On 14th November 2005, the European Commission and the UK Presidency launched the European Enterprise Awards".
These new awards recognise and reward initiatives by local and regional authorities to support entrepreneurship. They aim at raising awareness of positive enterprise activities and celebrate entrepreneurial success in developing Europes economy.
The deadline for receipt of entries at national level is 31 May, 2006 with the winners to be announced at a ceremony in November 2006.
Commissioner G?nter Verheugen, responsible for enterprise and industry policy, said:
The European Enterprise Awards recognise excellence in regional and local policies that promote entrepreneurship. A favourable environment for business, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, is crucial to stimulate Europes economic growth. I call on all participating countries to promote these awards and to send in entries before 31 May next year.