Many small companies in the EU struggle to internationalise their business even with an open and fair trade framework in place. Only 25% of EU-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) export at all and an even smaller portion export beyond the EU. The Commission aims to help European businesses face competition, access foreign markets, and find new business partners abroad. Going international increases SMEs' performance, enhances competitiveness, and reinforces sustainable growth.
With more than 500 million consumers, the European Single Market for products and services provides many opportunities for intra-EU trade. The Commission’s objective is to have a stable regulatory framework to foster the free movement of products and allow SMEs to take advantage.
European Standards are an important tool for enhancing SMEs’ competitiveness. Standards help reduce technical barriers to trade, reduce costs, and facilitate SMEs' access to markets.
SMEs can find more information on the SME support webpage or through the following portals:
On the SME Internationalisation website, SMEs can find more information on: