Mercado Interior, Industria, Emprendimiento y Pymes

Cooperation with governments

Cooperation with governments

The Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs coordinates and organises regulatory and industrial policy dialogues with many of the EU's strategic partners.

This important activity aims to achieve a greater convergence of the rules affecting global business, reducing barriers and costs and making it easier for European companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to do business on an international scale.

The dialogues cover issues such as standards, conformity assessment and innovation, and certain industry sectors.


We work to address issues encountered by EU industry when operating in, or exporting to China, through dialogues with the Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The EU and China also cooperate in a number of sectorial dialogues.

EU-China cooperation


This DG, in co-operation with European standardisation organisations, supports and operates the Seconded European Standardization Expert for India (SESEI) project. Its objective is to raise awareness on the European standardisation system, values and assets in India.

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We have been working with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on an industrial policy dialogue since 1998. The aim is to further develop regulatory convergence and overcome regulatory hurdles. This cooperation allows for better mutual understanding of respective policies, particularly those relating to SMEs.

EU-Japan cooperation


This DG has been working for many years to further promote transatlantic economic cooperation by reducing regulatory obstacles to doing business across the Atlantic, particularly diverging regulations or duplicative requirements that often cause unnecessary barriers and costs for companies, which ultimately create damaging effects for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

A High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum (HLRCF) was created in 2005 to allow senior officials from all areas of government to exchange regulatory perspectives and promote cooperation towards better and more compatible rules, while engaging stakeholders and enabling them to form part of the regular meetings in public sessions. Although the HLRCF is dormant for the time being due to the comprehensive nature of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, it could be reactivated if the need is identified.

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