Enterprise Europe Network, EEN - Europe's largest business support network, implemented by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (Competitiveness and Innovation Program).
The Enterprise Europe Network is a key instrument in the EU's strategy to boost growth and jobs. EEN was launched February 7, 2008, EEN is based on the experience of the largest European network of Euro Info Centres (EIC) and Innovation Raleigh Centers (IRC), created in 1987 and 1995, respectively.
It brings together around 600 organizations from more than 50 countries and offers small companies a unique access to the European single market. Our member organisations include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, research institutes and development agencies. Most of them have been supporting local businesses for a long time. They know their clients' strengths and needs - and they know Europe.
As members of the Enterprise Europe Network they are linked up through powerful databases, sharing their knowledge and sourcing technologies and business partners across all Network countries. But they are also closely linked with the European Commission, which enables them to keep abreast of EU policies and to feed small companies' views on them back to Brussels.