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SMEUnited welcomes Consultation on the 2030 Digital Compass

SMEUnited, an association of crafts and SMEs across Europe, has released a position paper, outlining their comments on the European Commission’s consultation on the 2030 Digital Compass. The Commission had launched a consultation in June 2021 for the 2030 Digital Compass vision, inviting...
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Review and Preparation of the Joint Cluster Initiative

On 8 June, the European Alliance Against Coronavirus looked at the planned Joint Cluster Initiative, a new European programme for Clusters that will be launched in the second half of 2021, most likely in October. The Joint Cluster Initiative is part of the second pillar of the new EU Single Market...
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European Alliance Against Coronavirus discuss the EU Single Market Programme

On 1 June, the European Alliance Against Coronavirus welcomed Ilse van Rompuy from the European Commission’s DG GROW who introduced the European Single Market Programme (SMP). It is the first-ever programme to boost the Single Market with a budget of €4.2 billion for 2021-2027​. The SMP is designed...
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How joining a cluster provides vital support for EU SMEs

Clusters make up a significant part of the European industrial landscape. Currently, there are around 3000 specialised clusters in Europe accounting for 54 million jobs. Clusters are key to boosting collaboration and connecting enterprises, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)...
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European Alliance Against Coronavirus session on the Irish Cluster Landscape

On 27 April, the European Alliance Against Coronavirus looked at the cluster landscape in Ireland, how cluster organisations are developing in the country, and in which sectors and ecosystems they are active. Eleanor Doyle from the University College Cork​ provided insights into how clusters are...
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Recap: Strengthening technology infrastructures for advanced technologies workshop

On 31 May, the European Commission delivered a workshop on Strengthening technology infrastructures for advanced technologies, introducing the Advanced Technologies for Industry (ATI) project. The workshop was part of a series of eight policy seminars organised within the ATI project and...
Calls

Affordable Housing Initiative: Call for proposals now open

The Affordable Housing Initiative is part of the EU’s Renovation Wave Strategy, which aims to build a fair, green society. A new call for proposals under the initiative seeks to provide support, capacity building, and networking for local industrial partnerships, with the ambition to pilot 100...
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What funding and support is available for SMEs?

To help SMEs navigate the current economic crisis, the European Commission has created several funding schemes. In particular, the REACT-EU funding scheme is a comprehensive and ambitious recovery plan. It will play a key role in ensuring a balanced recovery, fostering convergence, and ensuring no...
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Making the EU's financial system more sustainable

The European Commission’s new Sustainable Finance Strategy sets out several initiatives to tackle climate change while increasing investment in the EU's transition towards a sustainable economy The strategy will be more inclusive for SMEs. In recent years, the Commission took action to build the...
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Read the European Commission's SME performance review

The SME performance review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries' progress in implementing the SME strategy and the Small Business Act (SBA). The review provides comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU countries and other partner...
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Innovate to Transform call for SMEs now open

Further to the adoption of the main Horizon Europe Work Programme on 15 June, calls for proposals are now opening. Under Cluster 4, the ‘Innovate to transform’ support for SMEs’ sustainability transition call is now open. With a budget of €10 million in 2021, this action will support the provision...
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European Innovation Council supports innovative start-ups and SMEs

Since 2020, the European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund has approved 111 investments for highly innovative start-ups and SMEs, totalling around €500 million. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said: “The EIC Fund has developed incredibly quickly and...