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Становище на ЕИСК: COVID-19: European Structural and Investment Funds - Exceptional flexibility


COVID-19: European Structural and Investment Funds - Exceptional flexibility

The future of retail in city-centres

Échanger les bonnes pratiques, garantir un financement suffisant et réduire au minimum les formalités administratives: des solutions nécessaires pour revitaliser et moderniser les petits détaillants, qui ont été débattues lors de la réunion de la catégorie «PME, artisanat et entreprises familiales» du CESE. Le 26 février dernier, des associations professionnelles et une représentante de la direction générale du marché intérieur, de l’industrie, de l’entrepreneuriat et des PME de la Commission européenne se sont entretenues avec des membres de ladite catégorie. L’objectif de la discussion était d’examiner les résultats de l’étude sur «L’avenir de la vente au détail dans les centres-villes», ainsi que les priorités des PME européennes de vente au détail.


Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires more than political commitment, says the European Economic and Social Committee. Increased investment, especially by the private sector, is needed to address current economic, social and environmental challenges. The Committee therefore advises the EU and its Member States to adjust their investment and tax policies to enhance growth prospects, and thereby private sector contributions, to accomplishing the SDGs.


The benefits of digitalisation for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are multiple, allowing them to boost competitiveness, expand market access and improve customer relations. In an information report adopted at its December plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) considers it necessary to support the digital transformation of SMEs with measures adapted to the specific needs of different types of companies.


Having SME policy as a horizontal priority is an indispensable way to address numerous, cross-cutting challenges that they are currently facing. Current trends cause bigger challenges for SMEs than for bigger companies. Therefore, it is high time for policy makers to act upon it. This was discussed at the conference "Placing European SMEs at a horizontal priority in post-2020 policy making process". The conference took place on 24 October 2019 in Chania, Greece and was organised by the Employers' Group, Chania's Traders Association and the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship.