20 Apr 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 20 APRILBrussels Daily
Commission report on the benefits of TTIP for Small and Medium Enterprises The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has significant potential for small and medium sized enterprises, according to a report presented by EU Trade Commissioner Malmström today. “Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of the European economy. That’s why the EU and the US are working to deliver an ambitious agreement that meets their concerns. This report helps us do that, by pointing out the concrete obstacles and the problems that we have to solve. This is one of the issues to be discussed when our negotiators are meeting this week,” Trade Commissioner Malmström commented. “SMEs stand to benefit most when we reduce non-tariff barriers and cut red tape. We are working on that in the EU Single Market and here we can see why it is so important to do the same thing in the TTIP negotiations,” Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs added. It presents the results of a survey of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) carried out in 2014 on challenges they face when exporting to the United States. It also uses newly available data to look at the scale of exports by EU SMEs to the United States. A press release is available online. Read the report here
Energy Union: Commissioner Arias Cañete in Poland and Ireland for energy and climate talks
On 21 – 23 April, EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will travel to Poland and Ireland. Together with Member of European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, ITRE Chair and former European Parliament President, he will visit a Clean Coal Technology Centre in Katowice, deliver a speech on “Energy Union – competitive, secure and sustainable energy for the European industry” at the European Economic Congress and meet Janusz Piechociński, the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economy for a bilateral. In Dublin, Commissioner Arias Cañete will meet the Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and Alex White, the Irish Minister for Communication, Energy and Natural Resources. He will also attend the Annual Conference of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and provide a keynote speech on EU’s policy for a secure and competitive gas supply.
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