EURegionWeek: Biggest Annual Event Dedicated to Regional Policy Begins

We took part in the biggest annual regional policy event in Europe. The event originated in Brussels and is dedicated to improving learning policies and sharing examples of good practice during EURegionWeek.

The event grew into a unique platform for communicating and connecting regions and cities across Europe, including their political representatives, officials, many experts, and academics, and will last until October 22, 2020. The themes of this year’s event are: Green Europe, Cohesion and Cooperation, Empowering Citizens.

A representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT took part in a session titled: “Unlocking Women’s Entrepreneurship Potential”. Women’s creativity and entrepreneurial potential were recognized as underutilized resources with the potential to drive economic growth and employment, which is why they should be developed and supported. The goals of the session were to discuss European and sustainable policies that are aligned with the needs of entrepreneurs and obstacles that have not been addressed with current instruments; share experiences with examples of good practine in supporting women launching and running their businesses and foster cooperation among all relevant stakeholders.

This workshop presented different ways for European societies to tackle this challenge. The workshop included a discussion on a political program developed in the Danube region to support women’s entrepreneurship and examples of measures used to support women entrepreneurs in different member states. One of the conclusions was that women entrepreneurs play an increasingly vital role in socially, professionally, and economically developing countries into knowledge and innovation-led economies. Among the most important resources for starting a business are the experiences of people who have already launched their business, family members, and mentors. Multiple online platforms have been set up where women can get online consultations and access databases of successful practices they can learn from. It’s very important to give them feedback and show them that they are not alone and there is a community willing to provide them with different kinds of help through consultations, trainings, various support programs, and grants.

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