AFS Elections Manifesto Slides (5)

Startups and scale-ups must be a focal point of the 2024 EU Elections.

Startups can be at the forefront of economic recovery, job creation, and a more sustainable future. What follows here is a standard with which startup communities and leaders will evaluate the success of any candidate, party, or group seeking a leading role in a democratic Europe in 2024. While these policy prescriptions are a baseline of the needs of the growing entrepreneurial communities of Europe, support for these entrepreneurs and job creators must be aligned with an acknowledgment of the need for further investment in diversity, equity, and inclusion as the best path toward Europe’s continued growth and economic success.

We call on EU political leaders to:
Our expectations across EU Institutions:
  • European Parliament
      • - Create an Intergroup for startups and scale-ups.
      • - Dedicate a team in EPRS to creating a knowledge stream on startup perspectives across all relevant policies.
      • - Task a specific committee with coordinating work on startups.
  • European Commission
      • - To nominate a counterpart official or team in DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), in DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), and in Joint Research Center (JRC).
      • - Make sure that “startups and SMEs” figure in the long title of the next Commission DG and Commissioner.
      • - Have the Commissioner nominate a startup representative in their cabinet.
  • Council of the EU
    • - Mainstream startup perspectives into relevant Council deliberations.

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