The European Commission has published a programme to help small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to implement European environmental legislation. SMEs are companies that employ fewer than 250 people. They represent approximately 57 per cent of the European Union's total economic added value. The proposed Environmental Compliance Assistance Programme includes disseminating information designed for SMEs, promoting support networks and organising training to build local environmental expertise. The measures under the programme would be funded by the LIFE+ Programme (EUR 5 million for 2007-2013), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the EU Structural Funds.