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    For digitization, small and medium-sized enterprises need support at all levels

    Styrian Regional Councilor for Economy Eibinger-Miedl at the Conference of the European Committee of the Regions in Romania:
    The challenges and opportunities of digitalisation for small and medium-sized enterprises in structurally weak and remote areas were the focus of the Economic Policy Commission (ECON) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the 22nd of June 2018 in Bucharest. Regional Councilor Barbara Eibinger-Miedl (AT/EPP) represented Styria (IRE member) for the first time on the panel of the international conference.
     
    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of the European economy and create secure jobs on the ground. Although Europe is a world leader in many industries and leading European companies in key sectors in terms of technology and automation, the majority of SMEs are far behind, especially in remote or underdeveloped areas. The example of Styria shows that digitization in rural areas can be an opportunity.

    “Especially in rural areas, SMEs have great potential to benefit from new technologies and ways of working and to shape them decisively. It is our job to raise awareness, provide seamless broadband, enable the exchange of know-how and financially support SMEs. In Styria, we are on the right track with initiatives such as the new SBIDI broadband company, our training and further education programs and our cross-border Silicon Alps Cluster”, explained Barbara Eibinger-Miedl (see picture), Styrian Regional Councilor for Economic Affairs, Tourism, Europe, Science and Research. She has been a member of the Committee of the Regions since 12th of April 2018.

    The conference was held at the invitation of the mayor of the 3rd sector of Bucharest, Robert Sorin Negoiţă (RO/EPP), in the presence of the Romanian Minister of Business Environment Ştefan-Radu Oprea, representatives of the European Commission and experts from all over Europe.
     
    Source: cor.europa.eu, Teresa Rothwangl

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