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The promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is thought to be fundamental in fostering an environment that encourages economic growth and job opportunities. SMEs play a major role in the European Union's business economy, accounting for approximately two-thirds of employment and 60% of value added in the EU.

A Eurostat publication entitled ("SMEs in Europe - competitiveness, innovation and the knowledge-driven society") presents a snapshot of the structure, conduct and performance of SMEs in the EU and will provide information that helps track the EU's drive towards the goals set at the Lisbon summit. The present "Statistics in Focus" uses information that was extracted from Eurostat's reference database (NewCronos) during the third week of September 2002. It includes data from a variety of sources and provides a free example of the type of information that is included within the larger priced publication.

The Statistics in Focus series is published regularly by Eurostat and provides up-to-date summaries of the main results of statistical surveys, studies and analyses. It consists of about four to eight pages per issue.

Additional information

Authors: SCHMIEMANN M, Eurostat, Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Statistics in Focus: Industry, Trade and Services - Theme 4 - Issue 39/2002, pp.8.
Availability: EUR-OP references:KS-NP-02-039-DE-N; KS-NP-02-039-EN-N; KS-NP-02-039-FR-N Statistics in Focus can be downloaded free of charge from the Eurostat web site:
ISBN: ISSN: 1609-5995
Record Number: 200315744 / Last updated on: 2003-01-16
Original language: fr
Available languages: de,en,fr