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on Friday, 05 October 2012
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EU Wants to Help Small Businesses and it Needs Your Help

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At Berlin Web Studio we understand the needs of and problems facing small and medium sized businesses.  We are one, after all.  We know how difficult it can be to set up a business in Europe and one of the reasons we set up as a company was to help others to get their SME off the ground.

Small and Medium Sized businesses, or SMEs are the backbone of the economy.  Yet as we know,  SMEs face an incredible amount of paperwork, red tape and legislative issues. 

Now it seems that the European Commission have decided to do something about this.

In their latest press release they announced that they want to cut the amount of red tape that small businesses have to deal with. 

However, there is a definite lack of concrete proposals to reduce this burden. With this in mind, the European Commission is calling upon businesses: "Let us know what could be done better - we would like your ideas for reducing red tape!" This consultation process for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and their representative organisations, will help to identify the top ten EU legislative acts considered most burdensome by micro-companies and SMEs. It will run until 21 December 2012, and once complete, the Commission will analyse the results and consider how situation for SMEs could be improved.

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "Very often I am told that the European Commission is too far removed from the daily reality of small businesses. We want to address this gap. Today, we are giving businesses the opportunity to identify those areas and pieces of legislation where we can make a difference. I am confident that our enterprises will seize this opportunity, and I am appealing to them to make their views known. Please do not hesitate to let us know where we could eliminate excessive burden."

If you are an SME or an organisation representing the interests of SMEs, you can help the European Commission identify trouble spots. Let them know if you think the EU could help SMEs by removing excessive burdens, for example in the following areas:

·                     Services: provision of services across borders, recognition of professional qualifications;

·                     Customs: customs controls and formalities, classification of goods, custom tariffs;

·                     Employment and Social Affairs: co-ordination and transferability of social rights, health & safety at work, organisation of working time, social security schemes, free movement of workers, posting of workers;

·                     Energy: energy supply, energy efficiency, renewable energy;

·                     Product safety: use of standards, demonstrating conformity in the absence of a harmonised standard, conformity assessment procedures, conformity assessment involving a conformity assessment body, EU declaration of conformity, CE marking rules, information/labelling/traceability obligations, controls / Inspections;

·                     Environment: tackling climate change, air quality/pollutants, biotechnology, nature and biodiversity, chemicals, industrial environmental audit, eco-labelling, noise, waste, water;

·                     Business environment: public procurement, company law, intellectual and industrial property, data protection;

·                     Taxation: VAT, excise duties, other indirect taxes, Direct taxes;

·                     Consumer protection: safe shopping, electronic commerce, legal redress and settlement of disputes, food safety, animal and plant health;

·                     Transport: transport of goods/ passengers, road transport, maritime / inland waterway transport, combined/ other transport modes.


Please contribute your views via the online survey: "Which are the TOP10 EU most burdensome legislative acts for SMEs?" at


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