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COSME – Supporting European SMEs to participate in public procurement outside EU – 2020

This Programme for the competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs continues the actions of the 2007-2013 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP) under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

2 million euros

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Union

EU Member States
Participating states to COSME programme

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Priorities and funded actions

* To improve SMEs’ access to public procurement in the non-EU countries with which the European Union has signed a bilateral or plurilateral agreement covering public procurement

* Attention should be paid to sectors where European SMEs are highly competitive, and/or hard hit by the crisis;
* In the development and the implementation of the projects, the consortia have to look for synergies with other projects/initiatives developed under COSME or other EU Programmes

Amongst financed actions
* Phase 1 – Preparatory phase: 
>  The identification of the sectors of interest in the target countries, the main buyers, the categories of European SMEs to be targeted, the benefits of the project and the intervention logic for the second phase; 
> The development of a fully-fledged internationalisation strategy and a roadmap for implementation; 
> The dissemination of all the project activities, news, events, testimonials and results through a project dedicated website as well as through social media and other suitable channels, including the partners’ websites and networks, the Enterprise Europe Network, and where appropriate the European Commission website; 
> The development of synergies with other projects/initiatives developed under COSME or under other EU-funded programmes that could generate mutual benefits

* Phase 2 – Implementation Phase: 
> Training and advisory services to SMEs on the opportunities of participating in procurement procedures outside the EU and on the specificities of such operations;
> Supporting target SMEs to find partners in the EU/COSME countries and in the target countries, supporting the building of consortia, etc.;
> Organisation of company missions in the target countries focused on the benefits of the European SMEs; 
> Organisation of face-to-face or virtual match-making or B2B events with participants from the EU/COSME countries and from the target countries and business-toprocurers (B2P) events;
> Assistance for bidding to specific calls for tenders outside the EU;  Dissemination of all the project activities, news, events, testimonials, interviews and results to be channelled through the project website/webpage, the Enterprise Europe Network and, if appropriate, the website of the European Commission; 
> Presentation of the internationalisation strategy and of other activities carried out throughout the project to Network Thematic Groups on Public Procurement and Internationalisation of the Enterprise Europe Network;
> Developing detailed lessons learned and potential recommendations for future actions in the area of public procurement at EU level;
> Developing an exit strategy with follow-up activities in order to make sure that the efforts carried out in the project will continue to pay off

Additional information
* This call for proposal is an open call for proposal 

* Eligibility: 
– Be legal entities
– Be a consortium of at least three legal entities from at least three different EU Member States or COSME participating countries and with a maximum of one COSME non-participating coutry
– Be a business support organisations (Chambers of Commerce, federations, etc.), cluster organisations, non-profit organisations (private or public), public bodies (national, regional, local), universities or educational institutions, research centres;
– The project must target at least two non-EU countries with which the EU has signed a plurilateral or bilateral agreement covering public procurement 


* Amount of the grant: up to 400,000 euros

* Co-financing rate : up to 75% of the total eligible costs

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