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

EUR 20m to help European SMEs maximise IP assets 11 January 2021, 23:22 CET
As of Monday, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) were able to apply for financing under a EUR 20 million grant scheme to help EU companies to make better use of intellectual property rights.

SME definition 11 January 2021, 23:10 CET
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 99 per cent of all businesses in the European Union. The definition of an SME is seen as important for access to finance and EU support programmes targeted specifically at these enterprises.

A properly working single market for sourcing consumer products would save consumers €14 billion 11 December 2020, 14:10 CET
Speaking today ahead of the Commission workshop on the results of their study on Territorial Supply Constraints (TSCs), EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

New ranking guidelines to make online search more transparent 08 December 2020, 21:50 CET
New ranking guidelines for online searches, published Monday by the EU Commission, allow online platforms to improve the transparency of their ranking parameters and help businesses to compete fairly online.

Benefit of Interchange Fee Regulation now nullified by fee increases 07 December 2020, 16:23 CET
EuroCommerce today released a study by retail payments consultancy CMSPI and antitrust and economics advisers Zephyre on the rise since the adoption of the EU Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR) in the fees paid by merchants accepting card payments.

European SMEs call for support to realise EU goal 03 December 2020, 22:05 CET
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission addressed the SMEunited General Assembly today. She highlighted the EU funds that will be invested in the recovery and transition. SME representatives from around Europe issued a Declaration demanding a speedy approval of Next Generation EU and a focus on solvency support.

New Brussels plan for recovery of media sector 07 December 2020, 21:28 CET
The EU Commission unveiled Thursday an action plan for recovery of the media/audiovisual sector, hit badly by the coronavirus crisis, and seen as essential for democracy, diversity and digital autonomy.

New skills and new ways of working crucial for future resilience 02 December 2020, 21:49 CET
At its 2020 flagship conference today, EuroCommerce is bringing together high-level speakers from the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee, senior retail HR executives, and trade unions representatives, for an exchange on how retailers and wholesalers are keeping pace with the rapidly changing world of work.

Geoblocking - sensible to keep unchanged for now 01 December 2020, 18:33 CET
EuroCommerce Director-General expressed support for the conclusions in the Commission report on the working of the Geoblocking regulation issued yesterday:

Brussels signals overhaul of EU intellectual property system 01 December 2020, 22:23 CET
The EU Commission published an action pan on Intellectual Property Wednesday, to help smaller firms in particular make the most of their inventions and creations and ensure Europe benefits fully from them.

Retailers and wholesalers need competitive, secure data spaces to drive digital growth 25 November 2020, 18:36 CET
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren spoke today on the publication of the Commission draft Data Governance Act, which promotes data sharing and a common European Data space:

High time for Europe's consumers to benefit from the single market 19 November 2020, 18:23 CET
Speaking today on the publication of a study by the European Commission on supply restrictions imposed by manufacturers which prevent retailers buying products in one country and selling them in another, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

SME Assembly marks cooperation for sustainable and resilient SME future 16 November 2020, 22:20 CET
SMEunited highlights SME demands at the start of the SME Assembly. Once a year, the European "SME community" gathers to exchange views on SME policy and actions to be taken. This year the focus is on "building a sustainable and resilient future together".

Stronger consumer engagement helps drive the green and digital transition - Retailers will make it happen 13 November 2020, 17:00 CET
Speaking today on the launch of the Commission New Consumer Agenda, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

SMEs prepare for Brexit in 50 days 11 November 2020, 13:08 CET
SMEunited calls on its member organisations to step up preparatory actions for new EU - UK relations as of 1st January.

SMEunited disagrees with the EC proposal for a directive on minimum wage 28 October 2020, 23:28 CET
SMEunited is strongly disappointed by the Commission’s choice to adopt a Directive for tackling the issue of fair minimum wages in Europe.

Covid crisis needs adequate minimum wages, says EC 03 November 2020, 00:16 CET
The European Commission proposed Wednesday a new directive to ensure that EU workers are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living during the COVID crisis.

Adequate minimum wages - background guide 28 October 2020, 23:13 CET
The European Commission proposes on 28 October an EU Directive to ensure that the workers in the Union are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living wherever they work.

Recovery and Resilience Plans must fully integrate SMEs needs 14 October 2020, 23:39 CET
Solvency support, digitalisation, green transformation, employability and fast deployment of recovery funds are the five key issues raised by SMEunited President Maggiar at the Tripartite Social Summit. He also underlined the importance of involving social partners in developing National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Auditors look into effectiveness of EU funding for SMEs 14 October 2020, 14:22 CET
The European Court of Auditors launched a new audit Wednesday to examine whether EU funding for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is helping to make them more competitive and future-proof.

SMEs expect only slow recovery from crisis 13 October 2020, 21:15 CET
The latest EU SME Barometer presented on 12 October shows an unprecedented drop in the Business Climate for SMEs caused by the COVID-19 crisis. This is mainly due very negative results for the past semester, but also the expectations from the second semester are subdue. As a consequence, the SME Climate Index falls by 18.8, reaching 54.6 points, which is the lowest level ever registered.

Helping small businesses trade internationally 13 October 2020, 17:43 CET
The European Commission launched the Access2Markets online portal Tuesday, to help small and medium-sized firms trade beyond the EU’s borders and successfully navigate the world of international trade.

Green light for EU-wide rules on crowdfunding 06 October 2020, 23:30 CET
The European Parliament gave the go-ahead Monday to a single set of rules for crowdfunding services in the EU up to EUR 5,000,000, including strict rules to protect investors from financial losses.

Joint Statement: Europe needs predictable and harmonised approaches to travel rules under COVID 01 October 2020, 22:05 CET
In her State of the Union speech on 16 September, Commission President von der Leyen said:

Retail and Wholesale active and committed in combating food waste 01 October 2020, 00:45 CET
Speaking today on the UN First International Day on Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said: