Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe, Europe’s largest provider of enterprise education programmes, considers that promoting entrepreneurial mindsets is one of the most important success factors for growth and jobs of the EU economy. We therefore support and welcome the communication presented by the Vice-President Gunter Verheugen and Commissioner Jan Figel on February 13: “Promoting Entrepreneurship in Schools”.
Europe needs a vibrant and adaptable private sector and one which encourages invention and is comfortable with risk-taking. Enterprise education helps young people develop a keener eye for opportunity and an aptitude for “thinking outside the box”. And being entrepreneurial applies as much to people who are employed as to those who are independent. Europe’s demographic shifts will place a great deal of pressure on the younger generation over the next decades and it is imperative that they be more self-sufficient. The success of Europe’s political expansion and economic integration depends on it. We highly commend the collaboration that is presently taking place between DG Enterprise and DG Education in this field as it has already done much to raise awareness of the issues.
The Commission’s plan to boost entrepreneurial mindsets through this Action Plan, which adopts a strategic framework, identifying key actions to be accomplished, is a positive exercise, stepping in the right direction. More favourable framework conditions are a must to foster Europe’s entrepreneurial spirit. One single measure cannot change mindsets and release our entrepreneurial potential but rather a series of measures such as integrating entrepreneurship education into school curricula, increasing the financial support for such initiatives and improving the image entrepreneurship has today in Europe.
Diana Filip | alfa
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