Florin Jianu, President of the National Council of SMEs, was elected on Friday, June 10, in Vienna, Vice President of the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME), in the presence of the representatives of 34 member organisations. Thus, Jianu will represent Romania at the level of the biggest European organisation that supports and represents SMEs.
“UEAPME actions have to be pro-active, and our organisation should be the one that launches legislative proposals at European level instead of limiting itself to offering feedback to already existing initiatives. Moreover, UEAPME has to continue the institutional development policy by attracting new financial resources through financing programmes, by consolidating the relationship of cooperation with European institutions and, likewise, by attracting new members. I conclude by saying that the confidence you offer me today is a great honour for me and my country,” Florin Jianu stated when accepting the office of UEAPME Vice President.
Following the elections, Florin Jianu will join the UEAPME Board, which consists of 20 Vice Presidents, in its activity of backing the entrepreneurial environment at European level and of drawing the main directions of action in this sense.
UEAPME represents the interests of SMEs at European level, being recognised as the most important social partner, having 64 member organisations from 34 states. UEAPME represents 12 million SMEs with over 55 million employees in the whole of Europe. Being recognised as the most important voice for SMEs, UEAMPE sets policies for SMEs at European level.