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At a period when six enterprises die every hour in France, this event is being held at a timely moment. Holding around 23 million enterprises, the European Union, still trying to pull itself out of the crisis, is looking in the right direction by holding this week of events dedicated to these companies. Taking place in 37 countries and coordinated by the European Commission, this campaign, organised for the fifth successive year, encourages enterprise all over Europe, in line with Europe’s Small Business (see our article Eurochambres launches an arsenal of new ideas to rescue SMEs). The objective will be to provide information on what the EU and national, regional and local authorities offer to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Given that French economists Gaël Giraud and Cécile Renouard explain that “the prime spot occupied by profit conceals the other ends of economic activity, demobilises employees, devalues the act of enterprise, isolates society from its environment, and destroys social structures by conceiving the person as a selfish individual”, it is time to re-promote the notion of the enterprising spirit. In particular, Eurochambres, which assembles the European Union’s CCIs, will be making sure that young people seriously envisage enterprise as a career option. This year’s Week will seek to recognise entrepreneurs for their contribution to the wellbeing of Europe, employment, innovation and competitiveness.
Fifth edition launched in Vilnius but influential throughout Europe
Last year, almost 1,500 events were organised for the occasion, in 38 countries, including 57 in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The 20th anniversary of the Single Market was celebrated with the relevant ministries of every Member State.
In France, in Montpellier, the “Creating a Company Forum” will be taking place on 27 November, with 30 conferences and meetings, 80 organisms and professionals present, and 500 experts available for answering all questions.
To find out more about the European SME Week: