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On 10th October 2016, SME EUROPE of the EPP in cooperation with ERTRAC was delighted to welcome guests to a Working Dinner on the thematic of: “Automated Driving: Opportunities of Implementation in Europe” in the European Parliament. The speakers for this even included Ivan Štefanec MEP, Paul Rübig MEP, Cláudia Monterio de Aguiar MEP, Deirdre Clune MEP, Paul Timmers (Director of Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity in the European Commission, Directorate General CONNECT), and Stephan Neugebauer (ERTRAC Chairman, BMW Group Director Global Research Coordination). The table hosts included: Elisabetta Gardini…

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On 28th September 2016, SME EUROPE of the EPP hosted a Working Breakfast in the European Parliament concerning the following thematic, “Fostering SMEs – can covered bonds finance SMEs?”. We were happy to welcome the key participants of the event including: Bendt Bendtsen MEP, Markus Ferber MEP, Ane Arnth Jensen (Managing Director from RKR-Association of Danish Mortgage Banks), Martin Merlin (Financial markets in the Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union of the European Commission), Christian Stiefmüller (Senior Policy Analyst at Finance Watch), Peter Gaemelke (Danish…

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On the 27th of September 2016, SME Europe of the EPP hosted an event in the European Parliament about the new proposal on reforming telecoms (published 21st September 2016) whilst considering the effects for SMEs. It additionally considered whether we need a ‘level playing field’ for next generation apps or services, the best framework for investment, and healthier competition for networks.     Mrs. Pilar del Castillo Vera MEP, Rapporteur on the Single Telecoms Market Package, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, kicked off the discussion saying that the cloud…

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On 13th July 2016, SME EUROPE of the EPP hosted a Working Breakfast in the European Parliament on the Role of SMEs during Slovakia´s EU Presidency. It´s focus was on the expectations placed on this new Presidency and its agenda. The occasion was kicked off by welcome remarks given Mr. Ivan Štefanec MEP, Vice President of SME EUROPE, followed by the honorable speech of Mr. Peter Javorcik, Ambassador of the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the EU. Afterwards Mr. Bendt Bendtsen MEP, President of SME EUROPE, gave an…

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On 12th July 2016, SME EUROPE of the EPP hosted an event in the European Parliament addressing a growing trend by airlines to encourage and incentivise direct sales. It identified the potential resulting opportunities and challenges for small and medium sized travel agent providers in a steadily growing and increasing complex airline market. Mrs. Claudia Monteiro De Aguiar MEP, Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, kicked off the event by giving an overview from a travel and tourism perspective. She stated that travel and tourism as a sector…

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On 14th of June, SME Europe in cooperation with the European Heat Pump Association as well as the European Building Automation Controls Association (EU.BAC.) held a Working Breakfast on The Human Dimension of Energy Efficiency in Buildings. President of SME Europe Bendt Bendtsen MEP, welcomed the guest by emphasizing the importance of the issue at hand. He outlined that it is crucial to listen closely to the consumers as there was now the opportunity to generate untapped potential in the field of energy efficiency. Thomas Novak, Secretary General of the…

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On 2nd of June SME Europe of the EPP welcomed a high level group of female experts to discuss the topic of Female Entrepreneurs and Digital Business. Dr. Horst Heitz, Executive Director of SME Europe warmly welcomed the panelists by emphasizing the importance of the topic. He outlined that while women tend take less risks as well as starting businesses in areas of their expertise, they also have higher rates of success. However, as a consequence there lies a huge potential within Digital Business for females. FEM President Adelheid Moretti…

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SME Europe of the EPP was delighted to host a two part debate over the course of a day handling the following issue: “Humanitarian and economic challenges through the refugee crisis and migration – What are Europe´s answers?” The first part of the debate was held in the Salon des Membres in the European Parliament where the participants enjoyed an agreeable lunch whilst listening to the panel consisting of Dr. Thomas Mann MEP, Johannes Hintersberger (State Secretary of the Bavarian State Ministry for Work, Family, and Social Integration), Rolf Baron…

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SME Europe of the EPP was delighted to host a Working Breakfast titled: “Data Protection fit for the Startup-Age”. The Event focused on the correct implementation of EU legislation in this field and whether it is suitable for the requirements of European SMEs and more specifically, startups. Michał Boni MEP welcomed SME EUROPE and the cooperation partner Allied for Startups, as well as the Polish start-ups and all other speakers and participants. Mr. Boni explained that the implementation of the Data Protection Regulation itself is just the beginning of a…

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