Project WE-EEN

Project Terminated (Duration: 01.01.12 - 31.12.13)


The WE-EEN project is an initiative forming part of the Enterprise Europe Network. Its aim is to increase environmental awareness among SMEs in the waste management sector through consulting, training and international events.

Around 2.6 billion tons of waste was produced in Europe in 2008, over 90 percent of which constituted industrial waste (source: Eurostat, latest data). In Germany, environmental awareness is high and industrial production is subject to strict national regulations governing environmental protection. Nonetheless, many companies do not know what directives need to be observed and how to implement them correctly.

This is where WE-EEN comes in. This project is composed of eleven partner institutions in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and funded by the European Commission. On the one hand, the project partners aim to raise awareness of the issues among those responsible in all participating countries and promote the implementation of the European directives for environmental protection in industry. On the other hand, WE-EEN is to pave the way for an independent environmental services sector in south-eastern Europe.

Furthermore, the strengthening of the SME sector in all participating regions is a major concern for the EU. The WE-EEN project benefits Bavarian experts in a number of ways, by providing entry to the hitherto largely untapped south-eastern European market, enabling them to establish contacts with local SMEs, and at the same time expanding their European network. Technology transfer also allows them to lay the foundations for an independent environment sector in this region and thus promote the local economy and small businesses in particular. The local industry, for its part, benefits from expert advice and makes contacts with suitable service providers both at home and abroad.

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