Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy and have a huge potential to contribute to its development. Acknowledging that, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is actively pushing ....
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.
The role of trade as a generator of growth and jobs is undeniable, but public perception of the further liberalisation of trade is getting worse and citizens' concerns must be addressed far more effectively than before. This was one of the conclusions of the conference on "Strengthening European Growth and Competitiveness: Proactive Trade Agenda – NOW!" that took place in Helsinki on 26 October.
Nel suo recente parere in merito a una proposta presentata dalla Commissione europea, il Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) afferma che un nuovo sistema dell'IVA per l'imposizione degli scambi tra gli Stati membri deve esplicare appieno il suo potenziale e limitare gli eventuali effetti negativi sul mercato unico. Per la sua efficace attuazione saranno fondamentali una maggiore collaborazione tra le autorità nazionali e un'ampia comunicazione da parte della Commissione. Il CESE chiede dei chiarimenti su alcuni concetti e criteri proposti e sottolinea che si deve giungere quanto prima a un sistema comune applicabile sia ai beni che ai servizi.
Dr Angelika Winzig, Member of the European Parliament, joined the EESC's SMEs, Crafts and Family Business Category meeting on 13 November to discuss current priorities and challenges for Europe's SMEs and their competitiveness on a global scale.
The role of trade as a generator of growth and jobs is undeniable, but public perception of the further liberalisation of trade is getting worse and citizens' concerns must be addressed far more effectively than before. This was one of the conclusions of the conference on "Strengthening European Growth and Competitiveness: Proactive Trade Agenda – NOW!" that took place in Helsinki on 26 October. Jacek Krawczyk, President of the EESC Employers' Group, added:
It is our responsibility to advocate for trade; we cannot take it for granted that people understand what the benefits ...
The event focused on analyzing the information barriers that SMEs face when searching for funds, especially in the case of bank loans, on possible solutions and on support and advisory structures.
I vantaggi della digitalizzazione per le piccole e medie imprese (PMI) sono molteplici e consentono loro di rafforzare la competitività, ampliare l'accesso al mercato e migliorare le relazioni con i clienti. In una relazione informativa adottata alla sessione plenaria di dicembre, il Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) ritiene necessario sostenere la trasformazione digitale delle PMI con misure adeguate alle esigenze specifiche delle diverse forme d'impresa.
While the risk of cyber attacks is growing, most European companies are still unprepared and unaware of the risk. This was highlighted in a recent study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee. Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are the most exposed, as they often cannot afford to invest adequately in cybersecurity. The level of investment in cybersecurity overall is insufficient. Most businesses do not realise its importance until after experiencing a security breach.
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.