European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "Five years on from the implementation of the EU's Small Business Act we can see SMEs have come a long way, but we still have work to do. Highlighting these success stories of entrepreneurship promotion helps inspire European public bodies and public private partnerships to be more business-focused and business-friendly.We look forward to seeing what exciting and innovative projects are put forward by 2014 entries to the European Enterprise Promotion Awards."
The European Commission launched the 2014 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, a competition to reward the most imaginative and successful initiatives from EU public bodies and public-private partnerships which support entrepreneurship.
The national level competition starts in January, and in May the country winners will be selected to compete at international level. Participants' ultimate aim is to win a Grand Jury Prize in Naples in October.
The six entry categories are:
The competition has two stages; applicants must first compete at the national level and will then be eligible to compete at the European level. For the national competition, each country will select two entries to be nominated for the European competition by May 2014.
A shortlist of nominees will be chosen by the European jury. All nominees from the national and European competitions will be invited to attend the Awards ceremony, which recognises the winners for their efforts and gives them the opportunity to present themselves in a pan-European environment. Winners will receive their prizes during a ceremony at the 2014 SME Assembly in Naples, Italy, on 2-3 October.