The final conference of the REMICRO LOCAL Project was held at SEREXPO on the occasion of Interreg Cooperation Day
The final conference of the project “RE-thinking MICROcredit as a tool to support SMEs and boost LOCAL economies” with the acronym “REMICRO LOCAL” which was held on Thursday September 21, 2023 in the city of Serres as part of the SEREXPO Festival, was successfully completed.
The conference “opened” Mrs. Vicky Bitsiou, who represented the Serres Chamber’s Development Company (EP.AN.E.SER.), the project partner that hosted this event, welcoming all participants. The results of the project for the region of Serres were presented by Mr. Yiannis Tsoukalidis, EP.AN.E.SER.’s partner, while Ms. Agni Pagouni from KEPA, presented the activitites that had been implemented in Thessaloniki, Kavala, Drama, Komotini, and Halkidiki throughout the whole duration of REMICRO LOCAL. From Bulgaria’s side, the results of the region were presented by Mr. Georgi Breskovski, partner of the organization “RTA Rodopi”, while Mr. Georgi Pamporov, founder of the organization, highlighted the dynamic perspective of all these projects for the development of the cross-border area.
In hindsight, the project results were particularly satisfactory counting a variety of diverse workshops, mentoring, B2B meetups, networking events, as well as the establishment of six business support centers in the areas of Thessaloniki, Serres, Kavala, Komotini, Smolyan and Haskovo. Through their participation in the project activities, the entrepreneurs had the opportunity to join a cross-border business network and created contacts and links with businesses from other areas of the participating regions of the Greek-Bulgarian eligible area.
In addition, the conference took place on the occasion of Interreg Cooperation Day, a European campaign that aims to make visible successful cases of European cooperation in society through fun cultural activities across Europe. In this sense, every September 21, Europe celebrates cooperation between countries by organizing more than a hundred activities that take place in many European cities.
The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and by national resources of the countries participating in the INTERREG VA Cooperation Program “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020.
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