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Policy Brussels, 26-28 November 2018

#EUTrade Policy: what it is and why it matters

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Welcome to #EUtrade Policy:  what it is, why it matters.

This programme aims to engage young people from across the EU, raising awareness about the practical implications of EU trade policy and letting stakeholders know how they can provide input into policy decisions that affect them and their communities.

Trade policy sets the direction for trade and investment in and out of the EU and affects businesses and individuals across EU member states and beyond. From agriculture to cars, successful trade policy leads to increased exports and employment across the EU. It keeps down costs for businesses and consumers of the products they need from abroad and it enables more than €5 trillion a year in inward investment.

Trade policy can also be an effective means of sharing and promoting European values through our trade agreements and the almost €7 trillion of EU investment with partners in the rest of the world.

In short, trade policy has a big impact on every business and citizen in the EU. Today, the EU’s exports to countries outside Eu­rope support over 31 million jobs across the 28 Mem­ber States – and over 19 million jobs in countries outside Europe. In the coming years, some 90% of world growth is forecast to be outside the EU. If we want to tap into that growth, we need to be able to continue accessing those markets Therefore, it is vital to ensure that stakeholders from all EU member states and all sectors of society are able to learn more about EU trade policy.

To this end, young people from various EU member states have been invited to participate in an event in Brussels hosted by Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade. The three days of expert presentations and discussions will be shared through a series of local events and online activities in the member states.

Explore this website to find out more about the event in Brussels 26-28 November 2018; about participating organisations; and to access links to relevant information about EU trade.

On 27 November, the participants in this event will attend the European Trade Policy Day.

 

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- Austria

The Union of the European Federalists is a citizens' initiative for Europe in Austria. Independent from politics, age and business they speak out in favor of the European Community.

Facebook: @Foederalisten

www.efb.at

Represented by : Felix Clemens Alexander AUER

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- Austria

AIESEC is the world's largest non-profit youth-run organization. It is an international non-governmental not-for-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. The organization focuses on empowering young people to make a positive impact on society. The AIESEC network includes approximately 27,000 members in 127 countries.

Facebook: @aiesecaustria

www.aiesec.at

Represented by : Stephanie CORETH

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- Austria

The SWV Austria is a political representation of interests within the chamber of commerce. The main objective is an economic policy for the people based on social democratic values.

Facebook: @swv.oesterreich

www.wirtschaftsverband.at

Represented by : Ralph DÖRFLINGER

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- Austria

The Youth Senate of Economy Austria provides a platform for young and motivated people. The aim is to enhance the eco-social market economy in Austria and Europe.

Facebook: @jungersenatderwirtschaft

www.senat-oesterreich.at

Represented by : Vuk MARKOVIC

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- Austria

WU Top League – the honors program initiated by WU Vienna University of Economics and Business for highly qualified first-year bachelor students.

With individual mentoring for first-year students and interesting events on study-related and practical topics, the Top League is intended for gifted students with excellent qualifications and high aims - briefly: For the best.

This six-semester program motivates participants to achieve outstanding academic performance and to gain essential qualifications for their future careers.

The WU Top League honors program includes special coaching during students' first year, mentoring during their studies and assistance with career planning after graduation. Students can meet with and visit our corporate partners, and have numerous opportunities to socialize and to build networks.

Facebook: @WU-Top-League-355488071184867

www.wu.ac.at/wutopleague

Represented by : Nikolaj THALLMAYER

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- Austria

AEGEE are promoting a unified Europe without prejudices, striving to create an open and tolerant society of today and tomorrow. They are standing for fostering democracy, human rights, tolerance, cross border cooperation, mobility and European dimension in education.

Facebook: @AEGEE-Wien

www-aegee-wien.org

Represented by : David MEINEL

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- Austria

Grüne Wirtschaft is a private law association with nationwide unified legal personality that represents the interests of one-person entrepreneurs (EPU) and small businesses.They are active as a green faction in the Chamber of Commerce.

Facebook: @GrueneWirtschaft

www.gruenewirtschaft.at

Represented by : Maximilian WERDENIGG

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- Belgium

Grüne Wirtschaft is a private law association with nationwide unified legal personality that represents the interests of one-person entrepreneurs (EPU) and small businesses.They are active as a green faction in the Chamber of Commerce.

Facebook: @flandersinvestmentandtrade

www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com/en

Represented by : Sam ABOSI-APPEADU

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- Belgium

This institute specialised in European studies was created in 2007 within the University of Saint-Louis of Brussels. The Institut d’études européennes de l’Université de Saint-Louis supports research activities linked to the European Union. The institute also has « Europa Plus », a set of trainings destined to companies, administrations and other private or public organisations who wish to get an update on the functioning and the policies of the European Union.

Facebook: @UniversiteSaintLouisBruxelles

www.usaintlouis.be

Represented by : Cédric HENNET

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- Belgium

This institute specialised in European studies was created in 2007 within the University of Saint-Louis of Brussels. The Institut d’études européennes de l’Université de Saint-Louis supports research activities linked to the European Union. The institute also has « Europa Plus », a set of trainings destined to companies, administrations and other private or public organisations who wish to get an update on the functioning and the policies of the European Union.

Facebook: @ulbruxelles

ecares.ulb.ac.be

Represented by : Cristina HERGHELEGIU

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- Belgium

JADE Belgium is the Belgian federation of Junior Enterprises. A Junior Enterprise is a non-profit organization, formed and managed exclusively by students of higher education, which realize projects, in relations to their fields of studies, for companies.

Facebook: @JADE.Belgium

www.jadebelgium.eu

Represented by : Damien MERTENS DE WILMARS

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- Belgium

Ustart is the largest student entrepreneurship Club in Belgium. Created in 2013 by students of the Solvay Business School of Economics and Management, the Louvain School of Management, the University of Namur and ICHEC Brussels Management School, it aims to promote entrepreneurship in the country and especially among students.

Facebook: @UStartbelgium

ustartbelgium.com

Represented by : Michiel SUDNIK

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- Belgium

Academics for Companies Leuven (AFC) is an organisation run by and for students. Their aim is to build a bridge between the students and the business world and to give the opportunity for students to discover themselves.

Facebook: @AFCLeuven

www.afcleuven.be

Represented by : Pieter VERLEE

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- Bulgaria

The Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE) is an active community of entrepreneurial young people and business professionals with various backgrounds and expertise.

They are alumni of the Bulgarian Young Leaders Program (BYLP) who back in 2011 decided to found a non-profit to serve as a platform for our ideas and for positive change in Bulgaria.

Today they have: 250+ Active members, 50+ Startups, 10+ Projects, 300+ Organized events, 15 000+ Attendees.

Their mission is to develop an active civil society, inspire leadership and promote entrepreneurial culture in Bulgaria.

Facebook: @ABLE.Bulgaria

www.ablebulgaria.org

Represented by : Nedyalko DERVENKOV

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- Bulgaria

BESCO (Bulgarian Entrepreneurship and Startup Community) also known as the Bulgarian Startup Association is the voice of over 350 Bulgarian startups.

The vision of BESCO is to position Bulgaria as the startup incubator of Europe and a top of mind expat choice for entrepreneurs and startups reallocating from outside the EU.

The mission of BESCO is to closely work with the Bulgarian government and provide a legislative infrastructure for the future industries as Autonomous Transportation, Applied Robotics and Integrative Artificial Intelligence.

Facebook: @BESCO-The-Bulgarian-Startup-Association-1160198847470825

www.besco.bg

Represented by : Dobromir IVANOV

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- Bulgaria

MOVE.BG is a platform for value creators and a think-and-do tank for innovative solutions. We are looking for workable ideas for social transformation, forging pathways into sustainable development and enabling a culture of constructive dialogue and participatory leadership.

Facebook: @MoveBG

www.move.bg

Represented by : Dessislava SIMOVA

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- Bulgaria

Confederation of Labor "Podkrepa" is the first organization of workers and employees, created in 1989. Today the members are more than 150 000 employees and "Podkrepa" is one of the two national representative unions in Bulgaria. Its structure is comprised of 36 regional unions, 30 federations and national trade unions and 4 associated organizations. That's exactly the Youth Network to the Syndicate. Founded in 2010, the youth network has continued to develop and till nowthere are more than 9,000 members.

The youth network of the Podkrepa is an organizational unification of young people up to the age of 35, united on the basis of their youth and trade union interests.

Among the main objectives of Youth network"Podkrepa" are the unification of the efforts of the youths for forming the policies of the Podkrepa Labor Code, support and protection of the professional interests of the members of the Youth Network, additional professional qualification and social responsibility. Membership in the Youth Network is collective or individual through voluntary participation in Clubs in various structures of the Podkrepa Labor Code.

Facebook: @KTPodkrepa

www.podkrepa.org

Represented by : Maria PETROVA

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- Czechia

JCI Czech Republic is a non-political youth service organization of businessmen, managers and leading workers in the Czech Republic. JCI Czech Republic's objectives are to establish a strong group of young active citizens, support entrepreneurship, provide personal and professional development opportunities, cultivate business environment and to strive for positive changes in society. Apart from specific projects JCI also organizes regional, national and international events; to promote their cause and provide networking opportunities.

Facebook: @JCICzechRepublic

www.jcicr.cz

Represented by : Jiří MAURITZ

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- Czechia

The Chamber of Commerce of the Olomouc region is an independent and voluntary association of district Chambers of Commerce in Olomouc region. It was established by five county chambers of commerce in the Olomouc region in 1999. The main purpose of the Chamber is to provide uniform representation of the interests of businessmen and stand as their service point at the regional level. The core activities carried out by the Chamber are built on values of supporting business activities and promoting, protecting and defending the objectives of business entities, especially small and medium-sized businesses.

Facebook: @khkolkraje

www.khkok.cz

Represented by : Martin PIRKL

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- Czechia

ŠKODA AUTO University is the one and only Czech university founded by a large multinational company. It offers in total four bachelor programmes, four master programmes and a unique MBA study programme “Global Management in the Automotive Industry”. Almost all of our programmes are taught both in Czech and in English language.

In both bachelor and master programmes the main focus is placed on language acquisition, intercultural competences, close cooperation with international industrial companies and deep knowledge of global business environment.

Facebook: @SAVS.MB

en.savs.cz

Represented by : Václav VOLF

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- Denmark

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council represents the farming and food industries of Denmark including companies, trade and farmers’ associations.

Agriculture and food is Denmark’s largest competence cluster, employing some 186,000 people and exporting agricultural products, food and equipment to an annual value of around € 20 billion.

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council:

  • Promotes the political influence of the agricultural and food sector
  • Offers a comprehensive range of cost-effective services for its members
  • Implements research and development programmes within food safety and veterinary issues, animal health and productivity, animal welfare, environment and energy.

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council handles the professional interests of its members, including:

  • Overall industrial policy and regulatory framework
  • Research and innovation policy
  • Trade and market policy and the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • Animal welfare
  • Food safety
  • Environmental and energy policies

Facebook: @LandbrugFoedevarer

www.agricultureandfood.dk

Represented by : Anders ANKÆR SØRENSEN

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- Denmark

The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) is a private organisation, funded, owned and managed entirely by approximately 10,000 companies within the manufacturing, trade and service industries. DI is the strong voice of corporate Denmark. On behalf of their Danish member companies, they aim at providing the best possible conditions for growth and competitiveness.

