Directorate for Development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises through Adriatic-Ionian Initiative is organizing a round table “Support for SME Development through Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme ” 23 – 24 November 2010. in the Hotel Splendid in Bečići.

The aim of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative was the enhancement of cooperation and strengthening of security in the Adriatic-Ionian region, intensification of cooperation among the countries of the region, and encouraging transition states toward the integration processes and getting closer to the EU.

Roundtable topics will be:

- To strengthen further cooperation between signatory countries and small and
medium enterprises from Adriatic Ionian region
- To share information on the most important goals, trends and further activities
- To share experience and best practice
- To identify the crucial elements of future cooperation

The Adriatic-Ionian Initiative is realised through two forums: it is a forum for the exchange of political opinions and a forum for multilateral cooperation in various areas (transportation, maritime affairs, tourism, education, environmental and cultural heritage protection, development of small- and middle-size enterprises, and fight against all forms of organised crime).

The member-states of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative are eight states: Italy, Greece, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro.

Montenegro became a full member of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative 1st June 2007. and this year Montenegro is chairman state of the Initiative, which means that Montenegro is proposing program of activities and events calendar.

The participants will be foreign and local experts in the field of small and medium enterprises, representatives of the Directorate for Development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of business associations.