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22 May 2014, 17:09 CET
Showing blog entries tagged as: SMEs

Funding Options for SMEs Post-Brexit

Posted by EUbusiness at 11 September 2017, 16:50 CET |
Filed under: Brexit, SMEs, Britain, Finance

It's widely accepted that Brexit will have a major impact on the British economy but the slow progress of negotiations and lack of clarity is leading to growing frustrations across the business community.

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Single market gaps exposed by geo-blocking plan

Posted by Nick Prag at 26 May 2016, 23:30 CET |
Filed under: SMEs, Consumer

Geo-blocking, refusing to sell to people living in other EU countries, is to be outlawed under plans to boost e-commerce in Europe. But what this proposal does is to expose the many remaining gaps in the Single Market.

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Trade secrets directive: protecting companies from theft - and whistleblowers?

Posted by Nick Prag at 14 April 2016, 18:30 CET |

The new 'trade secrets' directive, passed by the European Parliament on Thursday, ensures protection for the work of journalists and whistle-blowers, says rapporteur Constance le Grip MEP. Not all are convinced.

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Update for Payment Services Directive opens way for safer and more innovative European payments

Posted by Nick Prag at 08 October 2015, 17:05 CET |
Filed under: SMEs, Consumer, Finance

The final hurdle to an upgraded EU payment services law was cleared on Thursday, when MEPs voted in the revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2). This aims to make payment transactions safer and terminate card surcharges.

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EU looks to reduce VAT burden for online trade

Posted by Nick Prag at 01 October 2015, 16:55 CET |
Filed under: SMEs, VAT

A new system for VAT for digital products - the EU's response to distortions of the market and loss of revenue through the online economy - has attracted much criticism about the extra burdens it imposes on small businesses.

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EU plans for cutting red tape, with less but better regulation

Posted by Nick Prag at 21 May 2015, 17:15 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Single Market, SMEs

As the United Kingdom begins to gear up for its referendum on EU membership following the Conservative win in the general election, the European Commission addressed what has been one of the main complaints of Mr Cameron's government – too much red tape in EU legislation and a lack of transparency about the EU decision-making process.

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EU trademark deal welcome step forward for SMEs

EU trademark deal welcome step forward for SMEs

Posted by Nick Prag at 23 April 2015, 18:05 CET |

It has taken two years of inter-institutional discussions, but on Tuesday the EU's Latvian Presidency reached provisional political agreement with European Parliament representatives on reform of the European trade mark system.

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Roadmap for a Capital Markets Union

Posted by Nick Prag at 19 February 2015, 18:00 CET |
Filed under: SMEs, Finance

The building blocks of the European Commission's 'Investment Plan for Europe' began to form this week, with the aim of unlocking funding for EU businesses and boosting growth with the creation of a true single market for capital.

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The digital economy - opportunities for entrepreneurship and taxation

Posted by Nick Prag at 29 May 2014, 16:45 CET |
Filed under: Taxation, SMEs, Internet

The report on Taxation of the Digital Economy, released by a High Level Expert Group on 28 May, presents an important challenge for tax systems and governments: to balance the need to encourage a vital sector of Europe's economy with governments' wishes to crack down and tax avoidance and tax evasion.

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Go-ahead for new public procurement rules

Posted by Nick Prag at 16 January 2014, 14:35 CET |
Filed under: Single Market, SMEs, Finance

Better quality and value for money when public authorities buy or lease works, goods or services are promised in new EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts, which received the green light in the European Parliament this week.

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