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Eurobank EFG granted SIEPA “Exporter of 2010” Award

7 December 2010.

Furniture producer Exporter of the Year

The Exporter of the Year Award in the SME category at the seventh contest of the Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) has been granted to Kolarević d.o.o. Supporting this year’s selection of the best exporter, Eurobank EFG has granted a reward in the amount of EUR15,000.

Eurobank EFG granted SIEPA “Exporter of 2010” Award

Mlađan Dinkić, Minister of Economy and Regional Development in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, has granted the Award to Kolarević d.o.o. The Exporter of the Year 2010 Award is granted for improvements of export activities, product quality, export market and exported volumes. By sponsoring the Award, Eurobank EFG provides its contribution to the promotion of export orientation of the Serbian business sector and competitiveness and openness of the Serbian economy, aimed at establishing more favourable conditions for attracting capital.

“Our banking system is perfectly capable of supporting most productive and creative business forces in the country, continuing to act as a generator of change and growth. Therefore, in addition to the portfolio tailored to needs of our clients, we initiate investments in a new direction of development, through support to Serbian entrepreneurship, export-oriented companies, exporters, international trade, and development of the production base of the country, as the only right direction of the Serbian economy,” said Philippos Karamanolis, President of the Executive Board of Eurobank EFG.

The Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) announced the seventh contest for the “SIEPA Exporter of the Year” Award. At today’s “Exporter of the Year 2010” Award ceremony, awards have been granted in five categories – best exporter of the year, best new export product, winning of new market, best exporter in the SME category, and best exporter in the CSR category. The SIEPA has been granting this traditional award since 2004, aimed at stimulating the best export companies in Serbia for new export ventures at the end of each year.

The Exporter of the Year, Kolarević from Ćićevac, established in 2000, is specialised in full wood boards and furniture production. It exports across Europe; Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Ireland, and even Australia.

Eurobank EFG’s initiative was launched in line with the new model of economic growth and development of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, based on the three pillars – inflow of new investments, support to the economy and investments in infrastructure. With its decision to sponsor the SIEPA “Exporter of the Year” Award, Eurobank EFG once again confirms its focus on supporting state institutions in their efforts aimed at recovering the economy and the road to market reforms. Support to the “Exporter of the Year” Award is only the first in a range of initiatives of Eurobank EFG aimed promoting export orientation of both SMEs and large companies – following the selection of the best exporter, Eurobank plans to hold a key-note speaker conference for exporters at the beginning of 2011.

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