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  • COSME Programme

    Call for Proposals

    Encouraging community building around the issue of

    women entrepreneurship – Management and running of the

    WEgate platform

    GRO/SME/18/F/204

    COS-WEGATE-2018-5-01

    Version 1.0

    11 July 2019

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    HISTORY OF CHANGES

    Version Publication

    Date Change Page

    1.0 11.07.2019  Initial version

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    Table of Contents

    1. INTRODUCTION AND POLICY CONTEXT .......................................................... 5

    1.1 General policy context .......................................................................................... 5

    1.2 Specific policy context .......................................................................................... 6

    2. OBJECTIVE(S) – THEME(S) – ACTIVITIES – OUTPUTS .................................. 12

    2.1 General and specific objectives........................................................................... 12

    2.2 Eligible activities ................................................................................................ 13

    2.3 General expected results (for outputs or deliverables)........................................ 15

    2.4 General indicators ............................................................................................... 15

    2.5 General requirements .......................................................................................... 16

    3. TIMETABLE ............................................................................................................ 17

    4. BUDGET AVAILABLE AND FUNDING OF PROJECTS .................................... 18

    5. ADMISSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS ..................................................................... 18

    6. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA ........................................................................................ 18

    6.1 Eligible applicants ............................................................................................... 18

    6.2 Eligible consortia ................................................................................................ 20

    6.3 Supporting documents ........................................................................................ 20

    6.4 Implementation period ........................................................................................ 20

    7. EXCLUSION CRITERIA ........................................................................................ 20

    7.1 Exclusion ............................................................................................................. 20

    7.2 Remedial measures ............................................................................................. 22

    7.3 Rejection from the call for proposals .................................................................. 22

    7.4 Supporting documents ........................................................................................ 22

    8. SELECTION CRITERIA ......................................................................................... 23

    8.1 Financial capacity ........................................................................................... 23

    9. AWARD CRITERIA ................................................................................................ 24

    10. LEGAL COMMITMENTS ...................................................................................... 26

    11. ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW PROCEDURES ..................................................... 27

    12. FINANCIAL PROVISIONS .................................................................................... 27

    12.1 General principles ........................................................................................... 27

    12.2 Funding forms ................................................................................................. 29

    12.3 Payment arrangements .................................................................................... 34

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    12.4 Pre-financing guarantee .................................................................................. 35

    13. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: ........................................................................... 35

    14. PUBLICITY .............................................................................................................. 36

    14.1 By the beneficiaries ......................................................................................... 36

    14.2 By EASME ..................................................................................................... 36

    15. DATA PROTECTION .............................................................................................. 37

    16. PROCEDURE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS .................................. 37

    17. ANNEXES: ............................................................................................................... 38

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    1. INTRODUCTION AND POLICY CONTEXT

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in reaching the objectives of the

    Europe 2020 Strategy1. Whereas they are considered as crucial engines for growth and job creation,

    their competitiveness is affected by a limited exploitation of international opportunities and

    innovation prospects in the Single Market and beyond.

    In this context, the Programme for the competitiveness of enterprises and small and medium-sized

    enterprises (2014-2020)2, (COSME), aims to promote growth and to strengthen the competitiveness

    and sustainability of enterprises in the European Union (EU).

    The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises3 (hereinafter referred to as

    "EASME" or the "Agency") is entrusted by the European Commission (EC) with the

    implementation, inter alia, of parts of the COSME programme.

    In this respect, this call for proposals, managed by EASME, implements parts of the Support

    Measures of the COSME Work Programme 2018, as last amended on 7 December 20184.

    1.1. General policy context

    Achieving gender parity is a key element of the Sustainable Development Goals5 launched in 2015.

    The Goals recognise the need to take many more steps to ensure that women across the globe can

    fulfil their potential. Investing in women is one key way to ensure that their ambitions become a

    reality.

    The European Commission strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-20196 is the framework

    for the European Commission's future work towards full gender equality.

    1 COM (2010)2020 final of 3 March 2010 “Europe 2020. A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”.

    http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2010:2020:FIN:EN:PDF. 2 Regulation (EU) No 1287/2013 of 11 December 2013 (Official Journal of the European Union L 347/33 of

    20.12.2013).

    3 EASME was set up by Commission Implementing Decision 2013/771/EU of 17 December 2013 establishing the

    Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and repealing Decisions 2004/20/EC and 2007/372/EC

    (Official Journal of the European Union L 341/73 of 18.12.2013). 4 Commission implementing Decision (C(2018) 8237 final) of 7.12.2018 amending Implementing Decision C(2018)578

    for Support Measures of the COSME Programme for the year 2018. 5The EU approach to Sustainable Development goals (SDG): https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/international-

    strategies/sustainable-development-goals/eu-approach-sustainable-development_en.

    The UN's 2030 Agenda, adopted by world leaders in 2015, represents the new global sustainable development

    framework and sets 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs balance the three dimensions of sustainable

    development: the economic, social and environmental.

    6 European Commission Strategic engagement for gender equality (2016-2019):

    https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/gender-equality/gender-equality-

    strategy_en#thestrategicengagementforgenderequality.

    The strategic engagement sets out objectives in each of these priority areas and identifies more than 30 concrete

    actions. It reaffirms commitment to gender mainstreaming: a gender equality perspective will be integrated into all EU

    policies as well as into EU funding programmes.

    https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/international-strategies/sustainable-development-goals/eu-approach-sustainable-development_en https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/international-strategies/sustainable-development-goals/eu-approach-sustainable-development_en https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/gender-equality/gender-equality-strategy_en#thestrategicengagementforgenderequality https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/gender-equality/gender-equality-strategy_en#thestrategicengagementforgenderequality

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    The strategic engagement focuses on five priority areas, one of which is to increase female labour

    market participation and the economic independence of women and men. Therefore, there is a need

    to develop policies and good practices to develop an effective ecosystem to support women

    entrepreneurship.