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Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

What the European Commission does for SMEs 

99% of European businesses are SMEs. They provide jobs to more than 85 million European citizens. SMEs are at the heart of innovation and entrepreneurship. The ideas and solutions of 24,3 million entrepreneurs, women and men, contribute to a sustainable and digital economy, central to Europe’s competitiveness.   
The European Commission is committed to supporting enterprises from the moment they start - throughout their lifetime. Find out more below.

Supporting SMEs throughout their lifecycle

  1. LEARN

    entrepreneurial skills and plan your career path

  2. START

    setting up your SME


    challenges with early crisis support  

  5. EXIT

    smoothly and plan for succession