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European craft and SME employers' organisation

SMEunited is the association of Crafts and SMEs in Europe with around 70 member organisations from over 30 European countries. SMEunited represents national cross-sectoral Craft and SME federations, European SME branch organisations and associate members. Combined, we represent more than 12 million enterprises with around 55 million employees across Europe. SMEunited is also a recognised employers' organisation and European Social Partner. SMEunited’s mission is shaping Europe for SMEs and shaping SMEs for Europe.

The Energy Globe World Awards 2019: actions needed
"European companies are global pioneers in environmental protection and resource efficiency. This is underlined by the nomination of many European initiatives among the finalists for the Energy Globe World Award," says Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, President of SMEunited, after yesterday's award ceremony in Espoo, Finland.

SME Strategy To Make EU Fit For Future
Call for a strong European SME Strategy combining competitiveness, fairness and sustainability

Wake-up call: Europe Must Not Fall Behind
Call for a strong European SME Strategy combining competitiveness, fairness and sustainability

Downward Trend Continues, But Less Than Expected
SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presents the latest EU SME Barometer results for Autumn 2019 as being above previous expectations.

Fighting Climate Change Must Be A Worldwide Effort
Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, SMEunited insists on how crucial it is that the European Union’s new efforts to cut GHG emissions be mirrored by all industrialised nations.

EU trade unions and employers want ambitious EU industrial strategy
European employers and trade unions are jointly calling on the new European Commission and Parliament for a more proactive and ambitious EU industrial strategy.

Business Organisations Voice Strong Support For A New EU SME Strategy
Today, SMEunited, EUROCHAMBRES and BusinessEurope reiterate the call of the European SME Envoy Network for a new and dedicated European SME strategy, at a joint event in the European Parliament.

SMEunited Supports New Von Der Leyen Agenda
SMEunited embraces the election of Ursula von der Leyen and offers the support of SMEs to make a stronger Europe a reality

SMEunited Presents A Detailed New SME Policy Agenda For Europe
Ahead of the newly elected European Parliament’s first Plenary meeting, SMEunited presents its suggestions for a renewed European policy agenda for SMEs.

Industry Policy 2030: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities
The European High-Level Industrial Roundtable presented its final report summarising the recommendations for a renewed European industrial policy until 2030 and beyond.

SMEs Are Key To Reach Climate Targets
Following the European Summit and ahead of the Energy and Environmental Councils, SMEunited reiterates its support for the ambitious targets of the Paris agreement.

European SMEs further join forces
In November 2018, UEAPME rebranded to SMEunited and set out to shape Europe for SMEs and to strengthen SMEs in Europe.

SMEs say GDPR needs reality check
SMEunited calls on the European Commission to make a reality check of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Ahead of the stocktaking event organised by the Commission on 13th June, SMEunited surveyed its member organisations and their message is clear: the new Commission should work on a reality tested design for the GDPR.

EU elections show that Europe matters
The results of the European Election are a call to act", said SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller.

Improving the Single Market for SMEs
SMEs in Europe enjoy the freedoms of the Single Market and recognise its added value for the European Union, an added value that goes beyond boosting the economy. However, the Single Market has been built over several decades, there is therefore still room for improvement to make it deeper and fairer as well as to make it function seamlessly.

EU Rules Must Provide a level playing field for SMEs
Crafts and SMEs in Europe demand equal footing and effective enforcement of existing legislation to ensure fair competition in the Single Market.

Skills Shortage Holds SMEs Back
Crafts and SMEs in Europe are eagerly looking for skilled staff. Due to the digital and green transformations, they are already facing a serious skills gap and mismatch in the labour market.

SMEs require an appropriate framework to internationalise
Crafts and SMEs in Europe lead commercial activities within the EU but still do not fully benefit from international opportunities. The right framework conditions and better information about global opportunities are the key to facilitating SMEs' access to international markets.

SMEs are Fundamental for Sustainability
SMEs need to be fully integrated in the strategies to make the EU more sustainable and to fight climate change for them to succeed. This is the message highlighted by SMEunited on the 5th week of its campaign for the EU elections.

SMEs call for a stronger Europe
At the Tripartite Social Summit on Growth and Employment, ahead of the European Council, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller called for a stronger, united and forward looking Europe, truly shaped for SMEs.

SMEs drive social progress despite new challenges
SMEs are the main source of jobs and the main social driver in Europe despite substantial challenges.

SMEs business confidence fades out
Today, ahead of next week's Tripartite Social Summit and European Council, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presented the latest EU SME Barometer.

Access to finance is still a concern for SMEs
Accessing finance to fund their projects is still an important concern for Europe’s SMEs.

SMEs4Europe Campaign: Digitalisation is crucial for SMEs competitiveness
Digital transformation is a big challenge for SMEs today. Highly innovative SMEs are faced with regulatory and financial barriers as well as skills shortage that hinder their growth. Traditional companies that are facing the digital transformation process risk losing their competitiveness.

SMEs can make Europe stronger - SMEunited kicks off information campaign ahead of European Elections
The European Union is at a crossroad. The upcoming elections of the European Parliament and the decision about the next European Commission will be decisive, not only for Europe, but also for SMEs.

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