Facebook: @danskindustri

www.danskindustri.dk

Represented by : Bertil BECK

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- Denmark

International Debate (ID) is a nonprofit student association at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen since its foundation in 2000.

ID's purpose is to contribute to high-quality public debate on international relations and to increase the interest and knowledge of international issues relevant to the Danes.

We do this by conducting large and small debates and seminars, meeting with ambassadors, sending delegations on study trips to Brussels and the United States, as well as other destinations such as Iran, Jordan, China, Russia, etc., producing journalist contributions and by cooperate with relevant organizations in Denmark and abroad.

Facebook: @internationaldebat

www.internationaldebat.dk

Represented by : Kiri Jo GINNERUP

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- Denmark

The Danish Foreign Policy Society is a private, charitable society aiming to further knowledge of and interest in foreign political questions in Denmark.

They were founded October 31st 1946 with deep roots in the Danish resistance movement.

The Society is independent of political parties and industrial and organisational interests. It does not hold opinions on political matters but functions exclusively as a facilitator of information, debate, and contacts.

Currently, they have around 1,000 personal members. Another 200 individuals are members via 50 companies and institutions. The society has a youth department, DUS 35, for people under the age of 35 with more than 220 students, young professionals and other young people with an interest in foreign policy.

The Danish Foreign Policy Society regularly hosts meetings, conferences and other types of events featuring prominent Danish and foreign speakers.

They publish the journal Udenrigs thrice a year. The journal is unique in Denmark by being dedicated exclusively to foreign policy. In addition, we publish the series Lande i Lommeformat (Pocket-sized Countries) and relevant columns by prominent writers.

The Society organises annual study trips to countries or areas of special interest in the world.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is the protector of the Society.

Facebook: @udenrigspolitiskselskab

www.udenrigs.dk

Represented by : Robert MATLOK

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- Denmark

Europæisk Ungdom (Young European Federalists Denmark) is a cross-party organisation working for a stronger and more democratic European Union, where Denmark fully participates in all areas. Moreover, they seek to spread information and generate debate about the development of the EU and Danish EU-policy among the younger generations and especially among students

In addition to planning and holding debate meetings, they provide competence developing courses, organise political campaigns, actively participate in the political debate in Denmark, organise street happenings and events, arrange study trips, and throw fabulous parties.

They are always interested in arranging and participating in events with international organisations from around Europe.

Facebook: @EuropaeiskUngDK

www.euro.dk

Represented by : Johan THOSTRUP

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- Estonia

The Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the largest business representation organisation in the country uniting more than 3200 members. The majority of the membership represents small and medium size businesses.

The mission of the Chamber is to develop entrepreneurship in Estonia. The Chamber is an active partner to the parliament, government and ministries in designing the economic policy and climate.

The Chamber provides many business-related services – consultation (legal, foreign trade, EU-related), business match-making (trade missions, trade fair visits, B2B meetings, presentations), information services (business contacts, co-operation proposals etc.), trainings and foreign trade documents.

Facebook: @Kaubanduskoda

www.koda.ee

Represented by : Merit FIMBERG-ESPUCH

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- Estonia

Student Foundation supports the student organizations in Tartu city providing training, advice, consultancy, and networking. Goal of the organisation is to assist young people in obtaining practical experience and useful skills next to their academic studies. The foundation promotes BE MORE concept, which encourages the students to learn how to study better, live healthy and be an active and responsible member of the society.

The vision of the organisation for this city is to be the most developing environment for young people in the whole world.

Facebook: @olerohkem

olerohkem.ee

Represented by : Joanna KURVITS

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- Estonia

Estonian Business School (EBS) Student Council represents the students of EBS. EBS is the only private university in Estonia and has over 60 partner universities in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.

EBS Student Council goal is to represent the student body in communication with school; support students in academic life; provide useful information and practical experience; organize various events, like workshops, parties, sports events, etc.

Facebook: @EstonianBusinessSchoolSC

www.ebs.ee/en/student-council

Represented by : Vanessa Yasmine Birgitta ROOSMETS

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- Finland

AIESEC is the world's largest non-profit youth-run organization. It is an international non-governmental not-for-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. The organization focuses on empowering young people to make a positive impact on society. The AIESEC network includes approximately 27,000 members in 127 countries.

Facebook: @aiesecinfinland

www.aiesec.fi

Represented by : Leelee IDEH

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- France

Association for the Debate in Economics of Sciences Po was created in 2015. Their actions consist of the organization of events with goal to promote interest in economics. ADE is managed by students and for students.

With a global approach but without ideological or political bias, they encourage passionate discussions, whether it’s with experts or young students freshly entered into the higher education system!

Facebook: @adesciencespoparis

ade-sciencespo.fr

Represented by : Anastasia MELACHRINOS

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- Germany

Wasti LMU München was founded 25 years ago.They are the student organization of business and economics students at the university of Munich. Many of their classes are dealing with international trade and trade policy.

Facebook: @wasti.lmu

www.fs-bwl-vwl.uni-muenchen.de

Represented by : Marius DUFNER

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- Germany

Since 1990 the European Youth Parliament in Germany offers young people between 16 and 22 years of age the opportunity to express their opinion concerning European political topis. THey are part of the network of the European Youth Parliament (EYP), which is a unique educational programme of the Berlin-based Schwarzkopf Foundation. As a network of independent associations, EYP is present in 40 European countries and organises almost 600 events every year, thus about 1.500 days of EYP activities every year, involving close to 35.000 participants. Thousands of young people are active as volunteers all over Europe, making EYP a programme truly for young people, by young people.

Facebook: @eypde

www.eyp.de

Represented by : Ella GEMÜND

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- Germany

AIESEC is the world's largest non-profit youth-run organization. It is an international non-governmental not-for-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. The organization focuses on empowering young people to make a positive impact on society. The AIESEC network includes approximately 27,000 members in 127 countries.

