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Economic and fiscal policy


The economic and fiscal environment is one of the most important factors for the development of enterprises in Europe. The creation of the European Monetary Union and the co-ordination of budgetary policy (Growth and Stability Pact) made it to an European policy issue, that is highly relevant for SMEs.

Within this policy area, UEAPME deals with macro-economic policy, which means monetary policy, fiscal policy and wage developments. Furthermore, all issues related to economic growth and structural changes, taxation and the organisation of economic systems, like services of general interests, regulation of energy markets, undeclared work and general questions of regulating an economy are also dealt with in this area.

General position papers and documents

-  March 2015: UEAPME comments on EFSI regulation

-  November 2014: Note to President Juncker: The Jobs, Growth and Investment Package should also aim to create jobs, foster growth and attract investment in SMEs

-  26/09/2013: UEAPME Memorandum for the Up-coming Elections of the European Parliament 2014

- July 2012: UEAPME demands a European Growth Pact, which is coherent with the Fiscal Compact and integrates the needed Structural Reforms (also available in DE, FR, IT)

-  June 2012: SMEs’ perspectives on a “European Growth Pact” - letter to Presidents Van Rompuy, Thorning-Schmidt and Barroso

-  27/01/2012: Letter to President Herman Van Rompuy and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt ahead of the Informal European Council on 30 January 2012

-  February 2009: National recovery plans from an SME perspective: a short summary

General press releases

-  26/06/2012: European Council: “Growth Pact” is necessary but not sufficient, warn SMEs

-  30/06/2011: Commission’s post-2013 budget proposal ticks all the right boxes, say SMEs