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EU SME Centre at China Europe Water Platform Conference in Turku

By EUSME Centre | Press Article      30.09.2017     Tags:

On 21 September 2017, China, the European Commission and several EU Member States signed a Declaration in Turku to strengthen water cooperation between the EU and China. The aim was to join forces to promote sustainable development and improve water security. China and the EU also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a dialogue on water policy.

Solving water problems has a key role in the UN Sustainable Development Goals that should be achieved by 2030. One of the 17 goals aims at securing access to clean water and sanitation for all. Water security is also important in terms of reaching many of the other goals.

Water is in a key position in the circular economy as well. This is one of the sectors on the agenda in the discussions on business opportunities in the Business Event for Chinese and European companies held in Turku. An extensive matchmaking event, co-organized by the EU SME Centre and its Enterprise Europe Network partner, Turku Science Park, attracted more than 130 Chinese and European companies who were seeking new cooperation opportunities.

The EU SME Centre presented opportunities in the Chinese water sector at its exhibitions stand as well as at the individual meetings between European SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and sectorial associations working the water sector. The Centre’s report on the water sector in China was particularly interesting to the attending companies, being practical and SME focused. The report can be downloaded here.

All in all, the China-Europe Water Platform CEWP welcomed almost 400 visitors from more than 20 countries. CEWP is a collaboration network of the European Union and China for the policy dialogue, research, and business in the water sector.

 

EU SME Centre Stand

Kimmo Kalevi Tiilikainen, Finnish Minister of Housing, Energy and the Environment

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