ACCA - The global body for professional accountants

22 January 2013: UEAPME conference room , rue Jacques de Lalaing , 4, 1040 Brussels

UEAPME and ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) are pleased to invite you to a roundtable aiming to discuss and exchange best practices on how to identify and remove key obstacles to entrepreneurial activities, support entrepreneurs in starting up businesses and help them to face challenges. 

As we emerge from one of the most severe economic crises of the last century, its effects continue to be profoundly felt within society. It is clear that the balance of the economy must change. 

New companies represent the most important source of new jobs - creating 4.1 million new jobs every year in Europe - and, as demonstrated in a study recently published by ACCA, high-growth oriented entrepreneurs (or GOEs) in both developing and developed economies have a key role to play in driving economic growth. 

Europe thus needs more entrepreneurs and must build a new economy that seeks entrepreneurial solutions to our major challenges.

However, the EU lags behind its competitors in entrepreneurial attitudes. While only 11 per cent of European citizens are entrepreneurs, 45 per cent aspire to be their own boss. To unlock this enormous potential for jobs and growth, the European Commission has launched a consultation, with a view to publish a European Entrepreneurship Action Plan by the end of 2012. This aims to boost entrepreneurship at all levels, namely second chance, while improving access to finance and entrepreneurial education and training.

It is indeed crucial to assess where the entrepreneurial potential can be unleashed and to develop the right frameworks to reward innovation. We must  place entrepreneurship at the forefront of our future productive EU economy, while providing the right incentives for individuals, organisations and investors.

RSVP by 15 January to: cecile.bonino@accaglobal.com

DRAFT AGENDA

5.45pm: Registration

6pm: Welcome speech by the Chair, Malcolm Harbour, MEP

6.10pm: Roundtable 

  • Massimo Baldinato, Cabinet of Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship
  • Nele Muys, Counsellor on Education and Training, Unizo 
  • Rosana Mirkovic, Head of SME policy, ACCA   
  • Mark Lange, Microsoft
  • Luc Hendrickx, Director Enterprise Policy and External Relations, UEAPME  

Q&As

7.25pm: Concluding remarks by Malcolm Harbour, MEP

7.35pm: Cocktail reception 

  • Read the reports about high-growth oriented entrepreneurs (GOEs), and entrepreneurial attitudes in Europe, via the 'Related Links' section, left of this invite.