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This page presents the broad network of agencies and external bodies that DG Enterprise and Industry cooperates with in its day-to-day work.
The agencies below implement specific policies and projects for the Commission.
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.
Pan-European business support network that helps European small and medium companies internationalise and be more innovative.
The network's operational and project management tasks are handled by the EASME, with overall guidance and policy development in the hands of DG Enterprise and Industry.
Enterprise Europe Network
Funding body managing large parts of the EU research funding programme.
Delivers services to the research community and supports the many Commission departments involved (DGs for Research, Enterprise, Information Society, Energy and Transport).
The REA negotiates final grant agreements with successful research consortia, pays out funding and checks that projects run smoothly.
Provides scientific advice on safety / socio-economic issues related to use of chemicals, and manages all REACH and classification, labelling and packaging tasks.
The agency is obliged to consult with the Commission (DG Enterprise, its "parent" DG) about some of its specific tasks as well as the planning of its work and the resources needed.
The satellite radio navigation programmes EGNOS and Galileo are managed by the Commission, but it has mandated certain tasks to the GSA, largely related to security, commercialisation and certification.
An intergovernmental body (18 member countries) promoting non-military, joint programmes in space research and technology, with both scientific and operational applications, e.g. , Earth observation programme ( ).
Although independent of the EU, the ESA and the Commission formally cooperate under a framework agreement.
For example, the Commission contributes €624m to the Copernicus Space Component in return for jointly managing this programme (ESA provides the technical management and implements the budget while the Commission monitors general implementation).
Gives the Commission independent scientific advice on all matters with an impact on food safety. EFSA’s role is to assess and communicate on all risks associated with the food chain.
This covers food and animal feed, animal health and welfare, nutrition, plant protection and plant health. It is a separate legal entity, independent from the other EU institutions.
The main European standards body – one of 3 officially recognised by European law (the others being CENELEC and ETSI).
Platform for 31 countries to develop European standards and other specifications – especially voluntary European Standards (ENs).
Covers all areas except electrotechnology (CENELEC) and telecommunications (ETSI).
Responsible for standardisation in the electrotechnical field by producing voluntary European electrotechnical standards.
With 31 member countries, it has a cooperation agreement with the International Electrotechnical Commission.
Responsible for standardisation in the telecommunications field and some aspects of broadcasting.
A private non-profit making association under French law.
European Telecommunications Standards Institute
Helps EU governments and the EU Council to improve European defence capabilities in crisis management and to sustain the European security and defence policy.
The Commission (led by DG Enterprise) contributes frequently to the agency's work, and the Enterprise Commissioner is an observer in the EDA's Steering Board.
Established in 1987, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese Government. It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.