Network of SME Envoys
As part of the Review of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), the Commission invited Member States to nominate a national SME Envoy to complement the role of the European Commission's SME Envoy. Together with representatives of EU-level SME business organisations, the Network of SME Envoys will make up an SBA advisory group.
SMEs have traditionally found it difficult to get their views across to policy-makers due to limited resources, and time taken to reach a common position. The Network of SME Envoys will enable better consutlation with SMEs in the Member States.
The Commission is also encouraging Member States and regions to adopt measures to ensure greater representation of SME interests at all levels of policy-making.
EU SME Envoy
The Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani has nominated Mr Daniel Calleja Crespo as SME Envoy.
The SME Envoy's role is to:
More about the role of the SME Envoy [13 KB] .
To this end, it has sought to identify and share examples of effective SME consultation and involvement in policy-making.
Member States' SME Envoys
Each SME Envoy is appointed by the national government and, in most cases, represent the Ministry or Agency with the remit of SME policy.
They promote SMEs' interests and in particular:
- promote SMEs' interests throughout all government bodies, including those at regional and local levels, and ensure that the "Think Small First" principle is integrated into their policy-making and regulatory proposals.
- act as the main interface between the European Commission and national polyc-makers for contributing towards the dialogue on SBA implementation.
- contribute towards evaluating and reporting on the uptake of the SBA in the Members States, stepping up efforts to disseminate widely information on SME-policy actions and promoting the exchange of good practices.
The Network of SME Envoys held its 1st formal meeting in Brussels on 14 September 2011 together with the representatives of EU-level business organisations.
|Austria||Mr Matthias Tschirf||
Sektionschef Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft, Familie und Jugend
|Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth|
|Belgium||Mrs Marie-Christine Colin-Lefebvre||Director General for SME's policy, FPS Economy, SME's, Self-Employed and Energy||SPF Economie, PME, Classes Moyennes et Energie|
|Bulgaria||Mr Evgeniy Ivanov||Executive Director||
Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency
|Croatia||Mr Dražen Pros||Deputy Minister for Entrepreneurship and Crafts||Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts|
|Cyprus||Mr Constantinos Karageorgis||Commerce and Industry Councelor||Ministry for Commerce, Industry and Tourism|
Ms Marian Piecha
Director of the Section of SIC, Investments and Innovations
|Ministry of Industry and Trade|
|Denmark||Ms Lisbet Dyerberg||Deputy Permanent Secretary||Ministry of Business and Growth|
|Estonia||Mr Ahti Kuningas||Deputy Secretary General||Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communication|
|Finland||Mr Petri Peltonen||Director General||Ministry of Employment and the Economy|
|France||Mr Pascal Faure||Director General of Competitiveness, Industry and Services||Ministry of Economy, Finances and Industry|
|Deputy: Mrs Anne Laurent||Sous-Directrice en charge de la sous-direction de l'Europe et des partenariats internationaux à la DGCIS||Ministry of Economy, Finances and Industry|
|Germany||Dr Sabine Hepperle||SME Envoy (EU level), Director General, Small Business Policy||Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy|
|Greece||Mr Dionysios Tsagkris||Head of Directorate||Ministry for Development and Competitiveness|
|Hungary||Mr Áron Lenner||Deputy State Secretary for Ministry for National Economy||Ministry for National Economy|
|Ireland||Mr John Perry T.D.||Minister for Small Business||Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation|
|Italy||Mr Giuseppe Tripoli||Head of the Department for Enterprise and Internationalisation||Ministry of Economic Development|
|Latvia||Ms Ilze Beinare||Director of the Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness Department||Ministry of Economics|
|Lithuania||Mr Mindaugas Danys||Head of Small and Medium Business Department||Ministry of Economy|
|Luxembourg||Ms Bernadette Friederici-Carabin||Conseiller de Direction 1ère classe||Ministère des Classes moyennes (PME) et du Tourisme|
|Malta||Mr Christian Cardona||Minister||Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business|
|The Netherlands||Mr Pieter Waasdorp||Director Entrepreneurship||Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation|
|Norway||Ms Emma C. Jensen Stenseth||Director||Ministry of Trade and Industry|
|Poland||Ms Grazyna Henclewska||Undersecretary of State||Ministry of Economy|
|Portugal||Mr Pedro Gonçalves||Secretary of State for Innovation, Investment and Competitiveness||Ministry for Economy|
|Romania||Ms Maria Grapini||Minister Delegate for Business Environment||Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment|
|Slovakia||Mr Branislav Safarik||Director General||National Agency for Development of SMEs|
|Deputy: Mr Marian Letovanec||National Agency for Development of SME|
|Slovenia||Ms Andreja Kert||State Secretary||Ministry of Economic Development and Technology|
|Spain||Mr Manuel Valle Muñoz||General Director of Industry and SME||Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo|
|Sweden||Ms Marita Ljung||State Secretary||Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communication|
|Deputy: Ms Inga Thoresson Hallgren||Deputy Director General||Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communication|
|United Kingdom||Ms Andrea Young||Director of Enterprise||Department for Business, Innovation & Skills|