COPIE @ EU Commission conference on: 'Inclusive entrepreneurship – Obstacles and Opportunities for Job creation in Europe'

The conference, which will be opened by Koos Richelle, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, will give the opportunity to listen to experiences from entrepreneurs from all over Europe and the views of academics on obstacles and enablers of business and thus job creation in Europe.

In the afternoon, good practices from across the EU to address these obstacles will be presented in three parallel workshops on how to

1. improve access to finance and to business support services, especially for disadvantaged and under-represented groups

2. address legal and institutional barriers, and

3. improve the entrepreneurship culture.

A particular focus will be put on the possibilities offered by the European Social Fund (ESF) which is likely to include a priority "Self-employment, entrepreneurship and business creation" for the period 2014-2020. In all sessions, specific evaluation tools for policy makers and ESF managing authorities in these areas will be presented.

Please find the programme on the conference webpage.

This conference is organised by the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission in cooperation with the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Monday, November 19, 2012