Structural Funds

Seminar on 'Better Access to Finance - Using the EU Microfinance Initiatives' on March 29-30, 2012 in Brussels

On March 29-30, the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) hosts a two-day seminar in Brussels which is entirely dedicated to EU initiatives in microfinance.

The seminar is designed for policy makers and practitioners in public administrations, regional authorities, microfinance institutions, financial intermediaries, NGOs and chambers of commerce interested in encouraging new businesses, stimulating economic growth increasing the supply of microcredit. It is also relevant for actors managing unemployment, empowerment and social inclusion programmes.

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99% of all businesses in Europe are small to medium-sized; in fact, 92% are micro-businesses with less than 10 employees. According to the European Employment Observatory Review 2010, the total number of self-employed people in the European Union is 32.5 million, accounting for about 15% of total employment. The report acknowledges that ‘Self-employment is an important driver of entrepreneurship and job creation and thus contributes to the European Union’s goals of more growth and better jobs’. Figures from an EU-commissioned Study on the SME’s impact on the EU labour market published in January 2012 further confirm this.

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Many people across Europe are falling through a gap between entrepreneurship and employment policies. On the one hand, many of those responsible for economic and business development feel that entrepreneurship is primarily the reserve of the more educated and technologically advanced members of society. On the other hand, those concerned with social inclusion and employment policy often feel that the way to combat exclusion is through employment.