EASME: Executive agency for SMEs

| December 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

smeThe European Commission has adopted the establishment act of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) – the agency builds on the current Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI).

As from January 2014 onwards, the Agency will manage on behalf of the European Commission most parts of the Programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs (COSME).

It will also be in charge of the SME instrument, the new and innovative instrument for support to SMEs within the Horizon 2020 programme. Other programmes to be managed by the agency are the energy and climate societal challenges within Horizon 2020 as well as the Programme for Environment and Climate action (LIFE). Later in 2014 the agency will also be responsible for significant parts of the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF). With the new agency, SMEs have a dedicated institution aiming to improve the competitiveness of enterprises.

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