European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani is the new Commissioner in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship. In our interview, he outlines his priorities for his term in office, including how he intends to use his portfolio to help the European economy to be smart, green and inclusive.
Issue 7 also presents Galileo, the EU’s global satellite navigation system, which should be operational by 2014, and represents a big opportunity for the EU’s economy as its advanced technological features will make it a valuable tool for nearly all economic sectors.
But star performers are not just out in space. Back here on earth, small and medium-sized enterprises remain the backbone of the EU economy. E&I takes a tour of this year’s European SME Week and finds out how this initiative is ‘training business champions’.
In addition, we explore the first results of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme and why e-skills are high on the EU’s agenda. The new European Innovation Scoreboard highlights that Europe is faring better in the innovation stakes and reveals a clear link between innovation and internationalisation, but warns of the potential negative consequences of the recession.
This issue introduces two new features. The first is ‘The floor to…’ which provides a podium for a prominent personality to speak on a particular topic. This time, Irini Pari, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee, talks about design and innovation. Each issue will also contain the ‘Enterprise Europe Network in Action’ page highlighting the latest news from this network, which helps European SMEs do business in the single market and beyond.