Eleven business missions will take place this year
Over 500 selected European companies will participate to the 11 business missions scheduled in 2017 for the EU Gateway | Business Avenues programme. This EU-funded initiative builds on over 25 years of successful experience, helping European companies to establish long-lasting business collaborations in Asia.
This new round of unique business opportunities includes missions to five new markets (China, Japan , Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines), and five new sectors (Contemporary European Design , Information & Communication Technologies , Healthcare & Medical Technologies , Clean Technologies  and Railway Technologies &Services ).
Business missions are entry tickets to markets with challenging business culture or regulatory constraints. EU Gateway | Business Avenues helps sound out business opportunities in promising markets, minimises the costs typically required to enter a new market, supports companies when making new contacts and strengthening their company network, enables entrepreneurs to discuss challenges and opportunities with industry players and, finally, offers professional coaching and follow-up at all stages.
The calendar currently lists the following business missions:
EU Business Avenues in South East Asia
- Contemporary European Design | Singapore & Indonesia 
8-14 March 2017, closed for application
- Information & Communication Technologies | Singapore & Thailand 
22-27 May 2017, closed for application
- Healthcare & Medical Technologies | Thailand & Singapore 
4–8 September 2017, open for application (deadline 12 May 2017)
- Green Energy Technologies | Singapore & Philippines 
23-27 October 2017, opening soon for application (deadline 16 June 2017)
EU Gateway to Korea
- Healthcare & Medical Technologies | Seoul 
13-17 March 2017, closed for application
- Environment & Water Technologies | Seoul 
3-7 July 2017, open for application (deadline 17 March 2017)
- Processed Organic Food & Beverage | Seoul 
23-27 October 2017, open for application (deadline 19 May 2017)
EU Gateway to China
- Clean Technologies | Beijing 
20-24 March 2017, closed for application
- Healthcare & Medical Technologies | Shanghai 
4-8 December 2017, open for application (deadline 24 Mach 2017)
EU Gateway to Japan
- Green Energy Technologies | Osaka 
18-22 September 2017, open for application (deadline 19 May 2017)
- Railway Technologies & Services | Chiba/Tokyo
27 November-1 December 2017, opening soon for application (deadline 7 July 2017)
New business missions will be added to the official calendar  during the year. European companies meeting the eligibility criteria  can already apply online or request support  for the application process.