Facebook: @aiesecde

www.aiesec.de

Represented by : Fenja HAACKE

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- Germany

AIESEC is the world's largest non-profit youth-run organization. It is an international non-governmental not-for-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. The organization focuses on empowering young people to make a positive impact on society. The AIESEC network includes approximately 27,000 members in 127 countries.

Facebook: @TUChemnitz

www.tu-chemnitz.de

Represented by : Sascha KEIL

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- Germany

The Young European Federalists Germany e.V. (JEF Germany also JEF-D, French Jeunes Européens Fédéralistes en Allemagne, English Young European Federalists Germany) are the youth organization of the European union Germany for young people between 15 and 35 years. The club was founded in 1949 under the name Bund deutscher Jugend. The JEF Germany is part of the supranational non-partisan youth association Young European Federalists with over 25,000 members.

In Germany, the association claims to have about 4,000 members and is divided into 15 largely independent state associations. National chairman is Manuel Gath. The JEF is affiliation association of the German Federal Youth and member organization in the network European Movement Germany.

The JEF Germany brings young people together at local, regional, national and European level to discuss a united Europe. They organizes seminars and congresses, street actions, podium events and educational trips. Often, resolutions are passed on from discussions to politicians in state parliaments, in the Bundestag or in the European Parliament.

Facebook: @JEF.de

www.jef.de

Represented by : Marie Jelenka KIRCHNER

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- Germany

The Fair Trade Forum is the association of fair trade in Germany. Its aim is to sharpen the profile of Fair Trade, to enforce common demands on politics and trade, and to achieve a greater expansion of Fair Trade. The Forum Fairer Trade sees itself as the political voice of the Fair Trade movement in Germany and is committed to equitable framework conditions for trade and agriculture worldwide. It works in the areas of public relations, education and campaigning and advocacy work. Once a year, Forum Fairer Handel, together with its cooperation partners, organizes the Faire Woche, the largest week of fair trade action in Germany.

The Fair Trade Fair Forum advocates equity in fair trade in Germany, both internationally and at national and regional level.

For decades, Fair Trade organizations have demonstrated that trade is feasible and economically viable under the internationally defined fair trade principles. Partnership-based and transparent trade relations, democratic structures and a fair price support and empower the producers involved. Through public relations and political influence, they achieve the necessary changes to make world trade fair.

Facebook: @FFH.ForumFairerHandel

www.forum-fairer-handel.de

Represented by : Jonas LORENZ

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- Germany

Federal Association of Vocational School Teachers goal is to represent the interests of VET teachers, to respect, on fundamental issues, the needs of each other's professional disciplines, and to contribute their expertise to the development of the VET system.

As a federal association, they are the association of regional associations.

We perform the following tasks:

The collective representation and promotion of the professional, scientific, educational, legal, economic, political and social concerns of the individual members.

Promotion and representation of the interests of members of the collective bargaining sector by concluding collective agreements. The Federal Association recognizes the applicable collective bargaining and arbitration law and commits itself to the application of the legally permissible means of collective bargaining.

Participation in the development and further development of education, especially vocational education.

Facebook: @Bvlb-2043149952612291

www.bvlb.de

Represented by : Franziska Katharina PERTEK

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- Germany

The BDL was founded on December 18, 1949 in Fredeburg. On August 27, 1950, the first German rural youth day took place in Mainz with about 700 participants.

But the roots of the BDL go back to 1923. At that time there was a federation of the German rural youth. In July 1935 it was dissolved. 1949 was followed by the constitution of the BDL as a non-denominational and non-party youth organization of the German Farmers Association DBV.

In the course of structural change in the 60s, the BDL increasingly developed from the representative of rural youth to the representation of youth in the countryside. At the end of 2015, the BDL Federal Assembly decided in future to go its own organizational way. The delegates thus initiated the reorganization of the BDL into a legally-authorized association . That process was finished in February 2016.

Today, the BDL is the largest youth association in rural areas and represents the interests of around 100,000 young people in order to preserve and create the livelihood and living prospects of the younger generation in the countryside.

Facebook: @BDLandjugend

www.landjugend.de

Represented by : Lukas STEDE

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- Greece

Transparency International Greece, founded in 1996 in Athens, is one of the over 100 chapters of the NGO Transparency International. Its main areas of action include but are not limited to providing information and sensitising citizens about the perils of corruption in Greece, and at the same time promoting systemic changes leading to a more transparent society. TI-Greece has always been strongly committed to the elimination of corruption and the facilitation of “equal opportunities” for citizens and enterprises. One of its main initiatives is the Business Integrity Forum (ΒΙF) consisting of the creation of a network with the participation of leading companies- members that claim their commitment to operate with transparency and business integrity by adopting policies and practices of good governance.

Facebook: @Transparency-International-Greece-684593984899613

www.transparency.gr

Represented by : Georgia Eleni EXARCHOU

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- Greece

The Small Enterprises’ Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen, and Merchants (IME GSEVEE) is a non-profit organisation that carries out studies and surveys, acting as GSEVEE’s scientific advisor.

Under the scope of its principal activities, it provides GSEVEE with documentation for the development of positions, and it looks into, evaluates, and compiles policy proposals on economic growth, finance of enter¬prises, taxation, employment, social security, competition and upgrading skills of small enterprises’ human resources.

In parallel, IME GSEVEE plans and implements educational and vocational training programmes with the purpose of reinforcing the skills of enterprises’ human resources, and consultancy support actions for enter¬prises, which foster entrepreneurship and innovation but also promote the reinforcement and development of sustainable and competitive enterprises.

