Public consultation on the Green Action Plan for SMEs
Enterprise and industry, Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurship, environment, resource efficiency.
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from individual SMEs and public and private entities supporting SMEs.
Period of consultation
From 20th September 2013 to 12th December 2013
Objective of the consultation
Through this public consultation the Commission wishes to collect stakeholders’ views on the most effective support measures for SMEs in all sectors to become more resource efficient and sell internationally green products and services and which actors are best placed to help SMEs in the process.
For the purpose of this consultation, resource efficiency should be understood in a wide sense that encompasses the efficient use of energy (including renewable energy), water and other natural resources, materials, the minimisation of waste, the selling of scrap material to another company and recycling.
The results of this public consultation will be used to shape the actions aimed at promoting resource efficiency for and by SMEs to be included in the forthcoming Green Action Plan for SMEs. The consultation will complement the results of the Flash Eurobarometer 342 on “SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets”, which will also be taken into consideration in the preparation of future actions.
How to submit your contribution
You are invited to reply to this public consultation by answering the on line questionnaire.
Due to the large amount of submissions on the 12th Dec, the deadline has been extended one day more to 13/12/2013.
Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
In the interests of transparency, organisations (including, for example, NGOs, trade associations and commercial enterprises) are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If you represent a registered organisation, please indicate your Register ID number in the questionnaire. Your contribution will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation. If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to register now. Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a registered organisation. Responses from non-registered organisations will be published separately.
The Commission asks organisations who wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007).
Reference documents and other, related consultations
Main reference documents:
- COM/2008/394 final “Think Small First” - A “Small Business Act” for Europe
- Flash Eurobarometer 342 on “SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets” (2012)
- Study on SMEs and the environment in the EU (October 2010).
View the questionnaire
The consultation questionnaire is divided into 7 sections and it takes around 30 minutes to answer it.
The maximum time to complete the questionnaire allowed by the system is limited to 90 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved. This means once you start filling in the questionnaire, you have to answer all compulsory questions to submit your reply. If you exceed the time allowed, your reply will be lost. You can, however, preview/print a PDF version of the online questionnaire to help you to prepare your response.
Most questions adopt a “multiple choice” approach.
The questionnaire also includes some open questions, for which a limit in length is foreseen.
|responsible service||DG Enterprise and Industry, Unit D.5 SMEs: Clusters & emerging Industries.|
|postal address||European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, D/5 Clusters and Emerging Industries, Rue de la Loi 200, Brussels B-1049, Belgium.|
Results of consultation and next steps
The specific results of this consultation will be published by the beginning of 2014 in the form of a summary report. The link to the factual report will be provided here.