European Charter for Small Enterprises
In the framework of the Lisbon strategy the EU Member States and the European Commission endorsed in June 2000 the European Charter for Small Enterprises. By adopting the Charter, the EU has set a standard that is very much in accordance with the positions taken by UEAPME over the years.
The full implementation of the European Charter for small enterprises in the EU and the Candidate Countries, as well at European level is one of the main objectives of UEAPME. Moreover, any coherent SME policy supported by the governments and / or the European Union must take into account the European Charter, recognising small enterprises as the economic engine of the European economy and an indispensable condition for achieving social cohesion and welfare.
14/06/2006: Small Business Charter needs a fresh start