COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)

Summary

The programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs (COSME) aims at encouraging the competitiveness of European enterprises. With small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), current and potential entrepreneurs and business support organisations as its main targets, the programme provides better access to finance, deliver business support services and promote entrepreneurship. It largely continues the activities started under the current Competitiveness and Innovation programme (CIP) and also ensures continuity with initiatives and actions already undertaken under the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP), such as the Enterprise Europe Network.


Programme Description

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs, running from 2014 to 2020, with a budget of €2.3billion.

COSME will support SMEs in the following areas:

  • Facilitating access to 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.
  • Supporting internationalisation and access to 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.
  • Creating an environment favourable to competitiveness: 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.  
  • Encouraging an entrepreneurial culture: 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.

 

COSME is a programme implementing the Small Business Act (SBA) which reflects the Commission’s political will to recognise the central role of SMEs in the EU economy. 

Total Budget

€2,300,000,000 (at least 60% in financial instruments)

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

According to the annual programme of the European Committee

Thematic Categories

  • Economy-Finances
  • Industry
  • Information Technology
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness
  • Tourism
  • Trade and Commerce

Eligibility for Participation

  • Private Bodies
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Opening Date

01/01/2014

Ending Date

 31/12/2020

National Contact Point(s)

Irene Mitsinga  

Οfficer of Commerce and Industry

Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism

E-mail: [email protected]

 

Tel.: +357 22867192

Telefax: +357 22 375120

 

EU Contact Point

DG Enterprise and Industry

email: [email protected]

For telephone contact:

Carlo Corazza: +32 2 295 17 52

Sara Tironi: +32 2 299 04 03

Website

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme/



Programme/Sub-programme/Plan Calls   (37 results)


Development of European SMEs in international business through SME networks

OPEN

Programme ID: 5231 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 21/03/2018 Call Closing Date: 19/06/2018

The overall objective of this call is to assist European SMEs to develop, further expand or improve their international business by creating SME networks to exploit foreign markets for export purposes.

Transfer of business (2007-2013)

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2398 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 20/12/2013 Call Closing Date: 05/03/2014

The overall objective of the call is to improve the environment for business transfers.

Enterprise Europe Network

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2366 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 22/01/2014 Call Closing Date: 15/05/2014

The aim of this call is to establish the Enterprise Europe Network for the period from 2015-2020.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2710 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 20/05/2014 Call Closing Date: 19/08/2014

The aim of this call is to expand and strengthen the existing network of Intermediary Organisations which act as local contact points for newly established entrepreneurs as well as experienced entrepreneurs in the participating countries. Intermediary Organisations (IOs) will be selected to ...

Entrepreneurship education (Pan-European entrepreneurial learning initiative)

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2718 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 11/06/2014 Call Closing Date: 20/08/2014

The objective of this call for proposals is to develop a pan-European entrepreneurial learning initiative bringing together existing European and national expertise, in line with proposals included in the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan. This action encourages and supports networking of policy ...

China, Latin America and South East Asia Intellectual Propery Rights SME Helpdesks

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2728 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 26/06/2014 Call Closing Date: 10/09/2014

This call aims to provide advice and support services to EU SMEs facing intellectual property rights difficulties in or arising from China, South-East Asia, and Latin America.

Diversifying the EU Tourism Offer and Products - Sustainable Transnational Tourism Products 2014

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2727 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 04/07/2014 Call Closing Date: 07/10/2014

This call aims at strengthening competitiveness in the European tourism sector by encouraging diversification of the supply of tourist services and products. 

Cluster Excellence Programme

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2749 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 29/07/2014 Call Closing Date: 29/10/2014

The overall objective of this Call for proposals is to pursue the EU efforts aimed to strengthen cluster management excellence in the EU as a way to provide more professional business services to European SMEs through clusters and therefore contribute to the development of more world-class clusters ...

Maximising synergies between tourism, high-end and creative industries - Cooperation project to develop and/or promote a European cultural route around luxury goods (pilot phase)

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2719 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 16/06/2014 Call Closing Date: 04/11/2014

The theme of this call falls under "transnational cultural or industrial heritage related tourism products". The priority is on "product development" and "promotional phases”. For this test phase, the call is open to three high-end products which have been selected ...

Facilitating EU transnational tourism flows for seniors and young people in the low and medium seasons

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2816 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 10/10/2014 Call Closing Date: 15/01/2015

The main aim of this call is to strengthen competitiveness of the European tourism sector by encouraging the extension of the tourism season and by increasing internal mobility of seniors and young people.

