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Guides on the EU Enterprise policy for small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Public procurement initiative by EUbusiness — last modified 04 October 2017, 14:30 CET
To strengthen the Single Market and as part of the continuous effort to stimulate investment in the EU, the European Commission has put forward an initiative to carry out procurement more efficiently and in a sustainable manner, while making full use of digital technologies to simplify and accelerate procedures.
British SMEs face uncertain funding future by EUbusiness — last modified 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.
New EU rules to ensure safety of medical devices by EUbusiness — last modified 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.
Revised shareholders' rights directive by EUbusiness — last modified 14 March 2017, 17:35 CET
The European Parliament approved on 14 March a report on the revision of the EU shareholders' rights directive. The final adoption step will take place in the European Council shortly. The directive will enter into force two years after its publication in the official journal.
European Account Preservation Order - faster, cheaper and more efficient debt recovery by EUbusiness — last modified 18 January 2017, 23:41 CET
Around 1 million smaller business (SMEs) in the EU face problems with cross-border debts. This is about EUR 600 million lost every year for these small companies.
Insolvency, Restructuring and Second Chance: proposal for a directive by EUbusiness — last modified 24 November 2016, 00:22 CET
The European Commission presented a set of European rules on business insolvency on 22 November.
EU Microfinance Support by EUbusiness — last modified 27 October 2016, 23:11 CET
Since the EU started its microfinance initiatives, more than 100 agreements have been signed with microfinance providers, to support over 100,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 23 EU Member States.
EU Data Protection Regulation: Where do businesses need to take action now? by Jan Tibor Lelley and Tobias Grambow — last modified 01 July 2016, 00:20 CET
After a protracted negotiation and design phase, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted by the European Parliament on 04/14/2016 and entered into force on 05/24/2016. After 20 years, data protection law is at a whole new level and particularly uniform for the European Union.
Overhaul for EU prospectus rules by EUbusiness — last modified 30 November 2015, 18:25 CET
The European Commission has proposed to overhaul prospectus rules to improve access to finance for companies and simplify information for investors. Small and medium-sized companies in particular will find it easier to raise funding when issuing shares or debt. Companies already listed on public markets will benefit when they want to list additional shares or issue corporate bonds.
Roadmap to a deeper and fairer Single Market by EUbusiness — last modified 29 October 2015, 13:56 CET
The European Commission presented on 28 October a roadmap to unleash the full potential of the Single Market and make it the launchpad for Europe to thrive in the global economy.
New status for single-member private limited liability companies by EUbusiness — last modified 28 May 2015, 22:08 CET
The EU presidency said on 28 May the Council has agreed on a compromise text for a draft directive aimed at creating a new status for single-member private limited liability companies.
EU trade mark reform package by EUbusiness — last modified 23 April 2015, 13:30 CET
The European Commission, European Parliament and Council reached provisional political agreement on 21 April on the EU's trade mark reform package. The agreed measures are set to make trade mark registration systems all over the EU more accessible and efficient for businesses in terms of lower costs, increased speed, more predictability and greater legal certainty. The Commission says the reform will improve conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits, including non-authentic goods in transit through the EU's territory.
SMEs and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - report by EUbusiness — last modified 20 April 2015, 16:45 CET
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has significant potential for small and medium sized enterprises, according to a report released in Brussels on 20 April. It presents the results of a survey of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) carried out in 2014 on challenges they face when exporting to the United States. It also uses newly available data to look at the scale of exports by EU SMEs to the United States.
Green light for SME financing under Europe investment plan by EUbusiness — last modified 19 February 2015, 14:08 CET
Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) across Europe should be able to benefit from the first funds from the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) before the summer, following a decision by the Board of Governors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) on 17 February.
EC Capital Markets Union to build a single market for capital by EUbusiness — last modified 18 February 2015, 14:10 CET
The European Commission launched on 18 February a landmark project to unlock funding for Europe’s businesses and to boost growth in the EU’s 28 Member States with the creation of a true single market for capital.
European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-2015 by EUbusiness — last modified 04 December 2014, 10:54 CET
The European Commission has announced the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-15. The awards recognise companies that combine competitiveness with respect for the environment in five categories: management, product and services, process innovation, business and biodiversity and international business cooperation.
Smart Regulation in the EU - making EU law lighter by EUbusiness — last modified 14 October 2014, 18:24 CET
The European Commission is taking stock of its efforts to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly. Under the title "Smart Regulation in the EU – Building on a Strong Foundation" politicians, stakeholders and experts have been examining the achievements and persisting challenges in the field of smart regulation, administrative burden reduction and better implementation of EU legislation. On this occasion, Dr Edmund Stoiber, the Chairman of the independent High Level Group on Administrative Burdens advising the Commission since 2007, will hand over the group's final report to EC President José Manuel Barroso.
SMEs Performance Review by EUbusiness — last modified 06 October 2014, 14:51 CET
In 2013, economic conditions remained challenging for SMEs in most Member States. Economic results suggest there is a recovery, but it is uneven and not yet following a robust trajectory. These are the conclusions of the annual SMEs Performance Review and country-specific SBA factsheets published on 3 October by the European Commission.
Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by EUbusiness — last modified 30 September 2014, 22:19 CET
The EU Council adopted on 29 September the Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by large companies and groups.
EU funds Open and Disruptive Innovation by EUbusiness — last modified 18 September 2014, 22:05 CET
The European Commission is committing EUR 90 million to Open and Disruptive Innovation over the next 12 months.