3.- THE EU AT SERVICE OF THE SMES

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The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) play a key role in the European economy since they account for more than 99% of companies. They also generate more than two-thirds of private employment.

Indeed, they develop a key role as the engine of social integration and economic growth and as a significant source of employment and innovation. They also play a decisive role in the competitiveness and dynamism of the European economy.

Since the Treaty of Lisbon, European Institutions have underlined the importance of the European society as a whole. They also have set their determination to support the economic and social development using all means at their disposal for all business activities and improve the business environment for the SMEs. In this way, they will be able to fulfil their potential in today’s global economy and to ensure the economic recovery of the EU.

European institutions have emphasized the importance of SMEs in the EU political agenda and establishes the ‘think small first’ principle for all EU policy fields.

In practical terms, this means that it is also needed to step up the capacity to listen to SMEs before introducing new laws, scrutinise the effects that the legislation will have on them and help companies that need support.

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