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On 21 December 2011, the Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs published the Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator (CCI) for December. According the estimation of the Commission, the CCI declined both in the EU27 and Eurozone.
On 9 December 2011, the Council of the European Union agreed on a new fiscal compact for the Eurozone to tighten fiscal discipline. The intergovernmental agreement will be drafted by March 2012 and opened to ratification by nations outside the 17-member Eurozone. So far 26 countries signalled to sign the treaty; however the United Kingdom decided not to take part in the agreement.
According to the figures published by Eurostat, employment decrease by 0.1% in the eurozone and in EU27 in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the previous quarter. The biggest fall was registered in real estate activities (-1.2% in eurozone and 0.8% in EU27) and in the construction sector (-1.2% in eurozone and 0.4% in EU27).
According to the new figures released by Eurostat, inflation rate is stable at 3% in November 2011 compared with October. Compared to November last year, the inflation rate was 1.9%.the lowest rate was reported from Sweden (1.1%), while the highest was observed in Slovakia and United Kingdom (4.8%).
On 19 December 2011, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union published a Euroindicator in the construction sector. According to the figures, construction output is decreased by 1.4% in the euroarea and by 1.3% in EU27 in October 2011 compared with September 2011. Compared with October 2010, the output down by 2.8% in the eurozone and by 2% in EU 27.
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On 20 December 2011, the European Commission announced the revision of the Public Procurement Directives as part of an overall programme to thoroughly modernise public tendering in the European Union. The aim of the proposals is to create clear, simple and flexible rules, reducing the red tape for SMEs and facilitate their access to finance. The proposals intend to encourage public authorities to procure goods and services that foster innovation, respect the environment and combat climate change while improving employment, public health and socialconditions.
On 19 December 2011, the upcoming Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union presented its green priorities. The Presidency considers Energy Efficiency as a key issue and intends to create binding measures in order to achieve the EU 2020 targets. Furthermore, it aims at integrating energy efficiency and sustainable development into the EU’s transport and agricultural policies.
On 19 December 2011, the European Commission put forward a proposal for the modernization of the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). The proposal aims at simplifying rules for the mobility of professionals within the EU by offering a European Professional Card which would allow faster recognition of qualifications. In order to remain competitive, the construction sector interest is to facilitate and encourage the opening up the market for improved quality and skills.
On 15 December 2011, the European Commission adopted a Communication on Energy Roadmap 2050. The Roadmap set long-term targets in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050 and to deliver EU's decarbonisation objective.
On 13 December 2011, the reinforced Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) entered into force with a new set of rules for economic and fiscal surveillance. These new measures, the so-called “Six-Pack”, include five regulations and one directive. The measures aim at the reinforced Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) enters into force with a new set of rules for economic and fiscal surveillance. These new measures, the so-called "Six-Pack", are made of five regulations and one directive proposed by the European Commission.
On 7 December 2011, the European Commission published an Action Plan for SMEs which includes increasing financial support from the EU budget and the European Investment Bank and a proposal for a regulation setting uniform rules for the marketing of venture capital funds. The European Commission and the European Central Bank conducted a Survey on the Access to Finance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SAFE) between 22 August 2011 and 7 October 2011 covering a sample of more than 15,000 firms across a total of 38 countries.
On 30 November 2011, the European Commission presented a Programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs (COSME) will run from 2014 to 2020 with a foreseen budget of € 2.5 billion. The Programme will focus on will focus on:
oFacilitating Access to finance for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
oCreating an environment favourable to enterprise creation and growth
oEncouraging an entrepreneurial culture in Europe
oStrengthening the sustainable competitiveness of EU enterprises
oSupporting the internationalisation of SMEs and improving their access to markets.
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