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  1. European Commission policy and instruments for SME internationalisation Luis CUERVO SPOTTORNO DG enterprise and Industry "Access to Markets" unit UNIDO, Vienna - 6 May 2014

  2. Why are SMEs important?

  3. SBA principles and priority areas Access to markets (intra-EU and extra-EU) Entrepreneurship 10. Internationalisation 1. Entrepreneurship 9. Environment 2. Second chance 8. Skills and innovation 3. Think Small First 7. Single market 4. Responsive administration 6. Access to finance 5. State aid and publ. proc. Access to finance Reduction of administrative burden

  4. Internationalisation beyond the single market Of all EU internationally active SMEs just half operate outside the single market

  5. SME internationalisation policy in the EU • Principles: - Hold regulatory dialogues with third countries to ease conditions for doing business (SME dialogues) • Earmark opportunities for European SMEs in third countries (Missions for Growth) • SMEs to profit from opportunities from SME Letters of Intent and EU Free Trade Agreements • SMEs to use EU support networks, instruments and finance • Instruments: Enterprise Europe Network - EU Business Centres - IPR Helpdesks – cluster internationalisation – mapping exercises - SME international business portal - Market Access Database • EU financing: COSME / Horizon 2020 / "SME Instrument"

  6. DG ENTR / UNIDO SME Policy dialogueWay forward Objective: Foster SME internationalisation / cooperation (EU and developing countries) 3 pillars for cooperation -Target markets & sectors - Encourage use of EU instruments (e.g. EEN,clusters) - Promote entrepreneurial education & training - Upgrade business environment Efficient use of EU financial assistance (e.g. COSME, Horizon 2020) + EIB funding

  7. Thank you for your attention! Contact: Luis.cuervo-spottorno@ec.europa.eu More information: http://een.ec.europa.eu/ https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/smeip/