Latest edition of the West Midlands in Europe eNewsletter online

July 2, 2010

West Midlands in Europe partners can check out the new eNewsletter on our website via the following link: http://www.westmidlandsineurope.org/other_docs/private/eNewsletter41.pdf

This edition highlights the European Councils adoption of Europe 2020.

A few of the other featured articles and topics in the latest edition include:

Business & Single Market

Ø Food Labelling: Parliament reaches a decision

Ø Organic labelling rules come into force

Ø Commission seeks contract law solution

Research & Innovation

Ø Europeans are more interested in science than sport

Ø Commission concerned about net neutrality

Ø EU works on a standard charging system for electric cars

Environment & Climate Change

Ø Experts stress raw materials are under pressure

Ø Council adopts environment Conclusions

Ø Commissioner unveils environmental code of conduct

Ø Member States miss renewables action plans deadline

Skills, Health & Social Issues

Ø Commission aims to inform passengers about rights

The Bigger Picture

Ø Europe 2020 adopted by European Council

Ø European Council adopts Conclusions

Ø Council looks at implementing Citizen’s Initiative

Ø Belgium prepares to take over EU Presidency

And all the latest European events and Partner Searches.

Please get in touch with us for more information on any of these topics – communication@wmeuropeanservice.eu


New eNewsletter online

June 8, 2010

West Midlands in Europe partners can check out the new eNewsletter on our website via the following link: http://www.westmidlandsineurope.org/other_docs/private/eNewsletter39.pdf

This edition showcases the start of the EU’s SME week and the events that surround it.

A few of the other featured articles and topics in the latest edition include:

Business & Single Market

  • Official launch of SME Week
  • Defending the single internal market at Council
  • Council adopts Conclusions on EU trade mark
  • Commission reduces chemical fees for SMEs
  • European Commission adopts new rules for the automotive sector

Research & Innovation

  • Eastern European countries question R&D target
  • Ministers push for funding to be key part of innovation strategy

Environment & Climate Change

  • EC agrees regulations on construction materials
  • Report shows rise in green products
  • European Commission approves new eco-design rules

Skills, Health & Social Issues

  • EC debates Consumer Rights & Services Directive

The Bigger Picture

  • Economic governance Task Force meets
  • Commission reviews rules for access to EU funds

And all the latest European events and Partner Searches.

Please get in touch with us for more information on any of these topics – communication@wmeuropeanservice.eu


Latest edtion of the West Midlands in Europe eNewsletter on the web

May 21, 2010

West Midlands in Europe partners can check out the new eNewsletter on our website via the following link:http://www.westmidlandsineurope.org/other_docs/private/eNewsletter38.pdf

This edition outlines the European Commission’s new Digital Agenda for Europe.

A few of the other featured articles and topics in the latest edition include:

Business & Single Market

· Unemployment due to crisis less in EU than US

· Access to finance for SME’s

· ‘Made in’ labelling should be EU regulation say MEPs

Research & Innovation

· Commission outlines a new Research and Innovation Strategy for Europe European Technology Platforms

· EU developing rules to prevent mobile interference

· European Commission identifies ICT as the leaders of R&D

· Commission releases Digital Agenda for Europe

Environment & Climate Change

· Commission starts consultation on energy policy

· EC launch call for tenders on biodiversity

· UN unoptimistic on biodiversity

· IEA predicts solar could account for 25% of all energy

· Emissions fall under ETS

· EC looks at improving the use of bio-waste

Skills, Health & Social Issues

· Sports Ministers ask for social work programme

· European Parliament urges action on cancer

· Youth in Action boosts language skills and job opportunities

· EU looks to improve gender equality in rural areas

· EP improved social protection for self-employed women

The Bigger Picture

· EU establishes ‘bail-out’ mechanism

· European Parliament votes to limit hedge funds

And all the latest European events and Partner Searches.

Please get in touch with us for more information on any of these topics – communication@westmidlandsineurope.eu


smallbusinesseurope highlights female entrepreneurs hurdles

May 6, 2010

Practical advice and support for Europe’s female entrepreneurs was on the agenda in Brussels at a lively policy briefing organised by smallbusinesseurope, in the run up to European SME Week 2010 and the launch of the Small Business Act review.

Joanna Drake - European Commission

Keynote speaker Joanna Drake, the European Commission’s Deputy Special Envoy for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), underlined the necessary steps for the EU to support and provide practical help to female entrepreneurs. “More needs to be done to help “unlock” the entrepreneurial skills of women. I am calling for specific action to provide “mentoring” skills and “support systems” in addition to existing support networks that are already in place such as the Women’s Ambassadors Entrepreneurship Network.

Drake, speaking at the smallbusinesseurope event, also voiced concern at “stagnation” in the number of entrepreneurs in Europe, both men and women. “Latest polls suggest this figure remains pretty stagnant at about 45 per cent,” she said.
The event, “Female entrepreneurs: taking business to the next level,” was organised ahead of the commission’s review of the Small Business Act, expected begin shortly. The role of women entrepreneurs will, said, Drake, form part of the review which is expected to lead to a new commission initiative in the autumn.

The smallbusinesseurope briefing, attended by an appreciative audience of entrepreneurs, European businesses, trade associations and regions, began the countdown to European SME Week 2010 in Brussels, addressing the “Female Entrepreneurs – taking business to the next level!”

