Call for proposals - SME development: modernising products and services - Turkish Cypriot community EuropeAid/133182/C/ACT/CY Closed!


The project purpose of this very call for grants is to speed up economic growth of the Turkish Cypriot community and to create more and better jobs through SME support. The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to strenghten the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises of the Turkish Cypriot community and to diversify the local economy as a mean to improve the job market and preserve natural resources. Bi-communal projects supporting trade across the Green Line (GL) will be particularly welcomed.

The specific objectives of this Call for Proposals are to modernise Turkish Cypriot SMEs’ products and services through fostering business excellence and Total Quality Management (TQM) along with introduction of quality management standards, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), environmental protection and Information Technology.


Actions leading to an improvement of SMEs’ competitiveness, Job creation and Reduction of energy consumption are eligible, such as:

  • Adoption of energy efficiency measures, generation and use of energy from renewable sources
  • Introduction of environmental measures (e.g. industrial waste management, waste to energy, contaminated land remediation, environmental monitoring and instrumentation) and adoption of environment management practices in accordance with the ISO EN 14000 series of standards
  • Introduction and improvement of quality management systems in accordance with the ISO EN 9000 series of standards, and of CE marking
  • Upgrading businesses and product quality through the development of risk assessments, bettering of marketing/ packaging/ export strategies, human resources (HR) and cost management plans
  • Upgrading businesses to meet food/product safety and/or products market quality 

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 5,00 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 01 August 2012 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche EuropeAid/133182/C/ACT/CY (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • Candidate Countries
  • Third countries

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Enlargement

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