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Call: Joint enforcement actions under the multi-annual action plan for the surveillance of products in the EU

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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Joint enforcement actions under the multi-annual action plan for the surveillance of products in the EU
Description of call
"Joint enforcement actions under the multi-annual action plan for the surveillance of products in the EU"

The objective of the call is to provide financial support, allowing market surveillance authorities and customs to pool resources and expertise and to apply SME-friendly methods. The main objective of this initiative is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the surveillance system in Europe, as well as to improve the coordination of the practical enforcement work carried out in relation to product categories or other priorities.
The Commission wants to support and encourage more and better market surveillance across borders within the EU, by financing joint market surveillance actions and other projects that contribute to a more efficient and effective market surveillance for products within the internal market.

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Thematic Focus Consumer protection, Security
Funding area EU Member States
EEA Countries
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
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, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, Other, National Government, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Applicant details Applicants must be bodies to which EU-EEA Member States have attributed tasks concerning market surveillance, or non-profit organisations which facilitate the coordination of market surveillance activities. Market surveillance is defined as the activities carried out and measures taken by public authorities to ensure that products comply with the requirements set out in the Union harmonisation legislation and do not endanger health, safety or any other aspects of public interest.
Corporate bodies must be properly constituted and registered under the law. If a body or organisation is not constituted under the law, a physical person must be designated to provide the legal responsibility.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details To be eligible for co-financing, a proposal must involve participants from a minimum of 5 EU-EEA Countries.
Recurring Call unknown
Project duration max 36 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 750 000 €.

Indicative number of projects: 1-3
Maximum EU financing rate of eligible costs: The contribution will, in principle, be up to 80% of the total cost of the action.
Financial contributions of up to 50% are permitted for joint actions with the participation of bodies from 5 or more EU and EEA countries.
Financial contributions of up to 80% are permitted for joint actions with the participation of bodies from 10 or more EU and EEA countries.

Submission Only electronic submissions are allowed for this call.
Contact Details

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

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