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Introduction


CROSS-BO Project

NEW CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN AN ENLARGED EUROPE
June 2004 – June 2006

More than 750 SMEs active in the wood/furniture sectors and the metallurgical industry representing 13 European countries shall participate in a series of events and seminars aimed at establishing business relations over the following months, within the scope of the Cross-Bo project financed by the Enlargement Directorate-General of the European Commission.

Promoció Económica de Moncada S. A. (PEMSA) participates in the Cross-Bo project, led by the Euro Info Centre of Mälar Region, Sweden, which was one of the six projects selected from more than 60 projects submitted within the scope of the call for projects of the Enlargement Directorate-General within the programme "Pan-European Business Co-operation Schemes" in the context of the recent enlargement of the European Union.

The project is part of the PHARE programme. Its total budget amounts to 1.2 million EUR. Cross-Bo involves the participation of SMEs active in the wood, furniture and metallurgy sectors from the following 13 countries: Sweden, UK, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.



Meeting of the KLAIPEDA Project partners (Lithuania) held on the 12th and 13th day of September 2004

"The objective of the project is to help SMEs exploit the opportunities generated by the enlargement of the European Union, by unfolding a series of activities and events providing them with an opportunity to establish strategic partnerships and cross-border business cooperation links”, stated the project manager, Christina Söderström from the EIC of Mälar Region, Sweden.

Three business-to-business events shall be organized within the scope of the Cross-Bo project. The first event shall be an Interprise from the wood and furniture sector, organized by the Technologiezentrum Warnemünde, Germany, which shall take place between the 26th and the 29th of April 2005.
The second event, which shall take place in October 2005, shall consist in another Interprise combined with a fair of the metallurgy sector, which shall take place in Sweden, being coordinated by the Euro Info Centre of Mälar Region, Sweden.

Last but not least, a Business-to-Business (B2B) event including an on-line auction shall be organized in the UK and coordinated by the Euro Info Centre in Durham in the winter of 2006.

Moreover, three seminars on legal aspects concerning the internalization of SMEs shall be organized in Moncada, the first being scheduled for the month of February 2005.


Meeting of representatives of the 14 countries participating in the CROSSBO project.
Warsaw, March 2005.

The Cross-Bo project relies on proven methodologies established 15 years ago by the European Commission and permanently updated by means of the current technologies. Cross-Bo is also extensively based on the potential and experience of the network of Euro Info Centres of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General of the European Commission facilitating the internalization of SMEs. Various similar projects have been successfully developed and completed by all the partners of the Cross-Bo project.

For more information and to express your interest in the Cross-Bo project, you may contact Mrs. Christina Söderström, Project Manager, Euro Info Centre Mälar Region, Sweden, Tel. +46 21 10 78 64, fax +46 21 10 78 69, E-mail: christina@eiv.u.se or the local Cross-Bo project partner, Mr. Diego Romá Bohorques, PEMSA-City Council of Moncada, Pl. Mestre Palau 17, 46113 Moncada (Valencia) tel +34 961 930 043, fax +34 961 301 051, e-mail: pemsa@pemsa.org