Entrepreneurship

Economy & Jobs 09-10-2018

Member states must stop building barriers for posted workers

Doing business across EU borders should be frictionless. But in reality, European companies still face excessive bureaucracy when posting workers to another EU country, writes Thilo Brodtmann.
Enlargement 14-05-2018

Why we need to stabilise the Western Balkans

As Europe is confronted by different visions about its future, the question remains how these different visions will affect the developments in the Western Balkans. The Balkans remain fragile, and the external pressures and internal divisions could deliver fresh instability in the region.
Climate change 25-01-2018

Europe needs a flagship for outer space

There are few signs that the European Commission could change its 'business as usual' space strategy focusing on satellite services. Vidvuds Beldavs explains why the Commission should look to the Moon and raise its space ambitions.
Economy & Jobs 19-01-2018

Europe is recovering but needs to confront lingering dangers to its unity

Europe is on the road to recovery which means now is the time for it to take the lead on a global scale and tackle the concerns and needs of its citizens, write Martina Larkin and Eckart Windhagen.
Lambert van Nistelrooij during the EPP-hearing on the 7th Cohesion Report, 8 November 2017.
Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Cohesion funds can stop Europe from moving at different speeds

Cross-border and inter-regional cooperation in cohesion and research & development spending is still limited, but very much needed to prevent a multi-speed Europe writes Lambert van Nistelrooij. To unlock Europe's growth opportunities, the MEP calls for smart regional specialisation and an Innovation Pact 2.0.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

Cross-border mobility of companies: ‘Real seat’ vs ‘incorporation’

EU member states have adopted contrasting approaches to the cross-border mobility of companies, with some insisting on “real” economic activity and others happy to consider the legally-registered office instead. How the EU eventually decides could have important implications, writes Corrado Malberti.
Economy & Jobs 26-09-2017

Europe needs an Erasmus for SMEs

The European project MobiliseSME showed the potential of a cross-border exchange program for small and medium-sized businesses in Europe. It is now important that this idea is continued with an Erasmus for SMEs, so to help European companies make the best of the Single Market, writes Stefan Moritz.
Economy & Jobs 19-07-2017

European SMEs can lead the world in the IoT revolution

European firms can lead the economy of tomorrow if our small and medium-sized companies obtain the necessary support, notably when it comes to innovation incentives and patent litigation, writes Hassan Triqui.
Economy & Jobs 28-06-2017

Europe needs an industrial strategy

Calls for the European Commission to develop a holistic EU industrial policy are a welcome development – and one that was long overdue, writes Adrian Harris. If Europe’s Industrial Renaissance is to succeed, a joined-up policy approach is a must, he argues.

New fund for innovation in Europe will encourage more investment

European venture capital received a boost today (8 November) with the announcement of €1.6 billion in venture capital funds. It will provide much-needed additional funding for Europe’s start-ups and early-stage companies, writes Michael Collins.

Knowledge is capital for Europe’s future

Europe’s strength is its skilled workforce and professional expertise. To ensure its future as a major economy, Europe needs to combine entrepreneurship with an increased focus on knowledge capital, write Nima Sanandaji and Per Strömbäck.
Euro & Finance 26-02-2016

A ‘Chapter 11’ Law for Europe’s entrepreneurs

Europe’s conflicting insolvency rules create uncertainty among investors, discourage cross-border investment and delay the restructuring of companies facing financial difficulty, writes Paul McGhee. Ironing out these inconsistencies will give businesses a better chance of bouncing back and deliver growth to the real economy, he argues.

Breaking barriers for businesswomen: A resolution on female entrepreneurship

Despite existing equality legislation, women are massively underrepresented in business. Stronger implementation of EU directives and changes to national social policies can turn this around, writes Barbara Matera.

Education, the best route to employment

Jobs remain the best route to inclusion, but only high-quality education and a broad mix of relevant skills lead to employment, writes Tibor Navracsics.
Trade & Society 01-04-2015

Youth unemployment: Addressing the skills gap

It is time to address the high levels of youth unemployment across the EU by offering young people the skills they need to play an active part in the European economy, writes Jutta Steinruck.
Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA-YE Europe

The jobless generation deserves better

While the EU holds yet another 'special employment summit' today in Milan, in Brussels the Commission fine-tunes its related departments and  priorities. Caroline Jenner argues that more change is required, chiefly between schools and companies, in the countries.
Marietje Schaake [Bram Belloni]
Digital 03-06-2014

Europe needs an ambitious digital agenda

The European Parliament must take its responsibility to make Europe the smartest and most connected continent, starting with the creation of one committee for Digital Affairs and Technology, writes Marietje Schaake.

The EU’s social dimension: True progress or just empty promises?

The European Commission is slowly turning its attention to social aspects of the economic and monetary policies, a recent conference has shown. But EU rhetoric about boosting jobs and growth has made little reference to real social considerations, argues Heather Roy.

Can Europe become an entrepreneurial society?

Entrepreneurial capability is not confined to business; it is just as important for non-profits, for health, education and even for public services. Hence, we need to form and educate entrepreneurs, and we must cultivate a deep and systematic understanding of the discipline of entrepreneurship, says Dr Richard Straub.
Languages & Culture 04-07-2011

The case for ‘Euro-Mediterranean’ Erasmus/Leonardo programmes

The EU's mobility programmes for students (Erasmus) and young professionals (Leonardo) should be extended to the countries of the Southern Mediterranean in the wake of the Arab Spring, write the MEPs behind a European Parliament written declaration on the matter in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV. 

Europe’s missing yollies

The EU's relative shortcomings on business research and development compared to the US can be explained by it having fewer and less R&D intensive young innovators, write Reinhilde Veugelers and Michele Cincera in an August policy brief for Brussels-based think-tank Bruegel.

Harnessing Europe’s most innovative entrepreneurs

It is a good thing that European political leaders striving to create new jobs "have also been trying to encourage start-up companies," argue members of the Science-Business Innovation Board (SBIB) in a January paper.
Brexit 04-02-2008

Financing Europe’s fast movers

The role of the financial system in fostering innovation and growth among emerging companies is far more important than the technology sector, yet it is often neglected, argue Thomas Philippon and Nicolas Véron in a January policy brief for Bruegel.