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Finished second Danube financial dialogue

In Belgrade on 24 and 25 January was held a second Danube financial dialogue on "Funding Opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in Danube countries".  Cluster House participated for the second time on this event.

The two-day meeting was organized in the framework of cooperation established through the "EU Strategy for the Danube Region", initiated by the coordinator of the priority areas 10 of the Strategy and organized by the Office for European Integration of the Republic of Serbia, the National Bank of Serbia and the city of Vienna.

This year's “Danube Financial Dialogue” opened the Governor of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) Mrs. Jorgovanka Tabaković and she said that the main aim of the event is to foster dialogue and networking of representatives of small and medium enterprises of Danube region with potential financiers. The audience was also addressed by Ognjen Miric, Deputy Director of the Office for European Integration, by  Franz Nauschnigg from Austrian National Bank and by Andreas Beikos, the European Investment Bank.

Representatives of institutions and business organizations of importance to support SMEs, more than 200, had the opportunity to present their projects to potential investors and on the other side financial institutions to identify new business opportunities. That was the conclusion of the first day of the conference held at the premises of the National Bank Serbia.

The importance of this dialogue is reflected in the meetings of government officials from the Danube region, representatives of leading European financial institutions and business organizations as well as international experts.

European Union Strategy for the Danube Region is the second macro-regional strategy for the EU, which includes 14 states of the Danube Basin - from Germany to the Black Sea, and over 115 million people. The strategy is founded on the joint initiative of the European Commission and the Danube region, and its main goal is to promote a better integration in the region.

This type of meeting contributes to the generation of the fund for the implementation of the Danube Strategy, and the value of the fund will be 25 million Euros.