SME Performance Review

SME Performance Review

The SME Performance Review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries' progress in implementing the Small Business Act (SBA) on a yearly basis. With an emphasis on the measures from the SBA Action Plan, the review brings comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU coutries and nine other partner countries. It consists of two parts: an annual report on European SMEs and SBA country fact sheets.

Annual report on European SMEs

Brussels, 19 November 2015 - The 2014/2015 annual report on European SMEs is now available. It presents good news: after years of downsizing, European SMEs are expanding, and have started hiring again.

The annual report, prepared on a yearly basis, provides a synopsis of the size, structure and importance of SMEs to the European economy and an overview of the past and forecasted performance of SMEs from 2008 to 2016. Comparisons with partner countries outside the EU and with the large enterprise sector are also included.


Previous annual reports (2008-2014)

SBA fact sheets

The SBA fact sheets present an assessment of the progress in the implementation of the Small Business Act at national level. They focus on key performance indicators and national policy developments related to the SBA's 10 policy dimensions in the 28 EU countries, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Moldova.

Click on a country on the map to see the fact sheet for the selected country.

>>> See also country sheets for Israel, Liechtenstein and Malta

>>> Full country list

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, State of Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Database of SBA policy measures: Download the database of SBA policy measures: 2014-2015

SME Policy database 2015 and fact sheets 2015

Methodology notes: on SME statistics (748 kB), on compilation of SME policy measures and assessment of the SBA implementation progress (970 kB)

Definitions of SPR indicators (301 kB)

Please note: The fact sheets do not constitute a comprehensive assessment of country policies, but rather contribute to the assessments, and should be regarded as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, any other relevant in-depth studies of SME policies.

Interactive SME database

Key Figures 2014

Compare the latest data on number of SMEs, number of people employed and value added in different countries, and compare data within each participating country on the relationship between SME size and these three variables.


Compare data from 2008-2014 on number of SMEs, number of people employed and value added within a country .

SBA profile

Compare detailed data on the SBA principles between two countries and with the EU average.

Policy Studies

  1. Cost of the Cumulative Effects of Compliance with EU Law for SMEs (May 2015)
  2. Flash Eurobarometer on SMEs, Resource Efficiency and Green Markets (2 December 2015)
  3. Flash Eurobarometer on SMEs, Resource Efficiency and Green Markets (16 December 2013)

  4. Flash Eurobarometer on SMEs, Resource Efficiency and Green Markets (27 March 2012)

  5. Study on the SMEs' impact on the EU labour market (16 January 2012)

  6. Study on EU SMEs and subcontracting