ESN is supporting the NotOptional campaign (https://notoptional.eu/), whose aim is to ask for an improvement to the treatment of stock options, both at Member State and EU level , to enhance the ability of startups to attract talent.
Read the letter sent by a coalition of CEOs, founders and startup networks to the European Commission in response to the launch of the SME strategy!
ESN contributed to the Annual Report on European SMEs 2018/2019 with a dedicated section on startups, in the framework of the SME performance review.
The SME performance review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries’ progress in implementing the Small Business Act (SBA) on a yearly basis. With an emphasis on the measures from the SBA action plan, the review brings comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU countries and other partner countries.
For the first time in European history, 30 organizations from 27 countries across the EU have banned together to merge their aspirations and expectations, and to speak with a united voice. Europe is faced with a narrow time frame during which it can propose an alternative and ambitious vision for the digital sphere. Here is our proposal.
– A European limited status – Closing the financial gap – A data-driven EU – Startup-friendly institutions
Intent on completing and ensuring a competitive Single Market, ESN worked to provide Vice President Jyrki Katainen and the European Commission with several concrete suggestions regarding regulation and deregulation of the startup and scaleup landscape, addressing mainly: Startup Single Market, value-added tax, copyright, data protection, data localization, digital identity, patent law, platforms, the SME Test, carveouts, artificial intelligence, and administration.