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Annual Report on European SMEs 2016 / 2017

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continue to recover!

SMEs form the basis of the EU-28 economy. In 2016, SMEs created 93 million jobs and added value by a further 1.4%. Businesses benefited mainly from stronger aggregate demand (consumption, exports and capital investment).

Annual Report on European SMEs 2015 / 2016 – SME recovery continues

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continue to recover!

SMEs form the basis of the EU-28 economy. In 2015, almost 23 million SMEs generated USD 3.9 trillion and provided 90 million jobs. This means that in 2015 SMEs accounted for two-thirds of employment in the EU-28 and slightly less than three-fifths of EU-28 value added in the non-financial sector.

Annual Report on European SMEs 2014/2015

European SMEs starting hiring again

The report 2014/2015 presents good news: after years of downsizing, European SMEs are expanding, and have started hiring again. The annual report, prepared on a yearly basis, provides a synopsis of the size, structure and importance of SMEs to the European economy and an overview of the past and forecasted performance of SMEs from 2008 to 2016.

Turning point: decoupling CO2 emissions and economic growth

The study “Decoupling greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth” commissioned by the Heinrich Böll Foundation examines the developments over the period 1990-2014.

In the past, energy consumption increased along with global economic performance. In 2014, greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector fell for the first time while the economy grew.