Facebook: @imegsevee

www.imegsevee.gr

Represented by : Stavros ILIADIS

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- Greece

The Greek Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ESYNE) is the official body representing Greek young entrepreneurs in Athens and Perichora, Greece and Internationally. For over 15 years they are participating in consultations with institutional bodies and organizing a number of events designed to strengthen business education in Greece.

Facebook: @esyne

www.esyne.org

Represented by : Orestis MATSOUKAS

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- Hungary

From a school that was founded in 1991 as the first private higher education college in Central Europe, International Business School has grown into a truly modern and dynamic business school. It is an attractive place to learn and teach because of our collaborative culture – a blend of academic rigor, cooperative teamwork, entrepreneurship, diversity and continuous innovation. The academic experience we offer is providing our students from over 100 countries of the world not only with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, but skills and networking opportunities that bring lifelong competitive advantages. We offer PhD and MBA programs for youth and we have a cooperation with the Buckingham University.

Facebook: @International.Business.School

www.ibs-b.hu

Represented by : Márta DR. BARTHA-RIGÓ

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- Hungary

Young Entrepreneurs' Association Hungary is the most dynamically developing and most acknowledged youth organisation in the economic sector in Hungary, which provides outstanding opportunities to young entrepreneurs. FIVOSZ has been established in 2007, which is an independent NGO that helps young entrepreneurs and business-minded people between the age of 18 and 40.

As a pioneer in youth entrepreneurship in Hungary, contributes to the creation of more than 4 percent of new enterprises founded in Hungary and FIVOSZ has become a professional and intellectual guide for youth entrepreneurship internationally.

Facebook: @fivosz

www.fivosz.hu

Represented by : Petra Júlia GYIMESI-VARGA

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- Hungary

The Association came into being primarily for the representation of the interests of entrepreneurs before various national and local decision-making forums, to facilitate the injection of more capital into and to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium-size businesses and to mediate of the special needs of large corporations.

VOSZ provides wide-ranging information for its members on legislative changes and offers business services which promote the development of businesses, marketing, as well as vocational and adult training. The Association makes professional recommendations for the competent agencies and initiates and reviews laws and other legal rules falling within its competence.

Facebook: @vosz.hu

www.vosz.hu

Represented by : Tunde SARI

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- Ireland

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) formerly Regional Technical College is a 90-acre (360,000 m2) campus situated in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, halfway between Dublin and Belfast (each approximately 80 kilometres away).

The institution was one of the original network of Regional Technical Colleges set up in the 1970s with an emphasis on business, engineering and science. Over the past decade and a half, the Institute has expanded its range of programmes to include hospitality, humanities, music, creative arts and nursing. Apprenticeship courses have long been a feature of the Institute, there has been continual expansion in the Apprenticeship provisioning the electrical and plumbing fields.

The Institute has four Schools, with each one consisting of a number of departments with a wide range of programmes on offer. Additionally, the Lifelong Learning Centre offers many part-time study options and there are also many apprenticeship options on offer, through the School of Engineering.

Facebook: @dkit.ie

www.dkit.ie

Represented by : Annemarie MCGAHON

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- Italy

Coldiretti Giovani Impresa represents 70% of young Italian farmers and it is part of Coldiretti, the Italian and European largest Farmers’ Organization. It represents young people who have decided to invest in agriculture, believe in tradition and are the forerunners of a new model of agricultural development based on distinctiveness, innovation and promotion of the Italian territory. Their aim to defend italian heritage, safeguard the land and its biodiversity, protect consumer health and promote sustainable innovation and the transparency/traceability of products.

When it comes to international trade, they promote an approach that takes into account and valorize the specificities of territories, quality products, high standards of production (food safety, environmental and social). As regards EU FTAs with Third Countries, they give particular attention to those aspects, focusing on GIs protection; SPS chapters (related to EU standards), Market Access for sensitive products.

Facebook: @ColdirettiGiovanImpresa

giovanimpresa.coldiretti.it

Represented by : Veronica BARBATI

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- Italy

The Department for Economic Development (Competitiveness and Research Unit) takes care and coordinates the following issues: planning and management of the system of incentives for companies; definition, planning and management of regional public support for productive infrastructures; implementation and management of measures to support the energy efficiency of companies; management of the support to the research activities of the Apulian entrepreneurial system. The Unit also collaborates to support the digitalization of companies. About European Structural Funding (ERDF or ESF), during the period 2014/2020, the Section will manage about 1 and a half billion euros of incentives for Apulian companies.

Facebook: @ColdirettiGiovanImpresa

www.regione.puglia.it

Represented by : Antonia COSTANZA

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- Italy

Confcommercio-Imprese per l'Italia was established to give voice to people and enterprises. At this moment it has more than 700,000 members, with almost 2,700,000 employees, making it the largest business association in Italy. With its well-developed and extensive network of associations, divided by region, profession and industry, Confcommercio protects and represents its members in dealings with institutions and promots role of market services.

Facebook: @confcommercio

www.confcommercio.it

Represented by : Davide GARUFI

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Founded in 1987, Confartigianato Giovani Imprenditori currently associates 80,000 entrepreneurs under the age of 40 and is divided into 80 Territorial Groups present throughout the country. Confartigianato Giovani Imprenditori aims to strengthen the function of association and representation bodies; to spread awareness of the socio-economic and political function of the artisan enterprise and its contribution to employment; to promote the development of youth entrepreneurship; to promote and support entrepreneurial, managerial and cultural training actions, particularly suitable for understanding and guiding changes; to take action to ensure that suitable conditions for business transfer; to relate with educational and training institutions to increase the relationship between these and the labour market and social, working life; to be qualitatively present with analysis, proposals and initiatives in the context of the social and economic problems of the country.

