• Posted 15-Aug-2017

LAB - FAB - APP: Investing in the European future we want

Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas received on July 3rd the report on a new vision for EU research and innovation prepared by an independent group of high-level experts chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute. The report was presented at the conference “Research & Innovation – Shaping our Future” that took place on July 3rd in Brussels, attended by more than 700 scientists, innovators, business people and policy makers.

  • Posted 24-Jul-2017

New online tool to exchange information on companies

The European Commission has launched a single platform to access company information in the EU. Linking national business registers will facilitate cross-border trade and increase confidence and transparency in the EU Single Market.

  • Posted 24-Jul-2017

Roam Like at Home

Until now, when you travelled to another EU country, your mobile operator would bill you at a different, higher rate for your mobile communications (phone calls, SMS, data) in that country. Over the last 10 years, the EU has progressively required mobile operators to considerably reduce these roaming charges, in favour of consumers. If you travel regularly to other EU countries, you have probably already experienced the sharp decrease in roaming prices over the last decade.

  • Posted 24-Jul-2017

New action plan to support SMEs as drivers of pharmaceutical innovation

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published on the 31st of May an action plan for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which aims to foster innovation and support SMEs in the development of novel human and veterinary medicines.

  • Posted 21-Jul-2017

Capital Markets Union: Banks to provide feedback to SMEs on access to funding

After the publication of the Mid-Term Review of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) Action Plan on the 8th of June, the Commission is intensifying its efforts to improve the funding environment for small businesses. Currently, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) often fail to get funding from banks yet they do not receive proper feedback as to the reason why, which hampers future attempts. The Commission has been working to address this problem by getting the financial industry to do more to help small businesses navigate the complex financial landscape. Five major EU banking federations have now agreed to provide SMEs with the feedback they need so that they can ultimately increase their chances of getting loans.