Self-employed

16 October 2018

Social enterprise: Entrepreneurship with a social impact

(From ec.europa.eu ) As pointed out by the European Commission, entrepreneurship and self-employment help create jobs, develop skills and give unemployed and vulnerable people an opportunity to fully participate in society and the economy. Accounting for 14% of total employment, self-employed people play an important role in the EU economy. The latest Eurostat figures show that 30.6 million people aged 15-64 in the EU were self-employed in 2016. Considering that SMEs make up 99% of companies in the EU and account for two thirds of total employment, it’s clear why the Commission supports these...
11 September 2018

Running or starting a small business? Here’s how EURES can help

(From ec.europa.eu ) How to get started As an EU citizen, you have the right to start a business in any Member State. To start cutting the red tape, go to Self-employment (Living and working conditions). From the drop-down menu, select the country where you want to open your SME. This should guide you step-by-step through the procedure. Advice on funding EURES doesn’t provide direct funding, but there are several EU programmes that offer loans or grants depending on what type of SME you have. To find out whether there’s a funding programme to help your SME, read A Beginner's Guide to EU...
11 September 2018

Be your own boss: Entrepreneurship and the EU

(From ec.europa.eu ) The crisis in Europe has highlighted the importance of self-employment as an opportunity for those without work. This is especially true in EU Member States that have been most affected by the economic crisis and where traditional jobs are in short supply. A new business may create jobs for others, lead to new skills, and may even give unemployed and vulnerable people a chance to contribute to society and the economy. With this in mind, the European Commission’s support strategy for entrepreneurship and self-employment has three focal points. Start-ups by the unemployed...
20 November 2017

Moving forward on the European Pillar of Social Rights: Commission seeks to promote social protection for all

Today the Commission has launched the second round of discussions with trade unions and employers' organisations at the EU level on how to help people in employment and in self-employment have access to social protection and related employment services.