Cross border trade is about to receive a boost. Are you aware that the European Union’s new funding programmes for the next seven years are about to start with an opportunity to access millions of euros? The EU commits significant funds in pursuit of cross border goals that encourage public private and voluntary sectors across Europe to work together, learn and make efficiency savings through shared innovation and investments. And with the start of 2015 comes an even bigger opportunity for business and industry located in the 2 sea area linking Flanders with coastal areas in England from Cornwall to Norfolk.
So how can you benefit? Are you a port, a habour authority, a chamber of commerce, a transport logistics or marine supply chain company whose networks depend on efficient maritime and hinterland connections?
But are you on the map yet? Europe’s small and medium-sized ports and their regional industries are concerned that information on these opportunities is not widely available, that your business may not have the right connections in order to qualify for this opportunity open to organisations throughout the North Sea and Channel area.
If you are finding this a challenge, or would just like to find out more, we have just the event for you. On Thursday 6th November, Lode Willems, Honorary President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium will be hosting a conference and ready-made networking opportunity in Brugge for you to meet and join new partners in advance of rapidly approaching funding opportunities in early 2015. Funding that could secure investment and revenue support for your ports, supply chains, renewables, energy efficiency strategies.
All Chamber members and suppliers in Belgium and the UK are invited to participate in this free conference:
SMALL & MEDIUM SIZED PORTS AS HUBS FOR SMART GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE CONNECTIVITY
that takes place in the OUD SINT JAN CONFERENCE CENTRE in the heart of medieval Brugge on Thursday 6th November 2014.
The PAC2 conference is being funded by the European Union and will be led by an experienced cluster of small and medium sized ports including Portsmouth, Newhaven, Dover, Ramsgate, Calais, Oostende, Zeebrugge, Zeeland Seaports and together with the POM, the Regional Development Agency for the Province of West-Flanders. Together they will share their experience of the impact that cross-border cooperation on their own business through innovative activities, the growth of offshore renewable energies, the adaptation of harbour infrastructures to climate change, energy efficiency measures, cruise industry developments and discuss with you new economic opportunities that might be funded through this next seven year tranche of funding until 2020 that is about to get underway.
The event will close with a free networking drink and dinner at the world-famous “De Halve Maan brewery” in the Medieval heart of Brugge, to which all participants are cordially invited.
PAC2 partners will be joined on Friday 7th November 2014 in the same venue by the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Gent, Zeeland Seaports, Zeebrugge and Oostende along with representatives from the German ports in the VN DELTA to consider their hinterland connectivity.
To register for the event Thursday 6th November please CLICK HERE
If you would also be interested to meet the larger ports of the Benelux participating in the VN DELTA event at the same venue on Friday 7th November, please register here