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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

External factors that represent hurdles to European female entrepreneurship (A8-0369/2015 - Barbara Matera)

  Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (PPE). Mr President, I fully support this report because women’s entrepreneurship is an enormous untapped potential for growth and jobs. It is a matter of equality and empowerment. We are not a vulnerable group. Women are important actors in our economy, an asset for our economies, and the time has come for Member States to recognise the full potential of female entrepreneurship and to adopt clear strategies to remove all forms of discrimination and existing obstacles, from facilitating access to capital and reducing red tape to any other form of discrimination. We must also combat stereotypes. Women are too often seen as less credible, not least in sectors such as innovation and technology.

It is crucial to increase business training and education, and to develop a culture of second chance, so that women can believe that they can do it and start a company. I welcome more networks of women, because it is important to support each other, to exchange good practices and to learn from each other. Member States must also create the conditions for women to better conciliate family and work, but this is an issue that has to be dealt with at national level.

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