European Commission Call for Proposals - PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND OUTREACH DEVOTED TO THE EUROPEAN UNION AND EU-CANADA RELATIONS 2011
The enhanced EU-Canada economic partnership : challenges and opportunities for SMEs
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West (ICCC), with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Milan, forms part of a network of 75 Italian Chambers of Commerce spread throughout the world. Our primary partner and co-financier of the project will be the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Brussels (CCBI) which has significant experience in the organization of awareness campaigns about the European Union held outside the EU, as well as in organizing training programmes for SMEs in the fields of internationalization, European project drafting and entrepreneurship. CCBI, together with our office in Milan, will carry out a series of activities in the EU that will be linked to a similar but expanded series of activities in Canada. Our Canadian partners will be the Provincial Governments in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec; the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB); the Italian Chambers of Commerce in Toronto and Montreal; the Chambers of Commerce in Halifax, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary; the Institute of European Studies at the University of British Columbia; and Postmedia Newspaper Network.
Each category of activity held across Canada and in the EU : business forums, seminars, conferences, study tours, the production and dissemination of information products, will have a differentiated target audience but a common goal, that of taking the EU-Canada relationship forward by providing multiple occasions for exploring EU-Canada cooperation through facilitating the involvement of SMEs in Canada and the EU in the opportunities arising from the expanded trade relations deriving from CETA and of formulating concrete recommendations with respect to future initiatives. We will utilize innovative technology (webcasts, webinars, internet forums and social media) to build a bridge linking the activities and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic to achieve increased visibility of the EU in Canada.