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15 December 2009

EU committed to make life easier for small companies
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The European Commission reports good progress in the implementation of the Small Business Act (SBA) in 2009. The consensus on the SBA and the adoption of an Action plan to better assist SMEs in coping with the economic and financial crises has triggered impressive progress on the EU level as well as in the Member States. A broad range of measures have been taken to implement the Leitmotiv of the SBA - the "Think Small First" principle.


The SBA, adopted in 2008, is an ambitious package of policies designed to put SMEs' interests at the centre of decision-making. At the height of the economic and financial crisis, the SBA implementation in the first year focussed delivery on the following priorities: Reducing administrative burden for SMEs, access to finance, access to markets and promoting entrepreneurship.

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Vice-President

Günter Verheugen

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"We must fully exploit the growth potential of European SMEs to create a sufficient number of new and high qualified jobs. Unlocking SME potential has been a key political priority of this Commission. Policies at all levels must encourage entrepreneurial risk taking and provide for the best possible framework conditions for SMEs."

Vice-President G. Verheugen website

Vice-President Günter Verheugen - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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170 000 enterprises in the EU: Revised machinery directory

 
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The revised Machinery Directive will become applicable at the end of 2009. It ensures that everything from small consumer products such as hand-held power tools and lawnmowers, to large professional products such as paper-making machinery and tower cranes can circulate freely in the internal market as long as health and safety requirements are respected. The new Guide to application of the Machinery Directive gives guidance on the new rules.

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EU achieves political breakthrough on an enhanced patent system

 
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The Council has unanimously adopted conclusions on an enhanced patent system in Europe. The package agreed covers major elements to bring about a single EU patent and establish a new patent court in the EU. Both together will make it less costly for businesses to protect innovative technology and make litigation more accessible and predictable. The agreement will pave the way for solving the outstanding issues to achieve a major reform of the EU patent system in the near future. The Council agreement encompasses the main features of a future patent court in the EU.

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European competitiveness report 2009

 
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The 2009 edition of the European Competitiveness Report looks at the possible implications of the economic downturn; in particular for productivity and for some of the determinants of future EU competitiveness: the evolution of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China); the role of high-skilled migration; the extent and conditions under which training can boost productivity; and the role of product and labour market regulations in influencing ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) investment.

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European SME Week 2010: European Entrepreneurship Video Awards launched

 
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As part of the European SME Week 2010, the European Entrepreneurship Video Awards (EEVA) 2010 calls for the best videos (between one and two minutes long) on: �Entrepreneurship � A different way of life", "Entrepreneurship � Challenges and rewards", "Entrepreneurship � The way into the future". Attractive prices will be awarded (the winner � 3,333) including five special prizes of � 555 for young producers (25 years max). The deadline is 9 April 2010.

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