Good results for entrepreneurship education
The European Union promotes the importance of advancing a European entrepreneurial culture. According to a new report published by the European Commission, entrepreneurship education is being increasingly promoted in most European countries. The report shows that it is explicitly recognised in the primary education curricula of two-thirds of the countries surveyed. While entrepreneurship is not taught as a separate subject in primary schools, half of the countries have defined learning outcomes which relate to entrepreneurial attitudes and skills. In secondary education, half of the countries integrate entrepreneurship into compulsory subjects such as economics and social sciences.
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EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS FOR THE PROGRAMME TARGETING BROADBAND PROVIDERS
The WISP programme (acronym of Wireless Internet Service Provider), an initiative contemplated by the Regional strategic Plan for the ICT sector, promotes innovation in this sector, fostering the expansion and better exploitation of the network, albeit indirectly. Direct beneficiaries of the programme are the companies, i.e. the providers, that supply broadband wireless structures and services, but the repercussion will be felt all over the territory, in terms of competitiveness for businesses, the promotion of new technological and general enterprise, and access to the network for the population of Piemonte.
"In less than two months," said Massimo Giordano, Councillor for Economic development and Innovation for Regione Piemonte, "our firms have reached and passed the target of Euro 2 million made available to launch innovation projects designed to overcome the digital divide."
The subsidy takes the form of a non-returnable contribution, whose entity varies from a minimum of 40% up to a maximum of 90% of admissible costs.
SUSPENSION OF MORTGAGES FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
"A breath of fresh air for Piemonte's economic system, particularly for the self-employed and small and medium enterprises in our region. Every measure that goes in the direction of supporting businesses, particularly those that are healthy and still give work, is more than useful right now." This how Regional Councillor for Economic Development, Massimo Giordano, described Regione Piemonte's support for the "New measures for credit to SMEs" agreement that the Ministry of Economics and Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, ABI and business associations launched on February 28. These measures suspend and extend the payments by small and medium enterprises to the banking system, for loans and credit and financial transactions with public subsidies. The primary goal is to promote the recovery and development of activities.
VARIANT 200: THE CALL FOR TENDERS IS CLOSED, 16 GROUPS PARTICIPATE
The deadline to submit candidacies for the development of the new master plan and the definition of the economic-financial study for the areas of Variant 200 in Torino has now passed, and 16 groups have signed up. The names that have shown an interest include Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte and the engineering companies Recchi, Arup and Hok. Their enhancement and investment plans must suggest strategies for the development of public areas and to attract private investors. Rosa Gilardi, head of the Town planning Office of the City Council explained: "Partly thanks to participation at international fairs, the project has been presented to a public of international investors. Variant 200 is an opportunity for Torino to open its doors to foreign operators, who will then also be able to work in other contexts in the city."
Novelties regarding auditing activities in limited companies (Srl).
Simplified controls for smaller companies
This year, for the first time since the Civil Code was issued in 1942, the regulations governing the audits envisaged for limited companies (Srl), have been considerably simplified compared to those for joint-stock companies (Spa).
The Civil Code now establishes that any Srl which, for two consecutive years, exceeds two parameters out of three (assets above Euro 4.4 million, revenues above Euro 8.8 million, workforce above 50 employees), must appoint an auditor, chosen by the stockholders, to provide management control and auditing, or a board of three auditors, or an external auditor who only performs the audit. Previously it was compulsory for an Srl to have a board of three standing auditors and two alternate auditors, like a joint-stock company.
This new solution adopted by the government will reduce corporate costs and simplify the management of smaller companies.