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A new SME panel on the adoption of sustainable technologies and solutions by SMEs for the Industrial Technologies Roadmap, under the lead of DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) is launched.

Decarbonisation and circularity are essential for the European Green Deal, and companies involvement in developing, uptaking and using new technologies is needed in order to achieve the objective of EU’s Climate Law. In order to better understand the challenges that small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe face when dealing with greening their operations, SMEs are invited to fill in this short survey. The questions aim to collect information on the type of technologies that companies develop/purchase/use, on the barriers companies encounter and on companies’ perspective regarding support tools for adopting new, green technologies.

The results of this survey will be processed by the European Commission (DG Research and innovation) and will be included in the upcoming Common Industrial Technologies Roadmaps on low-carbon technologies and on circular technologies. The two roadmaps aim to better link research and innovation to the market, for a faster roll-out of new technologies and more synergies between research and industry.

The survey is open until 15 January 2021.

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New EU-funded Eastern Partnership Trade Helpdesk launched

A new tool to support trade and investment between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries launched on 15 December. The Eastern Partnership Trade Helpdesk will assist companies to identify new opportunities, potential partners and check necessary requirements and procedures.

Launch of the Africa IP SME Helpdesk to support EU businesses in intellectual property matters

The Africa IP SME Helpdesk is a first-line IP assistance service for European SMEs that operate or intend to access the African market and look to improve their global competitiveness.

Consultation on the New Legislative Framework

Does your business produce goods that are sold in other EU markets?  Do you regularly have to deal with formalities such as CE marking and conformity assessment? In that case, you will already be dealing with procedures under the New Legislative Framework (NLF) – which sets out principles/overall rules for product legislation/conformity assessment in the EU. It also clarifies the use of CE marking and creates a toolbox of measures for use in product legislation.  Decision No 768/2008/EC and Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 together are called the NLF. The European Commission is currently evaluating this legislation and would therefore be very pleased to hear your views, experiences and suggestions.

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