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Hanse Parliament

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The Hanse-Parlament is an association of 50 chambers of industry, commerce, and crafts across 13 countries. Together, they represent over 475,000 SMEs, mostly in the Baltic Sea region. Established in 1994, the Hanse-Parlament’s primary mission is to bolster the region's economic vitality, with a specific focus on supporting SMEs and enhancing vocational training within the EU. Operating from its dynamic secretariat in Hamburg, the Hanse-Parlament functions as a service hub, think tank, and development arm. They continually innovate and test new support measures for SMEs, involving SME representatives in the process. These measures are then shared with all members, who also receive training and guidance for implementation. This collaborative approach ensures the permanent adoption of effective support measures and the transfer of knowledge and innovation across the Baltic Sea region and beyond.