Supporting industrial SMEs in contributing to the Green Deal objectives
SMEs are the backbone of the European economy, accounting for more than half of Europe’s GDP and more than 99% of businesses in several industrial ecosystems that are essential to meeting the future challenges of our societies.
SMEs are also responsible for around 60% of all corporate greenhouse gas emissions. Combined with the digital transformation that needs to take place, this green transition offers opportunities for SMEs to adopt more sustainable growth models.
If access to finance is essential for industrial SMEs and start-ups, economic and market studies show that they need non-financial support to unleash their capacity to innovate, prepare for future disruptions, and produce tomorrow’s goods and services in a more sustainable way. This conference of the Sustainable, Long-term investments & Competitive European Industry Intergroup in the European Parliament, chaired by MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho, will therefore tackle the following issues:
- Why would SMEs benefit from advice on their transition pathways?
- What are the expectations of industrial SMEs in terms of advisory services?
- What are the market gaps?
- What response do the EU & National promotional banks and institutions can deliver?
Keynote speech :
- Giorgio Chiarion Casoni, Director of InvestEU and financial institutions Unit, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
Panel discussion moderated by Anna Gumbau, EU energy & climate journalist, at Euractiv, with :
- Bonifacio Garcia Porras, Head of Unit, SMEs, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs, European Commission
- Guillaume Mortelier, Executive Director, Non-Financial Support Department, Bpifrance
- Alexandre Sevenet, President, NEPSEN
- Alfredo Varrati, Head of Financial Instruments with EU Funds, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti