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On 16 and 17 October the Commission and the Milan Chamber of Commerce jointly organized a conference on the craft trades and small business whose theme was "The Business Environment and the New Technologies". The Commission was represented by Mr Abel Matutes, the Member of the Commission responsible for Community policy on SMEs. The following resolution was adopted at the end of the conference. The European Conference on Craft Industries and Small Businesses: 1) Welcomes the adoption by the Commission of the action programme for small and medium-sized businesses (7 August 1986); 2) Hopes that all possible resources will be used to put into effect the actions described in the programme, as concerns both the business environment and greater flexibility and access to finance; 3) Considers that, since small businesses are those most handicapped by the non-tariff barriers which have persisted in the common market for 30 years, priority should be given to eliminating these obstacles to the completion of the internal market, and to reducing and simplifying administrative, tax and technical procedures as much as possible; ../... - 2 - 4) Considers that a special effort will have to be made to assist craft industries, including policies : a) to promote enterprise and the important role of the self-employed entrepreneur; b) to educate and inform craftsmen on the new technologies so that they are introduced into existing businesses; c) to encourage young people and the unemployed to set up their own craft industry businesses; d) to provide training in the new technologies and materials as early as the apprentice stage; e) to preserve craft skills; f) to simplify the procedures for making use of and protecting inventions. 5) Calls on the Community's financial institutions and Funds to introduce the kind of specific financing measures in favour of small businesses and craft industries that are easy to implement and cover the whole range of operations from grants and loans to special support and venture capital operations; 6) Welcomes the Commission's plans for providing information in the form of a "Community window for small businesses"; 7) Addresses this resolution to the Commission, Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the governement ofthe Member States.