The EIP, one of the specific programmes under the CIP, seeks to support enterprises, in particular SMEs, entrepreneurship, innovation including eco-innovation and industrial competitiveness.

This programme aims to achieve the following objectives:

(a) improve access to finance for the start-up and growth of SMEs and investment in innovation activities;

(b) the creation of an environment favourable to SME cooperation, particularly in the field of cross-border cooperation;

(c) all forms of innovation in enterprises;

(d) eco-innovation;

(e) entrepreneurship and innovation culture;

(f) enterprise and innovation-related economic and administrative reform.