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Call: Reduction of youth unemployment and the setup of co-operatives

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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Reduction of youth unemployment and the setup of co-operatives
Description of call
"Reduction of youth unemployment and the setup of co-operatives "
To enable young people to fully take advantage of creating a company, a number of challenges needs to be addressed as regards entrepreneurship education especially when it comes to different kind of business organisation to be taught.

Projects to be supported under this call shall include the following categories of actions:
  1. Identification of existing training methods/ courses in secondary schools and universities related to cooperative entrepreneurship in curricula. The proposal should include a method to collect on adequate manner information relating to cooperative entrepreneurship training methods and courses for young people and students by schools and universities.
  2. Conception of the training model/preparatory actions for setting up the programme in three different countries. The task will aim at designing training courses for young people in upper secondary school and universities on how to start their own activity in the social or business field through the model of a cooperative. A theoretical and practical approach should be included in the training to be designed.
The methods to be used will a have clear focus on practice based, experience based learning methods. Training and dedicated actions could for instance focus on how to:
  • improve knowledge of the cooperative business concept;
  • guide students in implementing their own ideas, help students to start up business in form of a cooperative;
  • stimulate professional and practical training /internships or apprenticeship in co-operatives (ideas on how to better use specific EU programs such as Erasmus for Young entrepreneurs should be included in the proposal).
Although the courses will be tested in an educational environment, the methodology should be replicable also to young people out of education (for instance on the initiative of NGOs, Employment Services, etc.).
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Thematic Focus Education, Employment, Youth, Competitiveness, Innovation
Funding area EU Member States
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, , 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, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association,
Applicant details Applications from legal entities established in EU memberstates are eligible.
Proposals including an entity from a non EU Member States in the consortium will not be eligible.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details The consortium (i.e. the coordinator plus its partners) must be composed of a minimum of three (3) different legal entities located in at least three (3) Member States, preferably from economically, socially and culturally diverse parts of Europe.
The consortium must include at least:
  • One (1) organisation which has experience and/or is involved in delivering programmes in entrepreneurship education for young people;
  • and one (1) organisation having proven knowledge of and experience with the cooperative model.
The participation of the same partner in more than one proposal is not permitted; proposals with a member that participates in more than one consortium submitting a project proposal are not eligible and will be excluded from the call. Therefore applicants are encouraged to take the necessary measures to ensure that their partners will not participate in more than one proposal.
Recurring Call unknown
Project duration max 12 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details Maximum budget allocated for EU financing under this call: 450 000 €
Indicative number of grants: 2.
Maximum EU financing rate of eligible costs: 70 %
Maximum EU financing amount per project: 225 000 €
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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