Appendix 2 Call for Evidence
INQUIRY INTO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION GREEN PAPER
ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EUROPE
Sub-Committee B (Energy, Industry & Transport)
of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union is
to conduct an inquiry into the European Commission's Green Paper
Entrepreneurship in Europe.
The Green Paper identifies three key areas of concern
for the European Union (EU). These are:
bringing down barriers to business development and
balancing the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship;
promoting a society that values entrepreneurship.
It also identifies two central issues in addressing
the need to adopt a coordinated approach to entrepreneurship
the need to learn from best practice in the policy
The Green Paper is very wide-ranging in its approach
and defines entrepreneurship as relevant
for all sectors, technological or traditional,
for small and large firms and for different ownership structures,
such as family businesses, firms quoted on the Stock Exchange,
social economy enterprises or non-profit driven organizations
In view of this breadth, and in view of the extensive
range of relevant policy initiatives in the UK and the EU, the
Committee intends to focus on the for-profit technology based
sector and, within that sector, to focus on policies which deal
with barriers to business growth and development, including the
promotion of "intra-preneurial" behaviour in large firms.
The Committee will examine the issues of effective policy coordination
and of learning from best practice and will consider evidence
and experience from the United States of America (USA) as well
as from UK and EU in this area.
The Committee expects that its inquiry will attempt
to identify which policies represent best value for money in promoting
the translation of entrepreneurship into successful business growth
and development, and what policy coordination lessons can be drawn
by inquiring into policy practice in this area.
In considering these issues, the Committee wishes
to distinguish between two broad areas of public resources and
support for entrepreneurship and enterprise aimed at stimulating
growth and development of business. These two broad areas:
access to finance and the financial incentives; and
policies to support management and work force skills.
The Committee would, therefore, welcome evidence-based
views and analyses of specific UK, US and EU programmes in these
areas. The specific questions that we would wish evidence to
address are as follows:
For each of the areas referred to above (paragraph
What are the current programmes or schemes in the
Are the objectives of these programmes well specified?
Do the programmes clearly identify the annual costs
and benefits in each case? What are they?
Which, in your view, are the most effective programmes
currently? Why is this?
What improvements to existing programmes, or what
new programmes of support, do you consider desirable and why?
Are policies across and within each of the above
areas (paragraph 4) effectively coordinated by the Government/the
How appropriate is the existing balance of support,
between each of the broad areas referred to above (paragraph 4)?