The Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs helps the internationalisation of European businesses and their competitiveness in order to generate growth and jobs. The mission goes beyond the need to explore opportunities in foreign markets. It also lies in the neccesity to work for the good integration of EU companies in international value chains and to ensure a level-playing field where imports are concerned.
We work to ensure a fair and level playing field for European businesses so that they can exploit opportunities in non-EU markets.
We coordinate and organise 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, including space.
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs promotes industrial cooperation, 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 (ASEAN) and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on issues including entrepreneurship, space policy and tourism.
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is involved in international trade and investment negotiations at multilateral (World Trade Organization) and bilateral level (negotiations for Free Trade Agreements and Economic Partnership Agreements).
We put in place various EU instruments that contribute to the internationalisation of European businesses as access to markets outside the EU is essential for European industry. These instruments have been put in place in the framework of several EU programmes such as COSME, the Instrument for Cooperation with Industrialised Countries, the Partnership Instrument, the European Neighborhood Instrument, and structural and investment funds.
The Business Beyond Borders project helps businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and clusters in particular, to operate internationally with the goal of increasing economic growth both within and outside Europe. As part of the project, a series of business-to-business (B2B) and cluster-to-cluster (C2C) matchmaking events are organised, while additional support is given to companies participating at international fairs, particularly in target markets (Australia, South Africa, India, Chile and Iran, among others).
See also: SME internationalisation beyond the EU
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs contributes to the enlargement process by defining policy priorities related to its portfolio for the countries who want to join the EU.
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs also ensures that enterprise interests and expertise are taken into account in the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth.