European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said:
"Major non-EU markets with strong growth rates represent significant opportunities for EU small enterprises. SMEs are Europe's main economic strength. To help them to better exploit their potential in the global arena is a clear priority to boost competitiveness and create employment."
The paper sets out a number of proposed actions, including:
- mapping the existing supply of support services to allow a more rational and coherent approach in the future;
- creating a single virtual gateway to information for SMEs wishing to do business outside the EU;
- making EU support schemes more consistent to raise their impact;
- promoting clusters and networks for SMEs;
- orchestrating pan-European partnerships in priority markets to make the most of the public funds spent.