"So, there was no breakthrough in agreeing to create a single community patent, as was hoped six months ago. No agreement either on the European Private Company Statute that would allow small firms to expand beyond national borders. For once a lack of progress could not be blamed on national infighting and factionalism. The French Presidency has witnessed the unravelling of the global financial system and ministers were right to focus their minds on the ongoing economic turmoil, and on measures that could work hand-in-hand with the SBA to give short-term support to struggling entrepreneurs. After all, without entrepreneurs there would be no patents, Single European, or otherwise."