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What are the most entrepreneurial cities and regions in Europe?

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The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has opened the call for applications for the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2019 award on 23 November in Tallinn, at the European SME Assembly organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The EER 2019 edition was launched by Johanna Mikl-Leitner (AT/EPP), CoR Member and Governor of Lower Austria, one of the three EER winners of the current year. The EER award is open to all EU regions and cities that are ready to implement an ambitious strategy to support their SMEs and entrepreneurs. The deadline to apply for the EER 2019 label is 17 April 2018.

Each year, the EER label is awarded to three EU territories with an outstanding, future-oriented strategy to promote entrepreneurship and support small and medium-sized enterprises in their territories. The forward-looking orientation of the EER initiative means that the EER label is open to all EU territories – not only to those that are already among the top performers, but also to regions and cities that may still be less prosperous, but that have an ambitious entrepreneurial vision to reinvigorate their economy and a credible action plan to transform this vision into reality.

Over the past seven years, the EER winners have demonstrated how cities and regions can successfully strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems. During the SME Assembly’s first day, Lower Austria (EER 2017) was awarded the Commission’s European Enterprise Promotion Award (EEPA) in recognition of its outstanding achievements in supporting SME internationalisation.

“SMEs, start-ups and scale-ups are a motor for life quality and sustainable development in our cities and regions. I strongly believe that, as regional and local decision-makers, it is our responsibility to set up the right conditions for the emergence of flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystems. Through the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) label, the European Committee of the Regions contributes to this objective. We identify and reward EU regions and cities that create an environment in which entrepreneurial initiative can unleash its full potential”, stated CoR Member Johanna Mikl-Leitner.

The implementation of the awarded regional and local strategies will be monitored throughout 2019 by the EER jury, which is composed of CoR members, representatives of EU institutions and social partners. At the end of the award year, the jury will visit the awarded territories in order to verify the progress made, provide them with an objective outside appraisal of their policies and gain new insights and inspiration for the further development of the EER scheme. The main results and achievements of the EER 2019 winners will also be shared and discussed among regional and local authorities through the EER network, which since its inception in 2010 has grown to include 24 territories, giving it the critical mass necessary for a fruitful exchange of good practices, peer-learning and successful cooperation among past and present EER winners.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 17 April 2018. The application form and detailed information about the assessment criteria are available on the EER web page: www.cor.europa.eu/eer

Contact:
Carmen Schmidle
Tel. +32 (0)2 282 2366
Mobile: +32 (0)494 735787
carmen.schmidle@cor.europa.eu

SME Assembly 2017 countdown – Kultuurikatel & The 2017 programme

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The countdown to the SME Assembly 2017 is officially underway! With less than one month to go it is time to present the incredible Estonian venue that will host the assembly this year…Kultuurikatel.

Kultuurikatel is the official Tallinn Creative Hub and hosts many concerts, receptions, workshops, conferences and high profile events. Once part of the Tallinn City Central power Station, the building which now houses the hub used to be the power station’s boiler room and still contains two of the station’s original ten boilers. The striking 102.5 metre high brick chimney also has a story to tell, beginning life as the tallest chimney in the Baltic States at the time of its construction in 1948 and later appearing in the cult film ‘Stalker’ by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1977. For the film the United Nations initials (UN) were painted on the chimney, and still remain visible today. The building ceased to produce electricity in 1979, and went on to become a heat producer and distributor until the early 1990s, before closing its doors.

The modern day station, now Kultuurikatel, is a multifunctional space with state of the art facilities including a MakerLab, recording studio, FoodLab and a Creative Hub Garden. It is a predominantly creative space and is the host of the Estonian Presidency activities and events taking place in Tallinn this year.

Want to see more? Have a look at the website and the official Promoting Enterprise instagram!

 

But what about the SME Assembly 2017 itself? What can we expect this year? The 2017 SME Assembly Programme has now been officially released so have a look for yourself! Expect plenty of exciting policy sessions, interactive masterclasses and workshops and internationally renowned speakers from around the world.

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