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2013. 06. 06.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Guidebook Series: "How to support SME Policy initiatives from Structural Funds"

The guidebooks currently being prepared and disseminated by the European Commission are based on the sound knowledge and rich experience that DG Enterprise and Industry has acquired in the field of SME Policy analysis, development and implementation. These guidebooks offer inspiration, tested examples, practical help and hands-on advice gathered by SME Policy expert groups. Many of the best practices identified by these expert groups need financial support for their implementation for which financing by structural funds (ERDF and ESF) is available, in particular also at regional level.

Each guidebook deals with a specific area of SME policy and includes suitable examples of recent and similar projects. A general guide (nr.6) is also available in order to provide a broad overview of the way in which the process works.

This series of Guidebooks is thus highly recommended to those involved in SME Policy as well as regional development, in the hope of raising further awareness regarding EU SME Policy and facilitating the funding process of appropriate SME policy measures and initiatives at national and regional level.

The titles of the Guidebooks published so far are:

  1. Building Entrepreneurial Mind-sets and Skills in the EU
  2. Using standards to support growth, competitiveness and innovation
  3. Facilitating Transfer of Business
  4. The Smart Guide to Service Innovation
  5. Regional implementation of the SBA – Small Business Act for Europe (in preparation)
  6. How to use structural funds for SME & Entrepreneurship Policy


Click here for concrete SME examples of real applications for Structural Fund projects.

More information on the guidebooks can be found here.

The Guidebooks are available in English and translations in 20 languages are ongoing. The languages already available can be seen when clicking on the "..." icon next to each guidebook title.

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