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Call: European Network for Early Warning and for Support to Enterprises and Second Starters

Acronym COSME
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of 2.3 bn. €.

Accessing finance

COSME aims to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle – creation, expansion, or business transfer. Thanks to EU support, businesses have easier access to guarantees, loans and equity capital. EU ‘financial instruments’ are channelled through local financial institutions in EU countries. To find a financial institution in your country, visit the Access to Finance portal.

Opening markets

COSME helps businesses to access markets in the EU and beyond. It funds the Enterprise Europe Network that helps SMEs find business and technology partners, and understand EU legislation; the Your Europe Business portal that provides practical information on doing business within Europe; and the SME Internationalisation Portal for companies who want to develop their activities outside Europe. It also finances a number of IPR (intellectual property rights) SME Helpdesks.

Supporting entrepreneurs

COSME supports entrepreneurs by strengthening entrepreneurship education, mentoring, guidance and other support services. Actions support specific groups who may find it difficult to reach their full potential, such as young people, women and senior entrepreneurs. The programme also aims to help businesses access opportunities offered by digital technologies.

Improving business conditions

COSME aims to reduce the administrative and regulatory burden on SMEs by creating a business-friendly environment. COSME also supports businesses to be competitive by encouraging them to adopt new business models and innovative practices. This complements actions in areas with high growth potential such as the tourism sector.  

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European Network for Early Warning and for Support to Enterprises and Second Starters
Description of call
"European Network for Early Warning and for Support to Enterprises and Second Starters"

The objective of this Call for Proposals is to create and fund a "European Network for Early Warning and for Support to Enterprises and Second Starters" (hereinafter the "European Network") in charge of conceptualising, organising the development and implementing support services for companies and company-owners in difficulties and honest bankrupt entrepreneurs vying for a second start.

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Thematic Focus Education, Finances, Industry, SME, Technologies, Tourism, Administration
Funding area EU Member States
EFTA countries
EEA Countries
Candidate Countries
Eastern Partnership
Potential Candidate Countries
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), National Government, Association
Applicant details

Applicants must set up a consortium with a designated coordinator.

It must be composed of public or private entities that ensure a diverse expertise and knowledge sharing, involving insolvency and second chance issues. Such entities may include:

  • public entities responsible for or active in the fields of economic affairs, enterprise, business support or related issues, e.g. national/regional authorities, governmental agencies
  • chambers of commerce and industry, chambers of handicrafts or similar bodies,
  • business support organisations/support providers,
  • business associations and business support networks,
  • education and training providers.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Applicants must set up a consortium with a designated coordinator. It must be composed of at least 7 eligible entities from at least 7 different COSME Participating Countries.

Recurring Call No
Project starts 14.11.2016
Project duration max 36 months
Further info

The duration of projects is 36 months. Applications for projects scheduled to run for a longer period than that specified in this call for proposal cannot be accepted. They will therefore be considered ineligible.

Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

The maximum EU co-financing is 75 % of the eligible project costs.

The project budget shall be: 3 800 000 €. Only one proposal will be selected.


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Contact Details

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) manages COSME on behalf of the European Commission.

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