Feedback from the participants of the Understanding China Clean Tech SME Roundtables has shown that the potential for the development of the Chinese clean tech market is significant. China’s rapid urbanisation and government priorities (12th FYP) are likely to open up more opportunities in the near future.
However, foreign companies face important barriers such as for example, the imposition of a local partner in joint ventures and investment restrictions in certain sub-sectors. Greater support is needed for European SMEs to succeed.
Following the roundtable discussions in Rotterdam and Madrid, here are some key expectations from European clean-tech SMEs to the European Commission:
- Increase pressure on China to implement its WTO commitments, in particular in areas such as transparency, entry barriers, IPR etc.
- Encourage China’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement
- Include the clean-tech sector in the EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue
- Promote the participation of European companies in one Pavillion in the main international fairs in China, and in collaboration with the main European business organisations
- More generally, promote a joint “EU clean tech” identity
Coherence and coordination:
- Increase cooperation between existing SME network organisations (i.e. European Chambers of Commerce, EEN, European Business Associations etc.)
- Increase the involvement of the SME network in EU-China bilateral projects, EU activities organised by the EU Delegation in China etc.
Support their R&D capacity:
- Support R&D investment within European SMEs as well as joint EU-China R&D programmes involving SMEs
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