Director of Directorate for development of small and medium sized enterprises Zoran Vukcevic and Zarko Djuranovic, manager of Euro-Info center, attended the final conferetion of EMBRACE 2 project, which was held in Athene, Greece on 17. and 18. January 2008.
In his speech, on Final conferention, director of Directorate for development of small and medium sized enterprises Zoran Vukcevic emphasized that in previous period owing to this project small and medium sized enterpises got better access to information technologies, and also increased awareness of benefits that information technologies provide. Also, he complimented cooperation in project and expressed his willingness for continuation through EMBRACE 3, or some similar project, to facilitate further development of SMEs using information technologies.
Just for the record, EMBRACE 2 project, aims to improve socio-economic development in rural regions through Knowledge and Information Society, and his contribution was in decreasing diferences between developed and undeveloped regions and establishing cooperation network between interested partners.
Two portals were established in project, www.e-embrace.net and www.embrace-observatory.net, which offers large number of services to SMEs, like mentoring, training, funding opportunities, innovation and technology transfer, presentation of SMEs, case studies of SMEs from partner countries. End user of project are enterprises in rural regions, and also policy makers and local, national and european stakeholders. We would like also to remind you that presentation of this project was held in Directorate for development of small and medium sized enterprises in May 2007, where all interested participant, especially small and medium sized enterprises were introduced to possibilities that this project provides.
Project includes 11 partners from 9 countries: Greece, Italia, Czech, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Albania, Montenegro and Serbia. Leading partner is TREK Consulting from Athenes, Greece, and from Montenegro partner was Directorate for development of small and medium sized enterprises. Total duration of project was 20 months, it started on June 2006 and finished, as mentioned, on 18. January, but portals remain working.