Dubrovnik, Croatia - SEECEL's Final wrap-up Conference and Visibility Event “Entrepreneurial Camp” was held in Dubrovnik in period from 9 – 12 April 2013. The Entrepreneurial Camp has gathered over 240 participants, including representatives of the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia, European Commission, Croatian Chamber of Economy, European Training Foundation and Regional Cooperation Council, members of SEECEL Steering Committee, representatives of Business World, representatives of SEECEL´s network of Entrepreneurial Schools and Higher Education Institutions (strategic piloting institutions), and many others.
In her welcoming address, Ms Efka Heder SEECEL Director, has emphasised the following: “We are the most proud of the fact that the SEECEL is recognized in the European Union as an example of good practice and that SEECEL’s model is recommended for the EU member countries. In addition, I'm very glad to announce that SEECEL will soon have a home built on 14 000 square meters. With this celebration we are just concluding the three-year cycle, but the projects goes further as of 1 May 2013 and will last for additional three years.
Mr Simone Baldassarri from the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry pointed out that the model of SEECEL can be definitely extended to the EU member states as a good model of cooperation. “Excellent opportunity for this expansion will be Croatian accession to the EU, because Croatia has supported numerous activities of SEECEL, so we will have more opportunities to cooperate with this institution” - said Mr Baldassarri.
Mr Bo Caperman from the European Commission's Directorate General for Enlargement added that today we can clearly see SEECEL’s accomplishments over the past three years. – “Croatia has taken the initiative to implement this project and I would like to see this approach in other projects, because this approach is just as it should be” – concluded Mr Caperman.
The Conference has been addressed and opened by Mr Dražen Pros, Deputy Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts, who highlighted the goal of Croatian Government to implement entrepreneurship education in the formal education from the very early stage. – “We are aware that the Republic of Croatia does not allocate large funds for entrepreneurship education what is the case in other European countries. However, this is changing.. Our goal is to convert the idea into a business, which includes the ability to lead the project and lobbying, as well as risk and responsibility taking. The Government of Croatia position is to remain in the region and supports the further processes in the region, regardless of Croatian entry into the EU as of July 1st, 2013” concluded Deputy Minister Pros.
The Objective of the Conference was to present the results and achievements of the project related to regional strategic piloting in eight participating countries. For this purpose, the Conference focus was on dissemination and active exchange of experience among representatives of strategic pilot institutions for ISCED 2 and ISCED 5/6 level of education.