The European Union has launched a portal designed to make life easier for SMEs.
The Your Europe portal is designed to provide a one-stop information resource for businesses wishing to trade across the EU, helping them negotiate administrative and other requirements. Commission vice-president Gunter Verheugen has hailed the portal as “an important step towards EU-wide e-government”.
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The portal is designed to offer assistance over the full life cycle of an enterprise, providing information on the rules in all member states, for example, taking over a business, financial and other assistance, bidding for public contracts, employment laws, social security requirements and expatriate staff management.
In addition, the portal also now houses existing national "fact sheets" detailing background information on EU country activities, such as education, banking or finding work.
Single market commissioner Charlie McCreevy said, “This website initiative will play an important role in helping businessmen and citizens take advantage of the opportunities presented by the single market in terms of jobs, starting up businesses and public procurement opportunities.”
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