Wednesday, 28 July 2021

While on the EU aggregate level EU SMEs are recovering, on a more disaggregated/country level, the SME sectors in Member States are following actually different trends determined largely by macroeconomic and structural factors (including innovative capacity). Germany and Sweden belong to the group of countries with a positive growth rate of both, GVA and Employment. Greece belongs to those with a negative growth rate of both, GVA and employment and Slovakia and Finland belong to those with a positive growth rate of GVA but a negative growth rate of employment, resulting in a jobless recovery.

The diverging SME trends along these three different country groupings is –at least to some degree - due to differences in macroeconomic, export and innovation performance as well as structural factors. The aim of the SMe-Mentor project is to create an on-line mentoring service center especially addressed to “inactive" people (who are main concern of EU due to wasting of well trained, well experienced and valuable human sources but not "producing"), who are qualified and can find a job easily, but not working because of various reasons (reasons: baby sitting - maternity leaves, taking care for old parents, having physical disabilities, retired and do not have convenient job, etc.) and SMEs which are in a bad position or seeking professional knowledge support (Mentoring) because of the crisis or for better performing needs.

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