Period of consultation
From 16.05.2011 to 12.07.2011
Objective of the consultation
We seek comments on a more integrated and coherent approach to public support for EU enterprises aiming to do business outside the EU.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need assistance when taking first steps to internationalise their business. While significant public resources are already devoted to SME support and a number of organisations and programmes exist at various levels, their impact can be increased by greater visibility and more effective cooperation. We propose a mapping of existing services and certain principles and priorities to guide future actions.
The text in consultation does not prejudge the contents of the final Commission proposal.
The consultation process started at the end of 2009 with an Issue Paper, also published on the Commission website, which was discussed with stakeholders on various occasions, including the Enterprise Policy Groups in May 2010.
Public authorities, business support organisations including business associations, Chambers of Commerce, Trade Promotion Organisations and other public and private agencies, consultancies, small businesses (SMEs), trade unions, NGOs, workers’ and employers’ federations and all other relevant stakeholders.
How to submit your contribution
You are invited to reply to this public consultation by sending an e-mail to ENTR-ABROAD@ec.europa.eu.
We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
Contributions can be in any EU language, but a summary in English, French or German would be appreciated.
Contributions should be submitted at the latest on 12 July 2011.
Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contributions will be dealt with.
European Commission - Unit ENTR A.2
DG Enterprise and Industry - ENTR A.2
“Small Business, Big World”
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