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  Barcelona hosts the Launch of the European Day of the Entrepreneur

Barcelona, 24 March 2003 - The deputy Director General of DG Enterprise, Mr Heinz Zourek, today presented in Barcelona the European Day of the Entrepreneur (EDE), a new pilot project developed by Eurocities in co-operation with the European Commission. The pilot project, presented on a Launch seminar, aims to raise awareness of entrepreneurship in European cities.

Open discussing during the launch seminar of the European Day of the Entrepreneur

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During the opening of the seminar Mr Zourek said: “Raising awareness of entrepreneurship is becoming a social demand since it is a key element contributing to raise competitiveness in Europe. The European Day of Entrepreneur will not only help raise awareness of entrepreneurship but also provides an opportunity for many to learn from experience and good practice such as developed here in Barcelona.”

The European Day of the Entrepreneur is intended to become a major European event supporting entrepreneurship among many potential and actual entrepreneurs, policy makers and support organisations. The cities involved in the initiative will benefit from mutual learning on the basis of a common methodology, a higher impact due to the synergy of the local events and close work with the European Commission on policies supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

George Strogylopolous, Logotech SA
Tomas Botella, Principal Administrator, PAXIS programme
Heinz Zourek, Deputy Director General, DG Enterprise, European Commission
and Hans Verdonck, Eurocities, during the working session at the launch seminar in Barcelona

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The official Launch seminar has counted with the presence of 20 European cities, and has been organised in parallel with the local ‘Dia de l"Emprenedor". The seminar has been opened by Mr Heinz Zourek and Maravillas Rojo, President of Barcelona Activa. The aim of the seminar is to present the bottom-up approach of the pilot project and to debate the development of a European methodology according to the needs and expectations of the different European cities participating in the programme.

In the Commission the concept of the European Day of the Entrepreneur is being developed through the Commission"s PAXIS pilot initiative for start-up creation.

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Tomas Botella
European Commission-DG Enterprise
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Astrid Severin
Saatchi & Saatchi Business Communications
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