The Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs promotes industrial cooperation, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurship and inclusive sustainable development with Mediterranean and Eastern neighbour countries as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy. DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs also works with the Latin American region on initiatives that primarily target small businesses and with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Asia-Europe Meeting on issues including entrepreneurship, space policy and tourism.
Industrial cooperation through the Euro-Mediterranean partnership is helping to create an area of shared prosperity between the EU and Mediterranean partner countries.
The Eastern Partnership aims to deepen political exchange and economic integration between the EU and Eastern European partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is in charge of Platform 2 of the Partnership which deals with economic integration and convergence with EU policies, the SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) Panel and the Trade Panel on Technical Regulations and Standardisation.
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs has contributed to cooperation between the EU and Latin America through initiatives that primarily target small businesses. These include Missions for Growth, an IPR helpdesk, and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.
ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) offer the EU the possibility to work with Asian countries in larger frameworks than the traditional bilateral approach with individual countries. DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs works with these bodies on issues related to its portfolio, such as entrepreneurship, space policy and tourism.