Small & Medium-sized Enterprises


The SME WG’s purpose is to give a real voice to automotive SMEs and their specific needs through lobbying activities and information tools. The WG aims in particular to foster internationalisation and access to finance which are key to European growth and innovation.


José Manuel Martínez Sánchez

CLEPA Permanent

Pierre Thibaudat
Phone: +32 743 91 39


SMEs and national associations


Advocacy work towards European Institutions

Facilitating access to finance for SMEs (COSME 2014-2020)

Improving access to market (Internationalisation)

Stimulating SME Research, Development & Innovation (Horizon 2020)

Better regulation & reduced bureaucracy (to set up business and participate in EU projects)

Strengthening dialogue with regional networks

Promoting new skills for new jobs

Relations with tiers 1 & 2

Communication and Information

Dedicated section in the CLEPA website and newsletter for SME related issues

CLEPA position on SME related topics

Information on European Projects

Annual Event on SMEs (focus on funding, B2B activities, internationalisation)


Exert influence on the decision-making process of the EU institutions for automotive specific topics and general matters in co-operation with other European Associations and Group of interest

Strengthen the relationship between SMEs, OEMs and Corporate Members on issues concerning the supply chain

Communicate directly and through National Associations on CLEPA WGs’ activities and EU policies

Collect information and statistics on automotive SMEs and organises seminars

Foster participation in European projects and activities establishes and promotes an SMEs network