Regional policy and rural development
Europe’s regions are crucial to the creation of employment and economic development, especially in disadvantaged areas and new Member States. UEAPME has set up a Regional Policy and Structural Funds Working Group, which gathers experts from the main SME and Craft associations of Europe to discuss current and future European Cohesion Policy and the role crafts and SMEs can play.
Video: Cohesion policy and Small Business Act
Children show clear ideas on how the "think small first" principle is an added value for the development of regions and rural areas. Watch the video!
Position papers and other policy documents
January 2017: UEAPME letter to MEP Krehl on ESIF report
09/12/2016: UEAPME comments and proposals on Gold Plating
01/12/2015: UEAPME proposals on e-governance
October 2015: ESIF: UEAPME proposals for SMEs and micro enterprises (Annex)
August 2012: UEAPME position on the "partnership principle" in the new cohesion policy (aussi disponible en français)
February 2011: UEAPME position on the fifth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion: the future of cohesion policy (aussi disponible en français)
January 2011: UEAPME position on the Communication of the European Commission on innovation and regional policy (aussi disponible en français)
January 2011: UEAPME response to the Commission communication and to the impact study on the common agricultural policy up to 2020 (aussi disponible en français)
December 2009: UEAPME response to the Committee of the Regions’ White Paper on “Multilevel Governance” (aussi disponible en français)
11/05/2004: UEAPME welcomes 3rd Cohesion report
16/02/2004: Regional Policy: focus must be given to SMEs in less developed rural areas says UEAPME (aussi disponible en français)