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27/05/2016

The Entrepreneurial Manifesto of EBS

Topic: Enterprise


German firms lead the EU in innovation, data show

Among the 27 EU member states, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium have the highest proportions of enterprises with innovation activity, according to a Eurostat survey.

Young entrepreneurs line up for EU exchange scheme

More than 2,000 people have applied to the EU's 'Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs' scheme, a programme that the European Commission hopes will replicate the success of its celebrated student exchange programme. However, only 600 have managed to find a placement so far, highlighting a mismatch between supply and demand.
UK & Europe 17-03-2011

EU urged to ease SMEs' access to finance

The European Commission is being advised once more to focus on measures to provide support and financing for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are considered as the most important source of employment growth in the EU.

Barroso aims to fill four million vacant jobs in EU

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso yesterday (7 September) unveiled plans to create a "vacancy monitor" intended to fill four million vacant jobs across the 27-member bloc. The move signals the EU executive's intent to play an active role in boosting job creation.

Labour market reforms

In the wake of the global financial and economic crises, the EU is developing a new labour market strategy as part of its successor to the 'Lisbon Agenda' for economic, social and environmental reform, which is due to end in 2010. The new roadmap will retain many of the previous ambitions, but will also be shaped by EU leaders' exit strategies.

Social Firms: 'Too much subsidisation kills entrepreneurial spirit'

European governments should do more to encourage disabled and disadvantaged people into the workforce, says Sally Reynolds, founder of Social Firms UK, but she warns that too much subsidisation can "kill the entrepreneurial spirit".

More support needed for 'social firms'

European governments should do more to encourage disabled and disadvantaged people into the workforce, says Sally Reynolds, founder of Social Firms UK, but she warns that too much subsidisation can "kill the entrepreneurial spirit".
Development Policy 01-09-2009

2004-2009: An evaluation of the Barroso Commission

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso spent the summer preparing his programme for the next five years after his bid to secure a second term was put on ice by the European Parliament's political group leaders in July - EurActiv asked key stakeholders to assess the Barroso Commission's achievements and failures.
UK & Europe 20-05-2009

Award winner: ‘Business support agencies must be streamlined’

The number of advice agencies should be reduced in order to simplify support services for small businesses, according to David Archer, the strategic director of Scarborough Council, which won the Grand Jury prize at the European Enterprise Awards in Prague.
UK & Europe 20-05-2009

Business support agencies 'must be streamlined'

The number of advice agencies should be reduced to simplify support services for small businesses, according to David Archer, the strategic director of Scarborough Council, which won the Grand Jury prize at the European Enterprise Awards in Prague.
UK & Europe 20-05-2009

Irish SMEs call for 'radical' overhaul of job schemes

Traditional schemes aimed at tackling unemployment are outdated and will not help the large pool of high-skilled workers who lost their jobs in the global recession, according to a leading Irish SME association. Instead, it believes governments must take risks and design new methods to get people back to work.
UK & Europe 08-05-2009

Award winner: Business teaching 'starts at school'

The 2009 winner of the prestigious JA-YE 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' award, Sweden's Oscar Lundin, believes successful business ideas can contribute to a better society. The EU should do more to encourage the teaching of entrepreneurial skills in schools, he told EurActiv in an interview.
UK & Europe 08-05-2009

Business teaching 'starts at school', says award winner

The 2009 winner of the prestigious JA-YE 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' award, Sweden's Oscar Lundin, believes successful business ideas can contribute to a better society. The EU should do more to encourage the teaching of entrepreneurial skills in schools, he told EurActiv in an interview.

Survey: French SMEs want more information on EU

More information, support and increased competitiveness: these are the main expectations of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) towards the EU, according to a survey conducted by the Parisian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP). EurActiv France reports.

European Company Statute: no EP challenge to legal basis

The new President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, has decided not to challenge the legal basis used to adopt the European Company Statute. The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament had recommended to take the Council to Court on this matter, after its decision on 8 October to choose article 308 of the Treaty as the legal basis of this statute.
Enlargement 14-01-2002

Access to finance still a problem for entrepreneurs in candidate countries

Candidate countries for EU membership are progressing well towards meeting the Union's enterprise policy goals, but they still have problems with access to finance, according to a new Commission report.
Agriculture & Food 23-11-2001

EU more entrepreneurial, behind US in living standards

The Commission's reports on enterprise policy and competitiveness show that the EU is becoming more entrepreneurial, but that EU GDP is now less than two thirds that of the US. This EU-US GDP gap is the highest since the 1960s, even though there are important differences across the Member States.

European Company Statute finally established

The long-awaited EU legislation on the European Company Statute was finally agreed by the Council on 8 October. The Commission considers that this legislation could lead to savings of 30 billion euro for European business.

European Company Statute: MEPs to challenge legal basis

The long-awaited EU legislation on the European Company Statute will get its second reading in the European Parliament on Monday 3 September. MEPs are expected to challenge the legal basis of the Commission's proposals and call for fiscal coordination to counter unfair tax discrimination.
26-02-2001

Business support networks overhauled

Commission embarks on scheme to highlight and streamline business support services on offer to European enterprises
11-01-2001

Swedish business leaders demand more enterprising Europe

Swedish Business leaders on Wednesday 10 January presented their priorities for the first Swedish EU Presidency in Brussels
21-12-2000

Agreement on European Company Statute

EU Social Affairs ministers reach political agreement on the legislation for the European Company Statute
05-12-2000

Industry ministers debate innovation and competitiveness

EU Industry ministers will meet on Tuesday 5 December to discuss innovation policy and competitiveness of Europe's enterprises
12-06-2000

The Entrepreneurial Manifesto of EBS

After two days of discussions, the European Business Summit has called for a more innovative and a more creative Europe in a less regulated Internal Market