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SMEs in the EU

News and information about the European Union's policies for small and medium-sized businesses.

Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Spain.

Setting up a business in Spain
The legislation in force which governs the formation of a new company in Spain sets out the requirements and steps that apply to the different types of company, from sole traders to the most sophisticated forms of trading company.

Access to finance
A system of guarantee funds and loan funds exists in Poland. The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) also fulfills an important role implementing operational programmes and is an element of support for enterprises carrying out innovative ventures.

Starting a business in Romania
An overview of the process of starting a new business in Romania.

EC Court rules on rights for dismissed pregnant workers
Dismissed pregnant workers must enjoy effective judicial protection of their under Community law, according to a ruling by the European Court of Justice.

Access to finance
Finance for small and medium sized enterprises in Bulgaria can be obtained by anyone who is a trader according to the Commercial Law, as well as self-employed tradespeople or freelancers, if their activity can be considered to be an enterprise as per the Commercial Law.

Access to finance
There are various sources of funding, support and advice available in Ireland for business owners from a variety of Irish bodies.

Setting up a business in Ireland
An overview of the process of starting a new business in Ireland.

Access to finance
The Hungarian state helps companies gain access to finance in many ways: direct support, indirect support, preferential loans, financial assets, etc.

Starting a business in Hungary
An overview of the process of starting a new business in Hungary.

Access to finance
Information about the sources of finance available to SMEs in Greece.

Starting a business in Greece
An overview of the process of starting a new business in Greece.

Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Finland.

Starting a business in Finland
The Finnish administrative authorities aim to help entrepreneurs starting a business in the country in all areas. Many companies located in Finland do business in other Nordic countries, as well as the Baltic countries and Russia. Finland offers an advantageous market position for some 80 million people.

Access to finance
Information about the sources of finance available to SMEs in Luxembourg.

Setting up a business in Luxembourg
An overview of the process of starting a new business in Luxembourg and useful information on the documents required.

Access to finance
There are several paths to obtaining secure finance for a business in the Netherlands. The Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel - KvK) provides an overview of these.

Setting up a business in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a developed country with a solid financial structure. Dutch civil and fiscal legislation are based on European law. The country offers a wide range of possibilities for international entrepreneurs to set up a business.

Red Tape: Commission leads reduction efforts at EU level but companies still struggling
EUROCHAMBRES welcomes today’s report by the European Commission on the initiatives it has taken to reduce administrative burdens in the EU. However, the feeling from businesses is that such positive announcements don't match reality.

Cutting red tape – Overview of reduction measures
Based on a Commission proposal from 2007, the European Union set itself an ambitious target of cutting administrative costs imposed by EU legislation by 25% by 2012. Today the Commission publishes an overview of progress to date and sectoral reduction plans for 13 priority areas. In total, the measures proposed by the Commission and under preparation would enable businesses to save around EUR 40.4bn from EUR 123.8bn on red-tape stemming from 72 EU texts and the measures that transpose and implement them in the Member States. Reduction measures put in place by the Commission or proposed by the Commission and already adopted could bring a reduction of EUR 7.6 billion. Measures proposed by the Commission and pending adoption by the European Parliament and the Council would add EUR 30.7 billion to that amount. Preparatory work on further reduction could lead to the presentation of additional measures bringing further reduction of at least EUR 2.1 billion. Now it is in the hands of the co legislators to ensure that businesses can feel the difference on the ground.

Access to finance
Entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have access to only quite limited financial resources. To help them, France offers many sources of financial support.

Access to finance
An overview of the finance programmes for small and medium businesses in Denmark.

Single Market Award 2009 - briefing
On Wednesday 14 October, the Swedish Presidency and the European Commission jointly presented the Single Market Award for the first time. The Award highlights the importance of the free movement principles of EU's Internal Market and went to Aurora de Freitas of Portugal. Since 2004 Ms de Freitas has been lobbying French administrations to make it easier for Portuguese citizens to be granted residence permits in France.

Financing Programmes for SMEs
The European Commission's DG ECFIN oversees programmes which provide access to finance for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The day-to-day management of these activities is handled by major International Financial Institutions (IFIs).

The Euro - Business Benefits
In addition to cutting costs and risk, the European Union's single currency benefits business by encouraging investments and bringing more certainty to business planning – thus allowing businesses to be more effective overall.