Sally Arkley, Director of the Women’s Business Development Agency based in the West Midlands  commented “I would strongly urge the Commission to prioritise measures to transform the landscape for women’s enterprise as a matter of economic urgency. We need to apply the gender lens to every initiative, proposals, piece of legislation undertaken throughout the Union. ”

Addressing the same event, Sophie Howe, who heads up a UK-based company

Sophie Howe - Comtec

Comtec Translations, spoke of what it takes to become an entrepreneur. She said, “The key point about running your own business is about having the hunger and determination to pull through, to keep going. But it is not always easy to keep that momentum up. And that is where external support comes in.”

Mandip Taunque, European Business Policy Manager of smallbusinesseurope announced that smallbusinesseurope will be steering a campaign to address enterprise barriers for women.

Mandip Taunque - smallbusinesseurope

“We have launched an online campaign to develop a ‘shopping list’ for new products and services that women entrepreneurs need to successfully develop their potential. This shopping list will form the basis of our response to the forthcoming Small Business Act review. We welcome your ‘shopping list’ ideas on our blog.”


Latest Edition of eNewsletter on website

April 23, 2010

West Midlands in Europe partners can check out the new eNewsletter on our website via the following link:http://www.westmidlandsineurope.org/other_docs/private/eNewsletter36.pdf

This edition explains the effects of the Icelandic ash on EU proceedings as well as responses to the Europe 2020 agenda.

A few of the other featured articles and topics in the latest edition include:

Business & Single Market

· EU establishes micro-financing facility for SMEs

· Employers call for a more EU to be more proactive in supporting enterprise

Research & Innovation

· Report calls for a doubling of spending on energy projects

Environment & Climate Change

· EC turn eco-challenges into SME opportunities

· European Chemicals Agency provides guide for REACH

· Acrylamide added to candidate list of SVHC

· UK opposed to waste implementation body

· Regions express disappointment at Europe 2020 energy plans

Skills, Health & Social Issues

· EC promote jobs for a smarter, sustainable Europe

· ECJ hints at approval of university quotas

· EU establishes databank to improve patient safety

· Danone withdraws health claims

The Bigger Picture

· European Parliament supports 18 new Members

· Citizens Initiative has cautious welcome from MEPs

· Van Rompuy calls for Member State leaders to do more to promote the EU

· European Parliament to go ahead without voting

· EU pledges to support Greece

· CoR calls for regional policy to be maintained

And all the latest European events and Partner Searches.

Please get in touch with us for more information on any of these topics – info@westmidlandsineurope.eu


Female Entrepreneurs: “taking business to the next level!”

April 15, 2010

Smallbusinesseurope and partners are pleased to invite you to attend Female Entrepreneurs: “taking business to the next level!” on the 4 May 2010 at the West Midlands European Centre between 11:00 – 14:00 with a sandwich lunch . The event will include guest speakers Joanna Drake, Director for Promotion of SMEs’ Competitiveness & Special Deputy Envoy for SMEs, European Commission, Sally Arkley, Director of Women’s Business Development Agency and Sophie Howe, Entrepreneur.

Background

According to the Commission “Europe is not fully exploiting its entrepreneurial potential, and lags behind the USA in both business start-ups and self-employment. Moreover, compared with men, fewer women are self-employed in the EU and fewer women start-up businesses or have the ambition to do so. Women’s intellectual potential and their contribution to Europe’s competitiveness are not being maximised.”

So what can be done about it?

Come to our smallbusinesseurope event and hear directly from a female entrepreneur on the barriers and issues she faces. Also hear from the Women’s Business Development Agency on how they are helping women to become entrepreneurs and then hear what the Commission is doing and how it intends to knock down barriers and what new initiatives it is planning for the future. Network with like minded individuals during a sandwich lunch and start making a change now!

With an esteemed panel of speakers, this is one event you will not want to miss.

For more information and to register please contact Peter Bryan at event@smallbusinesseurope.org Tel: +32 (0) 2 740 27 24


Latest Edition of eNewsletter on website

April 12, 2010

West Midlands in Europe partners can check out the new eNewsletter on our website via the following link:http://www.westmidlandsineurope.org/other_docs/private/eNewsletter35.pdf

This edition highlighted the great work the Birmingham based International Synergies has been doing in China to promote industrial symbiosis and develop a green economy.

A few of the other featured articles and topics in the latest edition include:

Business & Single Market

· EU establishes micro-financing facility for small entrepreneurs and the unemployed

· MEPs worried about secretive ACTA discussions

Research & Innovation

· Regiostars 2011 launched

Environment & Climate Change

· European Commission determined to make REACH a success

· Commissioner to promote green growth

Skills, Health & Social Issues

· EU Presidency stresses value of gender equality

· EU to convert Charter of Fundamental Rights into poem

· Helsinki named World Design Capital 2012

· Parliament supports Commission on cancer fight

The Bigger Picture

· New European Commission Work Programme released

· Commission chastises Member States for not spending enough EU regional money

· European Presidency considering giving up G20 seat

And all the latest European events and Partner Searches.

Please get in touch with us for more information on any of these topics – info@westmidlandsineurope.eu


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