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Unleashing Europe's entrepreneurial potential to bring back growth


To return to growth and higher levels of employment, Europe needs more entrepreneurs. With 4 million new jobs created every year, new companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), create the most new jobs in Europe.

Therefore, European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani presented today an action plan to support entrepreneurs and revolutionise entrepreneurial culture in Europe. The plan stresses the key role of education and training to nurture new generations of entrepreneurs, and includes specific measures to help budding entrepreneurs among young people, women, seniors, migrants, and the unemployed. The high level of EU unemployment leaves untapped human resources, especially amongst women and young people. The plan also tackles obstacles to entrepreneurship such as ambitious measures to facilitate start-ups and new businesses, make transfers of business ownership more successful, improve access to finance, and give honest entrepreneurs a second chance after bankruptcy.


"To make it very clear: more entrepreneurs mean more jobs, more innovation and more competitiveness. Becoming an entrepreneur and making a vision come true takes a lot of personal risk and effort. Entrepreneurs are the heroes of our time. Entrepreneurship is also the most powerful driver of economic growth in economic history. Therefore, we want to make entrepreneurship an attractive and accessible prospect for European citizens. This is the key message of our action plan. If we can unleash Europe's entrepreneurial potential, we can bring back growth to Europe."

Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani    
Involvement in standard-setting makes small businesses stronger

Small and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs, can now help shape the process of standardisation. Standards will be drawn up more quickly and transparently to advance a recent reform of the European Standardization system. It will also be easier to use global standards in the fast-growing field of information and communication technologies, or ICT, which is crucial to ensuring interoperability. Furthermore, the new regulation will promote greater involvement of consumer and societal organisations in standardisation activities so as to introduce improvements in products and services for certain groups such as the disabled and elderly. Finally, the reform reaffirms the possibility to use service standardisation as a policy tool to support EU legislation.

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Using contracts to protect your business in China
31/01/2013 - Bejing

Standardisation and small and medium-sized enterprises
28/05/2013 - Brussels

European tourism indicator system for sustainable management at destination level
22/02/2013 - Brussels

Workshop on regional specialisation in the EU Defence Sector
28/01/2013 - Brussels

EU Space Policy: “Building Up a Global Tool for Global Challenges”
29/01/2013 - Brussels

Security Research meets Industry @ Madrid
12/03/2013 - Madrid

Publications and studies

Importing wine to China

The machinery sector in China - Opportunities for EU SMEs

Public consultations

Protection of business and research know-how
Deadline: 08/03/2013

Civil enforcement of IPR: the efficiency of proceedings
Deadline: 30/03/2013

Integrated delivery market to boost e-commerce in the EU

Exemptions from the substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment
Deadline: 15/02/2013

Suggested readings

Quiz: Are you ready for China?


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