Stakeholder consultation by the Rapporteur Mrs Constance HANNIFFY (IE/EPP - ECOS)

20/05/2011   Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels, Room JDE 70
Constance Hanniffy (IE/EPP)

The Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion on the Communication from the Commission "Review of the "Small Business Act" for Europe" COM(2011) 78 final.

The Rapporteur on the opinion, Ms Constance Hanniffy (IE/EPP) Member of the ECOS Commission of the CoR and Member of Offaly County Council, Midland Regional Authority and the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly, together with her expert Mr Gerry Finn would be happy to meet with representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders for a consultation and exchange of views on her opinion.

This Communication takes stock of the implementation of the SBA and assesses the new needs of SMEs operating in the current economic environment, where they find it increasingly difficult to get financing and access markets.

The rapporteur would like to discuss some of the following issues within the SBA Review. These are:

Governance of the SBA – have the governmental aspects of the SBA been a success and is the SBA sufficiently linked with the Europe 2020 Strategy and the NRP process? Have Member States fully accepted the SBA principles and what greater role can local and regional authorities play in the implementation of the SBA?

Access to Finance – This is still the key issue for SMEs. Is there a need for additional measures to ensure that the banking sector meets the financing needs of SMEs in the current challenging environment? Can EU Programmes and financial engineering instruments be better defined to meet the needs of SMEs and what should the next Multi-annual Financial Framework bring in terms of support for the SME sector?

Regulation and Administrative Burden – Has the ‘think small first’ principle been fully absorbed by the European Commission and Member States? Has the SME test been effective and can it be improved? What concrete measures can be adopted to prevent ‘gold-plating’ of EU legislation by Member States?

Access to Markets – There are a number of actions that have been taken to improve SME access to markets. Are there other measures that can be adopted, especially in terms of procurement and greater use of ICT. Are there additional roles for the Enterprise Europe Network?

The consultation will take place in English. The Rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. In addition, if you have any additional position papers touching upon the subject, you are welcome to send them to us by email to the addresses below


For practical reasons, please confirm if you would like to attend, by sending an email to the contact below.

The consultation will take place at the premises of the Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels, room JDE 70 at 10:00 - 12:00.


For more information, please contact our team:
• For the ECOS Commission: Mr Robert Rönström,Tel: +32 2 282 2192
• For Relations with stakeholders: Mr Peter Verlinden, Tel: +32 2 282 2170


Contact Person: Robert Rönström
Organizer: ECOS Commission
Phone - Mobile: +32 2 282 2192 -  
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