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The new EU-China strategy, adopted by the European Parliament

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We are the biggest political organisation in Europe that operates for the rights of small and medium sized enterprises, creating and developing a common European SME friendly policy

SMEs are the power cells of the European economy. At the same time, they are also the most vulnerable to the economic cycles and bad government decisions. Our common goal is to secure the best possible opportunities for the development, creation of new jobs, innovation and success stories in Europe. I will continue my work towards these goals.

Ivan Stefanec Member of the European Parliament,
President of SME Europe

SMEs create new jobs and drive economic growth. The constructive part of my political vision is to design strategies with the needs of SMEs in mind, helping them to exploit the single market’s full potential.

Iuliu Winkler Member of the European Parliament,
First Vice-President of SME Europe

Behind every SME there is a personal story. It is often not a story of an immediate success, it is a business journey of errors and mistakes. In fact, failure is great, when you own it and start all over again until you succeed.

Angelika Winzig Member of the European Parliament,
Vice-President & Treasurer of SME Europe

Despite the recognized importance of SMEs to the EU´s economy, they still face considerable obstacles. That is why SMEs have to be at the heart of who legislates. The European Union plays a key role in finding solutions for reducing the asymmetries between enterprises in different Member States in order to introduce a fairer and more equitable competition.

Claudia Monteiro de Aguiar Member of the European Parliament,
Vice-President of SME Europe

I am committed to connecting SMEs to both European and international opportunities for financing and knowledge exchange. I worked on the review of the European Fund for Strategic Investments and advocated for its extension and for the creation of regional advisory hubs for SMEs.

Eva Maydell Member of the European Parliament,
Vice-President of SME Europe

My focus has always been on strengthening the business climate and empowering entrepreneurs. This has been paramount for me both as an entrepreneur myself, when I was mayor and now as member of the European Parliament."

Jörgen Warborn Member of the European Parliament,
Vice-President of SME Europe

Compete globally by empowering people to risk and face new challenges. Digitalisation, e-skills, internationalisation should be at the heart of who believes, works and legislates for SMEs.

Georgios Kyrtsos Member of the European Parliament,
Board Member of SME Europe

I was born into an SME family. In my break from politics I had my own business for eleven years. That is why I am dedicated to strengthen the innovative dialogue between SMEs all over Europe and in the European Parliament. SMEs are the backbone of European culture and economy.

Pernille Weiss Member of the European Parliament,
Board Member of SME Europe

How are SMEs Better off When Seeking Patent Protection?

The new EU-China strategy

The Future of AI Regulation

Digital Markets Act: Tech Industry & SMEs

AI & SME Competitiveness

Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe

A European Union of Equality

Implementation of the EU-China CAI

Business Impact Assessment for Covid-19

Making #DSA Work for SMEs

5G: Connectivity & Security for SMEs

Gatekeeper Rules for Digital Platforms & Their Impact on SMEs

COVID-19 & Cashless Payments

SME Impact Assessment - Survey Presentation

EU-China: a Strategic Conversation

Covid-19: Economic Response for SMEs

SME Star Awards 2018

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Small and Medium Entrepreneurs of Europe

We advise on EU legislation for small and medium enterprises. We aim at tight cooperation with all the stakeholders representing entrepreneurial sector as the entrepreneurs are given an early warning on legal development whist we receive their own evaluations on the effects of this will have on them

Legislative Initiatives

Contributing to the discourse of legislation and intervening in undesirable developments. We gather information, opinions and positions both locally in Brussels and in the member states.

Communication

Through public events for an open discourse bringing together various stakeholders of all levels: European Parliament, European Commission, associations, SMEs, field experts, etc

Mentoring Programmes

For SMEs bringing them into direct contact with the European institutions and explaining procedures of the EU

B2B Networking

By organising meeting and trips, both EU-wide and internationally

Launching Projects

By building up effective partnerships and sharing the know-how to support the first steps in cross-border cooperation

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Guarding an Invention Secret or Seeking Patent Protection -
How Are European SMEs Better Off?

The often-high costs for filing and renewing a patent force business to opt for a smart evaluation when facing the choice of patenting or hiding a valuable innovation. Eventually, after the 20 years term of patent protection, formerly secret information becomes part of the public domain and can be used freely. Within the 20 years where patent protection is granted, the original inventor (often SMEs) has, through the monopoly rights provided, a means to recuperate its investment made into R&D. But companies are not obliged to register their invention as a patent – SMEs might be even better off avoiding it. Patents and trade secrets might present opposing choices. Trade secrets derive their legal protection from their inherently secret nature. Patents, by contrast, can only be protected through public disclosure.
Companies might choose Trade secret because

– Protection by a Trade secrets might be cheaper, as protected without registration
– A well-kept trade secret could theoretically last forever, a patent lasts only 20 years – A patent will be invalidated if the inventor refrains from describing important details

During the webinar, European IP experts will present the smartest choices for SMEs and discuss with MEPs the pros and cons of both of those categories of modern IP rights.

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The new EU-China strategy, adopted by the European Parliament

The European Parliament has adopted its report on “A new EU-China strategy”. Iuliu Winkler MEP, Vice-Chair of the INTA Committee, First Vice-President of SME Europe worked as co-rapporteur for this file, covering the exclusive competences of INTA Committee on trade and investment. The report is very important because it clarifies and consolidates the EU position...

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Artificial Intelligence & Governance: Global Competition, Economy, Society & Ethics

On Thursday, June 24th, SME Europe of the EPP organized the webinar on Artificial Intelligence & Governance: Global Competition, Economy, Society & Ethics. A new chapter in the debate on AI development has started in light of the discussions on the Data Strategy, the new model for the Digital Single Market, the need for an industrial policy 4.0...

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The Digital Markets Act: What is the Right Way to Regulate the Tech Industry To Empower SMEs?

On Wednesday, June 16 th , SME Europe of the EPP organized the webinar on Digital Markets Act: What is the Right Way to Regulate the Tech Industry To Empower SMEs? to discuss how to cultivate a regulatory environment that nurtures SME access to world-class digital services and a global customer base and abstain from...

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Artificial Intelligence & Governance - How AI Can Become a Competitive Edge for SMEs?

On Wednesday, June 16th SME Europe of the EPP organized the virtual debate on Artificial Intelligence & Governance – How AI Can Become a Competitive Edge for SMEs? A new chapter in the debate on AI development has started in light of the discussions on the Data Strategy, the new model for the Digital Single Market, the need...

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