Volume IX, 6-2010
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When will you buy an electric car?

When will you buy an electric car?

From left Giacomo Mattinó from the European Commission, Andrea Benassi, Secretary General

In April 2010, the Commission set out an ambitious strategy on clean and energy efficient vehicles.

The strategy builds on existing ongoing measures and sets out medium- to long- term actions. Its aim is to reduce the negative impact of road transport on the environment and enhance the competitiveness of European companies. Up to 40% of the energy consumed in Europe is for transport. New green technologies used in automotive industry could contribute considerably to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

However, research and development of green technologies must be supported and new standardisation has to be agreed upon. The biggest challenge is to rethink the whole concept of transport and convince consumers to buy green vehicles. This is still a difficult task as the infrastructure (charging stations, grids, etc.) and compatibility of standards are missing. Stakeholders interested in electric cars gathered on 6th October during the Open Days 2010 to discuss the main challenges of the green technology sector.

The strategy on Clean and energy efficient vehicles adopted in April is being enforced by a series of actions including a preparatory meeting of HLG CARS 21. Giacomo MATTINÓ from DG Enterprise & Industry, announced at the event organized by CEBRE, CEZ Group and UEAPME that the strategy was only the first step and that more actions are to be taken.

This year, the Commission has proposed a regulation on type-approval of two- and three- wheelers while other measures » read more «

Does the EU consider SMEs´ interests?

The 20 million SMEs in the EU represent 99% of all businesses, and are key drivers of economic growth, innovation and job creation.

In December 2008, heads of state and government from the EU‘s 27 member states endorsed the European Commission’s SME policy initiative, the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA). Its second anniversary gives us the opportunity to assess its implementation. The SBA proposes a strong self-commitment to respect the “Think Small First” principle, defines ten priority areas for better SME policy at European and national level and seven concrete European legislative proposals to improve the business environment for SMEs in Europe.

The ‘Think Small First’ principle requires that legislation takes SMEs‘ interests into account at the earliest stages of policy making in order to ensure that the outcome reflects smaller businesses’ needs. However, the ‘Think Small First’ principle largely remains ins a concept rather than a common practice.

The overall » read more «

European Parliament of Enterprises 2010

On 14 October businesses from all over Europe gathered in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels to constitute the second European Parliament of Enterprises. By voting, they have sent a clear message to the EU institutions on the following points:

  • The ‘think small first’ principle largely remains a concept rather than a common practice and the outcome of EU policy making does not yet adequately reflect smaller businesses’ needs.
  • Public authorities should undergo » read more «

ENERGIZING EUROPE:3rd Czech Energy Day was a Success!

Cez Group On 5th October 2010 CEZ Group, in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, organized the Third Czech Energy Day in Brussels.

The aim of the event which has already become a tradition and which the commissioner for energy Günter Oettinger greeted as an „important pillar of the Brussels-based debate on the future energy policy”, is not only to discuss the energy developments in CEE but also to present European decision makers with the Czech perspective on current EU legislative initiatives. Representatives of the European Commission, Council and » read more «