DG Growth

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

1. completing the Internal Market for goods and services;

2. helping turn the EU into a smart, sustainable, and inclusive economy by implementing the industrial and sectorial policies of the flagship Europe 2020 initiative;

3. 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;

4. 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;

5. delivering the EU's space policy via the two large-scale programmes Copernicus (European Earth observation satellite system) and Galileo (European global navigation satellite system), as well research actions to spur technological innovation and economic growth.

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Opportunities for European entrepreneurs in the sharing economy

The objectives of this pilot project are to identify and link-up with collaborative economy platforms, exchange experience with all relevant stakeholders and help European SMEs and social enterprises with high-growth potential and other relevant actors to use the possibilities of the shared economy.

The action includes services to be provided based on the needs of SMEs and social enterprises with high-growth potential and ability to benefit from the shared economy. It also includes linking-up and establishing cooperation with existing or new initiatives in the sharing economy, the organisation of events to discuss the development of the collaborative economy in Europe as well as guidance, advisory services, innovation and internationalisation services, and signposting to specialised service providers.

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) partners in the EU that have been awarded a Framework Partnership Agreement for the period 2015-2020.

April 20, 2017