BasqueTrade to organize the 6th Meeting of Tendering Companies, from February 7th to 11th.

The event, which will take place between February 7 and 11 in a 100% online format, will include a presentation of the new 2021-27 multiannual program for European external action on the morning of February 10. Participating companies will also be able to hold virtual B2B meetings with each other.

The VI Meeting of Tendering Companies is an event organized by Basque Trade & Investment, the Basque Agency for Internationalization in collaboration with the Institute for Foreign Trade, ICEX, and other regional agencies for the promotion of business internationalization, which will bring together companies interested in the international public tender market.


Europe Global’ is the main financial instrument, together with the Instrument for Pre-Accession Support (IPA III), to support the European Union’s External Action, and will allocate almost 70 billion euros to different programs outside the EU, including sustainable economic development, environment and climate change.

During the morning of February 10, senior officials from the European Commission will present the different lines of action of this instrument in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Balkans, the Eastern and Southern Neighborhoods and Turkey. In addition, the novelties of the European Commission’s new public procurement guide and the support and guarantees for the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD+) will be presented.


The event will also offer companies the possibility of holding B2B meetings during the week of February 7-11.

At these meetings, the participating companies will have a platform to interact with each other, thus facilitating the identification of common interests, complementary capabilities and the development of alliances that allow a better competitive position in their tenders through the establishment of consortiums. For the first time, in addition to companies from all over the state, French and Belgian companies will participate in this meeting.


The annual Meetings of Bidding Companies are an initiative of the multilateral working group in which public entities dedicated to business internationalization from all over the country participate and which is coordinated by the Foreign Trade Institute, ICEX.

These include Basque Trade & Investment/Basque Internationalization Agency; ACCIÓ, Agència per la Competitivitat de l’Empresa; ASTUREX, Promoción Exterior del Principado de Asturias; Cámara de Comercio de España; Extenda. Agencia Andaluza de Promoción Exterior; Extremadura Avante; Instituto para la Competitividad Empresarial, ICE – Junta de Castilla y León; IPEX, Instituto de Promoción Exterior de Castilla-La Mancha; IVACE, Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial; SODERCAN, Sociedad para el Desarrollo de Cantabria; and Tenerife Licita, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


9:00Welcome wordsBasque Trade & Investment & ICEXAinhoa Ondarzabal

Elisa Carbonell
Consejera Delegada, Basque Trade & Investment, Agencia Vasca de Internacionalización.

Directora General de internacionalización de la empresa en ICEX, España Exportación e Inversiones.
9:10Introduction: UE’s foreign action 2021-27INTPA.D.3 Coordination and oversight of Financing InstrumentsJavier Raya-AguadoDeputy Head of Unit
9:25PRAGINTPA  R.4 Legal AffairsIsabel Fajardo SoriaLegal Officer
9:45ÁfricaINTPA A – AfricaMacarena Ruíz San JoséCooperation Officer
10:05Neighborhood South and TurkeyNEAR B – Neighbourhood South and TurkeyIlektra TsakalidouProgramm Officer
10:25Neighborhood EastNEAR C – Neighbourhood East and Institution BuildingMate CsicsaiLeader of the Easter Partnership Coordination and Programming Team
10:45BalkansNEAR D – Western BalkansRoberto Estelles ColomProgramm Manager
11:20Latin America and the CaribbeanINTPA B – Latin America and The Caribbean; Relations with all Overseas Countries and TerritoriesDiana Montero MelisDeputy Head of Unit
11:40AsiaINTPA C – Middle East, Asia and PacificJean-Christophe VirieuInternational Aid / Cooperation Officer – Development coordination Bangladesh
12:00European Fund for Sustainable Development + (EFSD+)INTPA E.4 External Action GuaranteesFilippo Gabrielle La VerghettaTeam Leader- Blending Experience
12:20Decentralized european programmsAECIDMiguel Gómez-PavónCoordinator- Private Sector, EU and Partnerships
12:40Closure wordsBasque Trade & InvestmentAlberto Gavín AceroMultilateral Project Manager

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