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Commission approves SME programme for Bavaria

On a proposal from Mrs. Monika Wulf-Mathies, Commissioner responsible for regional policies, the European Commission has adopted a programme to facilitate adjustment to the single market by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Bavaria.

The programme, adopted under the...
On a proposal from Mrs. Monika Wulf-Mathies, Commissioner responsible for regional policies, the European Commission has adopted a programme to facilitate adjustment to the single market by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Bavaria.

The programme, adopted under the Community SME initiative, has a total value of ECU 19,682,000, of which the Commission is to provide ECU 6,970,000.

The SME programme will be supporting measures in three priority areas:

- Quality assurance and innovation;
- Development and use of low-pollution technologies;
- Production processes and the opening-up of new markets.

The aim of these schemes is to strengthen the commercial performance of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Bavarian development areas concerned. Because of the strong small-business element in the Bavarian economy, their high innovative output and leading role in the creation of new jobs, the strengthening of the potential of these enterprises is an important and integral part of Bavaria's regional development strategy.

The SME programme just approved will supplement the schemes to promote the upgrading of skills among employees of small and medium-sized businesses already contained in the Objective 2 and 5(b) programmes for Bavaria as well as in the programmes under Objective 4 (adjustment of the labour force to industrial changes) and the Community Initiative ADAPT (Community Initiative for training and further training).
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