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Only 0.2 % of enterprises in the EU are large…

In the EU in 2015, a total of 23.5 million non-financial enterprises existed, 98.7 % of which were small (0-49 employed persons), 1.0 % were medium (50-249 employed persons) and only 0.2 % were large (250 employed persons and over). Among small enterprises, the ones that had less than 10 persons employed accounted for 93 % of the total number of enterprises. Among the Member States, the share of small, medium and large enterprises were largely identical in 2015.

…but they generate 33 % of employment and 44 % of total value added

However, when looking at the number of persons employed in the EU, small enterprises provided work for about half the workforce in 2015, while 17 % were employed in medium-sized enterprises and a third in large. Regarding value added, 38 % of value added came from small enterprises, 19 % from medium sized and 44 % from large enterprises.

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This information is part of the new digital publication "The European economy since the start of the millennium — a statistical portrait".

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This news is published on the occasion of the ‘Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day’ which takes place on 27 June. For more information, see the website of the United Nations.