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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 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
COSME supports SMEs in the following areas:

  • Accessing finance
  • Opening markets
  • Supporting entrepreneurs
  • Improving business conditions
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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
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
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.

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Published on 20.02.2019

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