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European Union of Equality - Expanding Women Participation in Politics, Business & Trade


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

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

A European Union of Equality

Implementation of the EU-China CAI

Business Impact Assessment for Covid-19

Making #DSA Work for SMEs

5G: Connectivity & Security for SMEs

Gatekeeper Rules for Digital Platforms & Their Impact on SMEs

COVID-19 & Cashless Payments

SME Impact Assessment - Survey Presentation

EU-China: a Strategic Conversation

Covid-19: Economic Response for SMEs

SME Star Awards 2018

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.


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

Upcoming events Coming Soon
Zoominar Virtual Roundtable on the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe with Pernille Weiss MEP, Shadow Rapporteur for the EU Pharmaceutical Strategy in the ITRE Committee

Adopted in November 2020, the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe seeks to implement a regulatory framework that supports the pharmaceutical sector (manufacturers, parallel traders, wholesalers, pharmacy, and others) in building a stronger, a more robust and resilient supply chain to better fulfil the healthcare needs of European citizens. Based on four pillars, this strategy will strive to ensure the access to affordable medicines, support competitiveness and innovation, enhance crisis response and promote a high level of quality, efficiency, and safety standards.

These issues at stake are multifaceted and the strategy to address them will require a high-level of coordination and cooperation between all supply chain stakeholders and European and national authorities. Furthermore, the ongoing COVID19 pandemic has highlighted the need of a crisis-resistant system ensuring the availability of medicines and medical products under all circumstances.

In the view of the first exchange on the Pharmaceutical Strategy between the European Commission and the European Parliament and with the first ITRE Opinion Draft just being published, this timely and important digital roundtable will bring together policymakers and experts, representing various SMEs of the healthcare supply chain, to highlight the main objectives and targets of the strategy from all point of views.


European Union of Equality - Expanding Women Participation in Politics, Business & Trade

No Member State has achieved true equality between men and women so far: women are still underrepresented in politics, business and trade. We need to foster an environment conducive to more active participation of women and their talents in the workforce. In the past few months, the pandemic taught us the value of flexibility and...


Impacts of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

The recently signed political agreement in principle on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) can be an important development in the overall China strategy of the EU. This agreement could help in rebalancing the relationship, bringing significant gains for EU businesses and investors in market access, level playing field and competitive neutrality. Moreover, the...


How Can We Make the Digital Services Act Work for SMEs?

European Union has set out the biggest update of digital regulations for around two decades, among which the proposals for a Digital Service Act (DSA) to standardize safety rules for online business. While DSA is mainly designed for big tech, it could potentially have an impact on SMEs and their ability to operate and scaleup...


Michal Boni: Harmonisation is a watchword when it comes to DSA

Digital Services Act is one of the key solution to modernise the European Digital Single Market and adjust to the current and future conditions for digital development. It is the expression of the shift from the 20 years old directive (eCommerce) to the new regulatory framework. It should be the future proof solution. The question...

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