If you cannot read this email correctly, view our web newsletter.
News Events Contracts and grants Publications and studies Public consultations Suggested readings
 
    26/11/2013  
 
   
Growth prospects for SMEs are encouraging

 
  More  

“Our initiatives to help SME's to make it through difficult times have paid off. After five years of sluggish development I am glad to see that SMEs are about to grow again. They are also starting to recruit more staff. Moreover, our indicators make it clear, that SMEs can grow further in 2014. SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy as they are now dragging us out of the most severe crisis of EU economy in the past 50 years."


 
Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani    
 
 
More
 
Proposal to raise ceiling to € 10000 for small claims will help SMEs

Since 2007, the EU has a procedure to resolve small civil and commercial disputes in a hassle-free way: the European Small Claims Procedure, which the Commission is making even simpler, cheaper and more relevant for consumers and businesses.

A Commission report on the European Small Claims Procedure, finds that the upper limit of €2 000 for filing a claim excludes too many low-value disputes, particularly disputes involving small and medium-sized enterprises. A large number of disputes is also excluded by the narrow definition of what a 'cross-border' dispute actually is, meaning that for example, a car accident in a border region of another Member State or a lease contract for a holiday property are not currently covered by the Procedure.

More
 
More
 
More
 
More
 
More
 
More
 
 
More News

Performance of SMEs in 2012: amidst challenges, prospects improving for most Member States
26/11/2013

SMEs offer nearly 40% of all jobs in nonfinancial enterprises
25/11/2013

European campaign against counterfeit products
07/11/2013

EIB provides € 1.8 billion for the benefit of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
22/10/2013

EC kicks off the next Security Research programme
26/11/2013

VP Tajani: we need an action plan for the fashion and high-end industries
11/11/2013

€ 40 million for new EU research on resource efficiency
31/10/2013

VW tops global R&D ranking, but EU companies put in mixed performance
18/11/2013

Strengthening the EU-Japan Economic Partnership
15/11/2013

Universities invited to measure entrepreneurial impact
18/11/2013

Belgium and Germany need to implement the Late Payment Directive
20/11/2013

Copernicus satellite images support rescue teams to tackle floods in Sardinia
19/11/2013

More
 
Events

Raw Materials Annual Conference 2013 (European Innovation Partnership)
05/12/2013 - Brussels

Webinar: Cultural and creative industries - Computer gaming and software development
12/12/2013 - Bejing

Webinar: Payment options and challenges when exporting to China
03/12/2013 - Bejing

Doing Business in China: IPR Protection Strategies and Market Advice
28/11/2013 - Malta

Accessible tourism in Europe
03/12/2012 - Belgium

Bridging the tourism skills gap
03/12/2013 - Brussels

Raw Materials University Day – launching event
06/12/2013 - Rome

EU chemicals legislation : helping SMEs
10/12/2013 - Brussels

Resource Efficient Innovation for SMEs
28/11/2013 - Brussels

EU Access to Finance Day, Portugal
28/11/2013 - Lisbon

More
 
Contracts and Grants

Call for Commitments - European Innovation Partnership (EIP) - Raw Materials
31.01.2014

Encouraging web entrepreneurs to set up businesses
23/04/2014

More
 
Publications and studies

EGNOS: Open Service Availability higher than 99% in October


More
 
Public consultations

Participate in survey on enhancing competitiveness of EU businesses
30/11/2013

State aid: Guidelines for supporting firms in difficulty
31/12/2013

Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) from Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Deadline: 19/01/2014

DomainKeys Identified Mail Signatures (DKIM)
Deadline: 19/01/2014

Extensible Markup Language (XML) produced by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Deadline: 19/01/2014

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol version 3 "LDAPv3"
Deadline: 20/01/2014

Domain ECMAScript-402 Internationalization API Specification
Deadline: 19/01/2014

Consultation on Technical Specification: IPv6
Deadline: 19/01/2014

More
 
Suggested readings

"Roll the Dice", a video promoting Europe as a tourism destination


Promising projects to kick-start new businesses
26/11/2013

 
 
 

Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Youtube Follow via RSS
 
DG Enterprise and Industry | Previous newsletter issues | Subscribe/Unsubscribe | Contact