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

What does triggering Article 50 mean for UK businesses 30 March 2017, 13:18 CET
Christian Stadler, a Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School, has made the following statement:

Brexit negotiations must minimise harm for SMEs 29 March 2017, 23:14 CET
Commenting on today's notification by the British government to leave the EU, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller states: "Of course we accept this decision taken by the people and politicians in the United Kingdom. In order to minimise the negative impact on Europe's economy, growth, job creation and welfare, UEAPME requests a responsible approach towards SMEs."

£667m – estimated cost of Brexit planning to UK businesses - Set to rise to £813m once Article 50 invoked 27 March 2017, 18:37 CET
A new survey, sponsored by The Brexit Tracker, has calculated that Brexit planning has already cost UK businesses, £667.2m so far in executive man hours and this figure is set to rise to £813m after Article 50 is triggered.

A future of Europe that cares for the real economy, sustainable development and social justice 27 March 2017, 13:48 CET
"Cooperatives are a real driver of change and one of the few systems that, in today's world, can provide opportunities for growth and the empowerment of people", says Giuseppe Guerini President of CECOP.

SMEs profited from EU Integration, but more is needed and possible 26 March 2017, 22:37 CET
President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller and Secretary General Veronique Willems participate in the extraordinary meeting between EU Social Partners and the EU Institutions at the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.

ESBA starts Subscriber Service for individual businesses 21 March 2017, 00:36 CET
As of 1 March, individual companies can become direct ESBA subscribers. We aim to bring together a great variety of businesses from across the EU to network, exchange best practices and to make their voice heard vis-à-vis EU policy. Below are the different options ESBA offers!

ESBA Board meeting hosted by Google 21 March 2017, 00:29 CET
On 3 February 2017, Google Brussels kindly hosted ESBA for its first Board meeting of the year.

European Commission's Insolvency proposal: good but needs more punch for MSMEs 21 March 2017, 00:23 CET
On 22 November 2016, the European Commission presented its proposal for a Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks, second chance and measures to increase the efficiency of restructuring, insolvency and discharge procedures and amending Directive 2012/30/EU.

Revised shareholders' rights directive 14 March 2017, 18:35 CET
The European Parliament approved on 14 March a report on the revision of the EU shareholders' rights directive. The final adoption step will take place in the European Council shortly. The directive will enter into force two years after its publication in the official journal.

Euro-MPs greenlight shareholder 'say on pay' 14 March 2017, 17:45 CET
The European Parliament gave its green light Tuesday to a revised EU shareholders' rights directive, giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders.

Launch of 'Business Beyond Borders' - a new EU B2B and C2C initiative to help SMEs expand their businesses abroad 08 February 2017, 23:52 CET
European SMEs can take advantage of new EU support to participate in a series of one-to-one m​eetings at international trade fairs to expand their businesses abroad.

Improving the EU financial instruments: AECM and UEAPME present their proposals for the EU mid-term review 26 January 2017, 18:04 CET
Today, on the occasion of the upcoming mid-term review of COSME and InnovFin, UEAPME, the European Association of Craft and SMEs, and AECM, the umbrella organisation of guarantee institutions in Europe, publish a joint position paper detailing their requests for improving the guarantee instrument.

New debt recovery rules enter into force 18 January 2017, 23:49 CET
Businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), will be able to benefit from new EU rules to recover debt from debtors in other EU countries which came into force on Wednesday.

European Account Preservation Order - faster, cheaper and more efficient debt recovery 19 January 2017, 00:41 CET
Around 1 million smaller business (SMEs) in the EU face problems with cross-border debts. This is about EUR 600 million lost every year for these small companies.

EU boost for Europe's services economy 12 January 2017, 18:47 CET
The EU Commission brought out a package of measures Tuesday aimed at making it easier for companies and professionals to provide services to the EU's potential customer base of 500 million people.

Simpler VAT rules to boost European e-commerce 01 December 2016, 17:42 CET
New rules covering the VAT environment for e-commerce businesses in the EU, unveiled Thursday by the European Commission, aim to help businesses buy and sell goods and services more easily online.

Retail and wholesale need skills for the modern age 01 December 2016, 16:27 CET
Marking the launch of the EU Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition in Brussels today, EuroCommerce underlined its strong support for the initiative to encourage greater awareness and uptake of digital skills in the workforce, industry and the general population.

Boost to start-ups in Europe 24 November 2016, 00:50 CET
The EU Commission has launched a new initiative to help start-ups grow and do business across Europe, with a focus on venture capital investment, insolvency law and taxation.

Insolvency, Restructuring and Second Chance: proposal for a directive 24 November 2016, 00:22 CET
The European Commission presented a set of European rules on business insolvency on 22 November.

Start-up and Scale-up Initiative: a mixed bag 25 November 2016, 00:19 CET
The European Commission’s Start-up and Scale-up Initiative contains some positive elements mixed with others of less obvious impact.

Actions for start-ups and scale-ups should be applied to all SMEs 22 November 2016, 23:38 CET
UEAPME welcomes today's European Commission's communication on the start-up and scale-up initiative and its willingness to tackle and respond to this specific issue.

EU Microfinance Support 27 October 2016, 23:11 CET
Since the EU started its microfinance initiatives, more than 100 agreements have been signed with microfinance providers, to support over 100,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 23 EU Member States.

Social rights and entrepreneurial rights must go hand in hand 20 October 2016, 15:31 CET
EUROCHAMBRES and its Network of European Chambers has endorsed a proposal for a European Pillar of Entrepreneurial Rights, challenging the Commission and other policy makers to match the forthcoming Pillar of Social Rights initiative with the parallel pursuit of a more business-friendly climate.

EU common challenges will not be solved without SMEs 20 October 2016, 12:52 CET
Today, at the Tripartite Social Summit, the European Social Partners met with the Presidents of European Council and Commission, as well as with the Troika of Head of States, to discuss the current EU common challenges: growth, jobs and fairness.

SMEs recovering across Europe, but negative impact from Brexit 11 October 2016, 18:17 CET
The SME Business Climate Index reaches 75.5, reflecting a stable and positive situation for European SMEs. The trends in North and South Europe are similar. In the North, the countries dependent on the UK's economy have been negatively affected by the Brexit, while in the South, the negative but improving Greek situation and the complex economic and political situation in Italy have slowed down the recovery.