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 The Last Competitiveness Council  adopted a set of conclusions on the Small Business Act coupled with an action plan in annex. According to GRTU the document sets the right priorities for a serious and effective SME policy.

It fully embraced the "Think Small First" principle and showed a clear understanding on what must be done to improve SMEs' access to finance, reduce administrative burdens and tear down barriers to the completion of the internal market.

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 The Transport Committee of the European Parliament organised a hearing on the revision of the EUROVIGNETTE Directive in Brussels.

This Directive carries with it a risk of triggering a further increase in transport costs without achieving the desired environmental improvements. While we share the main aim of the proposal to mitigate the environmental and health-related side effects of transport, the three organisations regretted that it focuses only on the internalisation of external transport cost into road transport prices.

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 GRTU participated to the presentation of the Priorities and work programme of the new Czech Presidency. High on the Agenda was the financial crises which the Czech Presidency seems committed to find a solution. This item fell under one of the tree ‘E's outlined by the Presidency as Priorities: Economy, Energy, EU in the World.

Under Economy what was also mentioned was reinforcing competitiveness, applying internal market freedoms and improving the regulatory environment.

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In the run-up to the 2009 Euro-elections, the European Citizens' Consultations 2009 (ECC 2009) will give citizens a voice in the debate over how to respond to the current economic and financial crisis by providing a platform for a pan-European dialogue on the future of Europe.

The ECC 2009 will give all European citizens an opportunity to join in the discussion on how the EU can shape our economic and social future in a globalised world, the first stage in a process which will culminate in a European Citizens' Summit in May 2009.

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 Government's intervention in the market to the new vehicle registration/ annual licence regime continues to create problems for all operators in the market.

GRTU is in a unique position to comment as it represents dealers of all cars in the market, whether newly imported, used or second hand cars, sold from local auto dealers.

The aim of GRTU has been all along to create a level playing field for all, together with a good price structure to satisfy consumer needs irrespective of whether they want a used car for local dealers, a newly imported used car or a brand new model imported by the traditional car importers.

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