CEA-PME Position Papers

European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME has produced a number of positions papers about the European Union's policies and proposals likely to have an impact for small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe.

You can find the position papers here below listed in chronological order.

December 2018 - CEA-PME Position Paper on the European Union and the Insatiable Drive for Higher Tax Revenues and Ever New Taxes

The European Commission is pushing for a digital tax, but an initial proposal for a Robot Tax is also in the offing. Over the past 20 years the general tax revenue has grown by more than 100%, corporate taxes by almost 150%. Thus, no “erosion” of tax revenues can be claimed to justify the introduction of ever new taxes.

SMEs strongly oppose any attempt to increase the tax burden even more!

September 2018 - CEA-PME and VIU, the German Association of Innovative Companies, Position Paper on the Future of the "SME Instrument" in HorizonEurope, the EU's programme for R&D covering the 2021-2027 period

The new proposal of the European Commission concerning funds for innovation is worsening the eligibility conditions for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and VIU call for the SME instrument to be continued and developed as a specific SME support program for the most promising small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe.

The “SME instrument” for the promotion of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises must be continued and expanded in Horizon Europe!

July 2018 - BVMW and CEA-PME Response to the Public Consultation of the European Commission and the European Parliament on the Regulation of Sovereign Bondbacked Securities

The Reflection Paper on the Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Commission from May 2017 contains different proposals to break the so-called sovereign-banking nexus, particularly concerning the completion of the Banking and Capital Markets Union. Furthermore, the development of Sovereign Bond-Backed Securities (SBBS) was taken into consideration and the European Commission presented a proposal in May 2018.

The Commission proposes the following regulatory adjustments:

1) Introduction of a definition of SBBS that lists all properties which need to be fulfilled so that a securitization of Euro area government bonds from the private sector is considered as SBBS

ƒƒ2) Regulatory equal treatment of SBBS and government bonds regarding equity requirements, eligibility as collateralfor the Euro system and as security.

CEA-PME and its German member BVMW responded to the consultation of the European Commission on the regulatory adjustments, observing that such measures are unnecessary and possibly damaging the process of European integration.

May 2018 - CONFAPI and CEA-PME Comments on the Initiation of a Safeguard Investigation Concerning Imports of Steel Products (2018 / C 111/10)

Due to the US duties on steel and aluminum (25% steel, 10% aluminum) introduced at the beginning of 2018 and mainly directed to Europe, China, South Korea, Canada and Mexico, the European
Commission has activated a safeguard investigation on the importation of 26 categories of steel products (over 400 customs codes).

The Commission is considering the possible risk is of an excess of imports for any steel products not absorbed by the American market. If that were true, there would be a consequent oversupply, a fall in the prices of products and of profits of European producers.

CEA-PME and its Italian Member CONFAPI have provided comments to such position, and while they agree with the need for anti-dumping measures, they completely reject the introduction of quotas which would alter the regular conduct of commerce and make small and medium industries experience a loss of competitiveness.

April 2018 - Response to the Stakeholder Consultation for the Joint Synthesis Report

The EU and Member States committed to produce a joint synthesis report on the Consensus on Development including the impact of their actions in support of the 2030 Agenda in developing countries, as a contribution to EU reporting to the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF), when meeting at Head-of-State level every four years.

The EU and its Member States plan to produce the Joint Synthesis Report (JSR) by Spring 2019. It is intended to summarize EU progress in supporting partner countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. These are the answers of CEA-PME to the questionnaire collecting stockholders' opinions, expressing its point of view on the the Joint Synthesis Report (JSR).