Facebook: @Confartigianato-Imprese-158494887650320

www.confartigianato.it

Represented by : Carla GASPARDO

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CISL is the second largest Confederation of Trade Unions in Italy. It represents many different sectors (e.g. metalworkers, chemical, textile workers, public employees, service, agricultural workers and so on) through its branches and federations both at territorial and regional level. The goal of CISL is the defence of employed and unemployed workers’ interests. CISL is a founding member of the ETUC (European Trade Unions Confederation), of the ITUC (International Trade Unions Confederation) well aware since its very beginning that no union can afford to be an island on our small planet and, most particularly, in the era of globalisation.

Facebook: @CISL.Confederazione.Italiana.Sindacati.Lavoratori

www.cisl.it

Represented by : Plinio LIMATA

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- Lithuania

The Lithuanian Marketing Association (LiMA) is a marketing membership organisation established in 2004 that aims to bring together highly qualified specialists in the field of marketing and communications.

Today LiMA has over 800 members and is the largest association for marketing professionals in Lithuania, operating in four of its biggest cities.

Throughout the year LiMA organises a variety of marketing related events such as seminars, workshops, conferences and training.

Since 2016, LiMA has provided a professional marketing certification model for its members. Besides its more formal events, the organization also offers a variety of informal events for its members, such as networking, summer and winter gatherings, and much more.

Facebook: @Lietuvos.Marketingo.Asociacija

www.lima.lt

Represented by : Evelina BLAŽINAUSKYTĖ

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It’s a think-tank of green ideas. The mission of the Green Policy Institute is to promote sustainable development decisions, based on scientific research and analitical expertise, into Lithuanian business, politics and society.

Therefore, the Institute maintain close relations with decision-makers on parliamentary, governmental and municipal levels. Also they collaborate with non-governmental organizations and companies of the highest environmental standards.

Green Policy Institute was established in 2011 and since then systematically promotes green policy, develops international cooperation, environmental and ecological education activities by carrying projects on international, national and municipal level.

Facebook: @Zaliojipolitika

www.zaliojipolitika.lt

Represented by : Ieva BUDRAITĖ

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If you seek business education that is innovation-driven, creativity-inspired, practice-oriented and personally transforming – one that will prepare you for your creatively re-defined future and success – then welcome to the Faculty of Business Management at Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences. Vilniaus kolegija encourages a unique approach towards studies, where students have the opportunity to experience creative learning environment, gain real-world business experience and forward their entrepreneurial ideas. Close collaboration and partnerships with Lithuanian and international businesses and organizations ensure that students of the university gain the most up-to-date knowledge and international experience that are essential for today’s employability and successful career prospects.

Facebook: @vikovvf

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Represented by : Alina KOSTROVA

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Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences is a higher state school that conducts studies providing higher college education. College established in 2000 September 1 reorganizing three Vilnius higher education institutions: Electronics, Economics and Trade School. Today, about 7,000 students from all 7 college faculties study at Vilnius college: Faculty of Electronics and Informatics, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Business Management, Faculty of Health Care, Faculty of Agrotechnologies, Faculty of Pedagogics, Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies.

Facebook: @vikovvf

en.viko.lt

Represented by : Evelina SUCKEL

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- Poland

Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) works to increase the inflow of investments to Poland and the outflow of Polish FDI. It also does it best to intensify the Polish exports. Supporting entrepreneurs, the Agency assists in overcoming administrative and legal procedures related to specific projects as well as helps to develop legal solutions, find a suitable location, reliable partners and suppliers.

The Agency implements pro-export projects such as the Polish Tech Bridges dedicated to expansion of innovative Small and Medium-Sized enterprises. It also promotes the leading Polish sectors regarding foreign expansion and offers support for Polish companies on the developing markets within Go China, Go Africa, Go Arctic, Go India, Go ASEAN and Go Iran programmes. PAIH is also responsible for the promotion of Poland at the incoming Universal Exposition EXPO Dubai 2020.

To offer in direct assistance for business on the site, in 2017, PAIH has established a system of international support all over the world. The PAIH Foreign Trade Offices of PAIH comprise a global, constantly expanding network of the Agency's divisions responsible for providing support for Polish exporters and investors who look for new opportunities overseas. PAIH Foreign Trade Offices are focused on distant markets of rapid growth that represent the greatest potential for Polish companies. The offices have also been designed to attract foreign investors and assist them on their way to set business in Poland.

Facebook: @PAIH.gov

www.paih.gov.pl

Represented by : Anna CIECHURSKA

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They create a Polish ecosystem of startup support and also organise together the largest business community in Poland. They are convinced that Poland may look different. Their goal is to make Poland a country of enterprising people, a place where it is worth opening and running your own businesses.

Facebook: @polskaprzedsiebiorcza

www.polskaprzedsiebiorcza.pl

Represented by : Tomasz KARWOWSKI

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Conservative Business Network is a chain of networking clubs for entrepreneurs, managers and freelancers from miscellaneous industries. Their weekly meetings enable referrals exchange and provide a training and promotional platform for companies. Trust is something they hold dear and they are very diligent about Members selection.

Facebook: @TowarzystwaBiznesoweSA

www.towarzystwabiznesowe.pl

Represented by : Franciszek NIEMYSKI

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- Poland

CEMS Club Warsaw is a student organization that supports the prestigeous CEMS MIM Programme (Master’s in International Management) in Warsaw School of Economics.

CEMS Club consists of members of the programme and active students devoted to organizing international and local projects. CEMS Club Warsaw bolsters the integration of academic and business environments and helps promote corporate partners within Warsaw School of Economics.

Their projects are organized on a professional level, that is why they have been trusted by numerous well-known international companies. CEMS Club Warsaw is also one of the biggest student organizations on Warsaw School of Economics that gathers over 150 active members.

