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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

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:

  • open up channels of communication between the Commission and SMEs, and their representative organisations.
  • act as the promoter of SMEs' interests throughout the whole Commission, ensuring in particular that the "Think Small First" principle is being applied effectively as in the new Europe 2020 strategy.

More about the role of the SME Envoy pdf - 13 KB [13 KB] .

Daniel Callega Crespo

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.

Their role is similar to that of the Commission's SME Envoy. pdf - 13 KB [13 KB]

 

1st meeting Network of SME Envoy

11th SME Envoy meeting in Madrid in June 2014 in the presence of HM King Felipe VI of Spain.


List of national SME Envoys

Country NameTitleOrganisation
Austria flagAustriaMr Matthias Tschirf

Sektionschef Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft, Familie und Jugend

Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth
Belgium flagBelgiumMr Didier KinetDirector General for SME's policy, FPS Economy, SME's, Self-Employed and EnergySPF Economie, PME, Classes Moyennes et Energie
Bulgaria flagBulgariaMr Evgeniy IvanovExecutive Director

Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency

Croatia flagCroatiaMr Dražen ProsDeputy Minister for Entrepreneurship and CraftsMinistry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts
Cyprus flagCyprusMr Constantinos KarageorgisCommerce and Industry CouncelorMinistry for Commerce, Industry and Tourism
Czech Republic flagCzech Republic

Mr Tomáš Novotný

Deputy Minister for EU Funds, International Competitiveness Strategy, Investments and Innovation

Ministry of Industry and Trade

Deputy: Ms Marian Piecha

Director of the Section of SIC, Investments and Innovations

Ministry of Industry and Trade

Denmark flagDenmarkMs Lisbet DyerbergDeputy Permanent SecretaryMinistry of Business and Growth
Estonia flagEstoniaMr Ahti KuningasDeputy Secretary GeneralMinistry of Economic Affairs & Communication
Finland flagFinlandMr Petri PeltonenDirector GeneralMinistry of Employment and the Economy
France flagFranceMr Pascal FaureDirector General of Competitiveness, Industry and ServicesMinistry of Economy, Finances and Industry
Deputy: Mrs Anne LaurentSous-Directrice en charge de la sous-direction de l'Europe et des partenariats internationaux à la DGCISMinistry of Economy, Finances and Industry
Germany flagGermanyDr Sabine HepperleSME Envoy (EU level), Director General, Small Business PolicyFederal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Greece flagGreeceMr Zacharias MavroukasHead of SMEs Directorate, General Secretariat for IndustryMinistry for Development and Competitiveness
Hungary flagHungaryMr Áron LennerDeputy State Secretary for Ministry for National EconomyMinistry for National Economy
Ireland flagIrelandMr Gerald NashMinister for Business and EmploymentDepartment of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Italy flagItalyMr Giuseppe TripoliHead of the Department for Enterprise and InternationalisationMinistry of Economic Development
Latvia flagLatviaMs Ilze BeinareDirector of the Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness DepartmentMinistry of Economics
Lithuania flagLithuaniaMs Jolita van Otterlo Director of Business Environment Improvement DepartmentMinistry of Economy
Luxembourg flagLuxembourgMs Bernadette Friederici-CarabinConseiller de Direction 1ère classeMinistère des Classes moyennes (PME) et du Tourisme
Malta flagMaltaMr Christian CardonaMinisterMinistry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business
The Netherlands flagThe NetherlandsMr Pieter WaasdorpDirector EntrepreneurshipMinistry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
Norway flagNorwayMs Trine S. LindgrenDeputy Director GeneralMinistry of Trade and Industry
Poland flagPolandMs Grazyna HenclewskaUndersecretary of StateMinistry of Economy
Portugal flagPortugalMr Pedro GonçalvesSecretary of State for Innovation, Investment and CompetitivenessMinistry for Economy
Romania flagRomaniaMr Florin Nicolae JianuMinister Delegate for SME Business Environment and tourismMinistry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment
Slovakia flagSlovakiaMr Branislav SafarikDirector GeneralSlovak Business Agency
Deputy: Mr Marian Letovanec Slovak Business Agency
Slovenia flagSloveniaMs Sabina KolesaState SecretaryMinistry of Economic Development and Technology
Spain flagSpainMr Victor AuderaGeneral Director of Industry and SMEMinisterio de Industria, Energía y Turismo
Sweden flagSwedenMs Marita LjungState SecretaryMinistry of Enterprise, Energy and Communication
  Deputy: Ms Inga Thoresson HallgrenDeputy Director GeneralMinistry of Enterprise, Energy and Communication
United Kingdom flagUnited KingdomMs Susannah SimonDirectorDepartment for Business, Innovation & Skills

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