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SME Envoys Network

SME Envoys Network

The network of SME Envoys was set up in 2011 as part of the review of the Small Business Act. Each EU country has nominated a national SME Envoy to complement the role of the EU SME Envoy who chairs the network. The group of SME Envoys makes up an SBA advisory group that promotes SME friendly regulation and policy making in all EU countries.

Why is the SME Envoys Network important?

Even though EU countries can do a lot to improve regulatory and policy environment for SMEs, it is often hard for small businesses to voice their opinion and reach policy makers. The Network of SME Envoys improves the consultation process with national SMEs and cooperation between EU countries.

The EU SME Envoy

The current EU SME Envoy is Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the European Commission for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Her role involves:

  • opening up channels of communication between the European Commission, SMEs, and their representative organisations;
  • promoting SMEs‘ interests throughout the whole Commission and ensuring that the 'Think Small Principle' is applied effectively in the new Europe 2020 strategy.

More information on the role of the SME Envoy (13 kB).

EU countries’ SME Envoys

SME Envoys in EU countries are appointed by the national government. Their role is to

  • promote SMEs' interests throughout all government bodies and ensure that the "Think Small First" principle is integrated into their policy-making and regulatory proposals;
  • act as the main interface between the Commission and national policy-makers;
  • report on the uptake of the SBA in EU countries, step up efforts to distribute information on SME policy actions, and promote the exchange of good practices.

More information on the role of SME Envoys in EU countries (13 kB).

List of SME Envoys

Click on the flag to see the SBA factsheets. See the SME Performance Review for translations of the fact sheets.

CountryNameInstitution, telephoneEmail
AustriaMr Matthias Tschirf,
Sektionschef
Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
+43 (0)1 71100-0
www.bmwfw.gv.at
post.isl@bmwfw.gv.at
BelgiumMr Didier Kinet,
Director General
Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy
+32 (0)2 277 51 11
www.economie.fgov.be/en/
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
BulgariaMr Bojidar Loukarsky,
Minister
Ministry for Economy
www.mi.government.bg
secminister@mi.government.bg
CroatiaMr Mario Antonić,
State Secretary
Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts
+ 385 1 610 61 11
www.minpo.hr
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
CyprusMr Constantinos Karageorgis,
Councelor
Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism
+357 2 286 7100
www.mcit.gov.cy
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
Czech RepublicMr Tomas Novotny,
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Industry and Trade
+420 224 851 111
www.mpo.cz
posta@mpo.cz
DenmarkMr Anders Hoffmann,
Deputy Director General
Danish Business Authority
www.erst.dk
erst@erst.dk
EstoniaMr Viljar Lubi,
Deputy Secretary General
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication
+372 625 6342
www.mkm.ee
info@mkm.ee
FinlandMr Petri Peltonen,
Director General
Ministry of Employment and the Economy
+358 29 516001
www.tem.fi
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
France
Mr Pascal Faure,
Director General
Deputy: Ms Anne Laurent, Deputy Director
Ministère de l'Economie du Redressement Productif et du Numérique
+33 1 40 04 04 04
www.economie.gouv.fr
pascal.faure@finances.gouv.fr
GermanyMs Sabine Hepperle,
Director
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
+49 (0) 3018 6159
www.bmwi.de
kmu-botschafter@bmwi.bund.de
GreeceMr Zacharias Mavroukas,
Director General
Ministry of Development and Competitiveness
+30 210 3332000
www.espa.gr
info@ggb.gr
HungaryMr Antal Nikoletti,
Deputy State Secretary
Ministry for National Economy
+36 1 795 1400
www.kormany.hu
ugyfelszolgalat@ngm.gov.hu
IrelandMs Nina Brennan,
SME Envoy a.i.
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
+353 59 917 8990
www.enterprise.gov.ie
info@djei.ie
ItalyMr Stefano Firpo,
Director General
Ministero dello sviluppo economico
+39 0647051
www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it
dipartimento.impresa@sviluppoeconomico.gov.it
LatviaMr Kristaps Soms,
Director
Ministry of Economy
+371 67013100
www.fm.gov.lv
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
LithuaniaMs Rugilė Andziukevičiūtė-Buzė,
Vice-Minister
Ministry of Economy
+37070664617
www.ukmin.lt
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
LuxembourgMr Gilles ScholtusMinistère de l'Economie
+352 2478 2478
www.eco.public.lu
info@eco.public.lu
MaltaMr Christian Cardona,
Minister
Ministry of the Economy, Investment and Small Business
+356 2220 9500
www.gov.mt
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
The NetherlandsMr Pieter Waasdorp,
Director
Ministry of Economic Affairs
+31 77 465 67 67
www.government.nl/ministries/ez
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
Poland
Ms Jadwiga Emilewicz,
Undersecretary of State
Ministry of Economy
+48 22 693 5000
www.mr.gov.pl
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
PortugalMr Miguel Cruz,
President
Ministry for Economy and Employment
+351 213 245 400
www.portugal.gov.pt
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
RomaniaMr Harry Ilan Laufer,
State Secretary
Deputy: Mr Darius Vodă,
Deputy Director

Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship
www.antreprenoriat.gov.ro

office@investromania.gov.ro
Slovakia
Mr Rastislav Chovanec,
2nd State Secretary
Ministry of Economy
+421-2-4854 7204
www.economy.gov.sk
statny.tajomnik@mhsr.sk
Slovenia
Ms Sabina Kolesa,
Director General
Deputy: Tatjana Dokl, Head of Unit
Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
+386 1 400 33 11
www.mgrt.gov.si
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu
SpainMr Mario Buisán,
Director General
Ministerio de Energía, Turismo y Agenda Digital
+34 913 49 40 00
www.minetad.gob.es
SwedenMs Gunila Nordlöf,
Director General
Deputy: Ms Mari Mild,
Head of Division
The Swedish Agency
for Economic and Regional Growth
+46 8 681 91 00
www.tillvaxtverket.se
tillvaxtverket@tillvaxtverket.se
United KingdomMs Susannah Simon,
Director
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
+44 (0)20 7215 5000
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
susannah.simon@bis.gsi.gov.uk

List of priority areas covered by SME Envoys

AreaEnvoy(s)
Access to financePieter Waasdorp, The Netherlands
Training & SkillsMatthias Tschirf, Austria, & Sabine Hepperle, Germany
Green economyTo be re-attributed
Internationalisation/Access to MarketsSpain (lead), together with Sabine Hepperle, Germany, Stefano Firpo, Italy and Nina Brenner (acting), Ireland
Key-enabling technologies & ClustersPascal Faure, France
2nd chanceTo be re-attributed
Entrepreneurship, including entrepreneurship educationMario Antoniċ, Croatia
Family business related issues & transfer of businessesChristian Cardona, Malta
Better regulation & reduction of administration burdensSusannah Simon, UK
SME testDidier Kinet, Belgium
LicensingGerald Nash, Ireland
Public ProcurementTo be attributed
DigitalisationGunilla Nordlöf, Sweden
Trade marks & IPRTo be attributed
Start-ups and caling upAnders Hoffmann, Denmark
Business Innovation and related IPR aspectsZacharias Mavroukas, Greece

Meetings of the SME Envoys Network

The Network meets four times a year with observers from European Business Organisations.

Supporting documents

Small Business Act for Europe

Commission Decision (145 kB) of 4.7.2012 setting up the group of experts on Enterprise and SME Policies

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