Panelist at EU’s “Digital Estonia–Benchmarking Good Practices” conference

Part of the excitement of working internationally is that at times, you have a chance to become heard by decision-makers and—perhaps—create a small wave in the ocean of international politics that pushes things in the right direction.

You may remember my participation at the EU’s first Single Market Forum held in Krakow, Poland, in October 2011, a result of the story I wrote about e-invoicing not working within the EU. (If you don’t, I won’t blame you. Read the background and watch the video here.)

The story continues. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a Public Hearing titled Digital Estonia – Benchmarking good practices in Tallinn on Friday June 1, 2012. I’ve been invited as one of the panelists.

If you happen to be around in Tallinn on Friday, perhaps we’ll meet?

Click on the image for the full programme (pdf).

The 2011 Single Market Forum in Krakow promises improvements for small businesses trading across borders

Receiving my prize from Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, with Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Waldemar Pawlak, watching.

Just back from the European Commission’s 2011 Single Market Forum in Krakow, Poland, where I received my award for being one of the five winners of the  Commission’s Tell Us Your Story writing competition, here is a summary of what happened at the conference and of its results.

First of all, I was surprised at the drive for making the Single Market really work that permeated the whole event. From EU decision-makers to individual participants, everyone was intent on demolishing existing barriers to trade across national borders within the union—indeed, relaunching the Single Market, which is the goal of the European Commission in 2012. Continue Reading…

Quick update to how cross-border e-invoicing doesn’t work within the EU

Not long ago, I wrote about the workings—or, rather, the non-workings—of the Single Market under Cross-border e-invoicing doesn’t work—or how Mr Linkama Goes to Krakow.

The short films shot for EU’s Single Market Forum, an approximately 1,000-delegate conference to be held in Krakow, Poland, in October 2011 are now published on YouTube. Continue Reading…

Cross-border e-invoicing doesn’t work – or how Mr Linkama Goes to Krakow

When you complain about invoicing and payment difficulties in the euro area, you may end up at an EU forum on the workings of the Single Market.

Some time ago, I ran into a message on LinkedIn that invited people to write about their experiences regarding the EU single market.

The brief said the stories should present citizens or businesses acting in cross-border situations, facing obstacles to the proper functioning of the single market.

It just so happens that my one-man enterprise has all its clients in other EU countries and has difficulties in both cross-border e-invoicing and receiving payments.

So, off I go and write a rant. Continue Reading…

Finnish employees want clear guidelines for social media usage

Hill & Knowlton Finland and the research company MPS today published the results of their survey How employers and employees meet on social media, conducted in October-November this year.

Main findings:

The opinion of 20 percent of employees was that they can criticize their employees in social media, but 73 percent are careful how they speak. Loyalty to employers is strong.

Almost 40 percent of employees were of the opinion that their employer's guidelines on social media behavior can bind them on their free time. However, 72 percent of employees say they have no guidelines for social media behavior. Every second employee says they would like rules for online discussions.

One interesting fact was that many employees were prepared to look for a new job through social media, but employers are not meeting this need.

The survey included about 700 employees and 500 employer representatives from both private and public sector organizations.

If you can read Finnish, you can find the original article here.

What is the situation like in your country?

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Social media best practices finding their way from the US to Europe

Social media for marketing swamped the US, and marketers there are now recovering from the effects while at the same time busy crafting best practices and viable policies. What is the situation in Europe?

These points form the bulk of the content of Mark W. Schaefer‘s interview with me, published in his blog {grow} under the heading Studying U.S. Keeps East European Marketer a Step Ahead on October 21, 2009.

Feel free to comment either here or on Mark’s blog!