In his opening speech Peter Jungen, Co-President of the SME UNION, pointed out the importance of the conference within the accession negotiations of Serbia and the European Union as well as the economical progress in the country itself.
keynote speech Deputy Prime Minister Mirolub Labus focused on the political and the economic stability of Serbia.
highlighted the government's successes regarding the business framework for SMEs
More stability, lower commercial and non commercial risks, less administration and last but not least accession to the European Union
should improve the working framework especially for small and medium sized enterprises.
contribution Gerherd Jandl, Austrian ambassador in Serbia, confirmed the good achievements of the Serbian government.
said that the Western Balkan will be one of the main topics of the Austrian presidency of the EU Council
so that the vision of a full membership of Serbia and Montenegro could become true.
The first panel of the day on the topic of political stabilization in Serbia was disclosed by Peter Jungen
preliminary speech he
said that the European Union
is now standing on a cross road on which it has to think intensively about the future and therefore about enlargement.
Ivan Mikloš, Vice Prime Minister and Finance Minister and holder of the "SME UNION Political Entrepreneurship Award", introduced in the topic of Venture Capital as an instrument of a knowledge based economy within the MINERVA-programme, followed by Peter Jungen, Co-President of the SME UNION, who spoke about SMEs Venture Capital and Angel investing.
For their enduring support for this important issue many thanks go to SME UNION Co-President Peter Jungen, Vice-President MEP Malcolm Harbour and Presidency Members MEPs Othmar Karas and Paul Ruebig, just to name a few.