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2023 TPE Annual Conference – European small and medium sized exporters: Challenges and opportunities

May 24, 2023

This year, the EU Single Market celebrates 30 years, which presents a
good opportunity to take stock of the successes and signposts in terms
of intra-trade for European SMEs. In the first panel of the conference,
we will look at EU policies that support exporting SMEs as well as the
strategies developed by Trade Promotion Organisations to support their
companies to grow in the EU Single Market. As TPOs have concrete
experience of SMEs’ journey, it will be the opportunity to discuss the
remaining barriers for SMEs to fully benefit from the EU Single Market,
and how to further collaborate between the EU and national level.

An open international economy is a pillar of the European Union’s
approach to trade, and has contributed to European export growth. Yet
there is a growing concern that the EU has developed dependencies
and needs to address them, especially in the face of geopolitical turmoil
and increased competition for technologies and raw materials. The
second panel will discuss the concept of ‘Strategic Open Autonomy’
and the EU model to maintain openness to support small- and medium-
sized European exporters.

Building a Team Europe approach to promoting European exports in
third countries is the focus of the third panel. The Team Europe approach
means getting all stakeholders at the EU and national levels to join
forces by pooling resources and expertise, to deliver greater impact. The
panel will discuss the role of the different stakeholders and how best
achieve a Team Europe approach to promote European exports.

Find the brochure with the programme here.

[Official Report of the Annual Conference]

Trade Promotion Europe is glad to share a report with the main discussion points and key messages of the Annual Conference.

Read it here: REPORT

[Trade Promotion Europe Manifesto]

The event served as an opportunity for TPE to fine-tune its mission, vision, and overall objectives, which are now published in Trade Promotion Europe’s manifesto.

Read it here! Manifesto June 2023


May 24, 2023


Trade Promotion Europe


European Economic & Social Committee
Rue Van Maerlant
Brussels, Belgium