Small Scale, Big Impact: How Can an Appropriate Policy Framework Support Growth and Jobs for European Food and Drink SMEs?


20 Nov 2017 17:30


Members' Salon
European Parliament
1047  Brussels


Agriculture & Food
Social Europe & Jobs

Event Location


Event Description

Hosted by:

Nicola Caputo (S&D, Italy)

Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK)

Anneli Jäätteenmäki (ALDE, FI)

and Renate Sommer (EPP, DE)

Join us for the new step of 'Small Scale, Big Impact', a FoodDrinkEurope initiative, aiming to raise awareness of the major contribution of SMEs to the EU economy. SMEs make up 99% of Europe's food and drink industry, the EU's largest manufacturing sector.

Members of the European Parliament will welcome SME entrepreneurs from several member states who will present their products and showcase their knowhow and traditions. They will talk about what they see as opportunities and challenges, and provide insight into how the EU can continue fostering an entrepreneurial spirit.

On this occassion, FoodDrinkEurope will launch a White Paper calling for specific policy measures to help food and drink SMEs thrive and grow.


To register, please send your full name, date of birth, nationality, type of ID, ID number and organisation/company name to Donata Nickel (, tel: +32 2 5008754) by 10 November 2017.

Join the discussion: #smallscalebigimpact


17:30-17:45 Registration and welcome drinks

17:45-17:55 Opening address by Hubert Weber, FoodDrinkEurope president, Executive Vice President and President Europe for Mondelëz International

17:55-18:20 Interventions from host MEPs Nicola Caputo, Daniel DaltonAnneli Jäätteenmäki and Renate Sommer

18:20-19:00 Exchange with food and drink SME entrepreneurs; presentation of their products

19:00-20:00 Sampling and networking drinks


Moderated by Frances Robinson, Journalist



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