The European Commission’s group of experts on family-owned enterprises

One of the long-standing goals of the Foundation for Family Businesses was achieved with the launch of a supranational expert group on family-owned businesses. Previously, all the initiatives of the European Commission were focused primarily on small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), thus excluding large family-run businesses from their scope.
As early as 2004, Günther Verheugen, one of the then EU vice-presidents, drew attention to the special significance of family businesses as a driving force for European economic growth, with their sustainability, high rates of innovation and high levels of social and economic engagement.

The objective of the expert group – a body to which the Foundation for Family Businesses was the sole German institution to be appointed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy – is to represent the special interests of family-owned businesses at EU level.

A list of the members of the expert group and its study reports can be found here:

 Study: Overview of issues of relevance to family businesses

 Final report of the group of experts


You will find further detailed information at:


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Stefan Heidbreder

Managing director

Stiftung Familienunternehmen
Prinzregentenstraße 50, D-80538 Munich