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Events and Publications

Find the below the latest information regarding TPE’s events and official publications.



TPE in partnership with AWEX, hub.brussels and FIT will hold the Annual Conference entitled “Map to Global Gateway for Exporting Small and Medium Enterprises” in Brussels on 7th February. The objective of the conference is to provide information to Trade Promotion Organisations to help agencies support their exporting companies, navigating through the Global Gateway Strategy.  ​

The Global Gateway is the EU’s contribution to narrowing the global investment gap worldwide. It is in line with the commitment of the G7 leaders from June 2021 to launch a values-driven, high-standard and transparent infrastructure partnership to meet global infrastructure development needs.

Conference Highlights:
¬ Informative sessions on Global Gateway, including strategy, flagship projects, decision-making, and funding details.
¬ Panel discussion: ‘Experiences shared, lessons learned – Tales and Tips from Global Gateway Practitioners.’
¬ Panel discussion: ‘SMEs in focus: Crafting Strategies for Success in Global Gateway.

Directorate General for International Partnership (DG INPTA) is responsible for the Global Gateway Strategy. This strategy changes from the previous EU Development policy, in the sense that the European Commission wants to better integrate the European Private Sector in this strategy. This explains for example the creation of the Business Advisory Group of Global Gateway, of which Trade Promotion Europe is a member.

The inaugural milestone of the Global Gateway was the Africa-Europe Investment Package with approximately €150 billion of investment dedicated to bolstering cooperation with African partners. Implementation of Global Gateway has also commenced in Asia and the Pacific and in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Find the Brochure here.

Find the Programme here.


Trade Promotion Europe held its First Annual on 24th May 2023 in collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee.

The day was structured around three panels in which high-level speakers from the EU institutions, think tanks, TPOs and other stakeholders participated.

¬ The first panel, titled “Exporting SMEs and the Single Market: lessons and signposts for the future“, tackled the definition and categorisation of SMEs, and the administrative burdens and more general challenges that they face, as well as the initiatives that the Commission is putting in place to address these. The panel was moderated by Philippe Vanrie, and formed by Jakub Boratynski (Director, Networks & Governance, DG GROW), Milena Angelova (Member of the Employer Group, EESC), Anne Lanigan (Regional Director Europe, Enterprise Ireland), Elena Santiago Cid (Director General, CEN-CENELEC), and Vid Habjan (Head of Department, Spirit Slovenia, TPE).

¬ Panel two discussed “Reconciling the EU’s open trade agenda with strategic autonomy“. Moderated by Leo Cendrowicz, the panel welcomed Charlotte Sammelin (Deputy Director General & Head of Department for International Trade and EU Single Market, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish Presidency), Matthias Bauer (Director, European Centre for International Political Economy), Annette Wijering (Director of the International Trade Department, Netherlands Enterprise Agency), Denis Redonnet (Deputy Director-General, Chief Trade Enforcement Officer, DG Trade), Joan Romero (Executive Director, ACCIO Catalonia).

¬ The third panel “Building a Team Europe Approach promoting European exporting SMEs” was formed by Leopoldo Rubinacci (Deputy Director-General, DG TRADE) Tindaro Paganini (Director Brussels Office, Italian Trade Agency), Ben Butters (Chief Executive Officer, Eurochambres), Antti Karhunen (Director, Sustainable Finance, Investment and Jobs, Economy that works for the people, DG INTPA), Marta Valero (Director of Institutional and Business Cooperation, ICEX Spain).

Find the full programme of the day here.

Read the report here.


Trade Promotion Europe adopted its Manifesto at its 2023 Spring General Assembly. This manifesto states that the members of TPE, those being Trade and Agrifood Promotion Organisations, aim to engage with the European Commission and other institutions in collaborative approach to:

¬ Establish a structured framework of cooperation to optimally support EU companies in their internationalisation by means of regular communication, strategic alignment, resource sharing, joint initiatives and evaluation and feedback mechanisms; and

¬ Promote a European business environment that supports European Exporting SMEs through advocacy, knowledge sharing, market access support in the EU Single Market and abroad, supporting the digital transformation of companies, and reducing burdens for SMEs and strengthening autonomy through trade and de-risking.

Read Trade Promotion Europe’s Manifesto here.