Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

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 SME policy advisory group that promotes SME friendly regulation and policymaking in all EU countries.

Why a network of SME envoys?

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

The EU SME envoy

The 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

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 implementation of SME policy actions, inform 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

See the most recent SME performance review. Click on the flags for the national factsheets.

Country Name Institution, telephone Email

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Austria Mr Florian Frauscher,
Director-General
Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs
+43 (0)1 71100 - 803522
website
florian.frauscher@oesterreich.gv.at

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Belgium Mr Didier Kinet,
Director-General
Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy
+32 (0)2 277 51 11
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Bulgaria Mr Lachezar Borisov,
Deputy Minister
Ministry for Economy
website
secminister@mi.government.bg

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Croatia Mr Zvonimir Novak,
State Secretary
Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
+ 385 1 610 61 11
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Cyprus Mr Constantinos Karageorgis,
Counsellor
Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism
+357 2 286 7100
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Czech Republic Mr Marian Piecha,
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Industry and Trade
+420 224 851 111
website
posta@mpo.cz

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Denmark Mr Torsten Andersen,
Deputy Director-General
Danish Business Authority
website
erst@erst.dk

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Estonia Ms Sille Kraam,
Deputy Secretary General
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication
+372 625 6342
website
info@mkm.ee

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Finland Mr Petri Peltonen,
Director-General
Ministry of Employment and the Economy
+358 29 516001
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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France
Ms Caroline Mischler, 
Director
Ministère de l’economie et des finances
+33 1 40 04 04 04
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Germany Ms Sabine Hepperle,
Director-General
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
+49 (0) 3018 6159
website
kmu-botschafter@bmwi.bund.de

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Greece Ms Panagoula Pasxali,
Director-General
Ministry of Development and Competitiveness
+30 210 3332000
website
info@ggb.gr

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Hungary Mr Robert Aradi-Beöthy,
Head of Department
Ministry for National Economy
+36 1 795 1400
website
ugyfelszolgalat@ngm.gov.hu

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Ireland Mr Conor Verdon,
SME Envoy
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
+353 59 917 8990
website
info@djei.ie

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Italy Ms Benedetta Francesconi,
Director-General
Ministero dello sviluppo economico
+39 0647051
website
dipartimento.impresa@sviluppoeconomico.gov.it

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Latvia Ms Ilze Lore,
Director
Ministry of Economy
+371 67013100
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Lithuania Mr Tomas Urban,
Director
Ministry of Economy
+37070664617
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Luxembourg Mr Gilles Scholtus Ministère de l'Economie
+352 2478 2478
website
info@eco.public.lu

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Malta Ms Nancy Caruana,
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of the Economy, Investment and Small Business
+356 2220 9500
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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The Netherlands Mr Pieter Waasdorp,
Director
Ministry of Economic Affairs
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Poland
Mr Wojciech Paluch,
Undersecretary of State
Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
+48 22 693 5000
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Portugal Mr Franciso Sa,
Chairman
IAPMEI (Ministry of Economy)
+351 213 245 400
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Romania Mr Darius Vodă,
Deputy Director
Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship
website
office@investromania.gov.ro

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Slovakia Mr Jan Oravec, 
State Secretary
Ministry of Economy
+421-2-4854 7204
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Slovenia Mr Jernej Salecl,
Director-General
Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
+386 1 400 33 11
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Spain Ms Maria Muñoz Martinez, Director Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism  
+34 913 49 23 45
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

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Sweden Ms Gunila Nordlöf,
Director-General
Deputy: Ms Jeanette Edblad, Director
The Swedish Agency
for Economic and Regional Growth
+46 8 681 91 00
website
grow-sme-envoy@ec.europa.eu

List of priority areas covered by SME envoys

Area Envoy(s)
Business value and continuity Maria Benedetta Francesconi, Italy
Access to finance Pieter Waasdorp, The Netherlands
Training and skills Sabine Hepperle, Germany
Green economy To be reattributed
Internationalisation/access to markets Conor Verdon, Ireland
Key-enabling technologies and clusters To be reattributed
2nd chance To be reattributed
Entrepreneurship, including entrepreneurship education Croatia
Family business-related issues and transfer of businesses Nancy Caruana, Malta
Better regulation and reduction of administration burden Wojciech Paluch, Poland
SME test Didier Kinet, Belgium
Public procurement Didier Kinet, Belgium
Digitalisation Gunilla Nordlöf, Sweden
Start-ups and scaling up To be reattributed
Business innovation and related IPR aspects To be reattributed
SMEs in the defence sector Croatia
SMEs in the satellite business and related sectors To be attributed
Single market issues specific to start and scale-ups as well as 'traditional' SMEs Torsten A. Andersen, Denmark
Cooperation of ecosystems on the sub-national level To be decided

Meetings of the SME envoys network

The network meets 4 times a year with observers from European business organisations.

Supporting documents