Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) could become the most dynamic sector of the economy. Their growth is essential for the well-being of the economy.The European Commission has several programs and measures in place to support the growth of SMEs. General framework Adopted in June 2008, the "Small Business Act" for Europe reflects the will of the European Commission to recognize the essential role played by SMEs in the European economy. Its objective is to improve the general approach to entrepreneurship, to irreversibly anchor the "Think Small First" as in the legislative process in the conduct of government, and promote the growth of SMEs by helping to overcome the problems that continue to hamper their development. The "Small Business Act" for Europe applies to all companies that are independent, with fewer than 250 employees that do not exceed a certain threshold for their sales and / or balance sheet or 99% of all European companies. The Eurostars programme provides adequate financing for small businesses by supporting their participation in international projects in research and innovation. FP7 is the main EU instrument for funding research. This Framework Programme will fund research of 53 billion euros by 2013, much of that money being available for SMEs. Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) supports entrepreneurship and innovation in SMEs, their use of ICT and the sustainable use of energy. Support Program policy information technology and communication (ICT PSP) helps small businesses to use more and better ICT and encourages innovation in products, services and processes. European Fund for regional development (ERDF) supports small businesses by co-operating in many areas. The programs are managed and implemented in Member States. The network Eureka supports R & D and innovation in all sectors, allowing companies greater access to national public and private funds, as well as skills and expertise across Europe. Life + Programme funds projects related to nature and biodiversity, air, energy, climate, environmental management, industry and production, to the urban environment and quality life, agriculture and land use, waste, water, environmental policy and governance. Marco Polo Program funds initiatives to move from road to rail and inland shipping. Projects contribute to reducing congestion and pollution and improve transport efficiency.
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Award aiming at raising awareness of enterprise activities and celebrate entrepreneurial success at national, regional and local level.
An awards ceremony is organised during which laureates are announced.
Training programme on the Japanese production methods aimed at European executives
The EU-Japan Centre will cover costs relating to travel costs for visits, interpretation, etc
Grants for the promotion of social dialogue at inter professional and sectoral level
Up to 80% of the eligible budget; social dialogue meetings organised by the social partners themselves: up to a rate of 95%.
The funding schemes (or instruments) of the 7th Framework programme of Research and Development will be used to implement different types of projects and actions falling under the whole set of thematic and spec...
RTD activities: maximum 50% of eligible costs (75% for SMEs, public and/or non-profit organisations). Demonstration activities: max. 50%. Other activities up to 100% of the eligible costs.
Equity financing in local investment funds for companies in EBRD intervention countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asie
Amount of investment according to each specific fund.
EU Calls for proposals
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This call aims to increase and diversify the exports and investment of European Union SMEs to China. The EU SME Centre intends to achieve this by helping European Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to...
The Executive Training Programme is a way for European organisations or individuals to build profitable links with Asian industry. It will enable relationships with their Asian counterparts.
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Calls for tenders
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In the context of the preparation of ESMA technical standards and technical advice to the European Commission the purpose of this study is to gather relevant data, analyse it and test policy options in order to...
The tender is launched in relation to the European satellite navigation policy. A growing number of economic sectors, in particular transport, telecommunications, agriculture and energy, increasingly utilise sa...