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Call: Training for SME-friendly policies in Central Purchasing Bodies (CPBs)

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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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Training for SME-friendly policies in Central Purchasing Bodies (CPBs)
Description of call
"Training for SME-friendly policies in Central Purchasing Bodies (CPBs) "
This call aims to contribute to the professionalisation of staff working for large public buyers (called central purchasing bodies, cpbs) covering in particular SMEs' access to public procurement (pp) markets and increase their knowledge of public procurement.

The proposal contributes to the COSME objectives by establishing:

  • A training programme that seeks to enhance the professionalisation of CPB personnel will provide detail on how to access and aggregate markets for public procurement.
  • A professionalisation programme will also help personnel to manage markets, and in particular to assist with the inclusion of SMEs in public procurement competitions.
  • The centralisation of public procurement functions may impact on the broader market, at a local, regional and European level. Training of personnel to understand and manage is imperative.
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Thematic Focus SME, Competitiveness, Innovation
Funding area 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
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 International Organization, Education and Training Centres, University, Public Services
Applicant details Applicants must be legal entities. In order to assess the applicants' eligibility, EASME will request
supporting documents from applicants.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details Applicants must form a consortium of at least 2 organisations. The consortium must include at least one university or educational institution and an established Central Purchasing Body operating at national level.
Recurring Call unknown
Project duration min 6 months
Project duration max 12 months
Further info EASME is available to answer questions relating to the content of the present call for proposals. All questions must be sent by e-mail to EASME-COSME-TSMFRIEND@ec.europa.eu.
Answers will be published at https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/cosme .
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 350 000 €.
EASME expects to fund one proposal.
The grant is limited to a maximum reimbursement rate of 90 % of eligible costs.
EASME reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.
Submission Applicants are requested to go to http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/cosme-eu-programme-competitivenessenterprises-and-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-smes and follow the procedure for submitting an application.
Contact Details

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


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