SME angle

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of the European economy. In 2003, the European Union introduced a common definition of which enterprises classify as SMEs in order to specifically target access to finance and EU support programmes at these enterprises.

SMEs need specific support to fully achieve their economic potential. However, especial support for micro enterprises is still lacking and administrative burdens as well as access to finance, innovation or public markets remain serious barriers that SMEs and crafts face. Accordingly, EBC contributes to the further development of an SME friendly business environment in the EU via an intensive cooperation with key European SME representatives such as SMEunited and Small Business Standards.


  • Late Payment: EBC calls for zero-tolerance at SME Assembly 2021 - - Read more  
  • EU Circular Talks: More competitiveness of secondary materials to enable circular economy in construction - - Read more  
  • REBUILD Congress: Challenges and solutions for a sustainable built environment - - Read more  
  • Construction materials: Rising prices are disrupting the recovery of construction SMEs and of the EU - - Read more  
  • Digitalisation: DigiPLACE closing conference on the EU Green Deal - - Read more  
  • Standardisation: future challenges for the sector, from CPR to environmental performance - - Read more  
  • EU Recovery Plan: we need an EU concerted action to prioritise the built environment! - - Read more  
  • SME definition: EBC considers the definition as still fit for purpose and asks for more support for micro enterprises and craftsmen - - Read more  
  • SME policy: European Investment Fund publishes interactive map on EU support for SMEs - - Read more  
  • VAT: European Commission proposes more flexible VAT rates and enhances special scheme for small enterprises - - Read more  
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