The Implications of EU Membership for the SMEs in Poland

Anna Bąkiewicz

University of Social Sciences,
Warsaw, Poland
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The paper aims at the evaluation of the major consequences of the accession of Poland to European Union for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The analysis focusses on the most important risks brought by free trade regulations. We also identify the features of small businesses that might be significant for the absorption of the external shocks generated by the accession. In conclusions we point out modernization of the business sector in Poland as one of the most important effects of the accession. We also list some phenomenon that eased the interferences from the accession. Finally we suggest some further study on the competitiveness and internationalization of the SMEs in Poland.

Keywords: economic integration, small and medium enterprises, European Union, Poland
JEL codes: F02, L25, L26,


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