SME Connect

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Lobbying Costs

100,000€ - 199,999€

Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

1.9 Fte (8)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    SME Connect   (SMEC)

    EU Transparency Register

    465361845122-87 First registered on 10 Jan 2022

    Goals / Remit

    SME Connect (SMEC) is a Europe-wide network and communication platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEC provides an organizational structure, helps members network with each other, and supports the members development and implementation of joint activities. All members in the SMEC network are equal; there are no votes or majority decisions, only the individual's expression of will to engage in specific activities on the SME Connect platform. All stakeholders who want to exchange ideas not only "about" but also in cooperation with SMEs are invited to join the network. Everyone represents their own position on legislative issues. Individual companies can join the network through the European SME Business Club or Friends of SMEs, depending on their size. By design, SMEC is a non-hierarchical, inclusive, and diverse network for SME stakeholders and other interested stakeholders.

    Main EU files targeted

    We seek to maximise the impact of SMEs on the EU level. SME Connect thereby aims to promote awareness of economic ecosystems, supply and sales chains, and the diversity of small and medium-sized enterprises.

    SME Connect has no common position on any legislation. All members in the SME Connect network are equal; there are no votes or majority decisions. The members have their own positions. There is no representative of SME Connect who can bring political opinions on regulations to the legislation / EU Institutions in the name of the network members. As such, SME Connect does not have a common position on legislation, no own position papers, cannot
    join hearings or working groups of the European Institutions, nor forward amendments to MEPs in the name of their members etc.

    Our members initially represent their own positions and interests and can organize themselves with like-minded partners to start initiatives, projects or working groups.This brings to a joint cooperation and a representation of common positions while allowing independence of activities and interests.

    SME Connect members are interested in all legisation or programmes, which have an impact on them. The following strategies and legislative proposals were discussed during our activities:

    EU SME Strategy
    Horizon Europe
    EU Minimum Wage
    Future of Work
    AI Act
    DATA Act
    Digital Tax
    EU VAT Directive
    European Green Deal
    Fit for 55 Package
    EU Emission Trading System
    Farm to Fork
    EU-Africa Strategy
    Food Labeling / Nutrition Score
    Food Safety
    PA (Regulation 1881/2006)
    Europe Beating Cancer Plane
    Pharmaceutical Strategy
    China Trade Relations
    India Trade Relations


    Head Office
    Rue de Pascale 22
    Brussels 1040
    EU Office
    Rue de Pascale 22
    Brussels 1040


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Other organisations, public or mixed entities

  • Networking



    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    100,000€ - 199,999€

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for current year

    None declared

    Closed year Costs

    100,000€ - 199,999€

    Other financial info

    The purpose of SME Connect is to build networks and create a communication platform. SME Connect believes in the pragmatic dialogue with all constructive and pro-European stakeholders. SME Connect thinks in networks, in ecosystems for SMEs, supplier chains and in regions.

    The board members, as well as the advisors and experts, are supporters of the SME Connect idea. They can express their personal perspective and share recommendations to the network members, as well as take over the patronage of events, working groups or initiatives. They perform their honorary functions completely independently of the network members.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    None declared

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