On 1-2 April 2004, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe organized an Expert Meeting on Good Governance for SMEs, which focused on current governance practices and analysed models of SME governance in countries with advanced market economies, in new and prospective EU member countries and in countries with economies in transition. The Expert Meeting also explored the situation at the micro-level, how SMEs understand corporate governance, what their problems are and what governments and non-governmental organizations can do to help them. The Meeting highlighted also the elements and importance of business ethics aspects as well as business and corporate social responsibility.
During the discussions Dr. Péter Szirmai, Director of the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration, today it renamed as Budapest Corvinus University, has been called for co-operation amongst the Colleges and Universities in Central and Eastern Europe dealing with entrepreneurship and SME research and education. Participants from Croatian, Germany, Romania and Slovenia, and other experts expressed their interest in creation of a Central and Eastern European College and University Network on Entrepreneurship and SMEs with participation of departments dealing with these issues as well as individual academicians from these unites.
In the spring 2004, a Conference was held at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration chaired by Prof. Tamás Mészáros, Rector of the University, with participation of the representatives of the leading Hungarian colleges and universities and the Regional Adviser on Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the UNECE, and the participants agreed on the creation of the Hungarian Network of Departments dealing with entrepreneurship and SME research and education activities.
The link below CEEnetwork Project find the Project Proposal on Cooperation and Networking amongst Entrepreneurship and SME Research- and Educational Colleges and Universities in Central and Eastern Europe prepared by Dr. Péter Szirmai, Director of the Small Business Development Centre of the Budapest Corvinus University, in cooperation with the Regional Adviser on Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the UNECE.
As the documents states the possible Network is an open-ended one and other institutions from other countries from CEE might join to this.
Inauguration Meeting was held during the spring 2005 at the Corvinus University of Budapest.
For FOUNDATION DECLARATION click here.
The UNECE considers this project as an important step in the process of the European Integration, and it will provide technical assistance within its Regional Advisory Services Programme.
Dear Prof. Dr. , as a Head and Expert of one of the leading higher education institutions in CEE, I kindly draw to your attention this project proposal. In case of your interest to participate in this project, you are kindly requested to send your confirmation by fax or e-mail to Dr. Péter Szirmai and copy to the UNECE at your earliest convenience-
We look forward to cooperating with you in the future.