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Commission proposes new ‘single window' to modernise customs controls

On 28 October, the European Commission proposed a new initiative that will make it easier for authorities involved in goods clearance to exchange electronic information submitted by traders. Traders will only be able to submit the information required for importing and exporting goods once. The so...
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€900m finance package to help Spanish SMEs hit by COVID-19 crisis

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is joining forces with Santander to provide financing on favourable terms to Spanish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. The EIB and the European Investment Fund (EIF) will subscribe several tranches...
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€10m finance package to help Bulgarian cultural and creative SMEs hit by pandemic

The European Commission has agreed a €10 million finance package to help Bulgarian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and small public enterprises in the cultural and creative sectors that have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria)...
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Next steps for €672.5 billion EU recovery facility

The European Commission (EC) has set out guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU, which aims to help the European Union (EU) emerge...
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Chance to take part in European Tourism Convention

Following nine consecutive years of growth, the European Union (EU) tourism ecosystem is among the hardest hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The European Commission is organising the European Tourism Convention on 12 October 2020 to launch a dialogue on sustainable recovery and the strategic...
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EIF and Raiffeisen Bank sign €12m guarantee agreement to support SMEs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Raiffeisen Bank have signed a guarantee agreement allowing the bank to increase its lending capacity to offer €12 million of new financing with better terms and conditions to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The EIF guarantee...
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EU COVID-19 recovery budget for 2021 to 2027

The European Commission announced the mobilisation of research & innovation projects to foster a sustainable societal transition under a European Green Deal call. The projects under this call are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation...
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Coronavirus: European Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions

The European Commission has launched a call for expressions of interest for thematic partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects that support the response and recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from the...
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ECCP Webinar - The Covid-19 industrial cluster response: the role of European clusters in recovery strategies

On 23 July 2020 the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) hosted a webinar which examined the role that clusters can play in strategies to help recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar was run by the European Commission with contributions from the European Clusters Alliance (ECA)...
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Survey to explore preparedness of EU SMEs for cybersecurity challenges

The European Union (EU) Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA, has launched a two-month public survey for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to share their state of digital security and preparedness for crises such as COVID-19. The survey asks respondents to identify their main cybersecurity...
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European Cluster Collaboration Platform Webinar - The COVID-19 industrial cluster response: the role of European clusters in recovery strategies

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform will be hosting a webinar on 23 July (10.30-12.30 CEST) entitled The COVID-19 industrial cluster response: the role of European clusters in recovery strategies. This capacity-building webinar will conclude our two-webinar series on the industrial cluster...
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Blockchain vs. COVID-19: how to immediate react and to be prepared

Summary of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus Daily Webinars on 26 June 2020 This session was dedicated to a relatively new technology: blockchain. Smart technologies and digital solutions underpinning the Industry 4.0 (I4.0) paradigm are changing the way companies and societies are...