The fourth meeting of the stakeholder group took place at Central Café in Budapest on December, 4th with the attendance of eleven members of the stakeholder group. Hungarian partner introduced to stakeholder group of Hungary what have been done so far during the semester. All good practices identified inside the project were shared with them including their links to existing Hungarian initiatives. A total of 4 good practices were discussed more closely addressed to SME internationalization and access to finance. The last part of the meeting was an open discussion about the partners’ good practices of the project that might be interesting to import in, especially in the frame of the Small- and Medium-sized Enterprise Development Programme. A lot of good ideas for the study-visits came from stakeholders.
Stakeholders agreed about the great amount of support entities, duplicity of activities and programs in Hungary, and the difficulty for entrepreneurs to remain competitive. Attendees found interesting the possibility to extend the scope of the Small- and Medium-sized Enterprise Development Programme with French and Italian good practices. The main ideas of the discussion were to put the effort in providing better access to international markets and mentoring.
All the attendees were informed about the next steps of the project: staff exchanges between April and May, next meetings in Germany and Lithuania - 3Q 2019 - and the finalization of the REGIONAL ACTION PLAN.