Impact and effectiveness of the structural funds and EU policies aimed at SMEs in the regions

H Tödtling–Schönhofer , C Hamza, A Resch, Laura Polverari, John Bachtler, Carlos Mendez

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This study provides a description of the general nature of SMEs and their
development factors as well as the support that Cohesion Policy and
other EU policies provide to SMEs. It then assesses practical aspects and
effects of Cohesion Policy on enterprises and SMEs on the basis of a
review of published materials and eight case studies drawn from SMErelevant ERDF OPs from 2007-2013; where possible, it also includes
lessons learnt from 2000-2006. The conclusions and policy
recommendations put forward clearly highlight the complex relationship
between EU policies and SMEs as final beneficiaries of support in the EU
multilevel governance system.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • SMEs
  • structural funds
  • EU funding
  • regional development

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