9.30    Opening speech

  • Mr Pietro Francesco De Lotto, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) member and spokesperson for the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Crafts and Family Business Category
9.40    Keynote speech
  • Mr Tiziano Treu, president, CNEL (Economic Council for the Economy and Labour)

10.00    How does Italy endeavour to improve the effectiveness of SME policies

Industry 4.0 and Innovation – focus on the policies implemented at national level and their impact

Panel discussion moderated by Ms Milena Angelova, EESC member, with:

  • Mr Bruno Busacca, Chief of the Technical Staff of the Minister of Labour
  • Mr Lorenzo Basso, member of the Italian Parliament (TBC)
  • Mr Andrea Granelli, founder and president, Kanso
  • Mr Antonio Palmieri, member of the Italian Parliament
  • Mr Francesco Simone, Director-General, Artigiancassa

    Question and answer session

11.00    Coffee break

11.30    The European approach to promoting SMEs

Panel discussion moderated by Mr Dimitris Dimitriadis, EESC member with:

  • Ms Daiva Kvedaraitė, EESC member
  • Mr Panagiotis Gkofas, EESC member
  • Mr  Luc Hendrickx,  director, Enterprise Policy and External Relations, UEAPME

12.45    Closing remarks

  • Mr Giorgio Merletti, President, Confartigianato Imprese

Question and answer session

Participants can speak in Italian, English, French and listen to Italian, English, French.


Rome - The effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs