Today Antonio Tajani announced the winner of the 5th edition of the European Enterprise Awards ceremony in Budapest. The entrepreneurship centre of the Barcelona Council, Activa was awarded the Grand Jury Prize selected for its innovative entrepreneurial support and training actions leading to the creation of 6,214 new businesses and 11,800 jobs.
Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Turkey also received prizes for driving enterprise with new and creative local solutions. These prices are a recognition for a successful and innovative way of promoting entrepreneurship. Jointly organised by the European Commission, the Hungarian EU Presidency and the Committee of the Regions, the European Enterprise Awards ceremony took place during the Small Business Act conference “Mobilising SMEs for the Future of Europe” in Budapest.
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship said: "Business is the key for job creation. Today’s winners underline that public authorities can do a lot to improve the business conditions for SMEs. We need to multiply these concrete success stories and make Europe more business-oriented and business-friendly, as set out in the Small Business Act."
Committee of the Regions President Mercedes Bresso said: "In these difficult economic times, we need to support entrepreneurship more than ever. The European Enterprise Awards show what we can achieve when regional and local authorities, universities and businesses all pull in the same direction."