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UEAPME fully supports the European Union’s objective of improving the business environment in which SMEs operate. UEAPME has consistently put forward proposals to improve this environment.

Position papers

-  November 2015: We need a renewed and strengthened EU policy for Crafts and SMEs

-  09/01/2013: Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan sets right priorities, say SMEs

-  October 2012: UEAPME proposals for a renewed Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

-  July 2012: UEAPME position on the review of the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on industrial policy

-  November 2008: UEAPME assessment of the implementation of Recommendation 2003/361/EC on the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises by Member States

-  July 2008: UEAPME preliminary Position Paper on the Draft Impact Assessment Guidelines

-  October 2006: European Innovation Policy: Take SMEs on Board too

-  July 2006: UEAPME’s Position Paper on free movement of goods in the non-harmonised area

-  January 2006: Position Paper on the reduction of the CIP budget

-  February 2005: UEAPME’s position paper on a Framework Programme for Competitiveness and Innovation

-  October 2004: Towards an innovation policy for crafts, trades and SMEs

-  September 2004: 24 questions for 24 new Commissioners: UEAPME’s proposals for the Hearings at the European Parliament

-  April 2004: UEAPME Memorandum for the Election to the European Parliament (EN)

-  April 2004: UEAPME Memorandum for the Election to the European Parliament (FR)

-  April 2004: UEAPME Memorandum for the Election to the European Parliament (DE)

-  April 2004: UEAPME Memorandum for the Election to the European Parliament (IT)

-  February 2004: UEAPME Position Paper on the Consultation on E-Business

-  July 2003: UEAPME’s position paper on the Green Paper on Entrepreneurship

-  September 2002: UEAPME Position Paper on the Preliminary Draft Commission Recommendation amending Recommendation 96/280/EC concerning the definition of small and medium-sized enterprises (dd.25/6/2002). Second consultation

-  July 2002: Towards a reinforced culture of consultation and dialogue - Proposal for general principles and minimum standards for consultation of interested parties by the Commission.

-  February 2002: General Reflections on the Business Impact Analysis system

-  November 2001: First reaction of UEAPME to the Draft Commission Recommendation amending Recommendation 96/280/EC concerning the definition of small and medium-sized enterprises

-  March 2001: Objectives have to be implemented — UEAPME’s contribution to the European Council, Stockholm, 23rd and 24th March 2001

Press releases

-  08/10/2007: SME policy review shows it is time to move up a gear

-  14/09/2007: European SME policy has not reached small entrepreneurs yet

-  31/10/2006: European innovation policy must take small businesses on board

-  01/02/2006: EU Competitiveness Programme has increased emphasis on small firms

-  10/11/2005: New SME policy programme must be more than just rhetoric

-  20/09/2005: Commission urged to ’follow through’ on proposals for SME policy

-  30/06/2005: Majority of small firms could be left behind in competitiveness drive

-  24/05/2005: Slashing budget for competitiveness would be a major step backwards

-  19/04/2005: Competitiveness Commissioner told not to forget traditional businesses

-  19/04/2005: Warnung an Verheugen: traditionelle Unternehmen nicht vergessen

-  06/04/2004: Competitiveness and Innovation Programme must live up to its name

-  16/02/2005: Framework Programme for Competitiveness and Innovation must be more SME focused

-  27/10/2004: UEAPME: crafts and SMEs need new approach to innovation policy

-  27/10/2004: UEAPME: Les PME et les entreprises artisanales ont besoin d’une nouvelle approche en ce qui concerne la politique d’innovation

-  28/09/2004: SMEs expect coherent policies from new Commissioners

-  28/09/2004: Les PME attendent des nouveaux Commissaires des politiques plus cohérentes

-  13/08/2004: UEAPME welcomes new Commission’s line-up

-  28/05/2004: SME Policy: UEAPME sends to do list to candidate MEPs

-  28/04/2004: Outgoing European Parliament had mixed track record on SME policy, says UEAPME

-  28/04/2004: Le Parlement Européen sortant a un bilan mitigé en ce qui concerne la politique PME, déclare l’ UEAPME

-  12/03/2004: Broader view on innovation needed for SMEs

-  02/03/2004: European SMEs welcome Commission’s Action Plan for Entrepreneurship but ask for faster implementation

-  02/03/2004: Les PME européennes accueillent favorablement le Plan d’Action pour l’Entreprenariat de la Commission mais demandent une mise en œuvre plus rapide

-  30/07/2003: Entrepreneurship: EU should focus on setting up a pro-entrepreneur culture and environment

-  30/07/2003: L’ esprit d’ entreprise: L’ UE devrait se concentrer sur la création d’une culture et d’un environnement favorables à l’ entrepreneur

-  08/05/2003: Commission’s new definition of SMEs more in line with their reality in Europe

-  08/05/2003: UEAPME: La nouvelle définition de PME adoptée par la Commission est plus en phase avec leur réalité en Europe

-  14/02/2003: Thessaloniki SME Ministerial Conference: UEAPME tells Ministers it is time for action

-  14/02/2003: Conférence ministérielle des PME à Thessalonique: L’ UEAPME dit aux Ministres qu’il est temps de passer à l’action