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THE EU STRATEGY TOWARDS SMEs . Seminar on SME Competitiveness Sofia, 20 February, 2006 Maarit Nyman European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry. SMEs do matter in the EU…. EU 25 450 mio habitants 23 mio SMEs Largest Integrated Market in the world SMEs provide 75 mio jobs

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The eu strategy towards smes

THE EU STRATEGY TOWARDS SMEs

Seminar on SME Competitiveness

Sofia, 20 February, 2006

Maarit Nyman

European Commission

DG Enterprise and Industry


Smes do matter in the eu

SMEs do matter in the EU…

EU 25

  • 450 mio habitants

  • 23 mio SMEs

  • Largest Integrated Market in the world

    SMEs provide

  • 75 mio jobs

  • 2/3 of total private employment

  • Average size: 6 persons


But they face many challenges

but they face many challenges

  • Legislative and administrative burden

  • Entering new markets

  • Accessing research and innovation

  • Accessing networks, financing

  • Sustainable development


Who should take action in favour of smes

Who should take action in favour of SMEs?

  • Member States retain the main competence in SME policy (importance of regional and local level)

  • The Community policies and actions support and complement national level actions.


What is the european commission s role 1

What is the European Commission’s role? (1)

  • To coordinate Member States’ actions

  • Exchange of information

  • Identification of best practices

  • Implementation and monitoring

  • To analyse SMEs’ performance, work on common indicators

  • SME Observatory,Enterprise scoreboard


What is the european commission s role 2

What is the European Commission’s role? (2)

  • To elaborate SME policy initiatives

  • The Communication on Modern SME policy for Growth and Employment.

  • Provide support to SMEs

  • Using Enterprise DG instruments (financial instruments, networks)

  • Through other EU policies


The eu sme policy implements the partnership for growth and employment

The EU SME policy implements the Partnership for Growth and Employment

  • The Lisbon agenda revisited to achieve more and better jobs and sustainable growth.

  • Partnership between the Commission and the Member States.

  • SMEs have a key role in achieving the goals set.


The communication on modern sme policy for growth and employment

The Communication on Modern SME policy for Growth and Employment

  • Adopted by the Commission on 10 November.

  • Sets the framework for EU SME policy actions for the coming years.

  • Translates the renewed Lisbon strategy into concrete actions in favour of SMEs.


What are our objectives

What are our objectives…

  • To integrate SMEs in the Partnership for Growth and Employment.

  • To create a coherent framework for SME policy instruments.

  • To trigger changes in the way SMEs are considered in policy-making and by public opinion.


And what is our approach to achieve them

and what is our approach to achieve them?

  • Comprehensive: strengthen the SME dimension within Community policies (‘Think Small First’).

  • Inclusive: all types of SMEs matter.

  • Pragmatic: partnership with Member States, better involvement of all stakeholders.


What action do we propose

What action do we propose?

  • Promoting entrepreneurship and skills.

  • Improving SMEs’ access to markets.

  • Cutting red tape.

  • Improving SMEs’ growth potential.

  • Strengthening dialogue and consultation with stakeholders.


What are our means

What are our means?

  • The Multiannual programme for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (MAP) budget in 2006.

  • The Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme budget in 2007-2013.

  • Other Community instruments, like structural funds or rural development fund, will provide a considerable source of funding.

  • The Commission’s SME Envoy has a key role as a ‘watchdog’ for SMEs’ interests.


Next steps

Next steps

  • The implementation of policy has already started – Lisbon cycle, communication actions, promotion of entrepreneurship.

  • An annual high-level conference will be organised to review progress achieved and to discuss future action.


Thank you for your attention for more information http europa eu int comm enterprise index en htm

Thank you for your attention.For more information:http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/index_en.htm


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