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24 February 2010

"Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs� to boost creation of small enterprises
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Are you thinking about setting up your own business or are you already a successful entrepreneur? The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs exchange scheme offers an excellent opportunity for new entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for managing a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). The new entrepreneurs will learn how to manage an SME as well as getting familiar with the business environment in another EU country by working with an experienced entrepreneur. �Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs� was launched by the European Commission in February 2009.


New entrepreneurs can choose to stay between 1 to 6 months with an experienced entrepreneur. During that period, they are expected to acquire relevant start-up and SME management knowledge in areas like financial and operational management, development of innovative products and services, successful sales and marketing practices, European commercial law and the single European market.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"During these difficult economic times we need to unlock the huge potential of start-up entrepreneurs and stimulate them to take the final step and set up a new enterprise. They gain a unique opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues so that their business ideas can become a reality. We need more SMEs to get out of the current crisis. They are creating most new jobs and are the driving force of our economy.�"

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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European e-Skills Week

 
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Europe is in the midst of the worst financial crisis for decades, but investment in the digital world could be the key to get us out of it. To make this happen, EU citizens need to be armed with the right e-skills to take part fully in the online world, and businesses need access to e-literate employees.

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1 in 7 Sunbeds in breach of UV radiation safety limits

 
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Consumers should be aware of the potential risks associated with using sunbeds according to the results of a market surveillance check of sunbeds, published today by the European Commission. In more than 500 sunbeds at over 300 locations checked it was found that UV radiation limits for sunbeds were violated in one in seven sunbeds made available at tanning services; there were also insufficient warnings on the sunbeds themselves (e.g. that UV radiation may cause injury).

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Results of the public consultation on Europe 2020

 
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As President Barroso has said: "The renewed Lisbon strategy was able to build an understanding of how structural reform feeds directly into growth and jobs. But the crisis has wiped out many of the gains. We must now use the "Europe 2020" strategy to create new sources of growth." The Commission publishes today a summary of the results of the public consultation on Europe 2020 and an evaluation of the Lisbon Strategy.

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SME Week 2010 to promote entrepreneurship!

 
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The SME week from 25 May to 1 June aims to inform about support available to entrepreneurs as well as to promote entrepreneurship so that more people, in particular younger ones, consider a career as an entrepreneur. The SME Website has just been launched in English and it will soon have its further 20 language versions online.

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