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SME Europe, the most active EPP organisation, despite the difficult context of the pandemic

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With the initiative of Pernille Weiss MEP, SME Europe Board Member and FEMM Committee Rapporteur on "Reaching Women's Economic Independence Through Entrepreneurship & Self-Employment" we are conducting a new survey to assess what are the constraints that women face when deciding to become entrepreneurs.

Your input will help us identify what factors attract women's interest and motivate them to start a business and which policies may benefit women's entrepreneurship.

With your guidance, we are committed to doing our part to preserve and strengthen the economic health of Europe and contribute to the upcoming proposal for a gender-aware framework for entrepreneurship for policy- makers.

Thank you for your contribution!
Board of the SME Europe of the EPP


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

Reaching Women's Economic Independence

How Can Wi-Fi Contribute to the EU Digital Decade?

How are SMEs Better Off When Seeking Patent Protection?

The new EU-China strategy

The Future of AI Regulation

Digital Markets Act: Tech Industry & SMEs

AI & SME Competitiveness

Pharmaceutical Strategy for 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
Virtual Discussion on “Reflection on the DMA IMCO Report”

On November 23, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee in the European Parliament voted in favour of the Digital Markets Act, which will be voted on in the December plenary session. With this virtual discussion, hosted by Ivan Stefanec MEP and joined by experts stakeholders from digital industries as well as SME representatives, we aim to explore the current DMA proposal and legislative framework in view of December’s plenary session. Trilogue negotiations will start in 2022 under the French presidency.


SME Europe, the most active EPP organisation, despite the difficult context of the pandemic

SME Europe was among the most active EPP organisations even in the difficult context of the pandemic. This was one of the conclusions of the SME Europe General Assembly held last week in Brussels. Our First Vice-President, Iuliu Winkler MEP, pointed out that SME Europe was extremely concerned about the situation of the European SME sector...


Reaching Women’s Economic Independence Through Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

Women make up 52% of the total European population but only 34.4% of the EU self-employed and 30% of start-up entrepreneurs. Also, a visible presence of female business angels and investors doesn’t mean higher investments in female-founded companies.  Despite the increasing number of public policies and institutional resources designed to promote women-led business, the entrepreneurship...


“Anticipating the Future: How Can Wi-Fi Contribute to the EU Digital Decade”

On Wednesday, October 13th, SME Europe organized a webinar titled “Anticipating the Future: How Can Wi-Fi Contribute to the EU Digital Decade” to explore how to work together towards the establishment of the required spectrum for the 2030 Gigabit society. Hosted by Ivan Stefanec MEP, IMCO, ITRE and AIDA Committees, President SME Europe of the...


Guarding an Invention Secret or Seeking Patent Protection -
How Are European SMEs Better Off?

The often-high costs for filing and renewing a patent force business to opt for a smart evaluation when facing the choice of patenting or hiding a valuable innovation. Eventually, after the 20 years term of patent protection, formerly secret information becomes part of the public domain and can be used freely. Within the 20 years...

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