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Prime ministers push SME development up the agenda

A small firms' charter providing clear guidelines of what SMEs in Europe have a right to expect should be established, according to a joint 15 point statement issued by Mr Tony Blair and Mr Guy Verhofstadt on 24 February.

In emphasising the value added by European cooperation...
A small firms' charter providing clear guidelines of what SMEs in Europe have a right to expect should be established, according to a joint 15 point statement issued by Mr Tony Blair and Mr Guy Verhofstadt on 24 February.

In emphasising the value added by European cooperation in economic, employment and social cohesion policies, the statement said the forthcoming 24 March Lisbon summit should set objectives with clear benchmarking of Member States' progress in these areas.

Included in the small firms' charter would be better access to technology, improved training, better access to administrations through modern communication techniques (as well as to investment finance) and a positive environment for risk-taking entrepreneurs.

Summing up the ethos behind the statement, Mr Verhofstadt said that 'a new social synthesis is taking shape and this synthesis is the active welfare state [which] considers employment to be the best form of social protection and human fulfilment'.

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