Ivan Štefanec, Member of the European Parliament
Starting a business becomes nowadays an attractive path for more and more people. Nevertheless, not all of them give it a shot. I have devoted much of my time to entrepreneurship and SMEs and have been in contact with many entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Anthony Gribben, Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, European Training Foundation
I participated in a meeting in Brussels in December 2016 with youth workers and others involved in supporting youth development across Europe. The findings of a study, financed by the European Commission, which examined how entrepreneurship is promoted amongst young people, were shared at the meeting. There were no big surprises.
Friederike Soezen, Policy Advisor in the Educational Policy Department of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Small and medium sized enterprises are the backbone of the economy in many European Member States. There is no healthy economy without strong SMEs. One good example of representing its members is the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO - Wirtschaftskammer Österreich).
Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer, Economist, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development
The promotion of youth entrepreneurship has become an important policy objective across the European Union and the OECD area. Public programmes targeted to youth entrepreneurs, such as start-up loans for the under-30s and start-up acceleration programmes, have been launched in many countries (OECD/European Commission, 2012). At the same time, international survey data confirms that students in higher education increasingly consider new venture creation, either on their own or together with others, as an attractive career option (GUESSS, 2016).
Radovan Živković, Head of the VET Department at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia
According to official statistics, the unemployment rate for young people in Serbia is currently around 40%. While it is one of the biggest problems facing the country, a similar issue can also be found in other countries in the Western Balkans, and indeed across Europe.