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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.

SMEs welcome EC plan on access to finance, call for tax reforms to boost venture capital
Tax systems main obstacle to uptake and provision of venture capital; “Basel III” implementation must not harm SME loans, warns UEAPME

SMEs broadly welcome new "Erasmus for all" programme
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, welcomed the "Erasmus for all" proposal by the European Commission, which suggests allocating EUR 19 billion towards promoting skills and learning mobility of young people in what will become the successor of the current Lifelong Learning Programme.

Commission's strategy on internationalisation is spot on, say SMEs
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, warmly welcomed the "Small Business, Big World" communication released by the European Commission today (Wednesday).

"Responsible business package": good news on accounting, bad news on CSR, say SMEs
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, was left with mixed feelings by the "responsible business package" presented by the European Commission yesterday (Tuesday).

Cohesion policy: SMEs overall satisfied with Commission's proposals
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation, was left overall satisfied by the legislative proposals on the new cohesion policy programming period unveiled by the European Commission today (Thursday).

SBA implementation slowing down and far from being complete, survey finds
Although more open to including SMEs' concerns in legislation, the European institutions still have a long way to go when it comes to "thinking small first" on business support and administration, according to a survey conducted by UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation.

Electronic waste: SMEs disappointed by Parliament's committee vote
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation, was left disappointed by today’s second reading vote at the European Parliament’s Environment Committee on the revision of the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

EC proposals on capital requirements take SMEs' concerns on board
Stricter capital requirements are needed and welcome as long as their impact on lending to small businesses is minimised, according to UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation.

Expiring measures on loan guarantees and risk capital must be kept, say SMEs
The European Commission should keep in place the temporary support measures for loan guarantees and risk capital introduced in 2008 and due to expire at the end of the year, according to UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation.

"Youth on the Move" flagship initiative does not totally convince, say SMEs
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, was left with mixed feelings by today's "Youth on the Move" communication by the European Commission, which is aimed notably at improving employment prospects and promoting learning mobility of young people.

Innovation must start from the market, not from R&D, SMEs tell Ministers
A better understanding of how small businesses operate and innovate is a must for the success of the upcoming “EU Innovation Act”, according to UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation. Ahead of the informal Council of European Industry Ministers organised by the Belgian Presidency of the EU and starting today (Wednesday), UEAPME put forward a series of policy recommendations on how to maximise SMEs’ innovation potential.

Broken promises and lack of support are holding back SMEs: survey
Member States must do much more to put into practice the measures contained in the Small Business Act one year after its entry into force and despite some timid signs of progress, according to a survey conducted by UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation.

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