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Opinion
Adopted on 26/04/2012
Reference: 
INT/612-EESC-2012-1035
Plenary session: 
480 -
Apr 25, 2012 Apr 26, 2012

The EESC is fully supportive of the revised directive and it finds much in the regulation which it can support. The EESC has a major concern about the applicability of the regulation to SMEs and it recommends that the more radical proposals be revised.

EESC opinion: Annual accounts and consolidated accounts - Audit - public interest entities

Opinion
Adopted on 29/03/2012
Reference: 
INT/619-EESC-2012-808
Plenary session: 
479 -
Mar 28, 2012 Mar 29, 2012

The EESC supports the general principles of this program but believes it should also strengthen the support and advice to SMEs in consultation with all professional organizations. The Committee also considers that promoting access to finance and encouraging an entrepreneurial culture should be the core issues of this new regulation.

EESC opinion: Competitiveness Programme

Opinion
Adopted on 26/10/2011
Reference: 
INT/589-EESC-2011-1584
Plenary session: 
475 -
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 27, 2011

Social enterprise is a key element of the European social model and fundamental for the success of the EU2020 strategy. By supporting and promoting social enterprise, Europe strengthens its growth and competitiveness potential and its capacity to create social value. The EESC supports the Commission's launch of a political framework and action plan to promote social enterprise in Europe. In its opinion, it stresses the importance of its implementation at both EU and Member State level as well.

EESC opinion: Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise

Opinion
Adopted on 21/09/2011
Reference: 
INT/573-EESC-2011-1375
Plenary session: 
474 -
Sep 21, 2011 Sep 22, 2011

The revised SBA for Europe marks a decisive new stage in the political recognition of SMEs and above all of micro-enterprises. This EESC opinion recommends that the European institutions, Member States and the regions adopt it as the basis for their SMEs policies as well as for their economic and industrial policies. It insists on recognising the SBA's "Think Small First" principle when drafting legislation for SMEs. The EESC notes that the SBA will not succeed unless a genuine "multi-stakeholder and multilevel governance partnership" is established where economic and social partners and all representative public and private stakeholders are involved in political discussions concerning SMEs.

EESC opinion: Review of the "Small Business Act"

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