Support to Ukrainian companies to integrate into the Single Market


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



Support to Ukrainian companies to integrate into the Single Market


This action will facilitate the integration into the single market of Ukrainian SMEs – businesses based in Ukraine, and displaced Ukrainian-registered companies currently operating from the EU. This in turn will support the recovery and development of the Ukrainian economy. It will also bring new opportunities for EU businesses to access markets in Ukraine or find alternative suppliers in Ukraine.

Detailed Call Description

The action will focus on companies that can demonstrate that their business has been affected since the beginning of the war (in terms of business locations, staff, turnover, and export markets).

By supporting the development of the Ukrainian economy and facilitating the integration of Ukrainian SMEs in the Single Market, this action will provide alternative markets to EU companies to compensate for the loss of Russian and Belarussian market opportunities. It will also bring new investment opportunities for EU businesses in Ukraine. The criteria for selecting Ukrainian businesses to be supported will focus on their potential to generate these market access/supply and investment opportunities for EU businesses.

This action is compatible with the following specific objectives of the Single Market Programme (SMP) that aim at strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs and achieving additionality, at Union level, through measures that:

  • provide various forms of support to SMEs, thereby fostering the growth, scaleup and creation of SMEs;
  •  facilitate access to markets through the internationalisation of SMEs;
  • promote entrepreneurship and the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills”;
  • promote a favourable business environment for SMEs, support the digital transformation of SMEs and promote new business opportunities for SMEs,including those that are social economy enterprises and those with innovative business models;
  • support the competitiveness of industrial ecosystems, as well as the development of industrial value chains;
  •  promote the modernisation of industry, contributing to a green, digital and resilient economy.

Call Total Budget

€4,500,000. This budget might be increased by a maximum 20%.

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

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 Agency expects to fund one project under this call.

Of this amount:

  • Up to €750,000 may be allocated to the costs of the consortium members to implement the action.
  • A minimum of €3,75M must be dedicated to providing direct financial support to eligible SMEs. The method of selecting the SMEs must be transparent, open and in line with applicable legislation for public support of economic operators.
  • The maximum amount of direct financial support to each individual third party is €2,500.

Thematic Categories

  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • International Organisations
  • Investment Funds
  • Large Enterprises
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Eligibility For Participation Notes

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

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries associated to 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 (list of participating countries)
    • Ukraine, established in territories that are under the effective control of the Ukrainian authorities at the submission deadline.
  •  be formally recognised as:
    • A current (under the SMP programme) or former (under the COSME programme) Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) member; or
    • European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) member which is profiled as a “national cluster associations” or “metaclusters and cluster networks”; or
    • Ukrainian Cluster Alliance members; or
    • Current (under the SMP programme) or former (under the COSME programme) Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Intermediary Organisations.

Consortium composition
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least three applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:

  • minimum three independent entities from three different eligible countries;
  • minimum one applicant must be established in Ukraine, located in territories that are under the effective control of the Ukrainian authorities.
  • The consortium coordinator must be established in a Member State of the European Union/EEA.
  • The consortium must include at least one member (under the current SMP or the former COSME programme) of each of the following networks/initiatives:
    • one Enterprise Europe Network member and
    • one Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs intermediary organisation, and
    • one member registered on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform at the time of the submission deadline and throughout the implementation phase of the project.

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: 17/03/2023-for internal use only)