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Economy & Jobs 18-11-2014

EU 2020 and industrial competitiveness: SMEs in the surface engineering sector

As part of the SME week 2014, MEP Paul Rübig, EPP Austria, hosted a high level breakfast debate on the pivotal role of SMEs in achieving the goals set by the European Commission’s EU2020 strategy with a focus on the latest EC Communication on “European Industrial Renaissance" which calls on Member States to boost post-crisis growth and enhance innovation and modernization. European SMEs, and in particular the surface engineering sector, play a crucial role in the overall strategy and their voice, opinions, ideas and concerns will be at the heart of the debate.
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Reach authorisation: What impact for industry, SMEs and consumers?

Authorisation, one of the REACH processes for managing risks of substances of very high concern (SVHC), has the ultimate aim of phasing out SVHC of non-essential uses. In order to obtain an authorisation, companies must prove either that the risk to health and the environment is controlled or there are strong socio- economic arguments. After 5 years, it is important to draw some lessons from the efficiency of REACH, whilst at the same time reviewing the Risk Management part of the legislation.