South Muntenia Regional Development Agency, as Coordinator of the consortium "PROSME - Promoting SMEs in Romania through Enterprise Europe Network", has participated, on 26-27th June 2017, in Constanta, at the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Enterprise European Network.

The event was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Navigation and Agriculture Constanta - As coordinator of the ERBSN consortium within the Enterprise Europe Network. At this meeting Mrs. Anna Sibilla, project officer within the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME - Executive Agency For SMEs), from the European Commission, has participated together with all representatives of the partner institutions of the four consortia, PROSME, BISNet Transilvania, RO-BOOST SMEs and ERBSN, active at the level of the four macro-regions in Romania.

The meeting was a good opportunity for participants to exchange experiences and best practices in the activities carried out in order to facilitate SMEs internationalization. Also, the event was an opportunity to identify joint future actions and cooperation projects to increase the visibility of the European Enterprise Network and its services at national level. At the same time, the discussions aimed to agree a common approach of the Romanian partners to increase the capacity of SMEs to innovate and to involve SMEs in research and innovation projects in foreign markets.

At this event, SMRDA was represented by Dr eng. Liviu Musat - Manager of South Muntenia RDA, Daniela Traian - Deputy Director Development and Communication Directorate and Gilda Niculescu - Head of the Development Department. During the 1st day of the event, Mrs Gilda Niculescu presented at the section Synergies with relevant European initiatives and programmes, the UpGradeSMEs project, funded under the INTERREG program. The UpGradeSME project aims to support the internationalization of SMEs. Moreover, Mrs Niculescu presented in detail the draft of the research paper on the comparisons between the regions of central Europe and those in the peripheral area, regarding the way in which internationalization is achieved.