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More favorable conditions for business creation and growth

Reduction of administrative and regulatory burden

Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burdens in the EU

COSME aims at lightening the administrative burden on businesses by removing unnecessary reporting and information requirements. As research indicates, SMEs are disproportionately affected by regulation. A special focus is thus needed to create more favourable conditions for them.

Identification and exchange of best practices among national administrations to improve SMEs policy

Best practices in SMEs policy

Initiatives at national, regional and local level will be launched. One of these is the European Enterprise Awards to reward promotion of SMEs and entrepreneurship, particularly on regional and local level.

Analytical tools for better policy

To facilitate the preparation of new legislation at EU and national level, and compare performance of different policies in member states, conferences and analytical tools, such as Competitiveness report, will be supported.

Sectorial actions such as tourism

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