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Press conference by Antonio Tajani on the Eurobarometer survey on Small and Medium Entreprises (SME's) and green technologies

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On 27 March 2012, the Eurobarometer survey related to Small and Medium Entreprises (SME's) and green technologies was published. On this occasion, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, gave a press conference in Brussels to present the survey's results. It shows that 37% of EU SME's have at least one full or part-time green employee. Green jobs are largely created in SME's as opposed to large firms. In 2012, 1 in 8 employees of small and medium-sized firms had a green job or almost 13% of all SME's jobs. In large firms, it was only 1 in 33, equivalent to 3% of all large company jobs.Green jobs in SME's are also estimated to expand dynamically with a rate of 35% in the next 2 years. The Eurobarometer survey also reveals other sources of untapped potential which could be used by SME's. For example, less than a quarter of SME's take advantage of the single market for green products or services. Bureaucracy is considered as one of the obstacles: 20% of SME's says that it would be easier to do green investments if cross-border administrative and legal procedures were not so complex. SME's in green industries are also maturing. Three in five (61%) SME's selling green products or services have been active in green markets for more than three years compared to 52% in the US. Food and beverages (25%) and electronic and mechanical machinery and equipment (23%) are the most commonly sold green products and services by SME's in the EU.
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