The Observatory of European SMEs was established in 1992 to improve monitoring of the economic performance of SMEs in Europe. The Annual Reports of the SME Observatory fulfil the needs of policy makers and the business community.
In 2003-2004, the Observatory monitored and analysed the performance of SMEs in their (national and supranational) business environment and assessed the impact of the Internal Market. The project covered all countries of the European Economic Area including Switzerland. Apart from quantitative information on the role of SMEs, the project dealt with many important aspects for SME development, such as Access to finance, Competence development, Internationalisation, Co-operation, Liberalisation of network industries and Enlargement. To obtain more insight in the behaviour of SMEs a telephonic survey was held among 7,500 enterprises in 19 countries.
In 2003-2004, the Candidate Countries were included, too. Still, in case of Candidate Countries no telephone interviews were carried out, instead results of the previous surveys were used. PRAXIS was the local subcontractor in Estonia collecting and analysing information about SME development here.
Publications are available here.