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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.

Energy and materials prices endanger SMEs' recovery
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 21 October, SMEunited spotlights the repercussions of high energy and material prices for European SMEs. It calls for policy actions to mitigate the energy crisis for 22.5 million SMEs, such as cost management and measures to improve energy markets.

SMEs recover faster than expected, but uncertainty is rising
The SME Business Climate Index presented today shows a steep recovery of 16.3 points up to 76.1% after the weak result of 59.8% recorded in Spring 2021. President Maggiar pointed out that the loosening of the tight lockdown measures in Europe, together with the success of the vaccination schemes, have allowed the rapid improvement of the SMEs economic activities.

SMEunited welcomes decision on SME definition
SMEunited warmly welcomes the result of the evaluation of the SME definition published by the European Commission today.

State of the EU: Time to make speeches a reality
Ahead of the State of the Union by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen, European SMEs call to boost the recovery to support the twin transition. A better regulatory environment and skills development are prerequisites for SMEs' competitiveness.

'Fit for 55' package: some light and many possible shadows
The 'Fit for 55' package translates ambitious targets into practice, which have to be implemented in only nine years. SMEunited will put forward the conditions to make the proposed instruments realistic and economically feasible for SMEs. Investment certainty and limiting additional regulatory burdens are key.

The new OSH Framework recognises SMEs constraints
SMEunited stresses that the ambitious OSH Framework will nevertheless put renewed compliance efforts on SMEs.

Recovery: European SMEs call to move from words to action
SMEunited held its General Assembly today, starting with a keynote by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič. In their conclusions, SMEunited members call for a speedy recovery that can support the twin transition.

Industrial Strategy: Ecosystems approach needs coherent transition pathways
In its update of the New Industrial Strategy, the European Commission included some important concerns of SMEs. Strengthening and reinforcing the Single Market, reducing the risky dependencies from other economies and creating the right framework for a workable twin transition are the right approach. It can support a swift recovery and strengthen Europe’s economy.

Retail and wholesale: pioneers in sustainable foods
Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides spoke today at the launch of the EuroCommerce #sustainablecommerce website, which illustrates the diversity and scale of initiatives adopted by retailers and wholesalers to support more sustainable consumption and healthier lifestyles and encourage sustainability across the food supply chain in line with the Farm-to-Fork strategy.

Non-Financial Reporting Directive must guarantee simplified standards for SMEs
The Directive must prevent any “trickle-down” effects in the supply chain

European Builders Confederation joins the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
In conjunction with SMEunited, already active in the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) as a member of the Coordination Group, EBC has joined the sectoral working group dedicated to Construction and Infrastructure for the 2021-2023 mandate.

SME Barometer: lockdown measures turn down recovery expectations
The SME Business Climate Index presented on 15 March shows a partial recovery of 5.2% up to 59.8% after the neg

Entrepreneurship key in implementation of European Pillar of Social Rights
The Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) should support socio-economic recovery and job creation. SMEs contribute to the European social dimension, providing 67% of employment in Europe, and training young people through apprenticeships. For this reason, entrepreneurs and self-employed should be at the core of the action plan.

European SMEs call for support to realise EU goal
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission addressed the SMEunited General Assembly today. She highlighted the EU funds that will be invested in the recovery and transition. SME representatives from around Europe issued a Declaration demanding a speedy approval of Next Generation EU and a focus on solvency support.

SME Assembly marks cooperation for sustainable and resilient SME future
SMEunited highlights SME demands at the start of the SME Assembly. Once a year, the European "SME community" gathers to exchange views on SME policy and actions to be taken. This year the focus is on "building a sustainable and resilient future together".

SMEs prepare for Brexit in 50 days
SMEunited calls on its member organisations to step up preparatory actions for new EU - UK relations as of 1st January.

SMEunited disagrees with the EC proposal for a directive on minimum wage
SMEunited is strongly disappointed by the Commission’s choice to adopt a Directive for tackling the issue of fair minimum wages in Europe.

Recovery and Resilience Plans must fully integrate SMEs needs
Solvency support, digitalisation, green transformation, employability and fast deployment of recovery funds are the five key issues raised by SMEunited President Maggiar at the Tripartite Social Summit. He also underlined the importance of involving social partners in developing National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

SMEs expect only slow recovery from crisis
The latest EU SME Barometer presented on 12 October shows an unprecedented drop in the Business Climate for SMEs caused by the COVID-19 crisis. This is mainly due very negative results for the past semester, but also the expectations from the second semester are subdue. As a consequence, the SME Climate Index falls by 18.8, reaching 54.6 points, which is the lowest level ever registered.

SOTEU: Big ambitions must match with realism
SMEunited supports the vision and ambitions put forward by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her first State of the European Union Speech. "In order to make them a reality we now urgently need to move to action", says President Maggiar. SMEs expect concrete next steps and realistic time frames to master the adaptation to a fairer, greener and more digital economy.

EU and UK SMEs urge for an agreement on Brexit
In a letter to the Brexit negotiators SMEunited reiterates the necessity to promptly reach an agreement defining the framework for the future EU-UK relations. EU and UK SMEs are concerned that there is still no progress in negotiations. They urge for a robust trade agreement which supports the integrity of the Single Market whilst maintaining close business relations between the EU and the UK.

EU Recovery Package: a brave step but lacks SME component
SMEunited welcomes the European Council deal on the Recovery package. European leaders took an important step, which is a strong sign of cross-border solidarity amid the pandemic. However, important instruments for SMEs were cut severely.

SMEunited welcomes the new European Skills Agenda
With the new Skills Agenda, the European Commission acknowledges that there is a political momentum for a new approach to skills. SMEunited fully shares the view that it is time for stepping up investment in people's skills. More than ever we all need to use the tools and funds at disposal to boost education, training and skills development.

Renovation Wave: key incentive for SME recovery
The Renovation Wave can be a significant contribution to the economic restart of the EU. SMEs in the construction sector will get a boost from the resources invested to make buildings energy efficient and the turn around initiated towards renewable energy sources.

SMEs welcome Commission GDPR Report
SMEunited welcomes the evaluation report on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), published by the European Commission. The report takes into account the feedback of the Multi-stakeholder Expert Group on the Implementation of the GDPR in which SMEunited actively participated.

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