"The European Entrepreneurial Region label has proven to be an important driver to implement the Small Business Act for Europe at regional level. I fully support the networking of entrepreneurial-minded regions across Europe. The key to receiving the EER award label is a region's inspiring political vision to boost its entrepreneurial activity."
The Committee of the Regions has extended the deadline for submissions to the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) label competition 2014 until 28 February 2013 to provide even more regions the chance to take part.
The announcement was made on the occasion of the 1st SME Assembly, organised by the European Commission (DG ENTR) and hosted under the Cyprus EU Presidency. This new important event aims to further stimulate SME growth and support new start-ups at all levels of governance. The CoR strongly supports these objectives and stresses the role of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) award label in order to mainstream the implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) at regional level and encourage regions to develop an entrepreneurial vision for their territory.
EU regions and local authorities can apply by submitting their policy strategies which focus on their entrepreneurial vision for their region. A jury will then award up to three EU regions, irrespective of their size, wealth and competences, the label: "Entrepreneurial Region of the Year 2014".
Mr. Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (ES/EPP), President of the CoR, President of the region of Murcia and EER Jury Chair stated: "It is paramount to deliver on growth and jobs through entrepreneurship-friendly measures. The European Entrepreneurial Region label can certainly serve as a starting point to develop an integrated action plan supporting all SMEs within your region. This is why I call upon all regional representatives to submit their applications for the 2014 European Entrepreneurial Region label until 28 February 2013."