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4 June 2010

45% of Europeans would like to be their own boss if �
your own boss? © Kurhan

45% of all Europeans would like to be their own boss if they could. Compared to the US where 55% of the population would like to be self-employed this figure is however still low. Yet while the preference for self-employment has significantly decreased in the US (by 6 points since 2007) it remained stable for Europe. One of the reasons for the higher US figures could be that 73% of all US citizens but only 49% of the people in the EU declare that they have a good opinion of entrepreneurs.

The aim of the survey is to have a better understanding of entrepreneurship, to identify the reasons which encourage people to become entrepreneurs and to find out which obstacles exist.

The results of the 2009 survey will help the Commission in the shaping of its policy-making. For the first time the survey includes countries from Asia (China, Japan, South Korea).


Entrepreneurial attitudes are different in Europe, the US and Asia: Chinese people have the strongest preference for self-employment (71%), Japanese people the weakest (39%). In the US entrepreneurs enjoy a good reputation.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"The entrepreneurial potential in Europe is not fully exploited: 45% of all Europeans would like to become their own boss if they could, but only an average of 10% is actually self-employed today. If we could raise this percentage, we could have millions of new innovative and creative enterprises which would rejuvenate Europe�s economic basis, make it more robust, more job-generating and more resilient to stormy economic times"

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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Winners of European Enterprise Awards successful at creating small businesses

 
Award © EC

Six initiatives from France, Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden, received awards in the ceremony which was jointly organised by the European Commission, the Spanish EU Presidency and the Committee of the Regions. The event closed the second European SME Week, the European Commission's pan-European campaign to promote entrepreneurship and small businesses (SMEs) in Europe.

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The Secret of Success - Portraits of Entrepreneurs

 
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There are successful entrepreneurs having set up their micro, small or medium-sized business in all of Europe and beyond. In many cases, the ambition and the vision of an outstanding personality are the driving forces behind their success. The entrepreneurs portrayed in this brochure come from a variety of business sectors, and have made their way by providing innovative solutions in a complex environment.

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New practical ECHA guide on avoiding Animal Testing

 
lab © Yuri Arcurs

ECHA�s new practical guide helps industry to consider all possible alternative methods for data generation on hazards to make sure that testing on vertebrate animals shall only be undertaken a last resort. To do this companies need to obtain and evaluate all the available and relevant information on substance properties. Companies must also share data one with another to avoid duplicate testing.

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