The Fifth Annual Conference of the Euro Info Centres (EIC) Network will take place in Florence, Italy, on 27-29 October 1994. The objective of the meeting will be to review the recent activities of the network and its future development. The central theme of the debates at the Conference will be "The Role of the Euro Info Centres in the implementation of the Commission's integrated programme in favour of SMEs". During the closing session speeches will be given by Commissioner Raniero Vanni d'Archirafi, the President of the region of Tuscany, Mr. V. Chiti and a representative of the Italian government. The EIC Network was set up in 1987 by the European Commission mainly to provide SMEs with essential information about the internal market. Today there are about 210 EICs spread throughout the 12 Member States, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. Fourteen Euro Info Correspondence Centres have been established in some third countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Malta, Cyprus, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Israel, Jordan). The EICs provide access to information and advice for SMEs. They operate within existing organizations that are active at a regional level in providing similar services (chambers of commerce, business associations, development agencies, banks). More than 4,000 relay points have been established, which ensure a more effective dissemination of information to businesses at a regional and local level. The EICs provide businesses with highly specific information and advice on a number of areas of EC policy such as quality, environment, R&D, public procurement, and VAT.
Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Jordan, Morocco, Malta, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey