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€5m call aims to help SMEs adopt new technologies

The European Commission has launched a €5 million call for strategic alliances to help the European Union’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) maximise their use of new technologies. Two pilot projects will be supported focused on creating collaboration among SMEs, through industrial cluster...
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€700 million raised to support artificial intelligence and blockchain technology

The European Investment Fund (EIF) has signed the first six equity agreements with venture capital funds to support businesses under the EU's InnovFin Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain initiative. New agreements with tech equity funds in Austria, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands...
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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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Access2Markets portal launched to support SME trade

The European Commission has launched the Access2Markets online portal to help small and medium-sized firms trade beyond the European Union’s (EU) borders. The new portal responds to requests from stakeholders to better explain trade agreements and help companies ensure their products are eligible...
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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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European Commission launches online guidance tools on trade with Iran

The European Commission has launched two free online platforms to support businesses, particularly Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), who want to trade with Iran. The Due Diligence Helpdesk provides concrete, tailor-made support to European Union (EU) SMEs by checking if specific business...
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€5.7m call for advanced manufacturing assistance and training providers

The European Commission has launched a €5.7 million call for providers of advanced manufacturing assistance and training for SMEs. Small, innovative, companies create the majority of new jobs in the European economy. Technological advances are making it easier and cheaper to start enterprises with...
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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...