Early Warning Europe

Early Warning Europe provides free, impartial and confidential counselling to companies in distress

A European Network helping companies in distress

Each year more than 200.000 EU businesses are facing insolvency, and 1,7 million jobs are lost in the EU due to insolvency. Moreover, the risk of bankruptcy is what Europeans fear most about setting up a new business: 43% of Europeans would not start a business if it might fail compared to just 19% in the United States.

Early Warning Europe establishes Early Warning mechanisms in four EU Member States: Poland, Spain, Italy and Greece, providing support to 3500 companies in distress in 2017-2019. We also support the establishment of Early Warning mechanisms in five additional EU Member States in 2017-2019 – the Second Wave countries. The ultimate goal of the project is to establish Early Warning mechanisms in all EU Member States.

Simultaneously, we are establishing a European Network of experts, authorities, associations and chambers of commerce for improving framework conditions for SMEs and entrepreneurs across Europe. This work will be further strengthened by the development of an innovative, data-driven method to identifying companies in distress. The ambition is to present a Next Generation monitoring and early warning method based on machine learning and big data to identify companies that are in risk of a bankruptcy.

Member countries



Danish Business Authority

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Business Development Centre Central Denmark (coordinator)

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The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP)

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Fundacja Firmy Rodzinne

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European Small Business Alliance (ESBA)

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European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UAEPME)

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Team U

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Federación Nacional de Asociaciones de Trabajadores Autónomos

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Regional Government of Madrid

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Unione Industriale di Torino

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Small Enterprises’ Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen, and Merchants

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Athens Chamber of Tradesmen (EEA)

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new EW mechanisms


mentor organizations

Based on European Best Practice

Early Warning Europe builds new best practice and draws on existing experience from Early Warning Denmark, TEAM U in Germany and Dyzo in Belgium showing that free and impartial guidance for companies in distress has a positive impact - not only on the survival chances and financial performance of the companies, but also on society. The implementation of Early Warning mechanisms across Europe uses and develops European best practice, and will help save jobs, promote growth and improve public finances.

Meet the secretariat of Early Warning EuropE

Latest News

On this webpage we continuously share the latest news for the Early Warning Europe project.

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Panel debate on Early Warning Europe at III Spanish Entrepreneurship Forum

24/05/2018 On 28 and 29 May, Early Warning Europe partner ATA hosts its annual forum for entrepreneurs and self-employed workers in Madrid with opening speech by Prime Minister Mr Mariano Rajoy. Early Warning Europe is on the agenda as an example on how to address a key issue for the sector as a whole in Europe.
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Early Warning Europe presented at International EU Conference on Insolvency

22/05/2018 Under the Bulgarian EU Presidency, the Early Warning system was presented and debated with a forum of high-level stakeholders.
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Presentation "EARLY WARNING EUROPE" for the relaunch of SMEs in the town of PINEROLO

22/05/2018 As part of the "Together for the Pinerolese" program, on May 17th the Mayor of Pinerolo Luca Salvai invited the owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses in the area to take part in the meeting.
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