Summary Report: The Public Debate Following the Green Paper 'Entrepreneurship In Europe'
This report provides a concise overview of the results of the public debate launched by the Green Paper on Entrepreneurship (the Green Paper). The Green paper invited public consultation on a series of key questions that mainly covered the following topics:
- How to have more entrepreneurs?
- How to get more firms to grow?
It asked ten questions that can be categorized under the following three pillars of action:
- Bringing down barriers to business;
- Balancing the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship;
- Building a society that values entrepreneurship.
Respondents at the public consultation identified challenges in the following policy areas and provided suggestions to proceed more effectively:
- Areas where work needs to continue:
- Administration and regulation;
- Access to finance;
- Support and training services;
- Facilitating transfer of business;
- Entrepreneurship education.
- Areas where more work is needed:
- Social protection for entrepreneurs;
- Public procurement;
- State aids;
- Labor law complexity and inflexibility;
- Regional dimension.
The respondents suggested the consideration of:
- The diverse needs of entrepreneurs;
- Co-ordinated policy making in different areas of activity;
- Systematic and active dialogue with small and medium enterprises and their representatives;
- The relevance of existing regulation.