Participation of the European Commission in the SBF 2017 – a chance for strengthening the economic cooperation in the region

High-ranking representatives of the European Commission, the highest executive body of the European Union, will actively participate in this year's "Sarajevo Business Forum", and one of the key panel discussions will be dedicated to promotion of the economic cooperation in the region.

Christian Danielsson, Director-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission will give one of the keynote speeches in the Opening Ceremony of Sarajevo Business Forum.

During the Forum's first day on 22 May, at the plenary session which will be held in the building of the BiH Parliamentary Assembly, an address by the vice president of the European Commission and European Commissioner for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, is expected to be held via videomessage. In addition, Mr.Morten Jung, Senior Advisor for Western Balkans Regional Cooperation, European Commission will participate in the same panel.

The largest investrment conference in Southeastern Europe will this year again gather officials, business people, investors and experts from all over the world, but mostly from countries of the Western Balkans. Regardless of the countries currently in the focus, SBF connects companies from Southeastern Europe every year, and contributes to development of regional cooperation.

One of the most important events of the first day of the Forum will be the panel discussion on the topic "One Region, One Economy – Connectivity and Potential”. The panel will be focused on the region's economic connections and unused potentials of cooperation between business people and countries of the region.

The Sarajevo Business Forum has been gathering the investors and business people from all over the world for the eight consecutive years, providing them with an opportunity to get familiar with the possibilities for investing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also in other regional countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, the Republic of Macedonia and Albania.

During the past seven years, the conference gathered the participants from more than 30 countries.

The last year's summit was attended by more than 1600 visitors, including the 350 accredited journalists,