European SME Week 2010 – Promoting and Supporting Entrepreneurship

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(CC) European Parliament/Flickr

(CC) European Parliament/Flickr

Last week marked the launch of the European SME Week 2010. This pan-European campaign has been designed to promote and support entrepreneurship. Over 3 million people participated in some 1261 events and activities organized across 37 European countries. Many of the events organized served as platforms for SMEs and micro-firms to share their experiences and develop their businesses. There was also a special focus on promoting entrepreneurship as a career option, especially for younger people.

Some countries ran company open days to help provide an insight into the challenges and rewards of running a business. In Brussels a ceremony was held on Tuesday to honor the winners of the European Entrepreneurship Video Award 2010. Speaking at the event, Antonio Tajani, European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: “Small and medium sized enterprises run by dynamic entrepreneurs are the job generators of Europe. In rough times we need them more than ever to get the European economy going. Against the backdrop of today’s precarious trends, decisive and comprehensive policy support is vital.”

See the press release here.

For more information about European Entrepreneurship Video Award 2010, click here.