The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has been set-up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf several EU programmes.
The EASME replaces the EACI (Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation) that managed Enterprise Europe Network, Intelligent Energy – Europe, Eco-innovation and Marco Polo. The Marco Polo programme has been transferred to the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).
EACI website (archived)
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1653/2004 of 21 September 2004 on a standard financial regulation for the executive agencies pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No 58/2003 laying down the statute for executive agencies to be entrusted with certain tasks in the management of Community programmes and modification by the Commission Regulation (EC) No 651/2008 of 9 July 2008
The specific contracts based on framework contracts for operational budget of the EASME as well as the grant agreements awarded by the agency can be found in the Financial Transparency System of the European Commission.
Links to the Official Journal of the European Union for:
'We aim to help create a more competitive and resource-efficient European economy based on knowledge and innovation'
'We provide high quality support to our beneficiaries, turning EU policy into action. As an executive agency of the European Commission, we manage significant parts of COSME, LIFE, Horizon 2020 and EMFF. We ensure that actions funded by these programmes deliver results and provide the Commission with valuable input for its policy tasks'.
The EASME is committed to the public service principles for EU civil servants. These are: