We are a community
The Emerging Europe Alliance for Business Services, Innovation and Technology is a community of businesses, associations, local and national governments, NGOs and individuals.
Our common goal is to increase the international competitiveness of the region, making it easier for the global markets to identify and recognise its strengths as a strategic partner.
The Alliance is an initiative for the Community, by the Community.
How we support our community
We support our community in four areas:
Business & networking
We organise a wide range of events and roadshows in key buyer and investor markets and we invite international businesses to explore the region, especially during our Global Members’ Summit. We also respond to investors’ and buyers’ enquiries and match emerging Europe businesses and locations with them.
Regional & sectoral promotion
We promote the region as a whole as well as individual countries and their innovative sectors on the Emerging Europe portal and magazine consumed by more than 1.5 million individuals per annum. We also attract the attention of international media to the region and invite them to explore the potential of the region.
Legislation & public affairs
With the support of our steering group and the advisory committee and through our chapters, we identify challenging regulations and suggest new legislative initiatives. Their goal is to improve the business environment and support organisations operating in the region, both local and international, in their future growth.
Business intel & best practice
We produce reports related to a wide range of areas of business services, innovation, technology as well as available talent. Thanks to our ten thematic chapters, we stimulate the exchange of best practice and knowledge sharing leading to further growth regional competences and value proposition.
Many of the emerging Europe economies are too small to really grow just by themselves. Even many of the more advanced economies have been low-cost providers down the supply chain. One of the best ways forward for them is through integration into a regional economy. What has not happened enough is integration between those eastern Europe economies economically. What integration and innovation do in the long term is to allow ideas, goods and services to cross-borders at a much lower cost, and foster development. I fully support Emerging Europe’s push on this. I think you’re doing a great job. This is something we really want to happen more.
It is important that we, the 23 countries, work together to promote our potential and what we have to offer to the global economy. But before we look at our own individual country, we need to get the attention of global investors to come to our region and then we work through the best place to locate the investment. I see a role for the Alliance in drawing investor attention to the great regional opportunities. It is particularly important given the global competition for talent, as our region has something special that other developed regions don’t — a great pool of well educated people. Many of them are based in small countries across emerging Europe, but if we can market them as emerging Europe talent we will all gain something.
It’s an honour for me to serve as an Honorary Chairman of the Emerging Europe Alliance. My legacy as a president, passionate European and a democrat is based on the understanding that we are in a transition period to a new world order and it depends on every one of us to work for peace, inclusive globalisation and technologies that serve and help people. Peace is only possible through integration when economies, regions, companies and people get together, think beyond borders, innovate and cooperate, where everyone can add value to the regional and European push to be a leader in democracy and the new economy.