The European Economic Development Society (EEDS) unites economic development professionals in all EU members states and in every sub-specialty to advance economic development science and practice.

Our organization’s focus is on European economic growth and how it is translating into European citizens´ quality of life.
Our professional focus is on local economic development planning
and management.
Our mission is to set standards and maintain professional excellence in local economic development in European regions.

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Are you an investor considering to re-locate or expand your business in Europe?

Why Europe?

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  • Although growth is projected to be slow, the EU remains the largest economy in the world with a GDP per head of €25 000 for its 500 million consumers.
  • We are the world’s largest trading block.
  • We are the world’s largest trader of manufactured goods and services.
  • We are top trading partner for 80 countries. By comparison the US is the top trading partner for a little over 20 countries.
  • The average applied tariff for goods imported into the EU is very low. More than 70% of imports enter the EU at zero
    or reduced tariffs.
  • The EU is the most open to developing countries. Fuels excluded, we import more from developing countries than the
    USA, Canada, Japan and China put together.
  • Although growth is projected to be slow, the EU remains the largest economy in the world with a GDP per head of €25 000 for its 500 million consumers.
  • We are the world’s largest trading block.
  • We are the world’s largest trader of manufactured goods and services.
  • We are top trading partner for 80 countries. By comparison the US is the top trading partner for a little over 20 countries.
  • The average applied tariff for goods imported into the EU is very low. More than 70% of imports enter the EU at zero
    or reduced tariffs.
  • The EU is the most open to developing countries. Fuels excluded, we import more from developing countries than the
    USA, Canada, Japan and China put together.

The EU ranks first in both inbound and outbound international investments

We have arguably the most open investment regime in the world

EU single market

EU large internal market accommodates 65% of its overall trade, low labor costs and a well-educated common market workforce
We have 500 million consumers looking for quality goods.
We are the world’s largest single market with transparent rules and regulations.
We have a secure legal investment framework that is among the most open in the world.
We are the most open market to developing countries in the world.

EU foreign investment screening regulation entered into force on April 10th 2019

Social inequality in Europe?

the lowest in the world

Social inequality in Europe?

the lowest in the world

Who says Europe is slow?

Right at the peak of the euro debt crisis, in June 2010, in less than eight weeks’ time, the European Union created a 440 billion euro ($514 billion) sovereign backstop facility – the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF).

Only 30 weeks into its existence, the EFSF tapped the market for 5 billion euros, gathering a record-breaking book of 44.5 billion euros from more than 500 investors globally.

To date, this is still the largest-ever order book for a first-time issuer.

In 2013 the European Financial Stability Facility became European Stability Mechanism, a mega project itself, serving as the Eurozone’s lender of last resort.

European Stability Mechanism secures more transparent and predictable the eligibility process for precautionary credit lines

Europe took advantage of the good times over the last four years to reduce Debt – to – GDP ratio down to 85.1% (2019, source Eurostat)