The 4th Eastern Partnership Business Forum is a traditional side event to the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. The main objective of the forum is to promote cross-border economic relations, transparency, new business opportunities and cooperation between EU and Eastern Partnership countries, with particular focus on SMEs.

26-27 October 2017

Kreutzwaldi 23, Tallinn, Estonia


Kersti Kaljulaid
President of the Republic of Estonia
Johannes Hahn
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Vazil Hudák
Vice-President, European Investment Bank
Siim Sikkut
Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia
Alar Kolk
President of European Innovation Academy
Jana Krimpe
Founder and CEO of B.EST Solutions; Head of the Mobile-ID project Consortium in Azerbaijan
Zurab Magradze
Business Development Director of LTD UGT
Marek Helm
Head of Public Finance at Nortal
Aleksi Kopponen
Special Advisor of Digitalization at Ministry of Finance in Finland
Ana Chirita
CEO of Moldovan Association of ICT Companies
Vasyl Zadvornyy
CEO of ProZorro
Siim Kallas
Former Vice-President of European Commission
Alexander Alexeyev
Export Director of Biosphere Corporation
Ewa Synowiec
Principal Advisor, DG Trade, European Commission
Jemal Inaishvili
President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI)
Claudio Richardson
Managing Director of Kuehne+Nagel AS
Maive Rute
Deputy Director-General, DG Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), European Commission
Pavel Haidai
CEO and Founder of Avtologistika
Bernhard Surmann
Managing Director of Miprotek GmbH
Valery Tsepkalo
Founder of Belarus Hi-Tech Park
Andrew Lynch
Chief Innovation Officer with Irish Manufacturing Research
Kaspar Korjus
Managing Director of e-Residency
Andre Küüsvek
Director for Local Currency and Capital Markets Development (LC2) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Katarína Mathernová
Deputy Director General, DG Near, European Commission
Volodymyr Lavrenchuk
CEO of Raiffeisen-Aval Bank
Nerses Yeritsyan
Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia
Urmas Peiker
Co-founder and Chairman of Funderbeam. 
Flavia Palanza
Director of Neighbouring Countries at the European Investment Bank
Mario Ohoven
President of the German Association for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses (BVMW) and European President of CEA-PME
Véronique Willems
Secretary General of UEAPME
Urve Palo
Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia
Ott Pärna
Conference Facilitatior


26 October

Conference (Ballroom), B2B Meetings (hall Las Vegas)


Current status, progress and perspectives of political and economic cooperation and integration between EaP countries and EU.

Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia

Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

Vazil Hudak, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

Introduction by Conference Facilitator, Ott Pärna PRESENTATION


Digital Society and innovations are redefining the governance process, transforming everyday life and business in all sectors. e-Governance and e-solutions create an enabling environment for a transparent and borderless economy, facilitate economic growth, integration and international trade. What are the best practices, latest developments and key success factors of e-Governance and Digital Society in EU and EaP countries? How does e-Governance help increase transparency, reduce bureaucracy and fight against corruption?


Siim Sikkut, Estonian Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO), Deputy Secretary General for Ministry of Economics and Communications


Alar Kolk, President, European Innovation Academy


Jana Krimpe, Founder and CEO of B.EST Solutions, Head of Mobile-ID project consortium in Azerbaijan PRESENTATION

Marek Helm, Head of Public Finance Management, Nortal; Former Director General of Estonian Tax and Customs Board

Zurab Magradze, Business Development Director, UGT IT Solutions  PRESENTATION

Aleksi Kopponen, Special Advisor of Digitalization, Ministry of Finance in Finland  PRESENTATION

Ana Chirita, CEO, Moldovan Association of ICT Companies

Vasyl Zadvornyy, CEO, ProZorro  PRESENTATION


Challenges, opportunities and development possibilities for SME’s in EaP countries to reach international markets. EU digital single market and e-commerce as facilitators of cross-border trade and SME export capabilities. EaP countries as part of transport corridors in Europe and beyond (e.g. New Silk Road). Innovations and e-solutions in the logistics sector, optimization of supply chain, modernization of logistics infrastructure.


Ewa Synowiec, Principal Adviser, DG Trade, European Commission


Siim Kallas, Former Vice President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Transport


Alexander Alexeev, Export Director, Biosphere Corporation

Ewa Synowiec, Principal Adviser, DG Trade, European Commission

Jemal Inaishvili, Member of the Board, Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Claudio Richardson, Managing Director, Kuhne+Nagel AS

12:45 - 17:00

A matchmaking event is a quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners.
People meet and greet at high speed. 20 minutes are usually enough to build connections, then the bell rings and the next talk starts.


Presentations on digital innovations and smart solutions that affect businesses across all sectors, including automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, supply chain management and value chain optimization. Benefits from close cooperation between EU and EaP countries in developing innovations, “smart factories” and closer links between IT, industry and logistics.


Pavel Haidai, CEO, Avtologistika  PRESENTATION


Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission


Bernhard Surmann, CEO, Miprotek GmbH  PRESENTATION

Valery Tsepkalo, Founder, Belarus Hi-Tech Park  PRESENTATION

Dr. Andrew Lynch, Chief Innovation Officer, Irish Manufacturing Research  PRESENTATION

Kaspar Korjus, Programme Manager, e-Residency  PRESENTATION


Sources of external capital, EU support mechanisms and alternative financing instruments available for SMEs in EaP countries for development of export capabilities,technology and innovations, cross-border investment and EU integration. Challenges and success stories from the EU and EaP countries.


André Küüsvek, Director, Local Currency and Capital Markets Development (LC2), European Bank for Restructuring and Development


Katarina Mathernová, Deputy Director-General, DG NEAR, European Commission


Nerses Yeritsyan, Deputy President, Central Bank of Armenia

Volodymyr Lavrenchuk, CEO, Raiffeisen-Aval Bank

Urmas Peiker, CEO and Founder, Funderbeam

Flavia Palanza, Director for Neighbouring Countries, European Investment Bank


Mario Ohoven, President, German Association of Small and Medium-sized Businesses and CEA-PME

Veronique Willems, Secretary-General, UEAPME

Ott Pärna, Conference Facilitator PRESENTATION

Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technlogy of Estonia

20:00 - 23:00

Venue: Lennusadam (Tallinn Seaplane Harbour)

27 October

Seminars (Ballroom), B2B meetings (hall Las Vegas), visits


A matchmaking event is a quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners.
People meet and greet at high speed. 20 minutes are usually enough to build connections, then the bell rings and the next talk starts.


The European Commission is in the process of launching an ambitious External Investment Plan in order to support investment in partner countries, in Africa and the European Neighbourhood, to strengthen partnerships, promote a new model of participation of the private sector and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Plan offers an integrated and coherent framework enabling full cooperation between the EU, international financial institutions, donors, public authorities and the private sector. The new European Fund for Sustainable Development lies at the core of the External Investment Plan and is expected to trigger additional public and private investment volumes, mobilising total investments of up to EUR 44 billion, based on a EUR 3.35 billion contribution from the EU budget and the European Development Fund.

External Investment Plan factsheet



“Estonia – innovative platform for international business”


11:00                   Welcome address

Alo Ivask, Chairman of the Board, Enterprise Estonia

Jaan Reinhold, Director, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership

11:15                    Estonia – innovative platform for international business

Jaan Heinsoo, Regional Director in Central and Eastern Europe, Enterprise Estonia PRESENTATION

11:45                    e-Residency

Adam Rang, Head of Communication, e-Residency PRESENTATION

12:00                   Investment environments of EU countries – race to efficiency

Joel Zernask, KPMG Baltics, Partner PRESENTATION

12:20                   Practical experience – expansion to Estonia

Eleks (Ukraine), Andriy Krupa, Chief Compliance Officer PRESENTATION

Biosphere Corporation (Ukraine), Oleksandr Aleksieev, Export Director PRESENTATION

PFI Global (Poland), Kamil Pakosz, Director of Development and Expansion PRESENTATION

12:45-13:15        Q&A and networking


Tours, visits and meetings with innovative Estonian companies and organizations. Below are indicated what companies are included in each group (8 groups total) and what is the language of the visits. Please click on company name for more information.

Interested participants can choose only one group they wish to take part in.

Group 1 (EN, RU) – logistics:

Transit Center

Port of Tallinn   PRESENTATION

Group 2 (EN, RU) – industry, logistics: (ATTENTION: this group leaves Hilton at 13:30)

Paldiski Association of Entrepreneurs

PAKRI Science and Industrial Park (EN, RU)

Port of Paldiski (RU only)

Group 3 (EN, RU) – IT: 

e-Estonia Showroom

Ülemiste City 


Estonian Association of IT and Telecommunication

Kuehne + Nagel

Group 4 (EN) – manufacturing:


ETS Nord

Group 5 (EN, RU) – R&D, industry:



Group 6 (EN) – IT:

Tieto Estonia

CGI Estonia

Group 7 (EN) – creative industries, IT:

Telliskivi Creative City



Group 8 – industry:


Estanc (EN, RU)

You can find more practical info about the company visits on participation page

28 October

Best practices from Estonia - tours to Estonian regions (optional)

Departures to regions on 27 October at 18:00

9:00-15:00 Tour in North-East Estonia – Industrial region near the EU-Russia border

Visits and tours in this region include the following companies (languages: EN, RU):

9:00-15:00 Tour in South Estonia – Education and science center of Estonia

Visits and tours in this region include the following companies (languages: EN):

Please, note that the program is subject to change, and will be updated up to the forum.

Print a detailed agenda EaP_BF_agenda 18102017