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Définition et dénombrement statistique de la population des PME dans l’Union Européenne


  • Verena Mertins
  • Anja Sölter


Cette étude par ordre de la Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) fournit un aperçu préliminaire au sujet de la définition et du système statistique de l’Union Européenne concernant les PME. La définition européenne des PME est examinée en particulier relative à l’inclusion dans la population des PME des groupes spéciaux comme l’artisanat et les professions libérales. Ensuite, le cadre institutionnel du système statistique européen des PME et la mise en œuvre du dénombrement de ce groupe aux niveaux nationaux sont analysés en soulignant l’application de la définition communautaire des PME et, par conséquent, le degré de la représentation de la population des PME européennes dans les statistiques existantes. Pour illustrer des problèmes pratiques et des particularités nationales, le cas de l’Allemagne est utilisé comme exemple. This study by order of the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) provides an overview of the SME definition and the system of SME statistics in the European Union. The European SME definition is particularly examined with respect to the inclusion of specific groups such as the crafts as well as the professions. This serves as a basis for analysing the institutional design of the European SME statistics and the practical problems of collecting data at the national level. The analysis of the statistical system focuses both on the application of the European SME definition as well as the question in how far the whole population of European SME is represented in the existing statistics. Where necessary, the German case serves as an example to illustrate practical problems and national particularities.

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  • Verena Mertins & Anja Sölter, 2008. "Définition et dénombrement statistique de la population des PME dans l’Union Européenne," Departmental Discussion Papers 137, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics, revised 03 Jun 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:got:vwldps:137

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    SME; SME definition; SME statistics; EU; crafts; the professions;

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    • C80 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - General
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration

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