"Moving Barriers and Pushing Limits: Looking into the European SME Policy - Accomplishments and Goals still Pending"

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SME Europe welcomes new Board Members

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"The View on Europe by Young Entrepreneurs"

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SME Star Awards 2018

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We stand for
European SMEs!

We are the biggest political organisation in Europe that operates for the rights of small and medium sized enterprises, creating and developing a common European SME friendly policy

SMEs are the power cells of the European economy. At the same time, they are also the most vulnerable to the economic cycles and bad government decisions. Our common goal is to secure the best possible opportunities for the development, creation of new jobs, innovation and success stories in Europe. I will continue my work towards these goals.

Ivan Stefanec Member of the European Parliament,
President of SME Europe

SMEs create new jobs and drive economic growth. The constructive part of my political vision is to design strategies with the needs of SMEs in mind, helping them to exploit the single market’s full potential.

Iuliu Winkler Member of the European Parliament,
First Vice-President of SME Europe

Behind every SME there is a personal story. It is often not a story of an immediate success, it is a business journey of errors and mistakes. In fact, failure is great, when you own it and start all over again until you succeed.

Angelika Winzig Member of the European Parliament,
Vice-President & Treasurer of SME Europe

Despite the recognized importance of SMEs to the EU´s economy, they still face considerable obstacles. That is why SMEs have to be at the heart of who legislates. The European Union plays a key role in finding solutions for reducing the asymmetries between enterprises in different Member States in order to introduce a fairer and more equitable competition.

Claudia Monteiro de Aguiar Member of the European Parliament,
Vice-President of SME Europe

I am committed to connecting SMEs to both European and international opportunities for financing and knowledge exchange. I worked on the review of the European Fund for Strategic Investments and advocated for its extension and for the creation of regional advisory hubs for SMEs.

Eva Maydell Member of the European Parliament,
Vice-President of SME Europe

My focus has always been on strengthening the business climate and empowering entrepreneurs. This has been paramount for me both as an entrepreneur myself, when I was mayor and now as member of the European Parliament."

Jörgen Warborn Member of the European Parliament,
Vice-President of SME Europe

Small and medium -sized enterprises are playing a leading role in our economies, therefore, European politicians should put greater emphasis on creating business-friendly environment. Supporting SMEs has always been high on the EPP’s political agenda. I am proud of being part of the team of MEP’s and enthusiastic professionals who dedicate themselves to the success of European SMEs.

Andor Deli Member of the European Parliament,
Board Member of SME Europe

Compete globally by empowering people to risk and face new challenges. Digitalisation, e-skills, internationalisation should be at the heart of who believes, works and legislates for SMEs.

Georgios Kyrtsos Member of the European Parliament,
Board Member of SME Europe

I was born into an SME family. In my break from politics I had my own business for eleven years. That is why I am dedicated to strengthen the innovative dialogue between SMEs all over Europe and in the European Parliament. SMEs are the backbone of European culture and economy.

Pernille Weiss Member of the European Parliament,
Board Member of SME Europe

SME Talk with Ivan Stefanec

SME Talk with Dr. Paul Rübig

SME Talk with Manfred Weber

EPP Helsinki 2018

EPP Helsinki 2018 - Bendt Bendtsen

SME Star Awards 2018

Roza Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein on Geoblocking

Ivan Stefanec on EU legislation on motor vehicles safety & environmental standards

Michal Boni on how to boost innovation

Dr. Paul Rübig on European Tourism Manifesto

Small and Medium Entrepreneurs of Europe

Our instruments

SME Europe -
Small and Medium Entrepreneurs of Europe

We advise on EU legislation for small and medium enterprises. We aim at tight cooperation with all the stakeholders representing entrepreneurial sector as the entrepreneurs are given an early warning on legal development whist we receive their own evaluations on the effects of this will have on them

Legislative Initiatives

Contributing to the discourse of legislation and intervening in undesirable developments. We gather information, opinions and positions both locally in Brussels and in the member states.

Communication

Through public events for an open discourse bringing together various stakeholders of all levels: European Parliament, European Commission, associations, SMEs, field experts, etc

Mentoring Programmes

For SMEs bringing them into direct contact with the European institutions and explaining procedures of the EU

B2B Networking

By organising meeting and trips, both EU-wide and internationally

Launching Projects

By building up effective partnerships and sharing the know-how to support the first steps in cross-border cooperation

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Upcoming events Coming Soon
European Parliament, Brussels
Working Breakfast:
"Growing Europe’s Technology Markets: Helping SMEs Commercialise Their Inventions"

SMEs that apply for patents, trade marks or designs have a greater probability of experiencing high growth than SMEs that do not. That’s according to a new study recently released by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). SMEs contribute to 57% of the EU’s GDP. However, a large portion of the value generated by SMEs comes from a small number of high growth firms (HGFs), which are often very innovative. It appears that SMEs that have filed at least one IP right by 21% are more likely to experience a growth period afterwards.

With this event we aim to capitalise on the ongoing discussion within the European Institutions regarding the future EU industrial policy and underline the pivotal role of the European patent system in helping businesses commercialise their inventions on a pan-European scale and beyond.

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“Informal Talk about Future European Economic Priorities “- A Meet & Greet on what’s to be and what’s to come

SME Europe of the EPP, together with the German Economic Council, welcomed a great number of participants in the European Parliament. On the 25th of September, politics and business joined forces, to envision economic needs, potentials and priorities, all in the light of the European Union of tomorrow. Ivan Stefanec MEP and President of SME Europe,...

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SME Europe welcomes new Board Members

On the 10thof September, in the context of the latest Board Meeting, SME Europe was happily welcoming three new members to join as valuable assets of the Board. Joergen Warborn MEP, from the Moderaterna party of Sweden is Committee Member on International Trade, Member of the Delegations for relations with Mercosur and to the Euro...

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"Moving Barriers and Pushing Limits: Looking into the European SME Policy - Accomplishments and Goals still Pending"

On Tuesday, July 16th we all gathered in Strasbourg for an intense discussion on the upcoming SME Agenda for the next Parliamentary term. The interest for the topic was unprecendented and we all enjoyed the interventions of  SME executives and experts, presenting their sectorial opportunities and challenges of the coming years to the newly (re-)elected...

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"The View on Europe by Young Entrepreneurs"

On July 10th SME Europe, in cooperation with SME Connect, hosted a Working Breakfast on “The View on Europe by Young Entrepreneurs”. The event took place in the Member’s Salon of the European Parliament in Brussels. The breakfast was hosted by Lukas Mandl MEP (Member of the Committee on Development as of the Committee on...