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

EU guidelines on food donation helpful to reducing food waste 17 October 2017, 23:02 CET
The European Commission adopted yesterday on the World Food Day, EU guidelines on food donation. Retailers and wholesalers welcome these guidelines as supporting efforts to recover and redistribute food to those in need, thereby helping to prevent food waste and fight food poverty in the EU. Retailers and wholesalers work hard to prevent food waste from happening in the first place, but if there is a need for food surplus redistribution, food donation needs to happen and made easier.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Remaining flaws could be detrimental to construction SMEs 11 October 2017, 15:55 CET
Today's ITRE Committee vote on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is a step in the right direction, but the European Builders Confederation (EBC) expresses concerns about the impact of some articles of the report.

EU green light for new rules to resolve tax disputes 11 October 2017, 15:47 CET
EU finance ministers gave their green light Tuesday to a new system for resolving resolve tax disputes between Member States, including over double taxation, seen as a major obstacle for businesses.

EU boost for long-term apprenticeships in Europe 05 October 2017, 22:49 CET
The EU Commission adopted Thursday a proposal for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships, with a view to increasing the employability and personal development of apprentices.

SMEs welcome EU Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships 05 October 2017, 17:22 CET
UEAPME welcomes today's Commission proposal of a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships. Crafts and SMEs, as main providers of apprenticeship in Europe, support the proposal, which includes many of their requests with regard to the support that is needed, the demand-led approach, the time to be spent in the company, and their involvement in the governance of apprenticeship systems.

Public Procurement Package: Construction SMEs need a better implementation of the Directive 05 October 2017, 00:33 CET
The European Builders Confederation (EBC) welcomes the new Commission’s package on Public Procurement that will give further guidance for a better implementation of Directive 2014/24/EU which is still within transposition into national law in most Member States. However, EBC is worried that the current implementation of Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement might exclude many SMEs from public tenders, because of the misuse of green and social criteria to evaluate offers in some Member States.

EU VAT reform to crack down on fraud 05 October 2017, 15:49 CET
The EU Commission set out plans Wednesday for the biggest reform of EU VAT rules in a quarter of a century, hoping to crack down on an estimated EUR 50 billion in tax revenue lost to cross-border VAT fraud.

EU looks to make procurement more efficient and sustainable 04 October 2017, 15:49 CET
As part of EU efforts to stimulate the economy and unlock investment, the European Commission put forward Tuesday an initiative for more efficient and sustainable procurement, exploiting digital technologies.

Public procurement initiative 04 October 2017, 14:30 CET
To strengthen the Single Market and as part of the continuous effort to stimulate investment in the EU, the European Commission has put forward an initiative to carry out procurement more efficiently and in a sustainable manner, while making full use of digital technologies to simplify and accelerate procedures.

EU public procurement legislation 04 October 2017, 14:30 CET
From 18 April 2016, new rules have changed the way EU countries and public authorities spend a large part of the €1.9 trillion paid for public procurement every year in Europe. This date was the transposition deadline for three directives on public procurement and concessions adopted two years ago. In other words, it was the date by which EU countries must have put in place national legislation conforming to the directives.

EUR 152 bn VAT gap points way to EU reform 29 September 2017, 18:18 CET
The EU Commission published a report Thursday showing that EU Member States lost an estimated total of EUR 152 billion in VAT revenues in 2015, as it readies for an overhaul of the VAT system.

Innovation focus for EU's new industrial strategy 19 September 2017, 20:41 CET
A 'smart, innovative and sustainable industry' is the goal of the EU's new industrial strategy, launched by the European Commission Monday in the wake of last week's 'state of the Union' address.

British SMEs face uncertain funding future 14 September 2017, 19:10 CET
SMEs in Britain are increasingly concerned over their ability to gain funding in the run up to Brexit, a recent survey has revealed. The study, commissioned by specialist insurer Hiscox, has found that recent economic and political uncertainty has adversely affected business confidence, and caused concern for the future as Britain’s withdrawal from the EU becomes nearer. This should come as no surprise, as 38 percent of the 500 businesses surveyed admitted to accessing EU funding.

SMEs ask for an alternative scenario for the Future of Europe 13 September 2017, 13:56 CET
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 Commission President to share her considerations on the future of Europe.

SMEs call for a different approach on work-life balance 19 July 2017, 13:02 CET
Today, at the informal Ministers' Meeting for Labour and Social affairs in Tallinn, Secretary General Véronique Willems explains why UEAPME rejects the proposal on work-life balance.

New EU insolvency rules enter in force 27 June 2017, 22:21 CET
New rules on cross-border insolvency proceedings, first proposed in 2012 and adopted by EU legislators in 2015 to facilitate debt recovery, entered into force throughout the European Union on Monday.

Find a company 12 June 2017, 15:43 CET
This European Commission website offers a single platform to access company information in the EU. Linking national business registers is expected to facilitate cross-border trade and increase confidence and transparency in the EU Single Market. With an increasing number of cross-border businesses using the opportunities offered by the single market, the demand for access to information on companies with businesses in different Member States has increased.

Commission Mulls Revision of SME Definition 12 June 2017, 12:53 CET
On 8 June 2017, the European Commission published an inception impact assessment regarding a potential revision of the EU SME definition.

New agreement on EU venture capital rules to boost investment in start-ups and innovation 31 May 2017, 12:30 CET
Yesterday evening, the EU institutions reached an agreement on a review of the EU venture capital rules, to boost investment in start-ups and innovation. This review is part of the Capital Markets Union action plan.

EU venture capital boost to help smaller firms 31 May 2017, 01:04 CET
Better access to finance for small and growing companies and social enterprises will be the result of EU rules agreed Tuesday by the European Parliament, the Council and the EU Commission.

Tenderio gives SMEs access to billions in public funding 29 May 2017, 14:12 CET
Following a €250,000 EU investment, a sophisticated tender platform called Tenderio will deliver huge opportunities for European SMEs, opening up the chance for them to bid for millions of Euros worth of public funding.

For successful future of Europe SMEs need better framework conditions 23 May 2017, 22:43 CET
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 Paper on the future of Europe were at the centre of a meeting between UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller and Internal Market Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska today in Vienna.

Higher vocational qualifications to meet the skills needs of SMEs 16 May 2017, 13:08 CET
In the context of the Erasmus+ project QA HiVETnet, UEAPME organised a European conference "Qualifications We Need, Quality We Want".

SMEs React to DSM Mid-Term Review 10 May 2017, 22:37 CET
On the 10th of May 2017, the Commission published its Mid-term Review on the Digital Single Market (DSM). ESBA welcomes this and sees the mid-term review as an opportunity to offer additional SME-relevant input and bring the needs of SMEs to the foreground.

Retailers press for smart policy to help tackling food waste 03 May 2017, 22:59 CET
Speaking at a debate today organised by MEP Angelique Delahaye (FR, EPP) ahead of the European Parliament vote on more ambitious action on food waste, Lettemieke Mulder, Director Sustainability & Product Policy at EuroCommerce, said: