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Call: Implementing Social Business Initiative key actions

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Acronym COSME
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"COSME"

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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Call
Implementing Social Business Initiative key actions
Description of call
"Implementing Social Business Initiative key actions"

In order to promote a 'highly competitive social market economy', the Commission has placed the social economy and social innovation at the heart of its concerns, in terms of both territorial cohesion and the search for new solutions to societal problems, in particular the fight against poverty and exclusion, under the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Flagship initiative 'The Innovation Union', the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion and the 'Single Market Act' (SMA).

 

Two measures will be implemented in 2016:

 

Measure1:

 

  • Publication and execution of a Call for proposals targeted at entities involved in social entrepreneurship and public authorities to build a framework of awareness, information and knowledge sharing. The project proposals should focus on:
    • Conception: define how to collect and disseminate practical guidance and best practice, based on what exists and by exploring various options (practical information and guidance offered via the internet, the development of e-Learning tools or other training modules, the development of a training strategy etc). 
    • Execution: implementation of the guidance / training, after a selection of the best possible option by the European Commission.

 

European added value: sharing and dissemination of good practices across Member States, establishing of synergies between public institutions from various Member States, development of a coherent, European approach to Social Entrepreneurship in public policy creation and public procurement practices.

 

Measure 2:

 

  • Publication and execution of a Call for proposals targeted at entities involved in social entrepreneurship to build a framework of awareness, information and knowledge sharing. The project proposals should focus on:
    • Conception: define how to collect and disseminate practical guidance and best practice, based on what exists and by exploring various options (practical information and guidance offered via the internet, the development of e-Learning tools or other training modules, the development of a training strategy etc). 
    • Execution: implementation of the guidance / training, after a selection of the best possible option by the European Commission.
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Thematic Focus Employment, Education, Industry, Innovation, SME, Social affairs, 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
Moldova
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Others
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
Recurring Call No
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

The total budget pro measure is estimated to 800 000 €.

The maximum EU co-financing is  80%.

Contact Details

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


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