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European Commission - EUROSTAT

European SME Week 2015 - 9 out of 10 enterprises in the EU employed fewer than 10 persons - More than 1.6 million new sole-entrepreneurs in 2012

Brussels, 17 November 2015

Micro-enterprises, as well as small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), are considered as a driver of the economy of the European Union (EU), creating jobs and contributing to economic growth. In 2012, of the 22.3 million enterprises in the EU’s non-financial business economy, an overwhelming majority (92.7%) were micro-enterprises (with 0 to 9 persons employed) accounting for 29.2% of employment, 7.1% were small and medium enterprises (with 10 to 249 persons employed) accounting for 38.0% of employment, and 0.2% were large enterprises (with 250 or more persons employed) accounting for 33.0% of persons employed.

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