European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME (Confédération Européenne des Associations de Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) is the largest confederation of voluntarily associated small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). CEA-PME is a Brussels-based business federation that currently counts 27 European associations among its members, with more than 2.4 million enterprises, employing over 20 million people. CEA-PME promotes cooperation and exchange of experience with 12 partner associations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
The priority of the confederation is to represent the interests of the small and medium-sized enterprises of all sectors towards the European institutions with the aim to give SMEs a voice commensurate to their importance to the European economy. It furthermore offers extensive information and advice to its members and their associated companies in all matters related to European legislation, EU-Policies, Internal market, European programmes and EU Structural Funds. As CEA-PME is interested in promoting the values of SMEs, it is strongly engaged in several policy areas, such as the promotion of entrepreneurship, the reduction of bureaucracy and the shortage of skilled workers, the promotion of R&D and innovations in & for SME – in particular Digital & Green transitions, as well as to advance of fairer economic cooperation with developing countries centered on SMEs. In order to achieve this ambitious objective, CEA-PME prepares newsletters and position papers, and it periodically organizes online webinars and high-level live events, as an occasion to build stronger partnerships among its partners as well as to encourage the exchange of ideas.