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.


  • SME Assembly 2022: dense programme but no focus on buildings - - Read more  
  • EUSEW 2022: final BIM4Ren event on digital tools for construction SMEs, skills and the Renovation Wave - - Read more  
  • SME reporting: EBC contributes to EFRAG consultation on Sustainability Reporting Standards for large enterprises - - Read more  
  • Energy efficiency: EBC reaches out to European Parliament ITRE committee for an improved EPBD recast - - Read more  
  • BIM: SBS attends plenary of CEN/TC 442 in Norway - - Read more  
  • Research & Innovation: 1st Built4People partnership Stakeholders’ forum - - Read more  
  • High-Level Construction Forum: EBC co-chairs session on digital tools in the EU green transition - - Read more  
  • Digitalization: EBC intervened at BIM4Ren Training launch in Rome - - Read more  
  • Apprenticeship: EBC exchanges with Commissioner Schmit at SMEunited event - - Read more  
  • Skills: join us in SMEUnited event on apprenticeship with Commissioner Schmit - - Read more  
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