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. The DG 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). This DG co-chairs Platform 2 of the Partnership which deals with economic development and market opportunities, and leads on issues related to technical regulations, standardisation and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).
This DG has contributed to cooperation between the EU and Latin America through initiatives that primarily target small businesses. These include the ELANBiz platform (for European and Latin American business services), 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. We work with these bodies on issues related to our portfolio, such as entrepreneurship, space policy and tourism.