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Magazine Ei 03 En

Magazine Ei 03 En

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ENTERPRISEINDUSTRY
magazine 
3
December 2008
European Commission
ENTERPRISE AND INDUSTRY
ISSN 1831-1237
Securing raw materialsfor European industry
European Economic Recovery Plan for Growth and JobsEnterprise Europe Network –Delivering business support at your doorstep
 
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Enterprise & Industry
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December 2008
Contents
ENTERPRISE & INDUSTRY
 The
Enterprise & Industry 
magazine is published three times a year, in English,French and German, complementing the on-line magazine of the EuropeanCommission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. The magazine is financed under the Competitiveness andInnovation Framework Programme which aims to encouragethe competitiveness of European enterprises.
Published by 
Communication and Information UnitDirectorate-General for Enterprise and IndustryEuropean CommissionB-1049 Brusselsentr-communication-information@ec.europa.euwww.ec.europa.eu/enterprise/e_i/index_en.htm
LEGAL NOTICE
Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on its behalf may beheld responsible for the use to which information contained in this publicationmay be put, nor for any errors which may appear despite careful preparationand checking. This publication does not necessarily reflect the view or theposition of the European Commission.
Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008
ISSN 1831-1237© European Communities, 2008Reproduction is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged, save whereotherwise stated.For use/reproduction of third-party copyright material specified as suchpermission must be obtained from the copyright holder(s).Front cover image © Medioimages/PhotodiscPrinted in Belgium
CONTENTS
 
Editorial
 
3
 
Securing raw materials or European competitiveness
4
 
European Economic Recovery Plan or Growth and Jobs
 
8
  Time to innovate
10
 
Recognising and preserving Europe’s intangible heritage
 
12
 
Reduction o administrative burdens programmeachieving results
 
14
 
Helping businesses beneft ully rom the EU’s Single Market
 
16
 
Security know-how
18
 Enterprise Europe Network:
Business support at your doorstep
 
20
 News in brief & upcoming events
22
 
3
EditorialEnterprise & Industry
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December 2008
Raw materials are essential components of every manufactured product.While some are widely available in the EU, others, such as high-techmetals, can be difficult and expensive to obtain. European manufacturerswhich depend on these materials need to have fair access to supplieson global markets, because if not they will face a significant competitivedisadvantage.
T
oday’s electronic equipment relieson a cocktail of high-tech metals,most of which are not available inEurope. European manufacturers are facingincreasing competition from producersbased in countries with their own suppliesof crucial raw materials. Whilst theyface difficulties accessing supplies, theircompetitors often have tariff-free or low-duty access to European markets for theirproducts. Without concerted measures toovercome such trade-distorting measures,European firms will find it exceedinglydifficult to sustain their positions in themarket place.Our feature article in this third edition of the
Enterprise & Industry 
 
magazine
looks at theEuropean Commission’s Communicationon a ‘Raw Materials Initiative’, adoptedin November. The Commission has putforward measures in three areas. In additionto measures to remove trade barriersfor raw material exports to Europeanmanufacturers, the Communication alsoputs forward initiatives to streamlineprocedures required to extract raw materialsin the EU, and to encourage improvedefficiency in using raw materials andgreater recycling.In this issue, other articles address theUnion’s economic recovery package inresponse to the global financial crisis;efforts to reduce the administrative burdenon SMEs; the 25th anniversary of themechanism which helps business benefitfully from the EU’s single market; the EuropeINNOVA initiative to foster public-privateconnections in support of innovation; theEnterprise Europe Network, which providesbusiness support to smaller firms; the EDENawards, for destinations with a commitmentto develop tourism in a sustainable way; andEU-supported research to boost the securityof citizens.If you like what you read in our magazine,why not subscribe? It costs you nothing simply turn to the back cover for details of how to subscribe. And visit our regularlyupdated on-line magazine, too.
(www.ec.europa.eu/enterprise/e_i)
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