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 eighteen Member States are involved in the organization of the sector seminars and more than 4.000 companies have already participated in the 38 events held so far. Two or three 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 sector seminar will focus on Private Sector Development in EU External Action Programmes. It will take place in Brussels on Thursday, March 10, 2016. You may find out more about this event under "next seminar".
If you wish to participate in this event, please go to the "registration" section.
The next sector seminar will focus on Water in EU External Action Instruments. It will take place in Brussels on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
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".