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UEAPME is the employers' organization that promotes the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs (small and medium enterprises) at the EU level.
"Our calls to simplify rules, reduce participation costs and accelerate award procedures were clearly taken on board, and the creation of a dedicated programme with an increased budget envelope is a clear reason to rejoice," declared Andrea Benassi, secretary-general of UEAPME. The organisation is remaining cautious at this stage, though, saying the budget has to be approved without changes and without cuts.
For Andrea Benassi (UEAPME), "the third industrial revolution is an extraordinary opportunity for our society in general and for SMEs in particular".
However, UEAPME stays rather cautious concerning the meaning of these figures: "This shows more of a stabilisation of the situation with less negative expectation than actually heading for a real recovery in these countries".
The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME) lamented that no distinction had been made between solicited and unsolicited visits.
"Ownership unbundling is fundamental, but it must be done in a way that avoids the creation of private monopolies on the distribution side," argued UEAPME. "The optimal solution would be to keep energy grids in the public sphere and enforce competition on the supply and production side".
UEAPME and EBC regret that the COSME budget was cut from the Commission's initial proposal, dropping from 2.4 billion to 2 billion.
In a new position paper, the SME employers' and crafts organisation UEAPME repeated calls for full ownership unbundling and bending state aid rules to enable more help with energy investments.
UEAPME, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, seeks a higher ceiling in the de minimis regulation and rejects the five-year restriction on the duration of loan guarantees, while demanding reintroduction of the 80% threshold for guarantees.
According to the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME), this vote has some positive points - for example, the exemption of non pre-packed products from labelling requirements - and some negative points.
In a new position paper, SME employers' and crafts organisation UEAPME added to repeated calls for full ownership unbundling, price caps and the bending state aid rules to enable more help with energy investments.
Conversely, UEAPME, which represents European SMEs, argues that the Commission has sufficient evidence to demonstrate that state aid is awarded asymmetrically to the largest companies, although they use it less effectively than SMEs.
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