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On Tuesday, 29th of September 2015, SME Europe of the EPP in cooperation with EGVI (European Green Vehicles Initiative) invited to a Working Dinner in the European Parliament on the topic of “Green vehicles for achieving a more sustainable transport system”. Honorary President of SME Europe MEP Dr. Paul Rübig, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, opened the event with mentioning that this is a great stage for international automotives and policy makers since the parliament has always welcomed an open debate and all speakers and table hosts.

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During the EPP Congress in Madrid, the SME Europe of the EPP held an “SME Day” which also included the General Assembly, where the elections of SME Europe were held.

SME Europe
We are happy to congratulate our newly elected board:

Bendt Bendtsen MEP as President, Iuliu Winkler MEP as First-Vice President, Michal Boni MEP as Vice-President, Elisabetta Gardini MEP as Vice-President, Annie Schreijer-Pierik MEP as Vice-President, Ivan Štefanec MEP as Vice-President, Angelika Winzig, Member of the Austrian Parliament as Vice-President & Treasurer, Pablo Zalba Bidegain MEP as Vice-President.

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On Tuesday, September 15th 2015, MEP Bendt Bendtsen, Member of Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, moderated a Working Breakfast on the topic “Importance of the Digital Single Market for App Developers”.
The event was attended by stakeholders from all over Europe, and also included keynotes from MEP Pablo Zalba Bidegain, the Vice-Chair of Committee on Economic & Monetary Affairs and Chairman of the SME WG Digital Agenda, Eric Mamer, the Deputy Head of Cabinet Commissioner Oettinger, and Catriona Meehan, the Director of EU Policy and Government Relations of the Application Developers Alliance. Statements were performed by Dr. Gi Won On, the President of Korea Research & Innovation Centre-Europe, and Attila Rácz, the CEO of Magic Solutions from Romania.



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On Tuesday, 23rd of June 2015, SME Europe of the EPP in cooperation with Qualcomm invited to a working breakfast in the European Parliament. The topic was “Unlocking the potential of SMEs in the Digital Single Market – Innovation, IP protection and partnering for success”.

Mrs. Elisabetta Gardini, Member of the Committee on Public Health and Food Safety, Senator and Chairwoman of the working group microbusiness of SME Europe of the EPP, introduced the topic by putting emphasis on the importance of creating the right incentives for SMEs to do research and development in order to create new opportunities. She also reminded the audience of the importance of stimulating entrepreneurship in order to boost innovation and productivity of SMEs through using their intellectual property efficiently. She hopes that projects like the L2P platform from the Politecnico de Milano will help Europe’s SMEs to do that.

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On 20th January 2015, MEP Iuliu Winkler, Vice-Chair of the Committee for International Trade, hosted a Working Breakfast on the topic “EU Regulation on Conflict Minerals: Working towards an effective solution”. The event was attended by over 100 stakeholders, and also included presentations from Guy Thiran (Eurometaux), Signe Ratso (European Commission), Marius Baader (German Automobile Association) and Luisa Santos (Business Europe). MEP Winkler introduced the topic of conflict minerals by highlighting several important proposals.
This included for example the necessity of strong and effective accompanying measures on the ground, the need for clarity on the definition of conflict areas, introduction of the importers list, the need for a new European authority, and the creation of strong mechanisms under the review clause.

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