Facebook: @CEMSClubWarsaw

www.cemsclub.pl

Represented by : Marianna RYTLEWSKA

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- Poland

The Polish-Spanish Chamber of Commerce, created in 2000, at the initiative of Polish and Spanish entrepreneurs has one main goal: to help the Member Companies interested in Polish-Spanish cooperation.

They protect and represent the interests of their Members and help in making better use of the potential of their enterprises.

They facilitate the search for business partners and disseminate information about the activities associated in the Chamber of Companies in Poland and Spain. They strive to ensure that the message about their products, services and offer reaches the widest possible range of interested recipients.

They provide market and financial-economic information for promoting exports and scientific, technical and industrial cooperation. They promote world scientific, organizational and technical achievements.

Facebook: @izba.gospodarcza

www.phig.pl

Represented by : Karolina TETYCH

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- Poland

The Polish Economic Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Ekonomiczne, PTE) is an independent national association of economists. It was established in 1945 and continues the tradition of the Warsaw Association of Economists and Statisticians and Economic Societies operating in Cracow, Poznan and Lvov before World War II.

At present the Society has 6000 ordinary members and about 220 supporting members (firms, financial institutions, banks). It consists of 24 autonomous regional Branches, whose activities are co-ordinated by the National Board. The Polish Economic Society is a member of the International Economic Association and maintains broad international contacts. The Society's principle aim is to contribute by its activities to the development of economic thought and culture in Polish society.This is reflected in the following statutory objectives:

  • To disseminate economic ideas and support the creation of favourable conditions for the development of the science of economics and the presentation of their achievements.
  • To promote economic knowledge and dissemination of economic culture in society.
  • To enhance the qualifications of economists in their various areas of professional speciality.
  • To initiate and support activities aimed at social, economic and regional development of the country in an environmentally friendly manner.
  • To seek the integration of economists representing academic science as well as business activities.

Facebook: @Polskie-Towarzystwo-Ekonomiczne-305575226124962

www.pte.pl

Represented by : Aleksandra WISIŃSKA

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- Portugal

The Social-Democratic Youth (JSD) is the non-confessional political organization of young social democrats, who in communion of efforts with the Social Democratic Party (PSD), aims to promote and defend political, economic, social and cultural democracy inspired in the values of the democratic State of Law and in the principles and experience of Social Democracy leading to the integral liberation of Man through the reformist transformation of Portuguese society, always in defense of Portugal, of an ideal of international affirmation of the Portuguese Nation in the context of globalization , the promotion of the quality of life of their populations, the emancipation of young people and the achievement of intergenerational solidarity.

Facebook: @juventudesocialdemocrata

www.jsd.pt

Represented by : Rui Guilherme DE CASTRO MORAIS ARAÚJO

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Youth Popular is the autonomous youth political organization of CDS-PP. It is governed by the values ​​of Christian democracy, liberalism and conservatism.

Facebook: @JuventudePopular

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Represented by : José Miguel GARCEZ

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- Portugal

They believe that cooperation empowers Entrepreneurs to better achieve their goals and fulfill their vision. The portal provides news, tips, counsels, among other relevant information on entrepreneurship, personal development and news.

Facebook: @empreendedorcom

www.empreendedor.com

Represented by : Bruno MONARCA

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- Romania

The Association for Promoting Electronics Technology, founded in 2002, promotes and sustains the electronics packaging education, in a climate of trust, ethics and social responsibility. Since 2011 APTE is a founding member and the management entity of the ELINCLUS Cluster. From 2016, APTE has been certified by ESCA with Silver Label for cluster management and it is certified according with ISO 14001 and 9001 by TÜV Hessen. ELINCLUS a southern regional of Romania cluster which includes a total of 72 members, among which 62 companies (SMEs) active in the field of electronics and ITC (IoT), 5 research institutes, public authorities, 1 university and 3 NGOs. Their interest is to promote innovative products and services developed by the cluster members on the European market and the collaboration with European companies.

www.apte.org.ro

Represented by : Cristina Mihaela LEPĂDATU

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- Romania

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR) is the main business support organization in Romania of the last 150 years. By law, CCIR is a non-governmental organization, which represents the interests of the Romanian entrepreneurs, helps them to overcome business related issues, and facilitates their way to expand their activities internationally.

CCIR backs the interests of business community, by maintaining a permanent dialogue with national institutions, diplomatic missions, representative offices of foreign businesspersons in Romania, associations and employers’ associations representative at the national level.

Facebook: @ccir.romania

ccir.ro

Represented by : Sabina STRIMBOVSCHI

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- Slovak Republic

INEKO Institute is a non-governmental non-profit organization established in support of economic and social reforms which aim to remove barriers to the long-term positive development of the Slovak economy and society.

The Institute’s mission is to support a rational and efficient economic and social reform process in the Slovak Republic (SR), through research, information development and dissemination, advice to senior government, political and self-governing officials, and promotion of the public discourse. It also focuses on those areas of social policy on the regional as well as the European level critical to the economic transformation of the SR. It draws on the best experience available from other transition countries and members of the European Union (EU) and the OECD.

Wide-reaching changes brought about by industrial revolution, democratization, globalization and informatization have hit our region in the last few decades. Our society is unable to cope in this world with the rules and values valid for thousands of years any more – yet it should not ignore them either. For instance, there was no need to take care of the elderly through the first or second pillars of the pension system a thousand years ago. The seniors’ relatives provided the care reliably instead. No doubt that the relatives’ role is important today as well, yet it needs to be combined with the new schemes that would take in account changing conditions such as rising migration, and that would be able to take a good care of an increasing number of people who are not tied to small communities anymore. Hence the main mission of INEKO: to search for an optimal speed and scale of an “upgrade” of society’s operating system, its ethics code.

