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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): Study on the Opportunities for the Internationalisation of SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): Study on the Opportunities for the Internationalisation of SMEs
Place and year of publication
Brussels , 2011
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The project was managed by EIM www.eim.nl.The RCSME was Country partner for Russia.The Report of the Study on the Opportunities for the Internationalisation of European SMEs has now been published. It looks at business support for EU SMEs in internati
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  • SME policy
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7788

Summary:

Study on the Opportunities for the Internationalisation of SMEs: Business Support for EU SMEs Doing Business in Third Countries

The Report of the Study on the Opportunities for the Internationalisation of European SMEs has now been published. It looks at business support for EU SMEs in international markets and incorporates a survey programme of SMEs and review of international support providers. The study focuses on three main elements: an assessment of the market potential for SMEs in key markets outside the EU, an examination of the options to better connect European SMEs to international markets, and a review of specific measures to facilitate the access of European SMEs to these markets. The main report and background documents are available below.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) perform a critical role in the European economy. Europe’s capacity to build on the growth and innovation potential of SMEs will be decisive for the future prosperity of the EU. The study looks to build on this potential, focusing on the opportunities for EU SMEs in markets outside the EU, and the role of business support for such companies when accessing these markets. The study looks in particular at the support provided to SMEs in relation to seven key target markets: Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRIC), Japan, South Korea and Ukraine. In addition, some sections of the report consider the opportunities presented in five other target markets: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova. The main objectives of the study were to analyse the market potential for SMEs in the 12 third country markets, and to examine options to better connect European SMEs to these markets.
The activities carried out in the frame of this study include: an analysis of trade flows between the EU and the target countries; a large scale survey among internationally active EU SMEs; an investigation of national policy measures supporting the internationalisation of EU SMEs; a meta analysis of existing evaluation studies of such measures; additional surveys of EU SMEs that have business activities in non-EU markets and SMEs that have used specific internationalisation support measures; face-to-face interviews in the seven key target countries with European enterprises and business support organisations in these countries; an overall analysis and synthesis incorporating policy options and recommendations.
The final report synthesizing the results and policy recommendations is provided following the link below, together with the presentations from the study conference held earlier, and the separate background documents presenting the results from each of the study work packages.

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/market-access/enterprise-europe-network/intern_event_en.htm

For questions concerning project activities in Russia please contact Irina Alexeeva by phone +7(495)332-00-34 or by e-mail irina1@rcsme.ru

Table of contents:

Final Report of the Study on Opportunities for the Internationalisation of SMEs

Study background documents:

• International Trade Flows and Economic Development in Target Countries
• Overview of 310 Policy Support Measures Identified in the EU Member States
• Description of National Measures Identified in EU27
• Survey Report Large Scale Random Survey
• Book of Tables Large Scale Random Survey
• Survey among Users of 13 Support Instruments
• Book of Tables Survey among Users of 13 Support Measures
• Survey of SMEs Doing Business outside the EU
• Book of Tables Survey of SMEs Doing Business outside the EU
• Country Studies of the seven key target markets

Presentations from the study conference:

• Background to the study
• Consultation on a ‘new partnership to help SMEs seize global opportunities’
• Overview of the study elements, main findings and target country reports
• Conference programme

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