European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: “New businesses are the single biggest source of new jobs in Europe. Encouraging an entrepreneurial culture and improving the business environment is therefore critical for Europe’s recovery and growth”.
Education is an essential element of entrepreneurship.
Studies show that students who receive entrepreneurship education are not only more likely to be employed, but also more likely to start their own companies. Promoting entrepreneurship as a viable and attractive career path among young people was a recurring theme in many of the entries received this year for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). This year there were applications from a record number of countries from across Europe: a total of 31 countries submitted entries, including all 28 EU Member States, as well as Iceland, Serbia and Turkey. The Awards showcase the most successful promoters of enterprise and entrepreneurship around Europe. They celebrate the best entrepreneurship policies and practices, create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in society and encourage and inspire budding entrepreneurs from across Europe.