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The European Commission has appointed Timo Summa, Director in charge of the promotion of entrepreneurship and SMEs at the Enterprise Directorate-General as "SME Envoy" to step up exchanges with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their representative bodies.

The SME Envoy will act as a key interface with the SME community, considering their specific interests and needs in EU Programmes and legislation. Thanks to the SME Envoy, SME interests and needs can be better identified at an early stage and highlighted to the relevant Commission services, so ensuring that their concerns are taken into consideration and that adequate and efficient measures are implemented.

He will address concrete enterprise policy issues of current interest, such as improving the financial environment of SMEs, better regulation, implementation of the Internal Market, developing high quality support services for SMEs or ensuring easier access to European programmes. The SME Envoy will pay particular attention to the craft sector, small businesses and sole traders because of their specific needs.

The SME Envoy's report assesses his first year of activity, looking at achievements and potential for future development.

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Record Number: 4909 / Last updated on: 2003-02-04