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In its Communication "Helping SMEs to Go Digital" [COM(2001)136 final], the European Commission has identified benchmarking as a major step to further promote the use of ICT and the Internet by SMEs. As part of the Go Digital initiative, the objective of this benchmarking initiative is:
"to describe and benchmark national and regional policies and instruments for the promotion of e-business for SMEs. This will help Member States and regions to assess their policies and identify best practice on the basis of national experience. It should also help to identify how European funds and other EU initiatives can complement regional and national strategies".
The analysis in this report provides a picture of the adoption of ICT and e-business by SMEs, identifies examples of good practice and presents the results of the benchmarking initiative. The next step will be to agree upon clear, measurable targets and indicators for an �e-business scoreboard�.

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