COSME is the programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and aims to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises, including those operating in the tourism sector, encourage an entrepreneurial culture, and promote the creation and growth of SMEs.


With a budget of €2.5 billion, its objectives are to facilitate access to finance, create an environment favourable to businesses, increase the sustainable competitiveness of EU companies and ensure continuity with initiatives and actions already undertaken under the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP). COSME is expected to contribute to an annual increase of €1.1bn in the EU's GDP.


The beneficiaries under this programme can either be existing entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs and national, regional authorities.


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Open Calls



Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Supporting the promotion and development of transnational thematic tourism products linked to cultural and creative industries

This call for proposals aims at co-funding projects developing and promoting transnational tourism products. Specifically, those related to the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) subsector 'cultural heritage'. A UNESCO cultural site(s) must be the focal point around which the transnational product is built. The main focus should be to use CCIs-related technologies in promoting these tourism products and enhancing visitor's experience.

The consortium must be composed of at least:

a) one managing authority of a UNESCO cultural site included in the World Heritage list
b) one SME—Small and Medium-Sized enterprise—acting in the tourism or the CCIs subsector cultural heritage
c) one national or regional or local public authority

Public and private entities

June 29, 2017