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Euro Info Correspondence Centres in Central and Eastern Europe

The European Commission, DG XXIII, funds a network of Euro Info Centres (EICs) throughout the European Union which are designed to provide information on all aspects of European Community policies and programmes to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In recent years, th...
The European Commission, DG XXIII, funds a network of Euro Info Centres (EICs) throughout the European Union which are designed to provide information on all aspects of European Community policies and programmes to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In recent years, the network has been extended to third countries through the creation of Euro Info Correspondence Centres (EICCs).

Since 1993, many Euro Info Correspondence Centres (EICCs) have been established in target third countries such as the EFTA countries, Central and Eastern Europe countries, and the countries in the Mediterranean Basin. The European Commission (DG XXIII) currently only recognizes a single EICC per third country, but a sub-network could eventually be developed to ensure wider dissemination of information. The EICCs are members of the EIC network but do not benefit from the financing granted by DG XXIII to the EICs in the European Union.

The EICCs are set up within the existing economic structure, and are responsible for disseminating information on Community policies, actions and programmes to third country enterprises, providing assistance and advice with regard to their internationalization and their positioning on external markets, as well as for gathering and disseminating useful information on third countries to European enterprises by means of the EICs located throughout the European Union. The EICCs constitute privileged access points to the markets of Eastern and Central European countries.

Today, ten EICCs are operating in Eastern and Central Europe (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, and Slovenia). Ten Correspondence Centres also exist in Mediterranean countries.

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  • Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia
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