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The Social Pillar should better respect SME needs
In a first reaction to today's publication of the European Pillar of Social Rights Package, UEAPME shows disappointment regarding the way forward proposed by ...
Higher vocational qualifications to meet the skills needs of SMEs
In the context of the Erasmus+ project QA HiVETnet, UEAPME organised a European conference "Qualifications We Need, Quality We Want".
For successful future of Europe SMEs need better framework conditions
The Commission’s proposals to further develop the Internal Market and support Start-ups, the improvement of the framework conditions for SMEs, and the White ...
SMEs call for a different approach on work-life balance
Today, at the informal Ministers' Meeting for Labour and Social affairs in Tallinn, Secretary General Véronique Willems explains why UEAPME rejects the ...
SMEs ask for an alternative scenario for the Future of Europe
Ahead of Jean-Claude Juncker's speech in the European Parliament on the State of the European Union, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller addressed the ...
SMEs welcome EU Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships
UEAPME welcomes today's Commission proposal of a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships. Crafts and SMEs, as main providers of ...
SME Climate Index attains a pre-crisis level with 80.2 points
At the Tripartite Social Summit, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presented the latest SME Barometer to the leaders of the European Institutions.
Future of Europe: SMEs want Scenario for Growth, Jobs and Stability
At the Tripartite Social Summit on shaping Europe’s future, and following the commitment to contribute to the debate, President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller put ...
SMEs cast doubts on the consequences of 'SMIT'
UEAPME is critical of the proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market Information Tool as it is unclear what the consequences will be for SMEs and there is a ...
Social dimension needed for more jobs and fairness
At the Extraordinary Meeting of the Gothenburg Summit between the EU Institutions and the European Social Partners, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller ...
Skills shortages: a threat for SMEs
The 2nd European Vocational Skills Week is a real opportunity to showcase the high value of Vocational Education and Training in Europe. It is a unique ...
SMEs are still the driving force of European economy
“Entrepreneurs need a stimulating environment without unnecessary administrative burdens, where people with the right skills can cooperate to ensure the ...
UEAPME elects its representatives for Europe's SMEs
Ulrike Rabmer-Koller was unanimously re-elected for a second two-year mandate as President of UEAPME, the European Craft and SME Association. In her acceptance ...
EFSI 2.0 will give further push for investment and innovation
UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller welcomes today's final approval of EFSI 2.0 at the European Parliament.
The European SME definition is still fit for purpose
In its position paper published today, UEAPME opposes any possible changes to the SME definition. A first assessment with member organisations shows a broad ...
GDPR: SMEs call on Member States to support implementation
Today, UEAPME met Commissioners Ansip and Jourova with other stakeholders to discuss the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ...
Geo-blocking will discourage SMEs' online trade
Today, the European Parliament's plenary ratified the agreement reached in trilogue by adopting the regulation to end unjustified geo-blocking. While SMEs ...
Sales of goods: a missed opportunity
Today, after two years of debate, IMCO (European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee) voted its report on the proposal concerning ...
UEAPME puts focus on SMEs at Industry Day
Today, at the first meeting of the High-level Industrial Roundtable with Commission Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Bieńkowska, UEAPME President ...
Digitalisation is crucial for SMEs' competitiveness
"Entrepreneurs need an enabling legal framework and an environment with adequate support structures to guide their company through digital transformation. ...
New working conditions put too much red tape on SMEs
In its newly adopted position on the proposal for a directive on transparent and predictable working conditions, UEAPME expressed serious concerns about the ...
SMEs say no to Commission approach for definitive VAT system
In a position paper, UEAPME presents quite a negative assessment of the European Commission's proposal for the first steps towards a Single EU VAT system.
Self-employed must have better access to social protection
Representing entrepreneurs and self-employed in Europe, and in response to the new Commission initiative as part of the Social Fairness Package, UEAPME ...
Economic and social progress cannot happen without SMEs
At the Tripartite Social Summit focussing on 'Delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights' (EPSR), UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller put forward the ...
"New Deal for Consumers": missed chance for SME-friendly law
Today, the European Commission published its package on the "New Deal for Consumers" – a targeted revision of the European consumer law. The revision follows ...
EU-Budget Post-2020 has to provide strong support to SMEs
Ahead of the European Commission's expected decision on its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), UEAPME publishes the SME priorities as ...
European SMEs welcome Commission's proposal on Platforms
Today, the European Commission published its proposal for a Regulation to tackle unfair practices from platforms towards businesses. UEAPME warmly welcomes ...
MFF proposal sends positive signal, but needs sharpening
In a first reaction on today's European Commission proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework, UEAPME called it a positive signal for European ...
GDPR: SMEs call for a period of grace
In a joint letter to Commissioner Vera Jourova, UEAPME, EUROCHAMBRES and HOTREC ask the Commission to recommend, to Member States and to the national Data ...
UEAPME puts forward SME proposals for European plastics strategy
UEAPME welcomes the Commission's communication on 'A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy' in its position paper published toda. However, ...
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