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13 July 2010

Enabling our future: experts to advise Commission on upcoming technologies
technology © CHEN

Hardly anybody would have forecast 10 years ago that the business world would look as it does today. We use no typewriters any more and most information is available and exchanged electronically.



How will the industrial world look in 10 years time?



Which products and technologies will we use to produce goods, to do business, to learn, to live and to communicate?



To better explore the potential that these technologies can offer, European Commission Vice-Presidents Antonio Tajani, Neelie Kroes and Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn launched today the high-level expert group on key enabling technologies.



Key enabling technologies, such as nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics including semiconductors, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics are of exceptional importance for shaping the industrial future of the EU.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"Most of the goods and services that will be available in 5 to 10 years are yet unknown, but surely they will be based on key enabling technologies. The advice of the high-level expert group as to how to deploy these key enabling technologies is crucial for the renewal of our industrial base. The work of this group is another tool with which the EU can achieve its Europe 2020 objectives"

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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Internationally active SMEs yield better results

 
international © Virginie CASTOR

25% of EU 27 SMEs export or have exported at some point during the last 3 years. This is revealed in a new European Commission study available on line. Internationally active SMEs report an employment growth of 7% whereas the figure stood at 1% for those without any international activities. There is also a strong relationship between internationalisation and innovation.

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European Enterprise Awards 2011

 
European Enterprise Awards 2010 © European Commission

The European Commission launches the fifth edition of the European Enterprise Awards which reward public initiatives to support business and promote entrepreneurship. The competition puts the spotlight on the role of the public sector at local, regional and national level in creating the right environment for business and boosting their development with specially conceived projects.

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Monthly Note on Economic Recovery

 
report © Cyril Hou

After several months of a strong recovery, the latest data show that the pace of the recovery in
manufacturing industry has slowed slightly in April compared with the strong increase in the
first quarter. Nevertheless, industrial confidence continued to improve in May despite the
troubles in financial markets.

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Labour migration is crucial for EU growth

 
Labour Migration © Marion Wear

Multinational companies operating in Europe need access to the right people, at the right time, but such people are not always available locally. Businesses therefore need to be able to transfer key personnel between companies into and within the EU. The proposal on labour migration would help the EU reach its goal of remaining an open and competitive labour market.

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