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Sir, At the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) we have been relentlessly fighting for a Community patent for the past five years. We’re happy to see UEAPME joining us in carrying the flag for this important cause. Innovative SMEs can only benefit from the improvements that a one-stop shop for patent protection across Europe would… » read more

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Sir, Regarding your LinksDossier ‘Algae: the ultimate biofuel‘ and interview ‘EABA: Promises and challenges of algae biofuels‘: There are more issues than just costs (which are mentioned in the interview). There is doubts about the net energy balance (energy needed to get the energy out) and serious concerns about the environment. For some of the… » read more

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Sir, The big banks, which caused the current recession, refuse to take responsibility to date. By calculating excessively high interest rates, the economic recovery is being blocked. EuropeanCompanyMarket has found that the negative sentiment is fortunately decreasing. The number of visitors on the website www.E-cm.eu is increasing. People from all over Europe are interested in… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Strauss: Europe ‘wasting billions’ by duplicating research‘: The EU only funds only a small proportion of research in Europe. It would be bad for fundamental research in Europe if it were possible to carry out a single type of research in a single laboratory, instead of using several independent groups, because the most… » read more

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SMEs: Think small first!

Sir, Regarding ‘MEP: Use procurement process to ‘leverage innovation’‘: On behalf of small business innovators across Europe, I would like to congratulate MEP Malcolm Harbour for his success in getting through his report on pre-commercial procurement. This is a fine example of the ‘think small first’ principle put into action. Traditionally, SMEs have shied away… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘MEP: European research grants becoming ‘unattractive’‘: From a practical experience, the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) agrees that applying for EU funds, especially for NGOs, is almost impossible. This holds for DG Research and DG Sanco, although the agency dealing with DG Sanco projects is more transparent. Nevertheless, the paperwork stays the… » read more

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