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24 March 2010

Chemicals: New European Commission determined to make REACH a success
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Vice President Tajani and Commissioner Potocnik have swiftly followed up on their undertaking given during their Hearings in the European Parliament by together visiting the European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, in Helsinki on 25 March. They are taking action to make progress towards the registration of chemicals and the management of substances of very high concern. Of particular importance is the smooth implementation of the registration of high-volume chemicals by the REACH deadline of 30 November 2010 by implementing solutions to practical problems to support industry�s work, in particular SMEs. Both Commissioners also announced their common approach on the identification and management of substances of very high concern. They also welcomed progress on the translation of the guidelines for the implementation of REACH. Both commissioners underlined their commitment to the success of REACH, the European Chemicals Regulation.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"REACH is a key example of balance-striking between the three pillars of sustainable development: competitiveness, social and environment. REACH ensures a high level of protection of human health and the environment, while also playing an important role to encourage innovation, foster competitiveness and better enable enterprises meet essential demands of consumers"

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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Industrial competitiveness and the role of policy and markets in difficult times

 
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A fragile economic recovery seems to be gaining ground; however, the underlying structural weaknesses of significant parts of our economies have not yet been tackled. Some 400 participants, including European Commission President Barroso and Vice President Tajani, will discuss on 26/04/2010 in Brussels the options for Europe to emerge from the crisis and meet the challenges of the next decade.

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Bolstering Europe�s creative industries

 
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The European Commission is examining how best to extend support to Europe�s thriving creative industries. This broad sector covers a variety of disciplines from advertising and software development to architecture and the performing arts. A recent workshop, attended by stakeholders and industry specialists, debated ways in which policy-makers can help the sector: its conclusions support the creation of a European platform for the creative industries.

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Revamped European Small Business Portal launched in the run up to European SME week 2010

 
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The European Small Business Portal (formerly the European portal for SMEs) provides practical information on financing opportunities, partner networks, how to conquer markets in the EU and third countries, as well as useful tools. Please consider linking to the portal from your own web pages, and don't forget to update your favourites (For European SME Week, see link in right hand column.)

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