As part of the strategic partnership between the EU and Brazil launched in 2007, the Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs organises several dialogues, features as a key speaker at Brazil-EU Business Summits, and supports an exchange scheme for entrepreneurs.
The regular EU-Brazil Business Summits, involving small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are organised by business to reinforce their communication with government. DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is a key speaker. The summits report to, and are organised back-to-back with the EU-Brazil Summits, which are political in nature.
EU-Brazil Summits are held at government level and involve heads of state. At the Seventh EU-Brazil Summit held on 24 February 2014, a Joint Statement on the inaugural meeting of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Economic Themes (focusing on investment and competitiveness) was signed by former European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Brazil's Foreign Affairs Minister, Luiz Alberto Figuereido. Both the EU and Brazil are developing activities to make a report during the Eighth EU-Brazil Summit, tentatively scheduled for 2015.
The aim of these dialogues is to promote sustainable development by enhancing economic, social and environmental links; to promote science, technology and innovation; and to promote investment and competitiveness.
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs has: