The announcement was made as UK SME envoy Adam Jackson, Director of Enterprise at the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, joined his EU counterparts and Vice-President Tajani in Malta at the 4th annual meeting of European SME envoys. Discussions in the main focused on possible elements of an entrepreneurship action plan to address obstacles people face when setting up their own business. The plan is expected to be finalised after the summer.
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for enterprise and industry policies, said today: "If we want to stimulate growth in Europe, it is from our SMEs that we must start. 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% are 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".
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