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What are the key areas for digital change in the near future? And how can Europe make greater progress towards creating a Digital Single Market? These were the key questions covered by a high-level conference with senior speakers from policy, academia, business and think tanks organized by the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers (ZPP) in Brussels on September 17th 2018. Featured topics of the conference were AI, 5G, IoT and cybersecurity policy – and what policies that should be front and centre as the EU gears up for new reforms. Moreover, it was discussed how countries in Europe can collaborate more to help best practices flow through Europe and push Europe-wide policy improvements.

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In cooperation with SME Europe, SME Connect is hosting a Workshop with Dinner Reception ”A brief Overview of the European SME Policy: Accomplishments and Goals Still Pending”. Aiming with this event at addressing and presenting SME Connect to the new MEPs of the EPP Group.

Date: 2019-07-17
Location: Strasbourg

SME Europe of the EPP and SME Connect organize a Working Dinner in Brussels and will invite all (re-)elected MEPs from the European Peoples Party (EPP). This Working Dinner aims to give SME executives and experts, a platform to present the issues of their sector to the MEPs of the EPP. 

Date: 2019-06-26
Location: -

Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers together with SME Connect and partner organizations organizes a post European Elections get together already in July at Tyrol Representation to the EU with speech of Marcin Nowacki. More information coming soon.

Date: 2019-07-11
Location: -

Regulatory Affairs

Ursula von der Leyen is a German Defense Minister and the President-designate of the European Commission. First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Margrethe Vestager are candidates for the European Commission’s Vice-Presidents. Interim Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has been chosen to replace Donald Tusk as European Council president in December. 

European Parliament starts a new term with new leadership and  committees divided in between 7 political groups. 

We encourage you to visit and participate to the open, public consultations by the European Commission – to access click the link. 

Position papers, presentation, declarations

Visit EUROPASS project website to find constantly updated information on the New Europass (including information on the e-portfolio, information provision, interoperability and framework for digitally signed credentials), as well as the meetings and expert workshops that are being conducted for its development. Interested parties can also send an e-mail to for additional information, to solve doubts and […]

Updated presentations for European Commission – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Country Visit to Poland: ESCO — European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations in Waraw. Robert Pater ESCO Economics Robert Pater Technical aspects of ESCO Putting Skills to Work in the Digital Labour Market

Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers letter to Members of the European Parliament on Mobility Package calling not to further proceed with works in the current term


Time, Julia Webster: What to Know About Ursula von der Leyen, the Surprise Choice and First Woman Nominated for One of Europe’s Top Jobs 

 The new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook presents the latest trends in performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and provides a comprehensive overview of business conditions and policy frameworks for SMEs and entrepreneurs. This year’s edition provides comparative evidence on business dynamism, productivity growth, wage gaps and export trends by firm size across OECD countries […]

European Elections or: “how to learn to stop worrying and be positive about trade in the future”  by Joao Carvalho and Natalia Macyra for European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).  We recommend you to follow also podcasts at ECIPE website.  

Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers
ZPP Representation to the European Union

Square de Meeûs 38/40, 1000 Bruxelles

Head of the branch office of ZPP in the EU:
Agata Boutanos
Phone: + 32 476 590 602