UEAPME is the employers’ organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. UEAPME is a recognised European Social Partner. It is a non-profit seeking and non-partisan organisation.
As the European SME umbrella organisation, UEAPME incorporates around 80 member organisations from 34 countries consisting of national cross-sectorial SME federations, European branch federations and other associate members, which support the SME family.
UEAPME represents more than 12 million enterprises, which employ around 55 million people across Europe.
The main objectives of UEAPME, as the voice of of crafts, trades and SMEs in Europe include:
Monitoring the EU policy and legislative process and keeping its members informed on all matters of European Union policy of relevance to crafts, trades and SMEs
Representing and promoting the interests, needs and opinions of its member organisations to the EU institutions and other international organisations
Supporting its members academically, technically and legally on all areas of EU policy
Supporting the idea of European integration and contributing to European co-operation.
As the recognised voice for the interests of crafts, trades and SMEs in Europe, UEAPME acts as an ’agenda setter’ in the area of European SME policy. It has direct role in all EU policy that has an affect on SMEs. This is made possible through the maintenance of direct links and contact with the EU administration and strengthened by its status as a Social Partner.
UEAPME endeavours to ensure that the interests of crafts and SMEs are taken into account in all legislation that has an impact on them. Some of the key legislative areas in which UEAPME is active include: economic and fiscal policy, employment and social policy, environmental policy, enterprise policy, internal market, legal affairs, and R&D.
UEAPME analyses the role of SMEs in European economies and the challenges they face. On the basis of this analysis, UEAPME, with its members, identifies the ways in which SMEs can adapt to the challenges of the open and competitive EU economy.