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European Charter for Small Enterprises

Funded under: FP5-INNOVATION-SME


This text, adopted by the General Affairs Council on 13 June 2000, and welcomed by the Feira European Council on 19/20 June 2000, outlines the major policy issues in order to promote the best possible environment for small business and entrepreneurship throughout Europe.

Small enterprises must be considered as a main driver for innovation, employment as well as social and local integration in Europe. Therefore European institutions must work along the following lines for action:

- Education and training for entrepreneurship
- Cheaper and faster start-up
- Better legislation and regulation
- Availability of skills
- Improving online access
- More out of the Single Market
- Taxation and financial matters
- Strenghten the technological capacity of small enterprises
- Successful e-business models and top-class small business support
- Develop stronger, more effective representation of small enterprises' interests at Union and national level

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Record Number: 1436 / Last updated on: 2000-07-11
Category: POLI