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“The construction sector is an important sector of the EU economy. By further reducing administrative burden we aim to help this sector recover from the current crisis. The Commission is therefore trying to move as quickly as possible to implement this initiative.”

Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani    
EU Access to Finance Days - Improving credit availability for small businesses

Credit availability for businesses in the euro area is now at its lowest point since the beginning of the credit crunch. Therefore, the European Commission is taking action to rapidly bridge the market gap in the provision of SME financing by providing €3.5 billion of additional funding for SMEs each year from 2014 to 2020, using the new Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs programme (COSME).

For COSME to be successful is it vital that an effective partnership between EU institutions and the financial organisations that provide SMEs with access to credit is created. This is why Vice-President Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, launched a series of events -  the "EU Access to Finance Days" - to explain how COSME's new financial instruments will work and to encourage reputable financial market operators to become COSME intermediaries.

Fairer, safer, simpler: New rules for pressure equipment

The European Commission has proposed a set of common principles which will guarantee safer products and simplify the internal market, thus making life easier for European businesses.

Nevertheless, due to inconsistencies and loopholes in the existing rules, potentially harmful and non-compliant products have managed to find their way into the marketplace, leading to a loss of trust among consumers.

Pressure equipment plays an important role in industrial processes, affecting a wide range of products such as storage containers, steam generators, boilers, industrial piping and power station installations. Under European internal market legislation, pressure equipment and assemblies must be safe; meet essential safety requirements regarding design, manufacture and testing; satisfy appropriate conformity assessment procedures; and carry the CE marking – which represents Conformité Européenne, or ‘European Conformity’.




Standard VAT Return: Easing life for businesses

A new standard VAT return, which can cut costs for EU businesses by up to €15 billion a year, has been proposed by the Commission today. The aim of this initiative is to slash red-tape for businesses, ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient. 

The Commission has also published practical guidelines to prepare businesses for new VAT rules for telecoms and e-services, which will enter into force in 2015. The aim is to help businesses to be fully prepared on time for the change-over, whereby VAT will be charged where the customer is based, rather than where the seller is. A One Stop Shop will enable telecoms, broadcasting and e-services businesses comply with all of their VAT obligations in all Member States from their country of registration.

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Security in 2020: Meeting the challenge
20 - 21/11/2013 - Paris

Horizon 2020 Space Research Info Days
16/10 - 12/12/2013 - Various EU capitals

COBALT – Needs for sustainable management of raw materials
28/11/2013 - Brussels

REACH: Workshop for SMEs
10 - 11/12/2013 - Brussels

EPAA Annual Conference 2013 - More Predictive Safety Science for a More Competitive Europe
13/11/2013 - Brussels

Contracts and Grants

Implementation of the New Legislative Framework - joint enforcement actions of market surveillance authorities and customs
Deadline: 30/10/2013

Publications and studies

Study on the economic impact of short stay visa facilitation on the tourism industry

EU SME Centre report: The green building sector in China

Enhancing the competitiveness of tourism – 20 cases of innovation

A comprehensive source of information to support the Europe 2020 strategy

Public consultations

Green Action Plan for small enterprises – Enhancing their international competitiveness
Deadline: 12/12/2013

Authenticity leather labelling system at EU level
Deadline: 31/01/2014

Promoting crowdfunding in the EU
Deadline: 31/12/2013

Commission wants your views on how we can reduce marine litter
Deadline: 18/12/2013

Suggested readings

Helping European SMEs enter South American market


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