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Survey: SMEs need support to achieve digitalisation and sustainability

A European Commission survey on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has revealed that 62% of European Union (EU) SMEs confront barriers to digitalisation and 70% say they are facing at least one obstacle to becoming sustainable. The survey, commissioned by the Directorate-General for Internal...
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SAVE THE DATE: SMEs Go International relaunched

We are pleased to announce that the 'SMEs Go International' Facility is being relaunched on September 23, 2020. We are easing the eligibility criteria to allow for more participation. The Facility aims to facilitate the internationalisation and scaling-up efforts of European SMEs by providing...
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Updated Brexit guidance for businesses available

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union has issued updated Brexit guidance for businesses on tax and customs requirements following the end of the transition period. The end of the transition period will have major consequences for European businesses trading...
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Intellectual property protection in the food and beverage industry in China

In 2011 China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest consumer market for the food and beverage (F&B) industry. Chinese demand for imported F&B products, fueled by food safety concerns involving domestically produced products such as the 2008 tainted milk scandal, has continued to rise...
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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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Expert advice on doing business in China

The European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs (ENRICH) in China is holding an Autumn series of online workshops offering advice on doing business in the Far East nation. Three workshops are aimed at SMEs among others and will provide relevant knowledge and practical tips from the...
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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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ELIIT Project announces first 15 selected partnerships

The European light industries innovation and technology (ELIIT) Project has announced its first partnerships between textile, clothing, leather and footwear sectors (TLCF) and technology owners/providers. The 15 successful partnerships, covering Austria, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy...
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GALATEA project to support innovative SMEs in the European blue economy

The GALATEA (Grow and AcceLerate your smArtprojecTs in nEw value chAins of the European blue economy) project has launched with the aim of developing new cross-sector and cross-border value chains to support innovative SMEs in the development of key blue gowth industries in Europe. Funded by the...
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First “Green Deal” funding from European Innovation Council awards €307 million to 64 start-ups

The European Innovation Council has awarded over €307 million to 64 game-changing ‘green deal’ start-ups and SMEs contributing to the objectives of the European Green Deal Strategy and the Recovery Plan for Europe. Winning proposals range from innovative solutions for the automotive, aerospace and...
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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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Up to €400,000 available for projects supporting SMEs in public procurement outside the EU

Cluster organisations are among those eligible to apply for a grant of up to €400,000 to help European SMEs participate in public procurement outside the European Union (EU). Public procurement, both inside and outside the EU, can generate considerable business opportunities for European SMEs, but...