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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.

SME survey: Recession comes to an end; recovery at arm's reach
Index nearing 70-point line; smaller companies in services and construction hardest hit; recovery on its way

New EC de minimis aid proposal ignores the reality of SMEs, says UEAPME
Ahead of the multilateral meeting on the de minimis aid Regulation that the European Commission has with Member States on Friday 20th September, UEAPME – the European craft and SME employers' organisation – puts out a warning that the new Commission proposal is not in line with the reality of SMEs.

UEAPME presents its main achievements for Crafts & SMEs
UEAPME, the European Craft and SME association, is the agenda setter for SME policy in Europe and defends the interests of Crafts and SMEs towards European Institutions and other European stakeholders. Today in Brussels, UEAPME President Gunilla Almgren presented UEAPME's most important achievements since the beginning of her Presidency in January 2012. "SMEs do not have the necessary resources to fight their battles alone neither at national level nor – of course – in a European context. Our role is therefore crucial to them and we try our best to improve the environment for Crafts and SMEs in the EU", President Gunilla Almgren introduced.

SMEs miss support measures in the Environmental Action Programme
UEAPME welcomes the specific references to SMEs but regrets that the set of SME measures in the Environmental programme fall short

SMEs say no to collective redress, but react positively on antitrust damage proposal
UEAPME stresses that there is no need for a collective redress system, but welcomes the proposal that antitrust damages should be ruled at national level.

UEAPME requests more focus on innovation for SMEs
At the Clean Sky SME Day, coinciding with the European Competitiveness Council discussion on the future Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, Gunilla Almgren, President of the European SME organisation UEAPME, put forward her main concerns about the ongoing negotiations between the European Parliament, Commission and Council.

Draft de-minimis Regulation needs some improvements, says UEAPME
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, reacts in a generally positive manner to the draft proposal of the European Commission for a revised Regulation on de-minimis aid.

Business confidence declines further as recession spreads, survey finds
European SMEs’ confidence declined for the fourth semester in a row as a downturn due to a sluggish internal demand is feeding through all Member States, according to a survey conducted by UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation, and its members.

Capital requirements: SMEs welcome deal to transpose "Basel III" rules in the EU
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, warmly welcomed the agreement reached between the EU institutions last night on the implementation in the Union of the "Basel III" rules on capital requirements.

Data protection: SMEs welcome vote at ITRE Committee, urge LIBE to follow
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation, welcomed today’s vote at the European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) on the revised data protection regulation.

Data protection: it’s not about Facebook, it’s about us, SMEs tell Parliament
UEAPME speaks at SME Intergroup; warns against extending to all SMEs the obligation to nominate a data protection officer

Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan sets right priorities, say SMEs
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, welcomed the "Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan" unveiled today (Tuesday) by the European Commission. According to UEAPME, the action plan sets out the right priorities to put entrepreneurship back on the agenda, giving Member States a clear signal to act in this respect.

EU patent: SMEs welcome unitary system, urge Italy and Spain to join
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, warmly welcomed the votes at the Competitiveness Council yesterday (Monday) and at the European Parliament today (Tuesday) paving the way to a unitary patent system in the EU.

Marketing scams: SMEs welcome Commission's communication
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation, warmly welcomed the communication on misleading marketing practices adopted by the European Commission today (Tuesday) after years of insistence from our association and its members.

Small Business Act: commitments are finally becoming actions, survey finds
Similar average but different performance on administration for Commission and Parliament; all 10 SBA policy areas trending upwards

Macroeconomic Dialogue: SMEs call on unions to stop opposing reforms
UEAPME calls for policy mix to restore confidence, undertake reforms and support growth; criticises unions’ resistance to reforms

Business confidence slides down as recession hits SMEs, survey finds
European SMEs have moved from high uncertainty to downright pessimism as the economic outlook has worsened towards a full-fledged recession, according to a survey conducted by UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation, and its members.

Single Market Act II: not the greatest of sequels, say SMEs
UEAPME welcomes points on transport, energy networks, second chance; concerned with costs linked to e-invoicing and MIF

Cloud computing: EC strategy goes in the right direction, say SMEs
UEAPME welcomes focus on data security, legal certainty, access to broadband; doubts basis for model contract terms

SMEs' jobs potential is the key to solve the employment crisis
With unemployment hovering around double digits and Europe on the brink of a new recession, it is absolutely crucial to better take into account the needs of SMEs as the main source of jobs in the EU. This is the message brought forward by UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, on the occasion of the "Employment Policy Conference" opening today in Brussels.

Energy efficiency: trialogue deal can hinder small retailers, warns UEAPME
The agreement reached this week between the EU institutions at their "trialogue" meeting on the Energy Efficiency Directive is a step forward towards the 20% energy savings target, although it leaves too much room for manoeuvre to Member States, according to UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation.

Basel III: Parliament's committee vote a key step in the right direction, say SMEs
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, warmly welcomed yesterday's vote at the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on the implementation in the EU of the "Basel III" rules on capital requirements.

"Employment package" too shy on SMEs as job creators, warns UEAPME
The "employment package" presented by the European Commission today is spot on when it comes to addressing both the demand and supply sides of labour markets and encouraging structural reforms. However, it is too limited on the key role of small and medium-sized companies as job creators, according to UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation.

Parliament and Council must bring "Horizon 2020" in line with SMEs' needs
UEAPME issues position paper; calls for 15% dedicated budget, single entry point; rejects attempts to dilute SME definition

Cohesion policy for 2014-2020 must keep a clear focus on SMEs
The new cohesion policy for 2014-2020 must closely associate economic and social partners in programming at all levels, including in the identification of priorities, and secure “ring-fenced” budget quotas for SMEs’ competitiveness and innovation-related activities, according to UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation.

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