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The Committee of the Regions’ European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) label. Simone Beissel (LU/ALDE) Chair of the Commission for Economic and Social Policy (ECOS), Deputy Mayor of the City of Luxembourg YEDAC conference, 29 April 2013, Odense, Denmark

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The committee of the regions european entrepreneurial region eer label

The Committee of the Regions’ European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) label

Simone Beissel (LU/ALDE)

Chair of the Commission for Economic and Social Policy (ECOS), Deputy Mayor of the City of Luxembourg

YEDAC conference, 29 April 2013, Odense, Denmark

hosted by the South Denmark (EER 2013 region)


The committee of the regions european entrepreneurial region eer label

Encouraging entrepreneurship and local and regional level

with the support of


1 cor a political assembly

(1) CoR – a political assembly

  • Political assembly of holders of a regional or local electoral mandate

  • EU consultative body providing expertise and advice on EU legislation and other aspects of EU decision making from a regional perspective

  • Promotion of cooperation between all existing legitimate actors - European, national, regional and local level


2 eer context

(2) EER - Context

  • Targeted actions at regional and local level needed.

  • EER = providing an additional stimulus for EU regions to make change happen on the ground.

  • Objective: develop adequately the competitiveness of regions by setting up a new ‘springboard’ at the regional level with a focus on the business-friendly and entrepreneurship policies.

  • Follow-up to the Opinion on the ‘SBA for Europe’ (2009 and 2011), to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs and demonstrate good examples of ‘Multilevel Governance’/regional partnerships.


3 what is the eer

(3) What is the EER?

  • Label targeted exclusively at local and regional authorities

  • policy strategy: rewards ex-ante(!) the most forward lookingpolitical vision to make regions more entrepreneurial -> EER action plans designed by the respective regions themselves: evaluated, monitored and adapted by regions

  • Partnership approach: help creating "EER communities“ including all relevant stakeholders (business representatives, academia, clusters, young entrepreneurs, universities, schools etc.)

  • build up a Pan-European network of regions that can serve as a laboratory for cross-border cooperation for the promotion of entrepreneurship (special focus: entrepreneurship education)


4 the eer award winners

(4) The EER award winners

EER of the year 2011:

  • Land Brandenburg – Germany

  • Kerry County - Ireland

  • Murcia Region – Spain

    EER of the year 2012:

  • Catalonia - Spain

  • Helsinki-Uusimaa Region - Finland

  • Trnava Self-Governing Region - Slovak Republic

    EER of the year 2013:EER of the year 2014:

  • Nord-Pas de Calais – France?

  • Southern Denmark – Denmark?

  • Styria (Steiermark) – Austria ?

    Eligibility: all EU regions!


5 eer achievements

(5) EER – achievements

  • policy strategies are worth disseminating as best practices across the EU;

  • Some examples:

    • Murcia, Spain: integration of the SBA's principles into Murcia's regional (legal) framework,

    • Kerry County, Ireland: Kerry's junior and young entrepreneur programmes was seen to serve as European models of excellence for the promotion of entrepreneurship within society, starting at a very early stage; to be scaled up as national schemes across Ireland as of 1.01.2013

    • Brandenburg, Germany: reshape of its SME policy “A strategy to support Innovation and Creativity for SMEs“, joint innovation strategy with Berlin launched during the EER year 2011, awareness raising campaign with entrepreneurs in secondary schools.

    • Collaborative project YEDAC: starting point for closer cooperation


6 eer contact

(6) EER – contact

Thank you very much for your attention!

For further information please consult www.cor.europa.eu/eer

or contact [email protected]

Compilation of good practices from EER regions:

http://cor.europa.eu/en/takepart/eer/Documents/encouraging-entrepreneurship-local-regional-brochure-2012-EER.pdf


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