04 December 2014

6th European Forum on Co-operative Banks & SMEs, 1 December - Brussels

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB), the International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP), the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME) and Unico Banking Group held the 6th European Forum on Co-operative banks and SMEs ‘Co-operative banks: a model to finance the real economy, which  took place on 1 December 2014 in Brussels.

The aim of the conference was to bring to the forefront the main elements impacting SMEs’ access to finance by taking a comprehensive perspective.

For a teaser of the event, please check the video below:

EB SMEs Forum

The 6th Forum made a first assessment of the new EU instruments to finance SMEs, and discussed whether regulation is an impediment or incentive for co-operative banks to finance SMEs.  Stakeholders across the EU had the opportunity to exchange their views and raise their voice in the heart of Europe.

Programme of the event: click HERE.

Interpretation:  English, French and Italian.

>> Speakers’ Contributions (presentations)

Roundtable 1: First Assessment of the new EU instruments to finance SMEs

Roundtable 2: Regulation: impediment or incentive for co-operative banks to finance SMEs? 

>> Other documents 

EACB-UEAPME open letter. For further information, please click here.

EACB Roadmap - An Approach that balances Regulation and Stimulation of Local Growth. For further information, please click here. 

>> Pictures 

Pictures of the 6th European Forum will be available shortly.

>> Video

WATCH our video and the interviewed speakers


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