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SMEs are the backbone of the EU economy and have been placed in the focus of European policy following the adoption of the Small Business Act in 2008. This study makes a comprehensive overview of EU support initiatives for SMEs in the period 2007-2015 with the aim to assess the effectiveness of EU SME policies – both in terms of their formulation and implementation. On the basis of a literature review and five case studies with SME representatives in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy and Hungary, this study tries to identify progress made along the key priority areas of EU SME policies: burden reduction; promotion of entrepreneurship; access to markets and internationalization; access to finance; competitiveness and innovation and key support networks in order to outline challenges that still impede SMEs’ growth. The results demonstrate that despite the numerous initiatives launched, EU SME policies could still benefit from a shift towards diversification of support measures, simplification of applicable rules and optimization of communication and collaboration with SMEs and SME organizations. This will enable the addressing of SMEs’ heterogeneity and diverse needs in an effective manner. The Study draws conclusions about challenges on the level of the policy priority areas and recommendations about the ways the effectiveness of the policies can be improved.

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  • Published In: 2016
    9 pages
    Culture, Cities and Identity in Europe - Executive summary

    The study examines international reports for culture's impact on European cities and its use as a tool for regeneration and development.  It provides an overview of the factors in EU city development linked to culture and identity through selective qualitative and quantitative analysis. Culture is examined thematically in terms of its use as a vehicle for economic growth, a tool for reconverting cities, for integration and inclusiveness, and as a pillar of European identity.

  • Published In: 2016
    4 pages
    R EU Ready?

    The European Union: how does it work? Can you influence decisions? Do you know how the policies that affect your life are made?

    What if some of the EU’s complicated procedures were turned into a game – fun to play but challenging as well – that you could download onto your smartphone, tablet or laptop?

  • Published In: 2016
    92 pages
    European Cycling Lexicon

    This new edition of the European Cycling Lexicon was prepared by the EESC's Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) in collaboration with the European Cyclists' Federation to respond to the strong demand from citizens, organizations and public authorities. The lexicon is indispensable for anyone who wishes to cycle in another European country and beyond. It raises awareness among citizens and at different levels of governance, about the many advantages of cycling and the need for good cycling infrastructure.

  • Published In: 2015
    12 pages
    Discover what the EESC can do for you

    The EESC is not like other EU bodies. It is a unique forum for consultation, dialogue and consensus between representatives from all the different sectors of "organised civil society", including employers, trade unions and groups such as professional and community associations, youth organisations, women's groups, consumers, environmental campaigners and many more.

  • Published In: 2015
    28 pages
    Your guide to the European Citizens’ Initiative - 3rd edition - September 2015

    Introduced on 1 April 2012 by the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Citizens' Initiative is the most important instrument of participative democracy in the European Union. By collecting at least 1 million signatures from at least 7 EU Member States, citizens have the right to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act or modify the existing one. This Guide is to provide you with an idea of how to get involved. In nine steps, it explains what organisers of a European Citizens' Initiative have to do, at what point, what the hurdles and procedures are: from the first idea to registration, collecting signatures to, hopefully, presenting your million signatures to the European Commission.

  • Published In: 2015
    22 pages
    The economic and social situation in Bulgaria

    The social dialogue and industrial relations in Bulgaria are developing in an unfavorable environment. A trend towards decentralisation of collective bargaining and abandoning the practice of extending the branch collective agreements is observed. All these developments are gradually diminishing the collective bargaining coverage.

  • Published In: 2015
    36 pages
    European Passport to Active Citizenship (EPTAC)

    It's our Europe! It's our voice! But how to put this into practice?

    The new EPTAC in 23 official languages facilitates public participation across the European Union, the world’s biggest transnational democracy, with its 28 member states, 500 regions and more than 100 000 municipalities.

    More than 50 ECIs have been filed since 2012, including the successful proposals to prevent water privatisation and initiatives to develop a pan-European education system, provide more support to Greece and setting a speed of 30 km/h in towns across Europe.

  • Published In: 2014
    16 pages
    Civil Society Prize 2014 : The integration of Roma

    Civil society organisations around Europe work every day – frequently on a voluntary basis – to build a fairer and more inclusive society. At the EU level, the European Economic and Social Committee represents their interests and aims to ensure that their efforts receive the recognition they deserve. With this in mind, the EESC launched its Civil Society Prize eight years ago in order to “reward excellence in civil society initiatives”.

    This year’s prize is aimed at organisations or individuals who have undertaken outstanding projects to improve the economic and social inclusion of Roma people and communities.

  • Published In: 2014
    28 pages
    Implementation of EU policies for youth employment: a civil society perspective - Report on six Member States

    The Observatory is carrying out a study on the implementation of EU policies for youth employment in a selection of six Member States: Austria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy and Slovakia, seen from a civil society perspective.

    2nd Edition

  • Published In: 2014
    20 pages
    An Action Plan for Europe

    At its 498th plenary session, the EESC adopted its "Action Plan for Europe" (142 votes in favour, 96 against and 12 abstentions). The tangible steps and proposals contained in the action plan are based on three pillars which address the shortcomings of the European Union as it currently operates: an economic Union, a social Union, and a democratic and civic Union.

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