Opinion Factsheet  


Opinion Number: CDR 2447/2013
Rapporteur: ADAMOWICZ Paweł
Commission: ECOS-V
Status: Adopted
Date: 09/10/2013

- recognising the significance of the Action Plan, stresses the importance of coordinating action by authorities at supranational, national and above all regional and local level to successfully implement the objectives of the Plan;

- stresses that involvement of local and regional authorities and stakeholders in implementing the Action Plan is crucial, since local and regional authorities are the closest level of governance to SMEs and to business support providers, and since most SMEs are embedded in and operate within regional and local markets;

- emphasises that the European Entrepreneurial Regions (EER) award, granted by the Committee of the Region since 2010, can serve as a European benchmark for the development and implementation of entrepreneurship-friendly policies and for tailored SME support and forward-thinking strategies;

- stresses that a more prominent role should be given to self-employment and business development, which should be perceived as a realistic and welcome alternative; highlights that it is important to further promote social entrepreneurship as a valuable alternative to traditional ways of doing business in both for-profit and non-profit forms;

- underlines that Europe should present entrepreneurship to young people as a viable and promising future career path, thus reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit; underlines that local and regional authorities have a mandate to support education while incorporating an entrepreneurial dimension.