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

EU Recovery Package: "repair & prepare" not yet fully green and fair
The EU Recovery Package presented by the European Commission today has reconfirmed its ambition to achieve the European Green Deal, but many key elements including the role of nature are still missing, and backdoors seem to be left open for unsustainable investments to continue.

Recovery Strategy is bold step in right direction
The European Recovery Strategy with its Recovery Fund and the adapted Multiannual Financial is a bold step, said SMEunited President Alban Maggiar in a first reaction to today's announcement from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Farm-to-Fork – helpful step on the road to sustainable supply chains after COVID
Speaking today on the launch of the European Farm-to-Fork Strategy, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Farm to Fork Strategy: work continues for SMEs
In a first reaction to the Farm to Fork Strategy, SMEunited welcomes the comprehensive food-chain approach that acknowledges the role of the various food chain actors in delivering the change towards more sustainable food systems.

SMEs need an ambitious Recovery Strategy
During its e-meeting, SMEunited's Board of Directors addressed the current challenges SMEs face and highlighted the importance of a bold, forward looking and targeted Recovery Strategy including a European Recovery Fund.

Retailers and wholesalers call for urgent amendment of card fees regulation
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today pressed the European Commission to act on the growing problems facing retailers and wholesalers resulting from the limited scope of the Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR).

EU to put off new tax rules due to coronavirus crisis
The EU Commission decided Friday to postpone entry into force of two EU taxation measures to take account of difficulties businesses and Member States are currently facing with the coronavirus crisis.

Greener, Fairer and Simpler VAT and Excise duties - and zero VAT and customs duties for protective equipment during COVID-19 crisis
Speaking today on the publication of the EuroCommerce paper on VAT and excise duties, EuroCommerce Director-General commented:

SMEs across Europe focus on day present and after
During a Board of Directors e-meeting on Friday 24 April, SMEunited gathered the views of Board members across Europe on the SME business environment in this COVID-19 crisis. Entrepreneurs are handling the day present, however already look forward to the day after as well.

COVID-19 crisis: we need a strong Europe
Statement ahead of the EU heads of state and government video call

SME emergency actions, exit and recovery strategies presented to Commission and Council
The business environment for SMEs has dramatically changed for the worse in the past weeks. This has a huge negative impact on hundreds of thousands of Crafts and SMEs, and also threatens fundamentally the core role which SMEs play in European citizen's everyday life. To support the survival and quick recovery of SMEs across Europe, SMEunited presents proposals on the emergency actions, exit and recovery strategies.

Recovery from COVID-19 needs free trade, not protectionism
Speaking today, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren called upon leaders across the world to drive the economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic by freeing up global trade:

New rules to help SMEs sell across Europe
New rules on mutual recognition of goods, which started applying across the EU from Sunday, will make it faster, simpler and easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe.

Need for COVID exit plans across Europe
EuroCommerce is pleased that the Commission has sought to propose a number of ideas on how Europe can gradually return to normal once the immediate danger of the COVID-19 pandemic has eased.

Joint statement EuroCommerce/UNI-Europa
The EU Social Partners in the retail and wholesale sector are working together to ensure the continued safety of its workforce who are interacting daily with European consumers, while working to avoid the present COVID-19 pandemic putting at risk the 29 million jobs in the sector in Europe.

Coronavirus: EC, EIB unlock EUR 8 bn finance for 100,000 SMEs
The Commission and European Investment Fund made available EUR 8 billion in financing Monday, to bring speedy cash relief to SMEs in Europe affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: joint statement Copa-Cogeca, FoodDrinkEurope, EuroCommerce
Copa-Cogeca, FoodDrinkEurope and EuroCommerce represent the core actors in the European food supply chain: farmers and agri-cooperatives, food and drink manufacturers, and wholesale and retail distribution.

Coronavirus: EU approves UK SME support schemes
The EU Commission on Thursday approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: EU set to relax state aid rules to support Europe's economy
The EU Commission sent a proposal to Member States Monday for a temporary state aid framework to support Europe's businesses in the context of the shocks the corona virus is causing to the economy.

Statement of the European Social Partners on the COVID-19 emergency
The social partners urge the governments to approve measures

Retailers ask for rising card fees to be tackled in Interchange Fee Regulation
Commerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented today on the publication of an Ernst & Young study for the European Commission on the effectiveness of the Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR) and the launch of its own report on retailers’ on-the-ground experience of the IFR’s application:

Support for SMEs needed to master Corona Crisis
President Alban Maggiar reacted positively on the COVID-19 crisis measures announced today by the European Commission and hopes that the Finance Ministers quickly adopt them.

Start-ups, SMEs take up EUR 344m EU research funding
The European Commission announced Thursday that 107 innovative projects from across Europe are to be supported with EUR 344 million through the EU's European Innovation Council pilot.

Circular economy needs harmonised approach across Europe and whole supply chain involved
Responding to the Commission Circular Economy Action Plan published today, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren underlined the retail and wholesale sector’s support for the plan’s objective of for speeding up the transition to a circular economy:

SME strategy: SMEs lack systemic change in policy making
In a first reaction to the SME Strategy, SMEunited acknowledges that the strategy develops a very clear picture on the challenges SMEs face, however falls short in creating a gamechanger in policy making.