European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME Celebrated its 30th Anniversary!

On July 12th 2022, the European Confederation of Associations of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (CEA-PME) celebrated at the Residence Palace in Brussels the 30th anniversary of their confederation, bringing together associations from 33 countries, with over 2.1 million voluntarily associated small and medium-sized companies and 18 million employees. The SME event was attended by more than one hundred guests, including senior European policymakers, associations directors, and entrepreneurs.

Maurizio Casasco and Markus Jerger
Antonio Tajani

CEA-PME’s and CONFAPI’s President Maurizio Casasco, together with CEA-PME co-president and Chairman of BVMW Markus Jerger opened the stage for keynote speakers such as Antonio Tajani, President of the Constitutional Affairs Commission of the European Parliament, Nicola Beer, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Stefano Mallia, President of the EESC employers’ group, Cècile Billaux of the DG for international partnerships, and many others representing the general directorates of the Commission.

Count de Lalange, Markus Jerger, Nicola Beer, Rainer Wieland, Stefano Mallia
Casasco – Tajani – Jerger – Moritz

The evening was an occasion to focus on the need to strengthen the voice of SMEs in Europe through digitalization and involvement efforts from the institutions participating, as well as an opportunity to give a warm welcome to CEA-PME’s new members the  European Business Association of Ukraine, represented at the party by its Director Svetlana Mikhaylovska, and AMSP in the Czech Republic, which each represents more than 300,000 companies and will extend the range of action of the European Confederation to 33 countries of the Continent.

Markus Jerger
Markus Jerger and Antonio Tajani

As a last note, the event saw Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director of the confederation, officially nominated as its new Secretary General, in the hopes of an even greater career within the Confederation.

Nicola Beer, Count de Lalange, Markus Jerger

Read more about the CEA-PME’s 30th anniversary event on strengthening the voice of SMEs in Europe here.