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Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network is the largest network of contact points providing information and advice to EU companies on EU matters, in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The network offers concrete and effective solutions to entrepreneurs and companies in more than 40 countries, including the 27 EU member states, three EU candidate countries, members of the European Economic Area (EEA) and other participating third countries.

The Enterprise Europe Network is unique both in terms of its wide geographic reach and of the wide range of integrated services it provides to SMEs and other business actors. This is made possible thanks to the coordinated action of nearly 600 local partner organisations, employing around 4 000 experienced staff working to support the competitiveness of EU businesses.

Launched in 2008 by the European Commission, the Enterprise Europe Network combines and builds on the former Innovation Relay Centres and Euro Info Centers (established in 1995 and 1987 respectively). The new integrated network offers a "one-stop shop" to meet all the information needs of SMEs and companies in Europe.

Instruments include business partner search within technology and business cooperation databases and fast access to information on funding opportunities. Representatives of the network can also help businesses understand EU law, how it applies to their business and how to make the most the internal market and EU programmes.

The network will also improve the relationship between the European Commission and business. Network representatives will provide the Commission with regular feedback on EU policy, the difficulties SMEs face operating in the EU and the effectiveness of the EU's programmes. All this will help shape EU law that is more business-friendly and will stimulate growth and competitiveness across the EU. The network is there to support the European Commission and help it to help business.

The Enterprise Europe Network is an initiative of the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. It is a key instrument of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), which focuses on supporting SMEs in their growth and innovation activities.

Enterprise Europe Network - Hellas is the Greek Consortium in the pan-european network. PRAXI Network and its founding partners are members of this consortium which comprises the following organisations:

  • PRAXI Network, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas
  • Athens Chamber of Small and Medium Industries
  • Association of Industries in Thessaly and in Central Greece
  • Regional Development Agency of Western Makedonia S.A.
  • Chamber of Arcadia
  • Chamber of Ioannina
  • Chamber of Kavala
  • National Documentation Centre / NHRF
  • Federation of Industries of Northern Greece
  • Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Materials Industrial Research &Technology Development Centre S.A.
  • Hellenic Federation of Enterprises
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