European Citizens' Consultations

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Support for entrepreneurship is the first recommendation of the Euripean citizens' consultations, to be debated by a high-level panel in Brussels on 11 May 2009

The recommendation reads:

'The EU should expand opportunities for the promotion of entrepreneurship, including more flexible tax conditions for self-employed people thus helping curb tax evasion, and strengthen seed capital for self-employed people.

The European Citizens’ Consultations 2009 are a unique pan-European debate involving citizens from all 27 EU Member States in discussions on the future of the European Union and how to respond to the current economic and financial crisis. They are run by a unique consortium of more than 40 independent European partner organisations, led by the Belgian King Baudouin Foundation. These include foundations, NGOs, universities and think-tanks from all 27 European Union Member States, who will organise the European Citizens’ Consultations in each Member State.

The culminating event of the first phase is the European Citizens' Summit, which takes place on Monday 11 May from 13h to 16h30 at the Palais d'Egmont, Place du Petit Sablon, Brussels. After an introduction by Olivier Chastel, Belgium Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the citizens will present their recommendations and discuss them with:

  • Wilfried Martens (EPP)
  • Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck (ELDR)
  • Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (PSE)
  • Philippe Lamberts (European Green Party)
  • José Manuel Barroso (European Commission)
  • Hans-Gert Poettering (European Parliament)
  • Mario Sepi (European Economic and Social Committee)
  • Luc Van den Brande (Committee of the Regions)
  • Alexandr Vondra (Deputy Prime Minister Czech Republic, EU Presidency)

Margot Wallstroem, Vice-President of the European Commission, will then make some concluding remarks. The debate will be moderated by Pat Cox, President of the European Movement International.

The recommendations in full:

ECC website:


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