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Programm: COSME

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Programme
COSME
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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Thematic Focus Education, Finances, Industry, SME, Technologies, Tourism, Environment & biodiversity, Administration, Competitiveness
Macro-Region
Danube Region, Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region, Baltic Sea Region
Origin of Applicant of programme
COSME
EU Member States
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Turkey / Türkiye
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Albania / Shqipëria
Serbia / Сpбија
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Moldova
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Iceland / Ísland
Others
Applicant details

Target group is in general intermediaries: financial intermediaries (e.g. banks, VC-funds), Ministries, Chambers of Commerce, Cluster, Regional Authorities, etc.
Organisations from Armenia are eligible to participate in COSME.

Financial details

The EU (co-)financing is between 50% and 100% of the eligible costs of the project.

Funding amounts and funding rates vary between the calls.

Contact Details

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

Open Calls

News

Published on 08.11.2018

Reform of the Public Sector Greece 2014-2020

Reform of the Public Sector Greece

Link to Call

Published on 08.11.2018

Implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative France 2014-2020

Implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative France

Link to Call
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