Access to Finance for SMEs and the Economic Recovery

13 October 2010, 09:30-16:00 FEE offices, Avenue d’Auderghem 22-28, 1040 Brussels View on Google Maps


As a result of the down-turn in economic activity many SMEs have suffered losses and reductions in asset values, leading to declines in the value of guarantees that they can offer to lenders. There is also much debate on the possibility that, in seeking to promote the credit worthiness of banks, regulators could make the situation for SMEs even worse. The debate was developed around these issues with the round table panel of speakers and the audience of invited experts.

Related files:
document pdf text 1. Programme
document pdf text 2. Speakers’ CVs
document pdf text 3. Presentation of Veronique Genre
document pdf text 4. Presentation of Gerhard Huemer
document pdf text 5. Presentation of Judith Ay
document pdf text 6. Presentation of George Cocu and Monica Stefan
document pdf text 7. Presentation of Francis Chittenden
document pdf text 8. Information Note
document pdf text 9. Access to Finance for SMEs: In Search of Innovative Solutions – Volume 1

Related links: FEE Round Table Video



  • Registration and welcome coffee

  • Opening by

    Hans van Damme, FEE President

  • The EU-ECB SME Survey: evidence of a credit crunch in Europe?

    Veronique Genre, European Central Bank

  • The SME experience

    Gerhard Huemer, Director for Economic and Fiscal Policy, UEAPME

  • The Impact of Basel III on lending to SMEs

    Judith Ay, Senior Adviser Economic Affairs, European Savings Banks Group

  • A case study of the role of accountants in obtaining external finance for SMEs

    George Cocu, Finance Controller, SC ELMEC ROMANIA SRL Monica Stefan, Head of Audit Department, SOTER & PARTNERS, Romania

  • Lunch

  • The Role of Mutual Guarantees in EU Member States

    Francis Chittenden, ACCA Professor of Small Business Finance, Deputy Chair of the FEE SME/SMP Working Party

  • The European Commission’s perspective

    Dr Massimo Baldinato, Cabinet Commissioner Tajani

  • Round Table discussion of possible ways to promote the availability of finance to SMEs

    Edit Herczog, MEP, Deputy Chair SME Intergroup

  • Conclusions

    Francis Chittenden, ACCA Professor of Small Business Finance, Deputy Chair of the FEE SME/SMP Working Party

  • Close

    Olivier Boutellis-Taft, FEE CEO

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