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EU Gateway Programme
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2011. január 28.
Feltöltve:  2011. január 14., 12:42:03
Szakmai terület:  Gazdaság, üzleti szféra (70)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia
Forrás:  []

The EU Gateway Programme organises and funds Business Missions in high technology and design sectors for european companies to develop their business in Japan and Korea.

The Programme offers financial and logistical support, strategic preparation and a tailored search for business contacts. With support provided at every step of the way, EU companies are coached by a team of professionals in the business etiquette of these dynamic markets.

Since the beginning of this Programme, the European Commission has helped many companies reap the rewards of entry into the Japanese market. Since 1994 more than 2,500 companies from the EU Member States have participated in an EU Gateway Business Mission in order to:

  • Expand market share in a cost-effective and efficient way 
  • Make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships
  • Identify potential suppliers, subcontractors, representatives, importers and distributors
  • Discover current and future trends in the Japanese and Korean markets
  • Research and compare the characteristics of local and competitive products 
  • Get immediate feedback when introducing your products and technologies face-to-face
  • Discuss challenges and trends with other industry professionals Raise the profile of their company with an official European Union mission

The EU Gateway Programme opens new business horizons for your company in Japan and Korea

Eligible EU Companies are invited to submit an application to participate in Business Missions. Applications will be checked on their economic, financial and strategic merits.To optimise their chances on the Japanese or Korean markets, EU companies can participate in up to three Business Missions.(Read more about the Business Missions)

Each Business Mission accommodates up to 40 EU companies in Japan and 30 EU companies in Korea.

Eligibility and Conditions for Participating in the Programme

You can apply for participation in an EU Gateway Business Mission if your company fulfils the following criteria:

  • Exist for at least 5 years
  • Fully or majority-owned by European Union capital,
  • Being located and having its main activities in the European Union,
  • Active in one of the economic sectors covered by the EU Gateway Programme,
  • Have proven track records of international business cooperation,
  • Have a solid business strategy for entering the Japanese and/or Korean markets,
  • Have a sufficient turnover and number of people employed to guarantee a market entry to Japan and/or Korea,

Note that business consultants are not eligible.
Selected EU companies have the opportunity to participate in up to three Business Missions in Japan and Korea for a total of six business missions.

Support and Services provided by the Programme

The Programme provides financial and logistical support, strategic preparation and a tailored search for business contacts whom the participating EU companies will meet in Japan and/or Korea.

Financial support for the business mission:

  • Up to 1,000 EUR co-financing the cost of one room per company in the programme hotel
  • 80% of the total cost for customized services with a maximum of 1600 EUR per company

Standard services provided before, during, and after a business mission:

  • Tailored preparation and a briefing on the target market prior to departure
  • Individual stand-by coaching
  • Advice on how to follow-up on business contacts in accordance with local business customs after return to Europe

Customised services that can be requested in addition to standard services:

  • Information about local products
  • Interpretation at individual meetings
  • Translation of company documentation into Japanese and Korean
  • Design and printing of company documentation, products manuals, brochures and business cards
  • Business assistance during business meetings
  • Information on certification procedures

The customized services are optional.

The Programme will however co-finance 80% of the cost of these services with a maximum of € 1.600. Selected companies will be able to request customized services during the Pre-Departure Meeting.

The following business missions will take place in Japan and Korea.


Sector Application deadline Business Mission Week
Construction and Building Technologies 22 April 2011 12-16 September 2011
Interior Design 3 June 2011 24-28 October 2011
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 15 July 2011 5-9 December 2011


Sector Application deadline Business Mission Week
Construction and Building Technologies 28 January 2011 6-10 June 2011
Environment and Energy-related Technologies 28 January 2011  6-10 June 2011
Healthcare and Medical Technologies 6 May 2011 26-30 September 2011

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