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Studies to analyse the impact of the internal market on SMEs

The European Commission, DG XXIII, has published an invitation to tender for studies to analyse the impact of the internal market on SMEs.

Within the context of the Council Decision of 14 June 1993 relating to a "Multiannual Community Action Programme to reinforce main objectives and to guarantee continuity and consolidation of the policy for companies, especially SMEs in the Community", the Commission intends to ensure the cooperation of a network of organizations specialized in conducting studies on SMEs to analyse the impact of the internal market on them.

This network should, notably, resume the works already carried out within the context of the project "European Observatory for SMEs" and draw up each year, under Community institution coordination and possibly in association with other partners, an independent report on the situation and perspectives of SMEs. The report would enable the following to be accomplished:

- Evaluation of the recent and foreseeable development of SMEs;
- Improvement of the SMEs' awareness of their position as they relate to all companies;
- Identification of structural modifications connected with the completion of the internal market.

Reports should analyse, in particular:

- The environment of SMEs, including the craft industry, notably concerning the institutional framework and operational procedures of the products market and labour market, as well as technical and commercial developments;
- The SMEs' performance in different sectors as compared with their environment, including creation/disappearance movements among companies and market concentration/segmentation trends, as well as their consequences in terms of intercompany relations;
- Company policy aims and measures likely to affect SME behaviour and performance in economic terms.

Moreover, each report should contain two in-depth thematic studies, one on an activity and the other on an area which assumes a particular importance for SMEs.

An information meeting will be held on 11 May 1995 (15.00), during which all requests for further information will be handled. These information requests can involve only the technical aspects of the market and, on no account, its financial or commercial aspects.

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