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SMEs still struggled in 2013, in spite of signs of positive economic recovery


In 2013, economic conditions remained challenging for SMEs in most Member States. Economic results suggest there is a recovery, but it is uneven and not yet following a robust trajectory. These are the conclusions of the annual SMEs Performance Review and country-specific SBA factsheets published by the European Commission.

In 2013, the numbers of SMEs and their value added stood above pre-crisis levels of 2008, but SMEs’ employment was still some way below that mark since it was down by 1.9 million employees, 2.16% below the 2008 level. Furthermore, year-on-year developments call for further caution. In 2013, value added continued growing by 1.1% but this represents a continued slowdown compared to previous years’ growth rates: 1.5% in 2012 and 4.2% in 2011. In addition, the number of SMEs and the size of their workforce declined by 0.9% and 0.5% respectively, on the back of overall weak economic growth and falling inflation in the EU economy



Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "We need SMEs to create jobs and the indicators published today make it clear that more needs to be done to address obstacles such as difficulty accessing finance if we are to achieve sustained growth among SMEs all across the EU."

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Ferdinando Nelli Feroci
Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Ferdinando Nelli Feroci    
Cutting emissions and cutting red tape: a new regulation for off-road engines

The European Commission proposed measures will cut emissions of major air pollutants from engines in non-road mobile machinery and cut the complexity of the legal framework for the sector.

The proposal provides for more stringent emission limit values for internal combustion engines installed in non-road mobile machinery (NRMM). At the same time, it sets out harmonised rules for placing those engines on the EU market.
Compared to vehicles for use on roads, NRMM covers a very wide variety of machinery typically used off the road in manifold applications. It comprises, for example, small gardening and handheld equipment (lawn mowers, chain saws,…), construction machinery (excavators, loaders, bulldozers,…) and agricultural & farming machinery (harvesters, cultivators,…); even railcars, locomotives and inland waterway vessels fall under the scope of NRMM.


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Managing risks related to chemicals: REACH and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)
18/11/2014 - Brussels

The European Space Expo will visit Genova from 24 October - 2 November
24/10/2014 - Genova

6th European Innovation Summit
17/11/2014 - Brussels

Innovative actions for jobs and economic growth: European Tourism Forum 2014
30/10/2014 - Naples

Raw Materials University Day - Milan
17/10/2014 - Milano

Contracts and Grants

Transnational cultural tourism products and accessibility for all
Deadline: 21/10/2014

An inventory of Europe's industrial assets for growth
Deadline: 15/10/2014

Innovative mobile e-government applications by SMEs
Deadline: 16/12/2015

Publications and studies

Chemical safety and your business - ECHA

Commission publishes results of retail food study

Public consultations

A strong European policy to support SMEs and entrepreneurs 2015-2020 Public consultation on the Small Business Act (SBA)
Deadline: 15/12/2014

Criteria to identify Endocrine Disruptors
Deadline: 16/01/2015

Suggested readings

The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk video: Know Before You Go


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