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This report on the activities of the European Union for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), is drawn up in accordance with the Council Decision on the Third Multi-annual Programme for SMEs. This Decision provides for the Commission to submit to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions a two-yearly report on the progress achieved in taking SMEs into account in all Community policies and programmes, following its coordination action. This is the fifth report of this type. It reports on the latest developments that have occurred since the adoption of the previous report at the end of 1997 and outlines future prospects.

The report is broken down into three main chapters: the first one deals with improving the framework conditions for SMEs, the second one with programmes and instruments with a particular financial impact on support for SMEs and the third with enlargement, pre-accession and cooperation with non-member countries. The conclusion describes the development of the process of increasingly taking SMEs into account in Community policies and programmes.

This report's value lies in the fact that it presents an overall view of EU activities to assist SMEs. It reflects the objectives of the Integrated Programme for SMEs, which is a structure for coordinating EU measures whether they are carried out under Enterprise policy or through one of the other Community policies likely to affect SMEs. Es.

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Authors: No Authors provided, EC-Directorate General
Bibliographic Reference: NB-27-00-992-EN/DE/ES/DA/FR-C (2001), pp.137. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available by Enterprise DG-Documentation Centre. fax:+32-2-2969930
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-0472-8
Record Number: 200013431 / Last updated on: 2001-06-27
Original language: en
Available languages: en,de,fr,da,es