Volume IX, 2-2010
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Eastern partnership: Win-win situation not only for businesses

Eastern partnership: Win-win situation not only for businesses

From left: Ivan Voleš, Member of EESC, Commissioner Štefan Füle, Milena Vicenová, Czech Permanent Representative to the EU and Kristian Vigenin, MEP, discuss the Eastern Partnership with stakeholders on 4th March, 2010.

The Eastern Partnership project (EaP), aiming to improve the political and economic relations of the countries of “strategic importance” - Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia with the EU, was inaugurated on 7th May 2009 in Prague. This ambitious project aims to develop good governance in these countries, promote human rights, enforce rule of law and strengthen their cooperation. Businesses and business organisations play a vital role in achieving the aims of EaP and should be more present in the whole project through participation in its four thematic platforms, civil society dialogue as well as implementation of particular projects. Dialogue, best practices sharing and absorption capacity of Eastern partner countries are the most important elements of the EaP. EU and EaP businesses can share their experience and contacts mainly via Civil Society Eastern Partnership Business Forum. Businesses from EaP countries expect improvement of regulatory environment and a better investment climate. Cooperation will also happen at parliamentary level the European Parliament is setting up the joint Parliamentary Assembly where 60 members of the European Parliament and 60 parliamentarians from EaP countries will gather to improve their dialogue and cooperation.

Eastern Partnership was set up last May during the Czech Presidency. Ten months later, business organisations, Members of European Parliament and representatives of Member States discussed the challenges » read more «

European Private Company shouldn´t die

In June 2008 the European Commission adopted proposal for European Private Company statute (SPE) as a part of the Small Business Act. Its aim is to allow European SMEs to use one standardized legal form for cross-border activities in the European Union. After long and detailed discussions, reports and consultations, the Commission submitted a proposal for an accessible (cheap), open and flexible statute. SPE companies will be able to set up and create branches with the same structure in any Member State. Unlike big multinationals, SMEs were waiting for the single statute for a long time. To enhance cross-border trade in the EU, SMEs should also have the possibility to use a uniform statute reflecting their needs, containing minimum of references to national laws and decreasing costs when setting up a company abroad. An unpleasant surprise came during the Council’s meeting last December, when the SPE proposal was not immediately adopted by the Member States, who instead decided to take » read more «

EUROPE 2020

In early March, the European Commission revealed “Europe 2020”, its proposal for new growth and jobs strategy. The biggest challenges of the strategy are economic crisis that has driven us back to the early 1990s, constraints on public finances, population ageing, competitiveness at the global level and environmental issues. Without serious ownership, political commitments and efficient instruments there is only a small chance that the strategy will be successful. The strategy must » read more «

ENERGIZING EUROPE: European Nuclear Energy Forum – this year in Bratislava!

Cez Group The European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) represents a platform for a broad and comprehensive discussion on ensuring the energy needs of the EU by means of nuclear energy. All relevant stakeholders in the nuclear field – governments of the 27 EU Member States, European Institutions, nuclear industry, electricity consumers and the civil society – will gather in Bratislava on the 25th and 26th of May to discuss annual outcomes of ENEF working groups on transparency issues and the opportunities and risks of nuclear energy. Furthermore, this fifth plenary session will also focus on » read more «