SME Assembly – Day 3

The third and final day of the SME Assembly 2021 kicked off with a series of panel discussions and the Youth Essay competition, which 22-year-old Bulgarian Kristina Dimova won.

The morning panel discussions covered environmental, social and governance issues; transfer of business; European scale-up firms; and SME support under the new Multi-annual Financial Framework.
A highlight of the final day of this year’s SME Assembly was the presentation of the top three essays by the finalists in this year’s Youth Essay Competition, with feedback from the Chair of the Youth Essay Jury and Sabine Kerssens, 2020 Youth Essay Competition winner. After the presentations, the audience voted on the winning essay, with the prize going to Kristina Dimova. Congratulations to Kristina for her exceptional essay.

The final discussion on Day 3 of the SME Assembly focused on SME economic performance and the prospects for recovery and resilience in 2022.

Day 3 ended with some policy conclusions from the SME Assembly 2021, presented by Outi Slotboom, Director for Strategy at the European Commission. According to her, the focus on SME policy should focus on digitalization, sustainability and the effort to promote the entrepreneurial spirit, particularly amongst girls and women. MEP Martina Dlabajová and Milena Angelova from the European Economic and Social Committee concluded that economic recovery depends on the successful adaptation of SMEs.

We hope you were able to catch all of the interesting sessions at this year’s assembly. For an overview of the session on Day 1, click here, and here for Day 2. You can also catch some of the highlights on Twitter via @EEPA_EU.