Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is a flagship European initiative that aims to provide innovation and business support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the European Union. The Network, which is part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, is a one-stop shop for information on EU policies and legislation, funding opportunities, assistance in finding business partners and help in developing research and innovation capacities. It incorporates around 600 partner organisations, in 53 countries, which offer a wide range of services to SMEs.
The Communication Partnership Project (CPP) aims to raise awareness of the importance of occupational safety and health (OSH) to SMEs and to provide them with easy access to practical information and useful contacts at national and regional levels, for example National Partnership Meetings, Awareness Raising Packages and other activities such as EEN OSH Awards.
The EEN members are one of the main partners that help EU-OSHA achieve its objectives, together with the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) , the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and EU-OSHA’s national focal points .
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
The Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) is tasked with promoting a growth-friendly framework for European enterprises. It has a key role in the Europe 2020 agenda of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, and it is the European Commission service responsible for completing the internal market for goods and services, fostering entrepreneurship and growth and facilitating access to funding for SMEs, for example.
Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) was set up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf significant parts of several EU programmes, including Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME), the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE), Horizon 2020 and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Its aim is to help create a more competitive and resource-efficient European economy based on knowledge and innovation.
Enterprise Europe Network Occupational Safety and Health Ambassadors and their role
Since 2009, the EEN has been cooperating with EU-OSHA to raise awareness of OSH among SMEs and micro-enterprises. To carry out this task, the EEN nominates OSH Ambassadors at country level. Their role comprises coordinating activities, promoting OSH to SMEs at national level and reporting back to EU-OSHA once a year on their OSH activities.
Within the CPP, the role of the Communication Partnership Working Group (CPWG), which is composed of three national focal points, three EEN OSH Ambassadors and representatives of EU-OSHA, DG GROW and EASME, is mainly to provide strategic and expert advice on the implementation and monitoring of the EU-OSHA communications partnerships strategy.
Enterprise Europe Network Occupational Safety and Health Award
In the frame of the agency's Healthy Workplaces Campaign, the EEN OSH Award aims to raise awareness of and promote OSH to SMEs. The EEN members of the 27 Member States, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, are invited to put forward for recognition any of their projects that aim to promote better safety and health at work in SMEs and that fit into one of the following categories: activities and events promoting OSH; network building; and print and online communication and publications.
The EEN OSH Award is presented every two years.