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Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

About this DG

The Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is the European Commission service responsible for:

  • completing the internal market for goods and services
  • helping turn the EU into a smart, sustainable, and inclusive economy
  • fostering entrepreneurship and growth by reducing the administrative burden on small businesses; facilitating access to funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and supporting access to global markets for EU companies. All of these actions are encapsulated in the small business act
  • generating policy on the protection and enforcement of industrial property rights, coordinating the EU position and negotiations in the international intellectual property rights (IPR) system, and assisting innovators on how to effectively use IP rights

Who we are

DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is based in Brussels and has several hundred staff working under the political leadership of Commissioner Thierry Breton. The DG is managed by Director-General Kerstin Jorna. Her work and the work of the DG as a whole is supported by the Chief Economist Team.

Commission DGs work together to achieve cross-cutting objectives, led by the Commission Executive Vice-Presidents and Vice-Presidents. We contribute to the Commision priorities

The priorities of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

To promote growth in Europe, we work to:

  • Ensure an open internal market for goods and services in the EU
  • Improve the range, quality, and competitiveness of products and services on the internal market
  • Strengthen the industrial base in Europe
  • Provide sector-specific and business-friendly policies
  • Promote industrial innovation to generate new sources of growth
  • Ensure a modernised system for public procurement, which provides better access to public contracts on an EU-wide basis
  • Encourage the growth of SMEs and promote an entrepreneurial culture
  • Support the internationalisation of EU businesses
  • Facilitate access to finance for SMEs
  • Support the free movement of professionals in EU

DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs' financial support

From 2014 to 2020, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is responsible for a budget of almost €5 billion to implement:

External bodies

While DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs maintains policy control of its support programmes, financial management is largely taken care of by

In addition, the European Investment Fund (EIF) implements part of the COSME programme called 'Financial Instruments'

DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs also supervises certain regulatory agencies:

As part of the Commission's commitment to transparency, the Secretary-General publishes information on meetings held with organisations or self-employed individuals. Read more on information on meetings held by the Director-General.

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