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Parliamentary questions
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11 March 2020
E-001519/2020
Question for written answer E-001519/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Olivier Chastel (Renew)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Cutting red tape for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the cornerstone of the European economy. There are nearly 25 million of them in Europe, and they account for two-thirds of jobs.

At the beginning of March 2020, the Commission brought forward a strategy to unlock the potential of our SMEs and, in particular, improve their access to financing and the single market.

Some 78 % of SMEs take the view that administrative procedures form the main barrier to the single market.

1. What initiatives are to be proposed to cut red tape in connection with digitalisation?

2. More generally, what steps is the Commission considering taking to lighten the burden of red tape on SMEs, especially those keen to take part in programmes such as Horizon Europe?

Original language of question: FR
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