entrepreneurship

Cities offer not only the business opportunities, but the combination of services, support and infrastructure entrepreneurs and small businesses need to thrive. City governments develop policies and programmes tailored to the specific needs of local entrepreneurs and small businesses.

With the right support, we believe that entrepreneurs and SMEs will play a significant role in achieving the Europe 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Some 99% of European businesses are SMEs, and 90% of those employ fewer than ten people. Two out of every three private sector jobs in Europe are provided by SMEs.

Previous recessions have shown that new growth and jobs often come from smaller businesses. Supporting entrepreneurship is therefore crucial to improve Europe’s employment rates..

Entrepreneurship also fosters social and economic cohesion - especially in cities where development is lagging behind - by stimulating economic activity and job creation and helping integrate the unemployed or other disadvantaged groups into work.

The needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs vary widely, as do the environments in which they operate.

The European Small Business Act calls for policies relating to SMEs ‘to fully recognise this diversity and fully respect the principle of subsidiarity’. Cities are therefore ideally-placed to identify the most appropriate strategies and create favourable environments for entrepreneurs and small business to flourish. They do so by facilitating networking opportunities, managing business incubators and developing synergies between companies and research institutes, amongst other approaches.

Our working group on entrepreneurship focuses on finding ways to improve city services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. It is a platform for cities to share expertise and experience and the group closely follows European initiatives aimed at fostering entrepreneurship, and provides input to ensure that they are closely aligned with cities’ needs.

In October 2012, we published 'Helping cities foster entrepreneurship', our response to the European Commission consultation on its future Entrepreneurship 2020 action plan.  

news

publication date: 13-10-2017

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EU Digital Cities Challenge launched

On 10 October 2017, during the European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Commission (DG GROW and DG REGIO) and the Committee of the Regions launched the Digital Cities Challenge. The Challenge invites cities in Europe to improve the life of their citizens through the development and implementation of digital policies.

news

publication date: 12-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

SAVE THE DATE - KSF-GDC conference 'Imagine the Urban Future' - Brussels, 23 January 2018

EUROCITIES Knowledge Society forum and the Green Digital Charter invite you to their annual event that looks to the trends, technologies and challenges that will shape the future European cities.

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start date: 23-01-2018
end date: 23-01-2018

  •  economy

publication

publication date: 02-10-2017

  •  economy

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start date: 16-10-2017
end date: 16-10-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

New commission consultation on retail regulations

The European Commission has launched a new public consultation on retail regulations in a multi-channel environment. The deadline is 8 October 2017.

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publication date: 18-08-2017

  •  economy

news

publication date: 09-08-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.

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publication date: 25-07-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy

Going global through culture: Check the findings from our study visit in Barcelona and Terrassa!

A group of 30 specialists attended a study visit hosted by Barcelona and Terrassa in June.

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publication date: 14-07-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy

Report EUROCITIES Study visit Barcelona and Terrassa June 2017

Barcelona and Terrassa hosted in June a study visit on 'Local events with global impacts:Cities strengthening their international creative position through world-class cultural events and facilities', as well as an international seminar on city identity and reputation for economic, social and cultural development

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publication date: 14-07-2017