Summary Description

The Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry works to ensure that EU policies contribute to the sustainable competitiveness of EU enterprises and facilitate job creation and sustainable economic growth. It has the task of ensuring that the single market for goods runs smoothly and is a major contributor to the implementation of the Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs.

DG Enterprise and Industry pays particular attention to the needs of the manufacturing industry and to those of small and medium-sized enterprises. It manages programmes to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, and ensures that EU legislation takes proper notice of businesses' concerns.

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For Core Values, Constraints and the elements of the Principal's (business) Strategy that matter to the initiative, and have not been captured under common elements.

Aim & Objectives

Objectives: The general objectives of DG Enterprise and Industry1 are:
* to promote the European growth and jobs strategy
* to strengthen the sustainable competitiveness of EU industry (industrial policy)
* to increase innovation
* to encourage the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises
* to make sure the single market for goods benefits EU industry and citizens
* to strengthen the space sector and improve security technology.

Organization: see:

Further Information

Contracts and Constraints

EC Treaty: The activities undertaken are all underpinned by principles laid down in the EC Treaty. These principles are set out in the following articles:

* 28, 29, 30 on the free movement of goods,
* 95 on the single market
* 152 on public health
* 157 on competitiveness
* 211, 226 and 228(2) on Commission competencies
* title XVIII on innovation and research.

List of Measures: DG Enterprise and Industry manages a large volume of legislation (over 500 Directives and 200 Regulations) governing the single market for goods. An information tool has been developed by the DG to set out all of the legislation in its remit by sector. This tool, called the Pink Book, is updated yearly with all the latest legislative developments: (version covering the period up to 31 December 2008).