The search for the most entrepreneurial region in the EU is on again. The Commission has just launched the 2008 European Enterprise Awards (EEA).
Relevant Date: 6/5/2008
The EEA are rewarding excellence in enterprise and entrepreneurship promotion especially at regional level. Participation is open to national, regional or local authorities, or public-private partnerships, from anywhere in the EU and Norway.
There are five categories:
Entrepreneurship promotion: initiatives encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset;
Red-tape reduction: measures to simplify administrative procedures for businesses, particularly Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs);
Enterprise development: innovative policies to promote enterprise;
Investment in skills: initiatives to improve entrepreneurial skills; and
Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship: actions promoting corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices.
There are two selection stages; only by completing initial selection at national level can entrants be considered for the European Awards to be finalised by November 2008. A high profile jury will select the final winners, to be announced at a ceremony in May 2009 in Prague in cooperation with the Czech Presidency. The national competitions are being launched this week and each country is free in how it organizes the selection at national level. Regions which are interested in joining this competition can obtain more information via this link.
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit the FAQ section to find information on common questions regarding the programme.
The O.P. "Competitiveness" is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Greek Government and private funds.