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16 May 2014

Small Business Declaration launched in Prague

During his visit to Prague in support of ANO2011, Guy Verhofstadt took the opportunity to launch a seven point plan for SME's. 

SME's are key for growth and jobs.

Small business declaration

Towards a comprehensive European policy for small and medium sized enterprises
There are approximately 23 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU making up 99% of all businesses and providingtwo-thirds of all private sector jobs. They represent the main driving force for economic growth, innovation, employment and social integration.

The EU has already done much to improve the situation for SMEs but a lot still remains to be done to reduce administrative burdens, make legislation more simple and smarter, and tosimplify access to financial instruments

Only 25 % of SMEs in the EU-27 are exporters, butin the Czech Republic it is around 50%. More needs to be done to help our small businesses further tap into the potential of the EU single market.

7 liberal steps to help SMEs:

Smart regulation and simplification of rules

1.Make the use of SME impact assessmentsobligatory when preparing new EU laws. Theimpact of any substantial amendments throughout the legislative process should also be assessed.
2.Take account of specific needs of micro-entities.
3.Withdrawal of obsolete and ineffective laws affecting SMEs ('fitness check') and continue the work of the REFIT programme.
4.Avoid the increase of any unnecessaryadministrative burdens. Aim at a net decrease of administrative burdens at an EU level in the next five years.
Easier financing
5.Simplify accessibility to EU financinginstruments for SMEs, explore innovative means of financing.
6.Encourage SMEs to diversify financing fortheir activities.
7.Ensure SMEs benefit more from EU structural funding in the regions.

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10 June 2014

Verhofstadt message to European leaders: Europe needs reform, not rejection
Guy Verhofstadt calls on EU leaders, especially Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Fredrik Reinfeldt and Mark Rutte meeting yesterday and today in Harpsund (Sweden), to focus on a clear vision of how the EU, through its economies of scale, can be a catalyst for growth in the years ahead.

27 May 2014

Guy Verhofstadt attended the liberal prime ministers' meeting today ahead of the informal European Council

Conclusion of the meeting was that the political groups of the EPP and the PES parties lost 70 seats in the May 22-25 election.This means that ALDE will be key to the formation of a stable parliamentary majority in the European parliament.

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