The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics. Specifically, the programme brings together aspects in order to streamline, exploit synergies and provide a better flexible, transparent, simplified and agile framework to finance activities aiming at a well-functioning sustainable internal market.
This action will increase the long-term sustainability of European SMEs, by reducing their environmental impact and increasing their resilience to current or future energy market crises.
It will also lead to new commercial opportunities for SMEs offering technological or non-technological solutions to energy-efficiency related issues, inter alia by giving these SMEs the possibility to test, commercialise and deploy such innovative solutions, and connect with other SMEs needing their solutions.
This action is compatible with the following specific objectives of the SMP that aim at strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs and achieving additionally at Union level through measures to:
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rates fixed in the Grant Agreement (100% for the costs for providing financial support to third parties and 90% for all other costs categories).
The selected consortium will need to select SMEs among the Enterprise Europe Network’s client-base or new clients that can benefit from direct financial support to third parties of up to €10 000 through a dedicated open and transparent call open to eligible companies (cascade funding). The financial support may be used to cover costs such as: specific energy efficiency audits, contribution to the adoption of energy efficient technologies in production lines, and contribution to investments to increase the energy efficiency of company facilities in view of reducing energy demand and consumption.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: