Experts' Workshop in Zagreb: Upgrading the SBA Human Capital Indicators

Zagreb, 25-27 February 2014 – South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) and the European Training Foundation (ETF) gathered to mobilise expert teams in order to assess and upgrade the policy support tools of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), the Human Capital Indicators and Methodology.

In his opening and welcome address, Mr Gordan Maras, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia stressed the importance of human resource development and entrepreneurship and the role of education and training from earliest stages, onwards, for achieving economic growth and strengthening competitiveness.

Addressing the challenges, Ms Efka Heder, SEECEL Director, pointed out that EU 2020 focuses on school curricula, on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Human Capital must be a number one priority and we must ensure full engagement of the teaching profession. This requires support and cooperation at all levels of education: national, regional, and local schools in order for everyone to benefit.

Mr Anthony Gribben of ETF pointed out that indicators are used to set objectives which determine where we are in comparison to other countries. He proposed the workshop serve as an opportunity to “revisit, revise, devise and to tidy up” the Indicators.

If we want to have cooperation between countries, we need to have effective indicators to monitor progress and to assess impact, and then be able to link them to ‘good practice’ examples, such as SEECEL, pointed out Mr Simone Baldassarri, European Commission, Directorate for Enterprise and Industry. Continuing on, he mentioned that we need to improve on participation and data collection. The results will be considered in the documents of the SBA human capital dimension and the overall EU 2020 Strategy, mentioned Mr Bo Caperman, European Commission, DG for Enlargement. 

The workshop was attended by experts and representatives from fourteen countries, of which eight SEECEL States as well as from the Eastern Neighbourhood Regions.