Cross-Border Enterprises Conference, April 10th

Date: 10th April 2019

Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Venue: Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1000 Brussels, Room Maelbeek


We would like to remind you that the Ludwig von Mises Institute – Europe is organising a conference, in collaboration with European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and Der Mittelstand-BVMW, on the topic of Cross-Border Enterprises (see invitation attached).

If you would like to participate to the event, please register by the 8th of April by sending an email to


Topic explanation:

According to a communication of the European Commission and the Industry Committee of the European Parliament, it turns out that more than 99% of all European enterprises are SME’s, providing more than 90 million jobs and generating 3.9 trillion euro in value added. It is obvious that SME’s deliver a determinant contribution to the creation of jobs and growth and hence achieve and contribute to the economic success of a country.

Cross border mobility

Another important fact is, that 35% of the businesses do not invest in foreign markets, because of their lack of knowledge of those markets. This could be improved by the necessary information about options for internationalization in the form of and exchange of experiences. Export credit guarantees and reducing trade barriers would be of help.

To handle the decision-making process geared toward international activities, cross-border cooperation, strategic alliances and the innovative forms of corporate cooperation must be structured so that their culturally diverse constituents can interact effectively.



Mr. Stéphane Ouaki, Head of Investments and SMEs Unit in DG RTD

Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME:
The project DigitaliseSME and ways for more cross-border business in the European Single Market.

Mr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (tbc)

Mr. Gert Gijbels, director of Netwerk Ondernemen (tbc)

Moderator: Philip Stafford, Editor, FT Trading Room at Financial Times


Information about the organisers

BVMW is a politically independent association which caters for all commercial branches and professions and represents the interests of small and medium sized businesses in politics, with administrative authorities, with trade unions and major companies. It represents together with the Mittelstands Allianz more than 900.000 companies in Germany and 12 million employees. BVMW organises more than 2.000 events per year thanks to its 320 regional offices all over Germany.

European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME is a Brussel-based confederation which currently counts 20 European associations of small and medium enterprises representing more than 2 million companies and 18 million employees.

The Réseau Entreprendre International was created by Réseau Entreprendre in 2009 in the aim of offering the Réseau Entreprendre concept outside of France.
The vision of the network is: in order to create employment, you must first create employers
Mission: to contribute to the success of new entrepreneurs with potential by offering them human and financial support, free of charge and on a long-term basis, provided by passionate and experienced entrepreneurs, still in activity.

Netwerk Ondernemen (Flanders) is a network of entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, where young companies are to be supervised to grow (inter)nationally and to create jobs.
They strongly believe in qualitative matchmaking between an experienced entrepreneur (the mentor) and a young growing company (the founder).

The Ludwig von Mises Institute-Europe was officially established on 12th October 2002 as a non- partisan think tank fostering an open and free society.
Since its foundation, the Ludwig von Mises Institute-Europe has successfully organized a variety of conferences, symposia, discussions, targeted dinner debates and lunch debates.
Members include former Prime Ministers, MEPs, former European Commissioners, key politicians, senior academics, business leaders and prominent journalists.

The Ludwig von Mises Institute-Europe primarily aims at:

  • Exchanging and reintroducing the basic values and principles of Liberalism, especially the ideas of the Austrian School.
  • Bridging the gap between “Brussels” and the European citizens and between Eurocrats and Euro-skeptics.
  • Acting as an interface between the academic, the political and the business world.
  • Connecting liberal-minded individuals and organizations at national and international levels.