Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan

The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan

To bring Europe back to growth and create new jobs, we need more entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan is the Commission's answer to challenges brought by the gravest economic crisis in the last 50 years. It is a blueprint for action to unleash Europe's entrepreneurial potential, remove existing obstacles and revolutionize the culture of entrepreneurship in the EU. It aims to ease the creation of new businesses and to create a much more supportive environment for existing entrepreneurs to thrive and grow.

Actions proposed by the Plan:

The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan identifies three areas for immediate intervention:

  1. entrepreneurial education and training to support growth and business creation;
  2. removing existing administrative barriers and supporting entrepreneurs in crucial phases of the business lifecycle;
  3. reigniting the culture of entrepreneurship in Europe and nurturing the new generation of entrepreneurs.

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.

Network of SME Envoys

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.

Public consultation on the Action Plan

The Action Plan was preceded by a public consultation. All citizens and organisations were welcome to participate.