Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan
The Entrepreneurship Action Plan is a blueprint for decisive action to unleash Europe's entrepreneurial potential, to remove existing obstacles and to revolutionise the culture of entrepreneurship in Europe. Investments in changing the public perception of entrepreneurs, in entrepreneurship education and to support groups that are underrepresented among entrepreneurs are indispensable if we want to create enduring change.
Only if a large number of Europeans recognise an entrepreneurial career as a rewarding and attractive option will entrepreneurial activity in Europe thrive in the long term.
The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan is built on three main pillars:
- Entrepreneurial education and training
- Creation of an environment where entrepreneurs can flourish and grow, and
- Developing role models and reaching out to specific groups whose entrepreneurial potential is not being tapped to its fullest extent or who are not reached by traditional outreach for business support.
The Action Plan and its key actions will be followed up by the Commission through the competitiveness and industrial policy and the Small Business Act governance mechanisms.
The European Commission is ready to help the Member States administrations implement the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan by providing its own know-how and foster peer learning and exchange of good practices with other Member States.
On a national level, it is the SME envoy, appointed by the respective national government, who is responsible for driving the implementation of the Action Plan.
The Communication on the Action Plan was preceded by a public consultation. The consultation did not target any specific group as all citizens and organisations were welcome to participate. However, contributions from public administrations, private sector organizations and individuals who support entrepreneurs in starting up businesses as well as individual entrepreneurs and businesses were of particular interest.
Final report [181 KB]
Citizens' summary [16 KB]