COVID-19

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Clusters for Next Generation EU: Dialogue between European Commissioner Thierry Breton and the European Clusters Alliance

The European Commission has announced a major recovery plan for Europe to help repair the economic and social damage brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. European Commissioner Thierry Breton and the European Clusters Alliance will explore the role of clusters in this recovery plan in a virtual meeting...
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CEN and CENELEC adopts technical guidance for fabric masks during the COVID-19 crisis

Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has commended the actions of CEN and CENELEC for adopting technical guidance for fabric masks and making it freely available. The close collaboration between CEN and CENELEC was consolidated at the start of 2010...
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European Commission launches website to support safe resumption of travel and tourism in the EU

The European Commission has launched ‘Re-open EU', a web platform to support a safe resumption of travel and tourism across Europe as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. It will provide real-time information on borders and available means of transport and tourism services in Member States as well as...
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ECCP survey identifies key needs for SMEs to meet COVID-19 challenges

Three key areas where European SMEs need help to counter the impact of the COVID-19 crisis have been identified by a European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) survey. Conducted in conjunction with the platform’s soon-to-be-launched SMEs Go International Technical Assistance Facility, the study...
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Innovative European companies receive aid from the European Union

The European Commission has announced the provision of financial aid to innovative European companies to help them fight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly €166 million have been awarded via the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot, to 36 companies in Europe. In addition...
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DG GROW's main COVID-19 response measures: the ECCP's COVID-19 Forum

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has announced that it is still working to mitigate the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Commission has been tasked with many responsibilities during the...
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Global pledging marathon steps up to the next phase

The European Commission together with Global Citizen has annouced the plan to step up the mobilisation of funding to enable the world to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and also avoid another. A Global Pledging Summit will be effectuated on the 27th of June 2020. The European Commission...
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Repair and Recovery package availed by the EU for post-COVID-19 phase 

On the 3rd of June 2020, the European Commission proposed modifications to its annual budget to make €11.5 billion for crisis repair and recovery available already in 2020. Once available, the funds will go to the regions most in need, and support businesses also outside European Union borders. The...
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European Union Solvency Support Instrument to restart the European economy after COVID-19

The European Commission has launched the Solvency Support Instrument (SSI), which builds on the existing European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) in order to kick-start the European economy by overcoming the severe socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Solvency Support...
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Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) programme launches COVID-19 call

The Interreg EMR programme is making EUR 4.2 million available for projects addressing the COVID-19 crisis. The call is open for cross-border initiatives fostering crisis response capacities in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak in the sectors of health, public safety and security services, public...
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Survey: Identification of disrupted supply and value chains in the EU

In order to help repair the economic and social damage brought by the Coronavirus pandemic, to kick-start European recovery, and to protect and create jobs, the European Commission is proposing a major recovery plan for Europe which was announced on 27 May 2020 in the Communication COM(2020) 456...
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Italian regional SME policy responses

The note developed by the CD Trento Centre for Local Development of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) provides a preliminary inventory of the policy responses adopted by the Italian regions to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the...