

2 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry What is Enterprise Europe Network? Network of regional/local business support organisation in all EU member states Launched in 2008 by the European Commission under the CIP programme Builds on its predecessors Euro Info Centre (EIC) and Innovation Relay Centre (IRC) Co-financed by the European Commission Services free of charge for SMEs Offers service and support to SMEs in their aim to access new markets

3 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry Where can you find us? 15 partner organisations (offices) in Sweden Coordinated and co-financed in Sweden by Tillväxtverket (The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) 550 partner organisations in 44 countries In all EU member states And in: Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Turkey, Macedonia, Armenia, Chile, Egypt, Russia, Switzerland, USA, China

4 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry The network in the Mälar region in Sweden SMEs in the Mälar region in Sweden find their network partner organisation at: Europa Institutet in Västerås Acreo in Kista

5 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry For whom and why does the network exist? The idea behind the Enterprise Europe Network is to encourage small and medium sized enterprises to get better use of the internal market and the EU membership The services of the network are free or charge for SMEs

6 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry What do we do for the SMEs? 1.Information and advice on EU regulation, internationalisation and market expansion, EU funds and grants Helpdesk through / telephone | Individual company visits 2.Access to new international business contacts Partner search databases/tools and brokerage events 3.Service in technology transfer Advice on patents, licenses, cooperation agreements and access to finance Brokerage event, partner search 4.Feedback to the European Commission Surveys and panels, report trade barriers

7 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry Example: Partner search and brokerage event HTC Sweden AB, Söderköping, attended a brokerage event in Frankfurt 2007 organized by the network. Found a Greek supplier and initiated a cooperation. Together, the Swedish and the Greek company have set up a pilot project, and have also been approved Eurostars funding for a larger R&D project.

8 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry Example: CE marking An advertising and marketing business were planning on importing air mattresses and putting their client's logotype on them. The company turned to the network helpdesk and asked if the air mattresses needed CE marking. According to the toys directive 88/378/EC and the guidance documents, air mattresses that are designed (length) for adults do not need CE marking. But if the product is marketed as such to children, CE marking is recommended Principle of "better safe than sorry"

9 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry Contact details Europa Institutet i Västerås Christina Söderström-Nilsson Jenny Laine Christer Stenström Karin Wiberg Acreo Rolf Andersson Stellan Granström Håkan Sehlin

10 Enterprise Europe Network | Jenny Laine | | Stockholm European Commission Enterprise and Industry Sign up for our free Swedish newsletter EuropaSpegeln (Mirror of Europe) online at Free of charge | Published 4 times per year


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