EU4Business: Connecting Companies


From 18 to 22 March, The EU4Business: Connecting Companies project organised its Open-Door Mobility for BSOs. This one-week study visit to Brussels was exclusively designed to provide insights to BSOs from the Eastern Partnership region to better understand the advocacy landscape within the heart of the European Union.

The delegation of 28 participants included representatives from each of the national chambers from the Eastern Partnership: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine. Among them were five delegates from Moldova, including esteemed organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova, Moldovan Technology Transfer Network, ANTRIM, and Technovator.

I am deeply thankful for the chance to enhance my advocacy skills through the facilitated workshops and networking. The knowledge gained will strengthen my ability to advocate effectively for important initiatives.” — Elena Stepanov, Executive Director at ANTRIM.

The study visit allowed participants to delve deeper into the decision-making processes of European institutions and strategize on how to influence them effectively. A pivotal moment during the visit was a full-day policy training session, led by Eurochambres’ policy team in collaboration with representatives from DG Near and Eurochambres’ delegates from the Czech Republic and Spain. This immersive session shed light on the priorities of the EU Policy, with a particular focus on the EU Single Market, the Economic dossier, and the EU Green Deal.

“The training, focused on policy matters, has been an invaluable experience for both personal and professional growth. Throughout the programme, I gained a comprehensive understanding of EU business policies and their implications, thanks to the insightful sessions and engaging discussions. I would like to extend my appreciation to all the organisers, facilitators, and speakers who contributed to making this programme a resounding success. Your dedication to promoting business excellence and fostering meaningful connections is truly commendable.” — Sandra Dolghii, Policy and Advocacy Manager at European Business Association.

The open discussions and brainstorming sessions that followed, allowed attendees to exchange ideas and inspired them on new services to put at the disposal of their members.

“This mobility was extremely valuable to me and Technovator in general. I have established superb connections and picked up good practices, I have gathered inspiration on the development of our services, and I have exchanged perspectives with many good people. All the experience gained will be maximized in our local and regional context. Chapeau bas for the entire organizing team! You are amazing!”— Irina Tizu, Project Manager at Technovator.

Participants also had the chance to join the Conference “EU Enlargement: The business perspective” organised by Eurochambres on 20 March. During the event, Ben Butters, CEO of Eurochambres presented the results of two comprehensive surveys on the business perspective on EU enlargement. These surveys highlight the vital role of private sector in EU enlargement and emphasise the need for a collaborative approach. Attendees gained insight into the significance of timely information on the accession process and EU acquis, essential for candidate country companies to adapt effectively.

Furthermore, the visit featured a meeting with Andrius Kubilius, Member of the European Parliament for  the European People’s Party, followed by a tour of the European Parliament.

The speed meeting matchmaking event offered the delegation an invaluable platform to expand their networks and provided an seize opportunities for future collaborations.

“This event organised by the EU4BCC Team was an event that united the joy of experience and networking opportunities with the interactive possibilities of meeting new kind and professional people. We learned about tips and useful information concerning advocacy and hope to implement those good practices here in our country. We do believe it is possible with joint efforts, positive attitude, and proactive approach.” — Vitalie Moraru, President of Moldovan Technology Transfer Network.

Visits to Brussels-based Business Support Organisations, including Brussels Chamber of Commerce and Industry were organised. These visits provided invaluable insights and fostered opportunities for future collaborations and partnerships between the EU and EaP regions.

The EU4Business Connecting Companies project will organise three additional study visits between May and September. Moldovan BSOs and SMEs are warmly invited to take part in these initiatives.