Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
You are here: Home topics SMEs
Document Actions

SMEs in the EU

News and information about the European Union's policies for small and medium-sized businesses.

Competitiveness Policy needs stronger focus on SMEs 17 July 2018, 23:59 CET
UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller was invited to the informal Competitiveness Council of the Austrian Presidency in Vienna to discuss "Boosting European Competitiveness" with EU Commission Vice-President Ansip, Commissioner Bienkowska, the responsible Ministers and other stakeholders.

SMEs voice strong concerns on EP vote on work-life balance 11 July 2018, 23:22 CET
UEAPME is highly concerned with the outcome of today's vote on work-life balance in the European Parliament's Employment Committee.

Europe-wide study on 'shock-proof' firms ahead of Brexit 05 July 2018, 23:46 CET
A new study on business resilience in five European countries will draw up lessons on ‘shock-proofing’ firms on both sides of the Channel ahead of Brexit.

Deepening of the EMU needs a realistic approach 05 July 2018, 20:40 CET
At a conference on the Economic and Monetary Union in the framework of the new Austrian Presidency of the European Union in Linz (AT), UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller discussed the deepening and convergence of the EMU with the main players in the reform process.

EU Auditors to examine VAT and customs duties in e-commerce 05 July 2018, 14:09 CET
The European Court of Auditors announced Thursday it is to conduct an audit to find out how effectively the EU is addressing the challenges posed by e-commerce in terms of VAT and customs duties.

EU Industry Strategy has to be supported by next MFF 28 June 2018, 15:52 CET
On 27 June, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller participated in the second meeting of the High-level Industrial Roundtable chaired by Commission Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Bieńkowska, who advises the European Commission on a new European Strategy for Industrial Policy.

Special VAT scheme for small enterprises: VAT exemptions should not lead to unfair competition 26 June 2018, 15:38 CET
On 11 July, the Economic and Monetary Committee (ECON) of the European Parliament will vote on the proposal amending Directive 2006/112/EC regarding the common system of value added tax, with the special scheme for small enterprises at the heart of discussions.

European Labour Authority should serve the purpose of SMEs 21 June 2018, 14:04 CET
UEAPME sees the European efforts to further promote cross-border mobility and a better functioning of the Single Market as a positive step for SMEs.

A strong Europe needs strong SMEs - and vice versa 18 June 2018, 23:22 CET
At the UEAPME General Assembly in Sofia on 15 June, SME representatives from all over Europe gathered. They discussed key topics for SMEs with the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, amongst others their competitiveness, innovation capacity and the EU Budget post 2020. To ensure SMEs can operate in a level playing field, the UEAPME General Assembly insisted that the SME definition is still fit for purpose, emphasising the 250 headcount in the current definition should be maintained.

Single Market Programme will continue to support SMEs' competitiveness 11 June 2018, 23:25 CET
UEAPME welcomes the support specifically dedicated to SMEs proposed by the European Commission for the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

Horizon Europe: Innovation Council needs adequate budget to deliver 07 June 2018, 15:15 CET
Europe's SMEs very much welcome the strong focus on innovation in today’s Commission proposal of for Horizon Europe, the next framework programme for Research and Innovation.

REACH registration deadline: SMEs struggle to comply 30 May 2018, 23:36 CET
UEAPME is highly concerned about recent developments around REACH, the chemicals' regulation, and the future availability of resources for the European economy.

Boost for SME access to EU finance markets 25 May 2018, 10:23 CET
The European Commission proposed new rules Thursday to give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) easier and cheaper access to financing through public markets to help them expand.

UEAPME puts forward SME proposals for European plastics strategy 24 May 2018, 22:56 CET
UEAPME welcomes the Commission's communication on 'A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy' in its position paper published toda. However, according to UEAPME, one major key element of this strategy should be awareness-raising campaigns aimed at changing the way European society deals with plastics.

The new EU Data Protection Regulation - rules for European businesses 21 May 2018, 18:46 CET
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which applies as of 25 May 2018 - will make it easier for companies to do business across the EU. The new law will help businesses fully benefit from the digital economy throughout the EU's Digital Single Market.

GDPR: SMEs call for a period of grace 15 May 2018, 13:29 CET
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 Protection Authorities, not to immediately impose fines on SMEs during the first year of application and to continue to invest in support and advice for small businesses.

MFF proposal sends positive signal, but needs sharpening 02 May 2018, 23:45 CET
In a first reaction on today's European Commission proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework, UEAPME called it a positive signal for European businesses and welcomes the increase in support to investment in future growth and jobs.

Commission Unveils Platforms to Business Proposal 26 April 2018, 23:08 CET
Today (26 April), the European Commission unveiled a proposal on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services (platforms).

Standards on transparency and fairness for online platforms 26 April 2018, 17:27 CET
The European Commission proposed on 26 April new rules for the online platforms providing small businesses with a safety net in the digital economy.

Online business platforms to be more transparent under new EU rules 26 April 2018, 18:18 CET
New rules for online platforms, announced Thursday by the EU Commission, aim to create a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for their smaller business and trader users.

European SMEs welcome Commission's proposal on Platforms 26 April 2018, 15:39 CET
Today, the European Commission published its proposal for a Regulation to tackle unfair practices from platforms towards businesses. UEAPME warmly welcomes this proposal as an important step forward in ensuring fairness in the Digital Single Market.

EU-Budget Post-2020 has to provide strong support to SMEs 26 April 2018, 15:36 CET
Ahead of the European Commission's expected decision on its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), UEAPME publishes the SME priorities as regards the European budget for the next 7 years. According to UEAPME, the next MFF has to aim for making Europe more competitive and a better place to live in instead of trying to protect old and inefficient structures.

New EU rules to help companies grow and merge in single market 25 April 2018, 20:36 CET
EU companies should find it easier to merge, divide or move within the single market and to digitalise setting-up and running a business, under new company law rules outlined Wednesday by Brussels.

A stronger and more competitive European retail sector 19 April 2018, 23:07 CET
The EU Commission published on 19 April a set of best practices to support Member States' efforts to create a more open, integrated and competitive retail sector.

Brussels bids to revive Europe's city centres 20 April 2018, 20:12 CET
The EU Commission published a set of best practices for the retail sector Thursday in a bid to revive city centres and increase innovation and competitiveness in one of the EU economy's biggest sectors.