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Call: Parcel Delivery for e-Business (extension)

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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Parcel Delivery for e-Business (extension)
Description of call
"Parcel Delivery for e-Business (extension)"

The objective of this initiative would be to improve transparency of existing parcel delivery solutions particularly for cross-border delivery, and thus promote options to cross-border shipping. The action would primarily benefit e-retailers mainly SMEs, and secondarily delivery operators, and of course citizens (users). The initiative would address problems identified through research and the feedback collected during the consultation process the Parcel Roadmap (2013). E-retailers, in particular smaller ones, suffer from insufficient information on the potentially available delivery parcel services. In addition, delivery operators do not necessarily offer delivery services that meet the specific needs of e-retailers.  Therefore the initiative is about the development of tools to improve access to information for e-retailers at national and cross-border level.

Access to information would hopefully remedy the "price barrier" to cross border e-commerce particularly for SMEs that pay excessively higher prices than their bigger competitors for cross border delivery of their parcels. The latter would have a positive impact on their competitiveness and growth potentials, on product offer as well as on the final price consumer have to pay. 


The objective of this initiative would be to build on and follow-up on the information platform financed by COSME in 2015 (just introduced in the May revision), by adding additional features that improve transparency on delivery performance and price, facilitate sourcing and obtain good conditions concerning delivery operations in Europe for SMEs. The 2016 project would add to the online information platform, an e-commerce scoreboard on delivery and price performance, a market place between retailers and suppliers, negotiation guidance tools and a social network for SMEs active in e-commerce who wish to deliver goods across their border.

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Thematic Focus Education, Finances, Industry, SME, Technologies, Tourism, Administration
Funding area EFTA countries
EU Member States
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
Recurring Call No
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

Max. 75% rate of co-financing

Total Budget: 300 000€.

Only one proposal will be selected.

Contact Details

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

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