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About 99,8 % of all enterprises in Europe are SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises), having less than 500 employees. These SMEs are responsible for 66% of employment and 65% of economic turnover in the European Community.

The SME Coordination Unit in DG XII has published a booklet on the participation of SMEs in the Fourth RTD Framework Programme containing statistical information for the years 1994-1996.

Special attention is given to the "Technology Stimulation Measures for SMEs" (TSME C), 1994-1998, which were introduced under the Fourth RTD Framework Programme to facilitate the participation of SMEs in the Community's RTD programmes. The "Technology Stimulation Measures for SMEs" consist of exploratory awards and a scheme of cooperative research.

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