Many small businesses do not use all the opportunities available to them and do not benefit from the expansion of business activities across borders. This means that they do not use their full potential. The European Commission wishes to change that by showing how much can be achieved on the common market by being open to Europe.
In the framework of the campaign of 2017, ‘EU Open for Business’, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in cooperation with the Enterprise Europe Network wishes to reach out to almost two million start-ups and scale-ups in Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Estonia, and Bulgaria. Start-ups and scale-ups are important for the economic growth of Europe — new companies create new jobs and new products on the market.
To solve the problems that new companies are facing, the European Commission works to eliminate the obstacles that prevent such companies from expanding. This way they maximise the efficiency of the European economic framework and ensure better access to financing, skills, and the protection of intellectual property. All of this is possible thanks to the common market.
This 12-month information campaign, which is financed within the COSME programme (a programme to improve the competitiveness of European enterprises and to aid Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), takes place in Slovenia, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria until the end of 2017.