The European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry and Entrepreneurship has the mission to promote a growth-friendly framework for European enterprises. It has a key role in the Europe 2020 agenda of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
To promote growth in Europe, we focus on six objectives:
- Ensure an open internal market for goods in the EU;
- Strengthen the industrial base in Europe;
- Encourage the growth of SMEs and promote an entrepreneurial culture;
- Promote industrial innovation to generate new sources of growth;
- Support the internationalisation of EU businesses;
- Support the European presence in space and satellite navigation.
Our flagship initiative is “An Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era” which sets out a number of actions to improve the business environment, notably for SMEs, and to support the development of a strong and sustainable industrial base able to compete globally.
DG Grow is playing an active role to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth throughout all industrial sectors, including service industries like tourism. The policy of Grow contributes to making Europe a more competitive, innovative and resource-efficient economy, ready to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.
They are responsible for the product legislation in a number of sectors to ensure a well-functioning internal market. They manage large industrial programmes in space and satellite navigation (GALILEO and Copernicus). They are the voice of SMEs in European policy-making. In short, they are pursuing a “MISSION GROWTH” to lead Europe in the new industrial revolution.
DG Grow employs around 1,000 people in its departments and units and is responsible for a budget of some € 1.5 billion.
European Union has an active standardization policy, which promotes standardization in support of better regulation, and as an instrument for the competitiveness of European industry. This policy is centered upon the recognized European standardization system, and a partnership to implement the ‘New Approach’. In its Communication “The role of European standardization in the framework of European policies and legislation” of 18 October 2004, the Commission highlighted its standardization policy and formulated recommendations aiming to improve the European standardization system, by:
- Continuing to make more extensive use of European standardization in European policies and legislation;
- Improving the efficiency, coherence, visibility of European standardization and of its institutional framework (including the effective participation of all interested parties and the financial viability of European standardization);
- Continuing to promote international standards while ensuring that they are consistent with the objective of EU policies, and to enhance the role of European standardization in the international context and the visibility of its achievements.
More information about the “Europe 2020” strategy can be found on the European Commission’s central Europe 2020 website: http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/index_en.htm