Facilitating access to regulation for light Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2915 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 14/11/2014 Call Closing Date: 18/02/2015

The overall objective of this Call for Proposals is to support existing Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups operating light civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), as well as potential entrepreneurs, by facilitating their access to applicable national and European law, ...

Cooperation with the European Trade Promotion Organisations

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2964 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 27/01/2015 Call Closing Date: 19/03/2015

With this action, the European Commission aims to achieve two objectives: a gradual development of co-operation projects with the national Trade Promotion Organisations, as well a strengthening of the European Trade Promotion Organisations network;  a closer collaboration with  EU ...

Cluster go international

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2947 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 07/01/2015 Call Closing Date: 31/03/2015

The main objective of the action is to intensify cluster and business network collaboration across borders and sectoral boundaries and to support the establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnership to lead international cluster cooperation in fields of strategic interest – notably in ...

Call for Intermediary Organisations of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program

CLOSED

Programme ID: 2992 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 26/03/2015 Call Closing Date: 03/06/2015

The aim of the call is to expand and strengthen the existing network of Intermediary Organisations (IOs)for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program. The IOs implement the programme at local level. They act as local contact points for newly established entrepreneurs as well as experienced ...

More favourable conditions for business creation and growth: Statistics for family businesses

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3000 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 15/04/2015 Call Closing Date: 17/06/2015

The aim of this call is to provide policy-makers and relevant stakeholders credible, comparable and systematic information and indicators on the role of the family businesses in national economies and to offer usable and practical information to stakeholders for their decision making.

European Destinations of Excellence – Promotion of EDEN destinations and awareness raising

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3015 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 28/04/2015 Call Closing Date: 25/06/2015

The objective of this call is to support administrative bodies in charge of tourism in eligible countries to design and implement a promotional campaign to raise awareness of the EDEN project and increase the visibility of the European Destinations of Excellence selected in 2007-2015.

Supporting competitive and sustainable growth in the tourism sector

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3016 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 30/04/2015 Call Closing Date: 30/06/2015

The main objective of this call is to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the European tourism sector based on three themes.

Design-based consumer goods

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3019 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 12/05/2015 Call Closing Date: 23/07/2015

The objective of the action is to reinforce the competitiveness of the European SMEs active in the design-based consumer goods area. By encouraging the market uptake of new and creative solutions in the design-based consumer goods area, the action aims at multiplying the effects of foreseen ...

INFORMATION PLATFORM ON PARCEL DELIVERY SERVICES

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3161 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 07/07/2015 Call Closing Date: 16/09/2015

The objective of this call for proposals is the setting-up and maintenance of a web information platform on parcel delivery services. The platform would aim at promoting the take-up of cross border e-commerce and at creating an environment that allows Small and Medium Enterprises to take part in ...

CLUSTERS EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3445 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 18/12/2015 Call Closing Date: 31/03/2016

The overall objective of this Call for proposals is to pursue the EU efforts aimed to strengthen cluster management excellence in the EU as a way to provide more professional business services to European SMEs through clusters and therefore contribute to the development of more world-class clusters ...

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3454 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 16/02/2016 Call Closing Date: 05/04/2016

The purpose of this call is to conclude 'Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs) for the period 2016-2021 (five years) to organisations to which specific grant agreements might be awarded in order to implement Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) projects beyond the COSME programming period.

DESIGN-BASED CONSUMER GOODS II

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3386 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 10/12/2015 Call Closing Date: 14/04/2016

The objective of the action is to reinforce the competitiveness of the European SMEs active in the design-based consumer goods area. By encouraging the market uptake of new and creative solutions in the design-based consumer goods area, the action aims at multiplying the effects of foreseen ...

EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR EARLY WARNING AND FOR SUPPORT TO ENTERPRISES AND SECOND STARTERS

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3487 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 23/03/2016 Call Closing Date: 31/05/2016

The European Network for Early Warning and for Support to Enterprises and Second Starters should be in charge of conceptualising, organising, developing and implementing all the relevant advisory and support services indicated in the point 2.3 of the call in four EU countries.

IMPROVING SME'S ACCESS TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3558 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 19/05/2016 Call Closing Date: 28/07/2016

The current action is designed to give support to SMEs through co-financing actions of intermediate organisations supporting SMEs’ participation in public procurement, especially cross border. 

MIGRANTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUPPORT SCHEMES

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3595 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 22/09/2016 Call Closing Date: 20/12/2016

The specific objectives are to bring together relevant players at national and regional levels into trans-national networks, to work together based on the existing evidence of what is effective and to achieve better impact. The emphasis will be on exchanging experience and peer-learning between ...

Raising awareness of civil drones' operators about Privacy and Data protection obligations

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3907 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 21/12/2016 Call Closing Date: 04/04/2017

The objective of the action is to produce digital materials and tools to contribute to the development of a privacy and data protection culture in the Unmanned Aircraft (UA) sector in the European Union, taking fully into account the specificities of the different actors - manufacturers, pilots and ...

Enhancing the participation of women entrepreneurs in the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

CLOSED

Programme ID: 3836 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 22/12/2016 Call Closing Date: 06/04/2017

The objective of this pilot project is to raise the awareness on the potential of the SME Instrument for women entrepreneurs via information events, advice and coaching women entrepreneurs to better prepare them for successful participation in the SME Instrument. The purpose of this call is to ...

CLUSTER GO INTERNATIONAL

CLOSED

Programme ID: 4025 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 21/03/2017 Call Closing Date: 23/05/2017

The main objective of the action is to intensify cluster and business network collaboration across European countries and also across sectorial boundaries and to support the establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships to lead international cluster cooperation in fields of strategic ...

ERASMUS FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

CLOSED

Programme ID: 4026 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 31/03/2017 Call Closing Date: 07/06/2017

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border mobility programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries. The general objective of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme is to ...

SUPPORTING THE PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSNATIONAL THEMATIC TOURISM PRODUCTS LINKED TO CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES / Tourism 2017

CLOSED

Programme ID: 4049 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 26/04/2017 Call Closing Date: 29/06/2017

Support the promotion and development of transnational thematic tourism products. The aim is to support partnerships (including destinations and SMEs) developing transnational tourism products linked to cultural and creative industries.

Public procurement

CLOSED

Programme ID: 4208 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 01/08/2017 Call Closing Date: 03/10/2017

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.

EUROPEAN INCUBATION NETWORK FOR CCIs - FASHIONTECH

CLOSED

Programme ID: 4189 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 13/07/2017 Call Closing Date: 19/10/2017

(Umbrella call: EUROPEAN INCUBATION NETWORKS FOR CREATIVITY-DRIVEN INNOVATION / COS-EINET-2017-3-04)    The main objective of the action is to support the creation, business development and scaling-up of companies in the fashion and the tourism sectors through incubators integrating ...

EUROPEAN INCUBATION NETWORKS FOR CCIs - TOURISM

CLOSED

Programme ID: 4191 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 13/07/2017 Call Closing Date: 19/10/2017

(Umbrella call: EUROPEAN INCUBATION NETWORKS FOR CREATIVITY-DRIVEN INNOVATION / COS-EINET-2017-3-04)    The main objective of the action is to support the creation, business development and scaling-up of companies in the fashion and the tourism sectors through incubators integrating ...

Innovation Procurement Broker: Creating Links for the Facilitation of Public Procurement of Innovation

CLOSED

Programme ID: 4238 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 26/09/2017 Call Closing Date: 21/10/2017

This call aims to: help innovative SMEs and start-ups grow and develop by allowing them to address public demands through the use of public procurement; create adequate links between government, research institutions and the private sector by adding the buying potential of large buyers or ...

Clusters Go International in the Defence & Security sector

CLOSED

Programme ID: 4227 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 14/09/2017 Call Closing Date: 13/12/2017

The main objective of the action is to support European defence and security-related clusters and business network organisations to intensify collaboration across borders with other non-defence industrial clusters and to develop and implement joint strategies in areas of dual use technologies, ...

European Strategic Cluster Partneships for smart specialisation investments

CLOSED

Programme ID: 4816 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 12/12/2017 Call Closing Date: 08/03/2018

The overall objective of this action is to boost industrial competitiveness and investment in the EU via cross-regional cooperation and networking by supporting the establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments (ESCP-S3).

Ideas from Europe development and scaling

CLOSED

Programme ID: 5109 Programme Name: COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)
Call Opening Date: 18/01/2018 Call Closing Date: 15/03/2018

This call for proposals concerns the further development and scaling of 'Ideas from Europe', an initiative developed by the European Commission in close cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Economy and the SME Envoys.


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