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Interim evaluation of the programme for the competitiveness of enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME) (2014-2020)

Consultation outcome
The Commission will summarise the replies after the end of the consultation period. The results will be taken into account when preparing the COSME interim evaluation report.​

Objective of the consultation
This public consultation is part of the interim evaluation of the COSME Programme.

COSME is Europe’s Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It started in 2014  and lasts until 2020 with a financial envelope of €2.3 billion.

The programme encompasses several actions to reach its 4 objectives, which are to

  • improve access to finance for SMEs through dedicated financial instruments
  • help SMEs’ access to markets mainly through the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), the IPR SME helpdesks and Your Europe Business portal
  • foster a favourable environment for enterprises and competitiveness for business creation and growth by reducing administrative burden, supporting smart and SME-friendly regulation, modernising industries and facilitating SMEs’ access to public procurement
  • promote entrepreneurship mainly by offering mentoring or tailored schemes to entrepreneurs
  • The regulation establishing the COSME programme states that “by 2018 at the latest, the Commission shall establish an interim evaluation report”.

The report will:

  • assess the programme at mid-term
  • contribute to improving the implementation
  • provide an evidence-base for future activities and initiatives


The evaluation covers the activities from 2014 to 2016 for the EU countries and the COSME participating countries.

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/interim-evaluation-programme-competitiveness-enterprises-and-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-cosme-2014-2020_en#COSME_EU

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