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Best Procedure project on "Education and training for entrepreneurship", Final Report of the Expert Group Published on: 01/11/2002, Last update: 15/07/2009

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European Commission, Enterprise Directorate-General.

The notion that enterprise education should be an essential part of a lifelong learning approach is now generally accepted. The development of entrepreneurial attitudes and skills can be encouraged in people of all ages, starting in school.

In most EU countries, initiatives exist already that tackle this issue. There is a need to take stock of measures undertaken, and to assess their scope and impact. This is why - in the framework of the Multiannual Programme for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (2001-2005) - the DG Enterprise has launched a "Best Procedure" project on education and training for entrepreneurship.

This project tries to identify and compare initiatives from across Europe that aim to promote the teaching of entrepreneurship in the education systems, from primary school to university. For this purpose, a group of experts was established in June 2001 with members appointed by the national governments (the EU 15 + Norway), and with the Commission taking a coordinating role.