Author: Robert Jay Dilger Senior Specialist in American National Government,
This report opens with a discussion of the European Commission’s decision to use a size standard that is very different than the size standard used in the United States. It then examines the Small Business Act for Europe’s various provisions and the major programs the European Commission has implemented to achieve the act’s objectives. Next, it compares and contrasts the European and American approaches to assisting SMEs. This report provides information and analysis useful to Congress as it crafts small business policy for the United States.