CEA-PME President Mario Ohoven meeting with First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans TimmermansCEA-PME President Mario Ohoven meeting with First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans
The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani with CEA-PME President Mario Ohoven and a Delegation from BVMWThe President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani with CEA-PME President Mario Ohoven and a Delegation from BVMW
Former EU-Budget Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva with CEA-PME President Mario OhovenFormer EU-Budget Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva with CEA-PME President Mario Ohoven
European Commission Vice-President Jyrkki Katainen at the 25th anniversary of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME in 2016European Commission Vice-President Jyrkki Katainen at the 25th anniversary of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME in 2016
Count Jacques De Lalaing, Walter Grupp, President Mario Ohoven, Rainer Wieland & Ghislain d'Hoop at the CEA-PME Access to Finance Event in July 2014Count Jacques De Lalaing, Walter Grupp, President Mario Ohoven, Rainer Wieland & Ghislain d'Hoop at the CEA-PME Access to Finance Event in July 2014
CEA-PME Vice-President Maurizio Casasco and President Mario OhovenCEA-PME Vice-President Maurizio Casasco and President Mario Ohoven
European Parliament StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Strasbourg

We are European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Joint Forces for Europe`s Mittelstand!

European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME (Confédération Européenne des Associations de Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) is the biggest confederation of voluntarily associated small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We are a Brussels-based business federation which currently counts 22 European associations among its members, with more than 2.1 million enterprises, employing over 16 million people. It maintains relationships with 11 partner associations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME represents the interests of its members towards the institutions of the European Union and strives to offer more opportunities and real added value to our affiliates and their member companies. See our programme for the European elections 2019 and our video campaign to vote for SMEs.

We regularly meet with top level policymakers, like European Commissioners and Chairs of Parliamentary Committees at the European Parliament. We lobby the European Union to always work towards the interest of Europe’s Mittelstand, be it through our position papers, our events and our online campaigns supported by our networks of members across Europe.

Moreover European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME has coordinated many different projects to the benefit of SME and their associations: two great recent examples are MobiliseSME, that positively tested the possibility to set an Erasmus-like program for the employees of SMEs in Europe, and DigitaliseSME, that connected companies in need of digitalisation with digital experts from abroad who could help them start their digital transformation.

Other projects were e.g. EU-DualS, that set the basis for the transfer of the German “Dual System” to other VET training systems in Europe, or the research projects InCaS - Intellectual Capital Statement, and its follow up CADIC.

The Confederation's long time president is Mario Ohoven of the German BVMW/Der Mittelstand Association, and vice-presidents are Maurizio Casasco (CONFAPI) and Valérie Guimard (AFDEE). The Board also includes Mr. Patrick Meinhardt (BVMW) and Prof. Wolfgang Reinhard (Chairman of the CDU Group at the Baden Würtennberg Regional parliament). The Bruxelles office is led by the Secretary General Walter Grupp and the Managing Director Stefan Moritz.

If you are interested to become a Member…

Are you an association gathering Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in your country? Would you like to join a strong European confederation that defends the interest of SMEs across the continent and that delivers real added-value to its members and their affiliates due to its established expertise and the width of its network?

If so, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME is for you. Discover more about us in our brochure (click the image to download) and contact us directly: