Chapter 20 – Enterprise and industrial policy was opened on 18 December 2013.
The EU enterprise policy aims to establish a favourable environment for producers and entrepreneurs by offering support for competitiveness and equal business activity in Europe and across the world.
The topics for negotiations are industry policy, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and enterprise policy, the Union programmes, the Directive on suppressing late payments, financial aid instruments, tourism industry, air and maritime industry, timber industry, steel and metal industry.
The EU’s industry policy aims to promote strategies that would increase competitiveness and accelerate the adjustment to structural changes, stimulate a favourable business and growth environment across the EU, and boost domestic and foreign investment. It also aims to improve the overall business climate in which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operate, which includes privatisation and restructuring.