The action plan
The EU is proposing an action plan [COM(2012)795 of 9 Jan 13], with ideas for:
- including entrepreneurship education and experience in school curricula
- reducing the time it takes to start up a business, obtain the necessary licenses and permits and complete bankruptcy procedures
- mentoring, advice and support schemes for women, seniors, migrants, the unemployed and other potential entrepreneurs.
Among other actions, the Commission intends to organise a social entrepreneurship stakeholders' forum in 2013.
See documentation at: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/public-consultation/index_en.htm
Scope of consultation
The public consultation was running from 9 July to 1 October 2012. 538 responses were received and the majority of those from Belgium (85), Spain (84), France (71), Italy (63) and Germany (45). Out of these 538 responses, 40% came from entrepreneurs (majority solo and micro-enterprises), 30% from business support organisations and 30% from "other" (students, ex- and future entrepreneurs, Universities, Chambers of Commerce, local and regional administrations, employer's associations).
Conclusions of consultation
Based on the 538 contributions received, it can be said that all the 45 measures in the questionnaire are in general considered essential and necessary as they all – without exception – were regarded by the majority of respondents important and very important. It can also be concluded that the following 10 measures are of particular interest and importance to the respondents based on the votes given:
- "Cutting red tape" (reducing the number of administrative procedures, simplifying them and avoiding duplication of tasks) (78.4%)
- Make tax environment more favourable to early stage financing (68.6%)
- Entrepreneurial behaviour, skills and mindsets to be embedded in national/regional curricula at all levels – primary, secondary, vocational, higher education and non-formal education and training, alongside integration of work-based teaching and learning in all disciplines and curricula (64.5%)
- Raising awareness of government administrations and their staff about entrepreneurial and SME challenges (64.3%)
- Adequate child/dependent care facilities available (63.8%)
- Reinforce loan guarantee and venture capital facilities (62.1%)
- Offer support for new businesses to innovate (61.5%)
- Speed up and simplification of licensing and other permit procedures (59.9%)
- All young people to have one entrepreneurial experience before leaving secondary school (either as a formal part of the curricula or as an extra-curricular activity that is overseen by the school or a non-formal education body) (58.4%)
- Targeted training, finance, internationalisation support programmes for high growth potential SMEs (57.1%)
Source: Report on the results of public consultation on The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan, http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/public-consultation/files/final-report-pub-cons-entr2020-ap_en.pdf