This three-year programme of co-operation between the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) and the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is monitoring and reporting on the state, development and impact of entrepreneurial activity in Europe and related public policies and actions. It focuses on how public policy can create jobs through self-employment and entrepreneurship and provide better access to the labour market for economically and socially disadvantaged groups.
Entrepreneurship development is an important requirement for achieving the goal of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth set out in the Europe 2020 strategy. It is also a means to respond to new economic challenges, to create jobs and to fight social and financial exclusion. The impact of the global financial and economic crisis calls for giving entrepreneurship and self-employment a stronger role in economic and social development policies.
This project supports policy makers to design and deliver effective and efficient entrepreneurship support through the provision of robust data and information on entrepreneurship and self-employment activities and on the activities and outputs of public policies, drawing together information from several different sources.
The project aims to address these challenges through two main activities:
The Panorama of Entrepreneurial Activity in Europe collects and disseminates an evidence base on entrepreneurship and self-activities and policies in European Union (EU) Member States through annual reports and policy briefs. In addition to a comprehensive annual report, a series of policy briefs will provide policy analysis and recommendations on a range of specific themes including youth entrepreneurship, senior entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship.
Capacity Building on Entrepreneurship Policies aims to facilitate mutual learning and build capacities of high-level policy makers in the design of good practice policies through a series of capacity building seminars. The activity will support the officials to understand the implications of international evidence on policy challenges, options and good practices for self employment and entrepreneurship development in their own countries and feed them with relevant information and analysis. The seminars will be organised by the OECD-LEED Trento Centre for Local Development in Trento, Italy, or in selected EU Member States.
For further information, please contact Jonathan Potter. or David Halabisky
Visit the EC Youth Entrepreneurship webpage
Background paper for Youth Entrepreneurship
Background paper for Senior Entrepreneurship