Breakfast Discussion : Future-Proofing EU Policies for SMEs – a Case Study on Intellectual Property Rights

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Date(s) - 13/03/2018

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a Case Study on Intellectual Property Rights

Tuesday 13th March 2018 

from 8:30 – 9:30am

Press Club Brussels Europe

Rue Froissart 95 – 1040 Bruxelles

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy, representing a key source of job development and innovation.

In reality, does the European Commission focus on SMEs when developing new policies?

Officially, the Commission’s Better Regulation agenda recognises the crucial role of SMEs via two basic principles aimed at involving SMEs in EU decisionmaking and measuring the impact of policy initiatives on them: consultation and the ‘SME test’. But do these principles impact on actual policy-making? and the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE) invite you to an early morning discussion in Brussels to take stock of these reforms, and assess if and to what extent the views of SMEs are in practice being taken into account.

A selection of expert panellists will present the improvements made, identify any flaws in the system and discuss how these have impacted on SMEs’ business models, investment patterns and other aspects. We will also take a close look at where and how further progress is required to help SMEs thrive under the EU regulatory framework, before closing with a Q&A session.

PROGRAMME (8.30am-9.30am)

Main changes in the Better Regulation Package for SMEs’ Vicky MARISSEN, PACT European Affair

Does the Commission involve SMEs in EU policy-making?’ Alexander NATZ, EUCOPE

How can the Commission better focus on investments, innovation and intellectual property protection?’ – SPEAKER TBC

Q&A session

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