The 2022 SME Assembly gathers in Prague to address the state of Europe’s SMEs

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Tomorrow, Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton and Czech Minister of Industry and
Trade Jozef Síkela, will open the 2022 Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) Assembly in
Prague. The SME Assembly is the centrepiece of the European SME Week. It is a yearly gathering of entrepreneurs, policy makers and business organisations and is the most significant event for
Europe’s SMEs.

The SME Assembly will host the tenth edition of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards, which
are jointly organised by the Commission, the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) and EuropeanIssuers. These awards promote best practices and encourage more SMEs to access capital markets via initial public offerings. The European Enterprise Promotion Awards are
organised by the Commission and reward national, regional, or local authorities or public-private
partnerships from the EU and several other countries which have promoted entrepreneurship and
small business at the national, regional or local level. The conference lasts two days and will be attended by over 500 delegates in person and many more online. This year, the SME Assembly will focus on: finding solutions for SMEs facing difficulties linked to the economic effects of high energy prices, the disruption of supply chains and the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; how to make Europe’s enterprises of tomorrow sustainable, resilient and digital; developing concrete suggestions to be included in the SME Relief Package that is currently being prepared by the Commission.