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Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament, Report on the implementation of the European Charter for Small Enterprises, COM(2005) 30 final

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Abstract

Small businesses play a central role in the European economy. Some 25 million small businesses, constituting 99% of all businesses, employ almost 95 million people, providing 55% of total jobs in the private sector. Small businesses are thus crucial for growth and employment all over Europe.
These small businesses are a key source of business dynamism and innovation. To allow them to play their full role in meeting the Lisbon objective of making Europe the world�s most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy, the Heads of State or Government endorsed the European Charter for Small Enterprises in 2000. The Charter embodies the �think small first� principle and the recognition that small enterprises are the backbone of Europe�s economy and the key to our competitiveness.
Based on the open method of coordination introduced by the Lisbon European Council, the Charter calls upon the Member States and the Commission to take action in ten key areas to support small enterprises. To complement the Charter, the Entrepreneurship Action Plan addresses a wider range of entrepreneurship-related issues to promote entrepreneurship across Europe. These challenges were again underlined as essential by the High Level Group on the Lisbon strategy chaired by Mr Wim Kok.

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Record Number: 6851 / Last updated on: 2005-05-13
Category: COM DOCUMENT
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