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News and information about the European Union's policies for small and medium-sized businesses.

Innovation focus for EU's new industrial strategy 19 September 2017, 20:41 CET
A 'smart, innovative and sustainable industry' is the goal of the EU's new industrial strategy, launched by the European Commission Monday in the wake of last week's 'state of the Union' address.

British SMEs face uncertain funding future 14 September 2017, 19:10 CET
SMEs in Britain are increasingly concerned over their ability to gain funding in the run up to Brexit, a recent survey has revealed. The study, commissioned by specialist insurer Hiscox, has found that recent economic and political uncertainty has adversely affected business confidence, and caused concern for the future as Britain’s withdrawal from the EU becomes nearer. This should come as no surprise, as 38 percent of the 500 businesses surveyed admitted to accessing EU funding.

SMEs ask for an alternative scenario for the Future of Europe 13 September 2017, 13:56 CET
Ahead of Jean-Claude Juncker's speech in the European Parliament on the State of the European Union, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller addressed the Commission President to share her considerations on the future of Europe.

SMEs call for a different approach on work-life balance 19 July 2017, 13:02 CET
Today, at the informal Ministers' Meeting for Labour and Social affairs in Tallinn, Secretary General Véronique Willems explains why UEAPME rejects the proposal on work-life balance.

New EU insolvency rules enter in force 27 June 2017, 22:21 CET
New rules on cross-border insolvency proceedings, first proposed in 2012 and adopted by EU legislators in 2015 to facilitate debt recovery, entered into force throughout the European Union on Monday.

Find a company 12 June 2017, 15:43 CET
This European Commission website offers a single platform to access company information in the EU. Linking national business registers is expected to facilitate cross-border trade and increase confidence and transparency in the EU Single Market. With an increasing number of cross-border businesses using the opportunities offered by the single market, the demand for access to information on companies with businesses in different Member States has increased.

Commission Mulls Revision of SME Definition 12 June 2017, 12:53 CET
On 8 June 2017, the European Commission published an inception impact assessment regarding a potential revision of the EU SME definition.

New agreement on EU venture capital rules to boost investment in start-ups and innovation 31 May 2017, 12:30 CET
Yesterday evening, the EU institutions reached an agreement on a review of the EU venture capital rules, to boost investment in start-ups and innovation. This review is part of the Capital Markets Union action plan.

EU venture capital boost to help smaller firms 31 May 2017, 01:04 CET
Better access to finance for small and growing companies and social enterprises will be the result of EU rules agreed Tuesday by the European Parliament, the Council and the EU Commission.

Tenderio gives SMEs access to billions in public funding 29 May 2017, 14:12 CET
Following a €250,000 EU investment, a sophisticated tender platform called Tenderio will deliver huge opportunities for European SMEs, opening up the chance for them to bid for millions of Euros worth of public funding.

For successful future of Europe SMEs need better framework conditions 23 May 2017, 22:43 CET
The Commission’s proposals to further develop the Internal Market and support Start-ups, the improvement of the framework conditions for SMEs, and the White Paper on the future of Europe were at the centre of a meeting between UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller and Internal Market Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska today in Vienna.

Higher vocational qualifications to meet the skills needs of SMEs 16 May 2017, 13:08 CET
In the context of the Erasmus+ project QA HiVETnet, UEAPME organised a European conference "Qualifications We Need, Quality We Want".

SMEs React to DSM Mid-Term Review 10 May 2017, 22:37 CET
On the 10th of May 2017, the Commission published its Mid-term Review on the Digital Single Market (DSM). ESBA welcomes this and sees the mid-term review as an opportunity to offer additional SME-relevant input and bring the needs of SMEs to the foreground.

Retailers press for smart policy to help tackling food waste 03 May 2017, 22:59 CET
Speaking at a debate today organised by MEP Angelique Delahaye (FR, EPP) ahead of the European Parliament vote on more ambitious action on food waste, Lettemieke Mulder, Director Sustainability & Product Policy at EuroCommerce, said:

Compliance package to boost functioning of EU Single Market 03 May 2017, 23:58 CET
The EU Commission set out Tuesday a Single Market Compliance package, to make the European market work better for citizens and businesses, and help them make full use of its opportunities.

Single Market Compliance package: good concept undermined by flaws in approach 02 May 2017, 23:15 CET
EUROCHAMBRES supports several measures announced in today’s European Commission new Compliance package, but expresses doubts about the overall effectiveness of the initiative in addressing the barriers that businesses encounter in the single market. Of the two main elements in the package, the Single Digital Gateway is welcomed but does not go far enough, while the Single Market Information Tool goes too far and in the wrong direction.

ESBA Press Release: Work-life balance off balance 27 April 2017, 23:41 CET
On 26 April 2017, the European Commission published the European Pillar of Social Rights Package.

Pillar of Social rights - no solution for more growth and employment 27 April 2017, 23:26 CET
Commenting today on the Commission’s proposals for a Pillar of Social Rights, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

The Social Pillar should better respect SME needs 26 April 2017, 15:13 CET
In a first reaction to today's publication of the European Pillar of Social Rights Package, UEAPME shows disappointment regarding the way forward proposed by the European Commission.

About AEGIS Europe 10 April 2017, 13:56 CET
AEGIS Europe brings together nearly 30 European associations representing a broad variety of industries including traditional industries, consumer branches, SMEs and renewable energy sectors, accounting for more than €500 billion in annual turnover and millions of jobs across the EU. This industry alliance, made up of leaders in sustainable manufacturing and social and environmental responsibility, is committed to European manufacturing as the fundamental driver of innovation, growth and jobs in Europe.

Online hotel booking under EU scrutiny 07 April 2017, 00:18 CET
The European Commission and ten national competition authorities published a report on competition in the online hotel booking sector Thursday, highlighting the impact of antitrust enforcement measures.

EU Parliament adopts new diagnostics and medical device regulations, focus now shifts towards implementation 05 April 2017, 23:24 CET
MedTech Europe welcomes the final vote of the European Parliament endorsing the new Regulation on In vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVDR) and the new Regulation on Medical Devices (MDR). Governing two different types of essential health technologies for citizens, for example blood screening tests (in vitro diagnostics) and pacemakers (medical devices), this vote is the last step in a near eight-year process to update legislation first written in the 90s.

MEPs vote in safer, more traceable medical devices 06 April 2017, 18:44 CET
The European Parliament gave its backing Wednesday to stricter rules on medical devices, to ensure that devices such as breast or hip implants are traceable and comply with EU patient safety requirements.

New EU rules to ensure safety of medical devices 05 April 2017, 19:00 CET
Ranging from simple contact lenses and sticking plasters to sophisticated pacemakers and hip replacements, medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices are important to our health and quality of life. People rely on these devices every day and expect them to be safe and incorporate the latest progress in science and innovation. The current rules on the safety and performance of medical devices in the EU were harmonised in the 1990s. To reflect the substantial technological and scientific progress in this sector over the last 20 years, the European Commission proposed to update the rules to improve the safety of medical devices for EU citizens, create the conditions to modernise the sector and to consolidate its role as a global leader.

EU Council adopts shareholder rights revision 04 April 2017, 00:04 CET
The EU Council adopted Monday a revision of the EU shareholders' rights directive, which aims to strengthen the long-term engagement of shareholders in listed European companies.