The European Commission is the EU's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

What does the Commission do?

Proposes new laws, Manages EU policies & allocates EU funding, ensures that EU law is properly applied and Represents the EU internationally.

European Commission
European Parliament

The European Parliament is the EU's law-making body. It is directly elected by EU voters every 5 years. The last elections were in May 2019.

What does the Parliament do?

The European Parliament shares power over the EU budget and legislation with the Council of the European Union (EU governments), plays a key role in electing the President of the European Commission and makes sure other EU institutions are working democratically.

Transparency Register

The Transparency Register is a database that lists organisations that try to influence the law-making and policy implementation process of the EU institutions. The register makes visible what interests are being pursued, by whom and with what budgets. In this way, the register allows for public scrutiny, giving citizens and other interest groups the possibility to track the activities of lobbyists.

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.

The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide. It brings together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organisations – all renowned for their excellence in business support.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.


COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs, running from 2014 to 2020, with a budget of €2.3billion. COSME will support SMEs in the following areas:
• Facilitating access to finance;
• Supporting internationalisation and access to markets;
• Creating an environment favourable to competitiveness;
• Encouraging an entrepreneurial culture.

COSME is a programme implementing the Small Business Act (SBA) which reflects the Commission’s political will to recognise the central role of SMEs in the EU economy.


Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad. Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations. The aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU's strategic framework for education and training.


The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) is the European Commission's primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation (FP1 to Horizon 2020).

Its mission is to bring research results to professionals in the field to foster open science, create innovative products and services and stimulate growth across Europe.

CORDIS has a rich and structured public repository with all project information held by the European Commission such as project fact sheets, participants, reports, deliverables and links to open-access publications.


Interreg is one of the key instruments of the European Union (EU) supporting cooperation across borders through project funding. Its aim is to jointly tackle common challenges and find shared solutions in fields such as health, environment, research, education, transport, sustainable energy and more.


The multilateral cross-border cooperation "Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme" is part of the new European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and of its financing instrument (European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument - ENPI). The general objective of the Programme is to contribute to promoting the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential.


fi-compass is a platform for advisory services on financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

fi-compass is provided by the European Commission in partnership with the European Investment Bank.

fi-compass is designed to support ESIF managing authorities and other interested parties, by providing practical know-how and learning tools on financial instruments. These include ‘how-to’ manuals, fact sheets and case study publications, as well as face-to-face training seminars, networking events, and video information.


ConnectIreland is a job-creation initiative working to grow Ireland's economy by enlisting dedicated Connectors who let us know about expanding companies.


The Federation of Regional Growth Actors in Europe (FEDRA) is a non-profit Brussels-based regional and EU Affairs expertise hub aiming at promoting European regional assets, boosting its members’ economic growth. To do so, FEDRA creates bottom-up and concrete projects to support and revitalize growth and competitiveness in the European regions, more specifically through their actors, such as SMEs, enterprises, public bodies, start-ups, business schools, universities or research centers.