SMEs

Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

Cross-border mobility of companies: ‘Real seat’ vs ‘incorporation’

EU member states have adopted contrasting approaches to the cross-border mobility of companies, with some insisting on “real” economic activity and others happy to consider the legally-registered office instead. How the EU eventually decides could have important implications, writes Corrado Malberti.
Economy & Jobs 26-09-2017

Europe needs an Erasmus for SMEs

The European project MobiliseSME showed the potential of a cross-border exchange program for small and medium-sized businesses in Europe. It is now important that this idea is continued with an Erasmus for SMEs, so to help European companies make the best of the Single Market, writes Stefan Moritz.
Economy & Jobs 08-08-2017

Time to bust a few myths about innovation in the internet of things era

Small European tech companies might be about to lose out if the European Commission's new patent guidelines favour giants like Qualcomm and Ericsson, writes Morgan Reed.
Economy & Jobs 19-07-2017

European SMEs can lead the world in the IoT revolution

European firms can lead the economy of tomorrow if our small and medium-sized companies obtain the necessary support, notably when it comes to innovation incentives and patent litigation, writes Hassan Triqui.
Digital 13-04-2017

EU copyright directive means trouble for our startups

Startups in Europe can only be successful if they have solid rules in the online space. But in an attempt to limit the power of tech giants, the European Union risks hampering the next generation of European startups too, writes Lenard Koschwitz.
Digital 17-06-2016

Time for a stakeholders-led platform to shape e-commerce rules

E-commerce is revolutionising, raising new challenges on governance, regulation and traditional international rules. Time is ripe for a stakeholder-based World e-Trade Platform (eWTP) to propose new standards and incubate rules, writes Luigi Gambardella
Euro & Finance 13-04-2016

Will we lead or be led?

The European Union is the biggest economy and largest trading bloc in the world, yet our position in the global economy has been decreasing in relative terms. A fully integrated single market can help put us back on top, writes Joseph Daul.
Euro & Finance 26-02-2016

A ‘Chapter 11’ Law for Europe’s entrepreneurs

Europe’s conflicting insolvency rules create uncertainty among investors, discourage cross-border investment and delay the restructuring of companies facing financial difficulty, writes Paul McGhee. Ironing out these inconsistencies will give businesses a better chance of bouncing back and deliver growth to the real economy, he argues.

Time for policymakers to put ‘solopreneurs’ first

Solo-entrepreneurs (solopreneurs) are fast becoming a very important part of the EU labour market. But those who work for themselves need better support from policymakers to ensure legislation is clear, accessible and not overly burdensome, writes Marco Torregrossa.
Trade & Society 20-11-2015

TTIP: The Irish case for increased Transatlantic ties

The US is already the second biggest customer for Irish SMEs, and a successful TTIP agreement will only make this relationship stronger, writes Ian Talbot.
Simon Lewis

Will a CMU deliver vital funding for Europe’s SMEs?

The European Commission unveiled its Capital Market Union (CMU) proposal last week. While the US provides a useful model for comparison, Europe must adapt SME funding to the specificities of the domestic market, writes Simon Lewis.
Trade & Society 08-01-2015

How can EU trade policy increase small firm exports further?

In 2010, the European Commission launched its Trade, Growth and World Affairs strategy, the political manifesto for the incoming Trade Commissioner at the time. Five years later, some of the bold objectives set out have already been achieved, writes Lucian Cernat.
Gary Bridgeman, managing director of Hodos Consulting
EU Priorities 2020 11-06-2014

Towards a single European business investment environment

Supporting SMEs is at the heart of the Europe 2020 objectives, but do they go far enough? A future roadmap should lead to a single European investment environment, writes Gary Bridgeman
Digital 28-11-2013

SMEs need to embrace technology to boost growth

There is a clearly established link between SMEs' rate of adoption of high technology and growth. Europe's companies need to stay ahead of the game, and can club together to help each other, writes Per Werngren.
Future EU 26-06-2013

Four recommendations for the EU summit

EU leaders should emphasise that the best way to achieve competitiveness is innovation, education and excellence in energy efficiency. The European carbon trading system should be restored, the lower efficiency of innovation systems and universities in Europe relative to the US should be tackled, and Europe should lead in energy efficiency and alternative energies, writes Karl Aiginger.

Will the old continent lose its youth?

Young Europeans entering the labour market today have a much harder time than their parents or grandparents. In Greece and Spain where the crisis has cut the jobs the most, there are now more unemployed young people than employed. This casts a dark shadow on the whole society, hope is scarce. Desperation is becoming a norm, writes MEP Tarja Cronberg.

The EU needs to take gender equality seriously

A 2011 Eurobarometer survey found that 88% of Europeans consider that women should be equally represented in company leadership positions. Let’s hope that the directly-elected members of the European Parliament and member states are listening, says Gabriele Suder.

Keeping smaller businesses strong

The financial and economic crisis is not yet over, with lingering uncertainties about growth, competition and profits. Therefore, stricter credit terms are an important topic for small and medium enterprises, argues Markus Stock.

Absence of European patent costs Europe

While Germany, France and the UK argue over the seat of the main patent court, Europe is loosing €425,000 a day, writes Arnaldo Abruzzini from Eurochambres.
Brexit 03-06-2010

E-finance at small firms: Little use of advanced services

Small companies in Europe are unsurprisingly behind larger firms when it comes to applying modern IT services and advanced e-finance methods – adding to the overall gap in productivity. Yet adopting online banking can be an important first step, writes Thomas Meyer, managing director of Deutsche Bank (DB) Research, in a May report.

Harnessing Europe’s most innovative entrepreneurs

It is a good thing that European political leaders striving to create new jobs "have also been trying to encourage start-up companies," argue members of the Science-Business Innovation Board (SBIB) in a January paper.

A time for new ideas: Innovation in Central and Eastern Europe

Despite innovation being the backbone of economic resurgence in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), most of the investment has come from multinationals (MNCs), which will leave the region's economies vulnerable, argues Paul Lewis in a June 2008 report for the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Brexit 04-02-2008

Financing Europe’s fast movers

The role of the financial system in fostering innovation and growth among emerging companies is far more important than the technology sector, yet it is often neglected, argue Thomas Philippon and Nicolas Véron in a January policy brief for Bruegel.
Brexit 24-11-2006

Innovation Policy: Europe or the member states?

This study, carried out by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, finds that with the exception of SMEs, innovation policy is most effective at the European level.