About this consultation

Consultation period
6 February 2018 - 6 May 2018
Business and industry

Responses to this consultation

Replies from respondents registered in the Transparency Register
Replies from others

Respondents and other stakeholders provided also position papers

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from

  • national and regional authorities
  • enterprises, business associations or organisations
  • venture capital providers, research and academic institutions, and individual citizens.

Objective of the consultation

The SME definition as provided in Recommendation 2003/361/EC is the structural tool to identify enterprises that are confronted with market failures and particular challenges due to their size, and therefore are allowed to receive preferential treatment in public support.

It is a widely used tool in EU policies such as competition (state aid), structural funds, research and innovation (Horizon 2020). Moreover, the SME definition is relevant for some European administrative exemptions and reduced fees, such as for Regulation on registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH).

The Commission is currently preparing for an evaluation and possible revision of some aspects of the SME definition. This public consultation is part of this process and will allow any interested actor to provide feedback on the evaluation and impact assessment of the SME definition.

How to submit your response

Please fill the online questionnaire in the EU Survey tool. The questionnaire is available in 23 official EU languages and responses may be submitted in any of these.

You can also upload documents, such as position papers, or send them to the contact e-mail

In the interest of transparency, organisations are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the transparency register and subscribing to its code of conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Please read the specific privacy statement for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Additional information

Responses to this consultation

The Commission will publish the replies shortly after the end of the consultation period.

Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet unless the contributor objects to publication of the personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm their legitimate interests. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise, the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.

Consultation outcome

The Commission will summarise the replies after the end of the consultation period. The results will be taken into account when preparing the evaluation report.