Designed to defraud and deceive, counterfeit products pose a threat to European citizens and the European economy. Counterfeits’ inferior quality raises significant health and safety concerns, and their fraudulent business model puts thousands of jobs in jeopardy. In an interview with E&I Magazine, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani discusses the Commission’s EU-wide anti-counterfeit campaign and why fake products require real action.
In the second half of 2013, the European Commission launched a series of initiatives to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) perform better. Here is a snapshot of some of the EC’s ambitious new measures.
With around 27 million citizens currently out of work, social innovation – innovative ideas that meet social needs – is essential for meeting the job challenge. For the second consecutive year, the Social Innovation Competition aims to remedy European unemployment by encouraging creative solutions.