News from UEAPME Projects
SBS organises its first national seminar in Spain
SBS held its first national awareness raising seminar in Madrid, Spain, co-organised with SBS’ member organisation EFESME, with speakers from the European Commission, CEN-CENELEC and AENOR (Spanish Standardisation Organisation). The event focused on SMEs’ sectoral representation in the EU standards making process, particularly in the Lifts Sector and was structured in two parts: a general one aiming to inform SMEs and national horizontal and sectorial associations of the European Standardisation Systems and the tools available for SMEs; and a second part focused on the Lifts Sector. The seminar was the occasion to raise awareness on the Joint Initiative on Standardisation signed by UEAPME and SBS in June. The new Lift Directive and the related differences in approach of market surveillance across Member States were discussed with a representative from the EC’s Unit in charge of the Directive.
Contact: Chiara Aprea
News from UEAPME Sector Fora
Painting sector: more trainings and more environmental solutions needed
UEAPME and UNIEP organised a seminar on “Building an Innovative and Sustainable Future for the Painting Sector” to gather various stakeholders to reflect and exchange views on common challenges in the sector. In the context of the impact of the demographic factor and the ageing of the population as well as the young generation’s increasing lack of interest in entering the profession, the solutions proposed include: training processes to ensure high-quality level workers, constant training of trainers, adaptation of training content according to local needs, improvement of the quality assurance framework of in-company learning mobility, and promotion of multilingualism. On Circular economy and sustainability for SMEs, good practices from France were presented and the UK drew the attention to leftovers (increasing the waste factor). To tackle this problem, manufacturers have been called to set up new policies taking into consideration the environmental impact.
Contact: Patrizia Di Mauro