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.


As part of the strategic partnership between the EU and Brazil launched in 2007, DG 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.

EU-Brazil cooperation


DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs works 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 on space and tourism.

EU-China cooperation


India has been one of the EU's strategic partners since 2005. This upgrade in relations has been accompanied by an intensification of bilateral meetings. DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is involved in a number of sectorial working groups with India, and cooperates on actions related to standards and innovation.

EU-India cooperation


DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs has 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


The EU and US economies are the most integrated in the world. Since the early 1990s, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs has been working to further promote transatlantic economic cooperation, in particular by reducing unnecessary barriers and costs for businesses which stem from regulatory differences.

EU-US cooperation