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Balkan Small Business Association – a Union of Business Representative Organisations in the Skilled Crafts Sector in South-East Europe

The ‚Balkan Bureau’-project started in 2001 as a regional project of the Koblenz Chamber of Skilled Crafts, financially supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Office was a kind of continuation and extension of the chamber projects with the partner organisations of the skilled crafts middle class in several Balkan countries, and it strove to foster the development in the separate countries through active cooperation between the organisations in South-East Europe and Germany. The project work with the organisations sought synergy effects to be used for further project execution.

After completing the first project phase the project work focused on new accents and the emphasis was laid on project sustainability. In order to serve this aim the Balkan Small Business Association BSBA was registered as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with an office in Sofia, and it united organisations of skilled crafts from several Balkan countries.