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.


  • Skills: join us in SMEUnited event on apprenticeship with Commissioner Schmit - - Read more  
  • EBC letter to the European Commission on the need of supporting measures for construction SMEs facing fuel and materials price increases - - Read more  
  • Construction SMEs: First physical EBC meeting since COVID - - Read more  
  • Sustainability: C2050 Alliance messages on the access to primary & secondary raw materials - - Read more  
  • Late Payment: EBC calls for ambitious reform of Late Payment Directive at EU Industry Days - - Read more  
  • Resilience in Construction: EBC Secretary General speaks in EU Industry Days podcast - - Read more  
  • Digitalisation: Commission looks for digital champions among construction SMEs - - Read more  
  • Standards: Election of the 2022-25 SBS President & Board, new EBC representative - - Read more  
  • EU Presidency: France is already preparing to lead the Council in January 2022 - - Read more  
  • Late Payment: EBC calls for zero-tolerance at SME Assembly 2021 - - Read more  
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