Based on information derived from 85 case studies across all EU Member States and other sources, the project outlines the features peculiar to SMEs in their anticipation and management of restructuring, explores the main drivers of change and analyses the factors influencing successful restructuring. It offers some insight into how restructuring impacts on workers and the company itself and sets out several policy pointers for future action. This is the country report for Sweden.
/The fourth in a series of nationwide surveys on the business environment and
reality for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) was conducted by the
Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and Statistics Sweden in
2011. The survey examined the situation of SMEs, the opportunities for growth
and perceived threats to growth. Over 19,000 SME owners gave their views on
topics such as growth, competition, regulations, internationalisation and
access to finance./
Sweden was one of the four European Union member states that threatened to
overturn an EU 27 agreement to help strengthen the euro. However, having
taken a stand against the pact, the Swedish government and Swedish Social
Democrats (Socialdemokraterna ) finally accepted it on 27 January 2012.
After clearance from the Swedish parliament’s EU committee to approve
protocol changes agreed by the eurozone countries, Sweden decided not to
stand in the way of the pact.