SMEs and cities of the future: Informal Council for Cohesion Policy (Athens, 24-25.4.2014)

An Informal Meeting of EU Ministers responsible for Cohesion Policy, is taking place in Athens, on 24-25 April, organised by the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness.

The main topic on the agenda is support to SMEs. In particular, discussions will focus on liquidity and access to financing for SMEs, simplification of their access to public funds, as well as improvement of the business environment in which they operate with the support of Structural funds and other instruments.

The meeting begins on 24 April with a working dinner, during which the Commission’s proposal for a European urban agenda and the role of cities in delivering EU policy objectives will be discussed.


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