SME Europe, the most active EPP organisation, despite the difficult context of the pandemic

SME Europe, the economic and SME organisation of the European People’s Party, was among the most active EPP organisations even in the difficult context of the pandemic. This was one of the conclusions of the SME Europe General Assembly held this week in Brussels. The organisation’s First Vice-President, MEP Iuliu Winkler, pointed out that SME …

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The EU-Australia dialogue must bring mutually beneficial solutions

The European Union and Australia are like-minded partners with many common challenges. The Indo-Pacific is a strategic area of engagement for the EU, and an economic growth engine we must not ignore. Still, the way in which the AUKUS deal was done and the French submarine deal terminated is not reassuring EU-Australia relations. Nevertheless, despite …

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The new EU-China strategy, adopted by the European Parliament

The European Parliament has adopted its report on “A new EU-China strategy”. I worked as co-rapporteur for this file, covering the exclusive competences of INTA on trade and investment. The report is very important because it clarifies and consolidates the EU position in its strategic relationship with China. Key trade- and investment-related considerations include calls to …

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EU conflict minerals regulation takes effect

Experience shows that the implementation of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation has been successfully initiated and has started to produce effects.

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A new EU China Strategy

Members of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) voted on Thursday by a large majority the opinion drafted by MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP) on the new EU-China strategy, which discusses the latest developments in the bilateral trade and investment relationship. ”The last months have brought significant changes in the EU-China relationship as the COVID-19 …

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Simplification of procedures, the main urgency for European SMEs

Three quarters of European SMEs have been affected last year by restrictions imposed to counter the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent study by SME Europe, the economic organization of the European People’s Party (EPP). “Last year, the European SME sector has been hit hard. Despite aid programs in all Member States, 7.5% of SMEs …

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Romanian SMEs, invited to answer questions on a survey launched by SME Europe

Romanian SMEs are invited to answer questions on a survey launched by SME Europe, the European People’s Party’s (EPP) economic organization, at the level of all Member States, which will be the basis for recommendations to European institutions, announced on Monday MEP Iuliu Winkler (RMDSZ, EPP), First Vice-President of SME Europe. “Ten months have passed …

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MEPs committed to thoroughly scrutinize the EU China investment agreement

Currently we witness a deeply uneven trade and investment relationship between the EU and China. China is a strategic partner but increasingly also a strategic competitor of the EU. The CAI will contribute in rebalancing this relationship, benefiting European companies and investors. The CAI provisions do not stand alone, they will be complemented by the existing and upcoming EU autonomous trade measures in order to tackle imbalances …

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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and a new year full of peace and joy!

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EU-Australia relations: a partnership with still-untapped potential in a volatile global context

We are currently in the middle of the EU Trade Policy Review. After the reshuffling of portfolios in the Commission, and the assumption of duties by Executive Vice President V. Dombrovskis, the public consultation linked to the TPR has been prolonged until 15 November. A new Trade Policy paper from DG Trade is expected to …

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