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Abstract

The present study attempts to provide an overview of the issues raised by the progressive development of the non-European Union or third Mediterranean countries (TMC) economies within a productive system they are to share with the European Union (EU) member-states. The primary objective is to highlight the various vantage points afforded by the prism of economic policy from which the small-to-medium enterprises (SME) in the EU and the countries on the southern rim of the Mediterranean can be viewed. While the governments on the Continent stimulate, support and are subsumed by a globalization that is accelerating the rise of development models driven by specialized SMEs integrated into networks or linked to far larger companies, the TMCs are promoting instead the creation of new, independent SMEs simply by abolishing perceived obstacles to their development. The final part of the report deals with the viability of providing incentives, vis à vis their use in the EU, as a policy instrument in establishing networks of specialized and independent SMEs in the TMCs. This, the so-called transferability proposition, will be looked at in the analytical light of the socio-economic traits evinced by SMEs in both the EU and non-EU states.

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Authors: DI PIETRO G, JRC Sevilla (ES);GOMEZ Y PALOMA S, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17731 EN (1998) 38pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-0332-785818
Record Number: 199810878 / Last updated on: 1998-08-04
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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