EU SME Centre in China – phase IV (re-launch)


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Single Market Programme (SMP) (2021-2027)

Programme Description

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.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



EU SME Centre in China – phase IV (re-launch)


The action will improve the access of European SMEs to the Chinese market by providing them with a first line and comprehensive range of hands-on support services (publications, practical training, ask-the-expert service, webinars…) getting them ready to do business in China.

Detailed Call Description

The action will further develop its audience and activities in order to:

  • assess European SMEs’ readiness towards establishing and developing their commercial presence in the Chinese market (through exports and/or investments) by providing EU added-value support services;
  • improve synergies with other EU projects and best practice sharing at the European, national and regional EU business association levels, with the ultimate goal to support European business advocacy in China and benefit EU SMEs that intend to do business in China.

Through an online platform, SMEs will have access to:

  • relevant publications giving practical advice on how to develop their presence on the Chinese market,
  • an ‘ask-the-expert service’ providing a first line of answer to more specific questions (legal, standardisation and distribution issues, notably through e-commerce…),
  • webinars,
  • practical business trainings.

Call Total Budget


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


Thematic Categories

  • Employment
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Employers
  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Private Bodies
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies).
    Such entities must be:
  1. business support organisations and/or trade promotion organisations representing groups of companies from EU Member States and SMP COSME associated countries, including Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), and/or business economic interests of EU or SMP COSME associated countries and offering in the first instance non-individualised services for promoting trade and investment between Europe and China.
  2. a company specialised in communication and/or training activities addressed to SMEs with proven transnational experience.
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
  •  EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
  • non-EU countries: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the COSME pillar of the Single Market Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry
Industry and Technology Service
1421, Nicosia, Cyprus

Contact Person:
Spyros Triantaphyllidis
Telephone: 22867333

(Publish Date: 26/12/2021-for internal use only)

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