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Achieving a Business-friendly Environment in the EU

Revitalising the European Agenda on SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the EU’s economy. They represent of all companies operating in the non-financial business sector, accounting for 67% of total employment and 57% of added value. Almost all of these SMEs are micro enterprises, employing less of 10 people. Notwithstanding the necessary actions required by national governments, the EU has a crucial role in creating a supportive environment for businesses across Europe.

This symposium will offer an opportunity to analyse the latest updates related to the EU policy on SMEs and entrepreneurship. It will explore its potential as a cross-sectoral issue, considering how complementary actions in other policy areas can have multiplier effects in strengthening its implementation. The conference will support the exchange of ideas and best practice, encouraging delegates to engage in a challenging debate with business representatives and policy makers at EU level.


  • Session 1 - Taking stock of the EU’s Agenda on Small and Medium Enterprises 
  • Session 2 - Stimulating an Entrepreneurial Culture across Europe
  • Session 3 - Increasing Options for SME Access to Finance
  • Session 4 - Building a Supportive Environment through Extra-sectoral Actions

Delegates will:

  • Examine the current European framework in support of SMEs and its upcoming developments
  • Assess the benefits of targeted pro-entrepreneurship education programmes
  • Explore ways to promote female and youth entrepreneurship
  • Learn about alternatives to improve SMEs’ access to finance
  • Discuss solutions to reduce the administrative burden and compliance costs for SMEs
  • Take part in interactive discussions on how to improve SMEs’ access to the Digital Single Market
  • Liaise with experts and relevant stakeholders at national and international level 


14 Mar 2018 @ 10:00 am

14 Mar 2018 @ 04:30 pm

Duration: 6 hours, 30 minutes


Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre

Boulevard Avenue 17


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