<![CDATA[European Commission - Enterprise and Industry]]> http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/news/index_en.htm All topics European communities Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:04:22 GMT Newsroom_2.0 20 <![CDATA[High flyers: how to succeed in the satellite navigation sector]]>

Published : Mon, 27 Jul 2015

BusinessPlanet visits London to learn how the burgeoning world of navigation and satellite applications offers a wide and lucrative range of opportunities for SMEs. To help European businesses make the most of this rapidly-evolving sector, the European Commission backs an open contest that has already had huge benefits for previous [...]

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[European Commission issues status report of implementation of UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights]]> Published : Mon, 27 Jul 2015

A Staff Working Document issued by the European Commission this month presents the EU's activities in implementing the UNGPs and promoting progress in business and human rights.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[European Fund for Strategic Investments adds firepower to COSME funding for SMEs]]>

Published : Wed, 22 Jul 2015

The European Commission has put the final measures in place to kick-start investment in the real economy. A package agreed today will ensure that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is up and running by early autumn 2015, keeping the ambitious timetable set by President Jean-Claude Juncker to implement [...]

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Commission selects 30 great social innovation projects]]>

Published : Wed, 22 Jul 2015

The European Commission has selected 30 semi-finalists from over 1400 applicants in the 2015 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[EU-Greenland Workshop on Raw Materials (Brussels, 19 June 2015)]]> Published : Mon, 20 Jul 2015

The raw materials diplomacy event “EU-Greenland Workshop on Raw Materials” was held in Brussels on 19 June 2015.

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Schweinfurt, Germany: The European Home Of Electric Bikes]]>

Published : Mon, 20 Jul 2015

BusinessPlanet visits Schweinfurt in Germany, the European home of the electric bike. How can Europe make the most of the e-bike boom and how do new innovations impact on growth and employment?

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Evaluation of the Commercial Agents Directive (86/653/EEC) Report]]> Published : Fri, 17 Jul 2015

To evaluate the functioning of the Commercial Agents Directive, the European Commission launched a public consultation in 2014. Find below the evaluation report and the executive summary.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Public procurement data now available on EU Open Data Portal]]> Published : Wed, 15 Jul 2015

Data on public procurement conducted according to EU-rules has been made available on the EU Open Data Portal. This data, which shows how over €400 billion in EU citizens' money is being spent every year, is provided in a format accessible to NGOs, academics, companies and journalists.

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk is here]]>

Published : Mon, 13 Jul 2015

From 7 July, the Mercosur IPR Helpdesk has considerably expanded its services to include more than 18 Latin American countries, including Mexico, Colombia and Peru. This change is reflected in the Helpdesk's new name, the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Prevention not cure: Online IPR in South-East Asia, from the Your IP Insider blog]]>

Published : Mon, 13 Jul 2015

There are many reasons for European SMEs to be optimistic due to the rise of e-commerce in South-East Asia. However, there are several challenges that they should be aware of when establishing their virtual gateway into this market.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Infographic: The Dos and Don'ts of Intellectual Property]]>

Published : Mon, 13 Jul 2015

Businesses don’t start without an HR, marketing or finance strategy, and for many companies an intellectual property (IP) strategy is just as important for planning growth and minimising risk.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Champagne or sparkling wine? Geographic indications in China, from the Your IP Insider blog ]]>

Published : Mon, 13 Jul 2015

A geographical indication (GI) is a labelling that identifies a product as originating in a specific territory. Its characteristics are associated with its place of origin. This new blog post explains to EU SMEs the four key steps to protecting GI products in China.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[New lists of harmonised standards for medical devices ]]> Published : Fri, 10 Jul 2015

New lists of references of harmonised standards for medical devices have been published (OJ C 226 of 10 July 2015). They can be found below.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Networks join forces to move entrepreneurship education forward in Europe]]>

Published : Thu, 02 Jul 2015

Europe needs more entrepreneurs, so investing in entrepreneurship education is one of the best investments we can make. A new organisation seeks to do just this. While research shows the positive socioeconomic effects of entrepreneurship education, increased policy support is needed to strengthen and grow its penetration.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Marking your territory: Choosing a trade mark in China, from the Your IP Insider blog]]>

Published : Wed, 01 Jul 2015

A recent case of trade mark infringement in China involving the sports footwear brand, New Balance, serves as a sharp reminder of how important it is for foreign brands to register a Chinese trade mark.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[First images from the Sentinel-2A satellite]]>

Published : Mon, 29 Jun 2015

The EU’s Sentinel-2A satellite has delivered its first colour images of Earth for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. The satellite launched on 22 June from the Kourou spaceport. See the images

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Study on the performance of the Points of Single Contact published]]> Published : Mon, 29 Jun 2015

A study on the performance of the Points of Single Contact (PSC) has been published today. The Points of Single Contact (PSCs) are e-government portals that allow service providers to access information and complete administrative procedures online.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Industrial symbiosis in Kalundborg: turning waste into a resource]]>

Published : Mon, 29 Jun 2015

The latest BusinessPlanet episode comes from Denmark where for 40 years the port of Kalundborg has been a world reference for ecology in industry, otherwise referred to as 'industrial symbiosis', in which the waste of one industry becomes a resource for another.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[New European Professional Card to help professionals work in other EU countries]]>

Published : Thu, 25 Jun 2015

The European Commission will make it easier for professionals to put their skills to work in other EU countries with the new European Professional Card. At the same time, the Commission aims to protect the vulnerable from unqualified professionals through the application of an alert mechanism.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[High Level Expert Group on KETs publishes final recommendations]]>

Published : Wed, 24 Jun 2015

The final meeting of the High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) took place today. The Group presented its recommendations on how to boost the uptake of KETs in Europe at the meeting that was chaired by the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:00:00 GMT