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Regional SME policies

SME Policy in European Regions
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In order for SMEs to flourish, a winning concept which boosts competitiveness and shapes a sound business environment is vital. With 23 Million SMEs spread out all over Europe, this is influenced in many ways, not only from EU and National level but also from Regional policies. And to maintain a broad base of SMEs is very important for the economic tissue of a region and thus for its wealth and sustainability.

The EU contributes to its Member States', as well as its regions', success in this area by providing analysis, inspiration, programs and initiatives.

Guidebook Series: How to support SME Policy initiatives from Structural Funds

The guidebooks currently being prepared and disseminated by the European Commission are based on the sound knowledge and rich experience that DG ENTR has acquired in the field of SME Policy analysis, development and implementation. These guidebooks offer inspiration, tested examples, practical help and hands-on advice gathered by SME Policy expert groups. Many of the best practices identified by these expert groups need financial support for their implementation for which financing by  structural funds (ERDF and ESF) is available, in particular also at regional level.

Each guidebook deals with a specific area of SME policy and includes suitable examples of recent and similar projects. A general guide (nr.6) is also available in order to provide a broad overview of the way in which the process works.

This series of Guidebooks is thus highly recommended to those involved in SME Policy as well as regional development, in the hope of raising further awareness regarding EU SME Policy and facilitating the funding process of appropriate SME policy measures and initiatives at national and regional level.


The titles of the Guidebooks published so far are :

  1. Building Entrepreneurial Mind-sets and Skills in the EU pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
  2. Using standards to support growth, competitiveness and innovation pdf - 944 KB [944 KB] čeština (cs) Deutsch (de) español (es) italiano (it) Nederlands (nl) português (pt) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
  3. Facilitating Transfer of Business pdf - 912 KB [912 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
  4. The Smart Guide to Service Innovation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
  5. How to use structural funds for SME & Entrepreneurship Policy pdf - 930 KB [930 KB] български (bg) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)       further details 
  6. Supporting the Internationalisation of SMEs pdf - 868 KB [868 KB] български (bg) Deutsch (de) ελληνικά (el) español (es) italiano (it) magyar (hu) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) svenska (sv)

                                                    

The Guidebooks are available in English and translations in 20 languages are ongoing. The languages already available can be seen when clicking on the ... icon next to each guidebook title.

 

 

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