12.05.2000 - Seminar "EU sources for financial support for SMEs"-Plovdiv

On 12th May 2000 during the Plovdiv International Fair a seminar "EU sources for financial support for SMEs" was organized. Irena Petrunova from the Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises presented the main trends in the development of the small and medium-sized business in Bulgaria. Lecturers from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Bulgarian-American Credit Bank and other financial institutions informed the participants about the conditions for applying for bank loans from the credit lines for small and medium-sized enterprises. Ingrid Shikova from the Institute for European Studies and Zoia Damianova from the European Innovation Centre presented the Europartenariat Programme and the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Union. In the seminar took part representatives of the Delegation of the European Commission, the Euro Info Centres Network and journalists. It was also attended by a great number of entrepreneurs who discussed the main problems regarding the application for bank loans and the basic advantages and limitations about the European programmes.