Facebook: @INEKO.sk

www.ineko.sk

Represented by : Adam KUŠNIRIK

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The F. A. Hayek Foundation is an independent and non-political, non-profit organization, founded in 1991, by a group of free-market oriented Slovak economists. The core mission of the F. A. Hayek Foundation is to establish a tradition of market-oriented thinking in Slovakia – an approach that had not existed before the 1990’s in our region. From this classic liberal tradition, to offer practical reform proposals for market solutions to economic and social problems; in the reform process to widen and propagate throughout Slovakia classic liberal ideas, provide a platform to exchange of ideas of experts and the broader public, and develop the basic liberal ideas and values.

Facebook: @nadacia.f.a.hayeka

www.hayek.sk

Represented by : Martin REGULI

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- Slovenia

Maribor Development Agency is a public non-profit institution owned by 6 municipalities. It employs 20 experts with different professions and is responsible for the coordination of regional development activities in the Podravska region. Beside the preparation of regional development plan and annual action programs it has experience in development of clusters and networks, creation of regional info systems, internationalization of SMEs, FDI activities, supporting young entrepreneurs / start-ups, tourism development and development of creative industries and development of rural areas. The agency has also prepared a RIS3 strategic documents for Podravska region. It is a member of the Enterprise Europe Network. The know-how and experience gained is exchanged through a fruitful co-operation with the Chambers of Commerce, Chamber of Craft, University of Maribor, technology parks / centres and other economic subjects.

Facebook: @mariborska.razvojnaagencija

www.mra.si

Represented by : Stefano GUARDATI

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) provides essential services for enterprises operating in Slovenia, and it is the ideal local partner for foreign investors. The CCIS was founded more than 160 years ago and now has 7,000 member companies of all sizes and from all regions. It is a non-profit, non-governmental, independent business organization representing the interest of its members and is Slovenia's most influential business association. CCIS unites under its roof 24 branch associations representing all sectors of Slovenian Economy. CCIS operates a network of 13 regional chambers.

Facebook: @podjetniskotrgovskazbornica

www.gzs.si/podjetnisko_trgovska_zbornica

Represented by : JURIJ MLAKAR

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- Spain

AJE Madrid promotes the talent of young entrepreneurs in Society. Being an independent entity, they help their associates to create and consolidate their companies by providing the necessary technical, human and logistical means. AJE Madrid also promotes a new entrepreneurial and innovative culture.

Facebook: @AJEmad

www.ajemadrid.es

Represented by : Juan Antonio DE ESQUÍROZ JIMÉNEZ

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Jovempa is the largest young entrepreneurial talent forum in the province of Alicante, with more than 600 entrepreneurs. Jovempa helps to start up a new business, through their business promotion offices. They are the largest multisectorial business entity in the province of Alicante, and the third federation of Young Entrepreneurs, in number of associates, in Spain.

Facebook: @JOVEMPA

www.jovempa.org

Represented by : Javier EXPOSITO

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- Spain

The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) (Spanish: Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) is an agency of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio) serving Spanish companies to promote their exports and facilitate their international expansion.

Facebook: @icex.es

www.icex.es

Represented by : Manuel GONZALEZ FERNANDEZ

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- Spain

The aims of IVACE are to manage the commerce policy of the Valencian Generalitat as well as to provide support to companies in innovation, entrepreneurship, internationalization and investment attraction. In adition, IVACE promotes safety of industrial products, vehicles and industrial facilities. IVACE foccusses as well on the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, as well as the management of the energy policy of the Generalitat.

Facebook: @GVAivace

www.ivace.es

Represented by : Sara MARTINEZ

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Established in 1977, the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations (CEOE) brings together, on a voluntary basis, two million companies and self-employed entrepreneurs from all activity sectors, which are linked to CEOE through more than 4,000 base associations.

The Confederation directly brings together 200 territorial and sectorial organizations. Enterprises are therefore represented two-fold, through the industry to which they belong and by the region in which they operate.

Facebook: @CEOE.ES

www.ceoe.es

Represented by : Ludovica MARTINEZ

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ACOCEX was born with the spirit, hope and the need to grow as professionals involved in the internationalisation of Spanish companies. It began in October 2004 with the signing of the Certificate of Incorporation. Its subsequent notification of setting up and registration with the Home Ministry took place in January 2005. ACOCEX took off with few resources on hand, limited time availability and very little funding coming from specific contributions made by the founders.

Facebook: @Acocex

www.ceoe.es

Represented by : Iain Mikel PATERSON

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- Spain

Since 1996, the University has focused his teaching and interdisciplinary research to find solutions to current problems, and ranks among the best universities in Madrid for excellence academic programs and international scientific quality. Study URJC provides a learning environment and a life aimed at promoting the work and talent campus. In URJC you can develop your potential and have a comprehensive, international, professional and humanistic education.

Facebook: @universidadreyjuancarlos

www.urjc.es

Represented by : Luis SOSA

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- Sweden

Business Sweden is a global organization with approximately 500 staff working at offices in 46 countries, sharing the same passion – creating maximum value for Sweden by helping Swedish businesses to grow internationally and identifying openings for foreign companies keen to invest in Sweden.

Facebook: @BusinessSweden

www.business-sweden.se

Represented by : Christina STANTCEVA

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- Sweden

The Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises is an umbrella organisation for associations and companies in the transportation sector in Sweden.

The Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises aim is to represent the entire transport sector. And with eight member associations which altogether organise 10 500 companies with around 194 000 employees, they are well on the way. The core of our operation is consultation. They work locally as well as internationally to support their members and to meet their varying requirements especially in the field of collective agreements and labour law. The Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises is a part of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

Facebook: @transportforetagenn

www.transportforetagen.se

Represented by : Mark WIEDEN