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8 December 2010

Women Entrepreneurs encouraged to take the plunge
Women Entrepreneurs encouraged to take the plunge

With figures demonstrating that women constitute just 34.4%1 of the EU's self-employed workforce, the potential for more women led businesses is huge and must be encouraged. The fact that 39.4% of women would choose to be self-employed compared to 50.2% of men shows that women are more reluctant to become entrepreneurs. Within this context, the European Commission in 2009 helped establish the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors whose aim is to have successful female entrepreneurs campaigning to inspire women to set up their own businesses.


The second phase of the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors will be inaugurated today during an induction and networking event that is co-organised by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the European Council.


Studies have demonstrated that women in general create smaller but relatively more viable enterprises. They are also considered more cautious than men and possess better awareness regarding the risk of failure. As a result, women often get fully involved in businesses after a longer trial period. The EU Ambassadors help to overcome these doubts, and seek to encourage and inspire women to become entrepreneurs by relating their own experiences.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"Europe must build on its small businesses. Supporting women entrepreneurs is essential to stimulate growth since the entrepreneurial potential of women has not yet been fully exploited. Our initiative will play an important role in encouraging women to take the plunge and launching their own businesses which will be good for them and great for a sustainable economic recovery."

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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First REACH registration closes: a step nearer to safer use of chemicals in the EU

 
First REACH registration closes: a step nearer to safer use of chemicals in the EU

The 1st of December 2010 marks a major step towards the safe management and use of chemicals throughout Europe. A large proportion of the total volume of chemicals produced and used in the EU, as well as the most dangerous chemicals, have now been registered at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The 30 November deadline for registration of widely-used chemicals was set by REACH, the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. As a result of REACH, European industry will possess more in-depth knowledge of the potentially hazardous effects of the chemicals they are dealing with. This will lead to safer use of chemicals, increased industrial competitiveness and a cleaner environment. Under the REACH system companies cannot place a chemical substance they manufacture or import on the EU market unless it has been registered with ECHA within the applicable deadline.

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European Commission wants broad-scale adoption of e-invoicing by 2020

 
European Commission wants broad-scale adoption of e-invoicing by 2020

The European Commission wants to see e-invoicing become the predominant method of invoicing in Europe. Providing invoice data electronically and in a format could allow businesses to benefit from shorter payment delays, fewer errors, reduced printing and postage costs. Currently, exchanging e-invoices is often complex and costly, in particular across borders and for SMEs.

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New website to identify greener and more efficient vehicles

 
New website to identify greener and more efficient vehicles

The Commission has launched an easy-to-use website to help anyone who cares about the environment choose the cleanest and most energy-efficient vehicles available. The Clean Vehicle Portal will be of great help as a new directive on the promotion of clean and energy efficient vehicles requires that from this month all purchases of vehicles for public transport services take into account energy consumption, CO2 emissions and pollutant emissions.

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Good progress in cutting red tape: lending a hand to businesses

 
Good progress in cutting red tape: lending a hand to businesses

The Commission's efforts to cut unnecessary administrative burdens are progressing well, making the lives of businesses easier, in particular small and medium sized enterprises, and strengthening European competitiveness The Commission has already tabled proposals with a reduction potential well above the target of 25 % and is preparing new proposals bringing the total reduction potential to almost 33 % or EUR 40.7 bn..

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