Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. They account for 53% of gross domestic product and 65% of European employment.
In other words, their future is Europe’s future – and any effort to put Europe at the forefront of the green revolution – as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has vowed to do – must bring Europe’s 24 million SMEs along with it.
- environmental protection
- Brussels, Belgium
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And the good news is, Europe’s SMEs take green issues seriously, too. 43% of European SMEs are reducing natural-resource consumption, 32% offer green products or services, 47% are recycling raw materials and 61% have taken steps to reduce energy consumption, according to the SMEs, Resource Efficiency and Green Markets Eurobarometer 2022.
At this high-level roundtable, leading thinkers and policymakers will look at the state-of-play for European SMEs going green, moving to digital and competing successfully in European and global markets.
Leading thinkers from the European Commission will discuss their plans and priorities – and the OECD will weigh in with a crucial new policy initiative in the SME field – the Guiding Principles for SME Policies due to launch later this year.
The Lisbon Council will launch Green, Digital and Competitive: SMEs in the Green Transition, a new policy brief. More details on this initiative can be found on the dedicated website here
The discussion will form part of EU Green Week 2022, a week-long effort to promote best practice and demonstrate on-the-ground support for Europe’s Fit for 55 goals and climate targets.