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.
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Digitalisation is transforming business landscapes and the world of work, and redefining the boundaries of production, consumption and distribution. This has created tremendous opportunities, as new products, processes and techniques have emerged, but has also created threats, as new ways of employment pose new challenges to employers and employees. The overall consequences on labour markets are, however, still highly uncertain, which is reflected in the wide variation in the outcomes of the existing research.
The publication is a summary of the conference "Does the EU encourage private sector investment" that took place on 11 May 2017 in Valletta, Malta. The conference was jointly organised by the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee and all major Maltese employers' organisations: Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Malta Employers' Association (MEA), Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) and Malta Chamber of SMEs (GRTU).
This study describes the situation of and prospects for cooperative banking in the European context, with reference to the models representing the sector in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy, since those countries have the largest institutions and the traditions of longest standing.
This study shows that the Almunia package has led to substantial improvements in clarity and legal certainty as regards the provision of SGEIs and state aid. It has achieved the right balance between the need to foster and support SGEIs and the objective of preventing potential distortions in competition.
This study was carried out by Syndex experts at the request of the Workers' Group of the EESC.
This study was carried out by Steluța Enache, Co-ordinator of the "Labour Market and Job Quality Observation Office" of the National Trade Union Bloc (BNS) at the request of the workers' group of the EESC.
This study was conducted by Syndex at the request of the Workers' Group of the EESC.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has recently published a study on The ethics of big data carried out by Evodevo, a company based in Italy which specialises in big data, sematic analysis and open source intelligence. The study focuses on the ethical and social implications of big data and examines five actions meant to prevent the imbalance between individuals using digital services and data collectors taking ever bigger proportions as the digital revolution gains momentum. Big Data is described as huge quantities of extremely complex data that cannot be ...
In recent years, REFIT and the institutional agreement on Better Regulation have focused on reducing regulatory burdens, increasing the number of impact analyses, and wide-ranging consultations. As a result, the legislative process has ground to a halt. Having mapped and quantified the EU acquis, the Commission is preparing to launch a targeted deregulation with the aim of reducing regulatory burdens.