EU Support to Business and Investment Partnerships in Southern Mediterranean ENPI Closed!


The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to boost the private sector in southern Mediterranean countries in order to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth and employment generation, both regionally and sub-regionally.

The specific objective of this Call for Proposals is to develop business and investment Euro-Mediterranean networks, by providing adequate support, capacity building and linkage services for micro and SME, in a variety of promising sectors at regional or sub-regional level.


Promotion of business and investment partnerships. Development of quality Euro-Mediterranean networks providing adequate support and linkage services for micro and SMEs, in a variety of promising sectors at regional and sub-regional level.
The types of action are expected to contribute to: 
  1. Sector-based strategies, workshops and studies, including preparation of best practices and sustainability aspects.  Activities in this area will aim to study how to enhance trade and investment opportunities in promising targeted sectors – in addition to cultural and creative industries that should in any case be part of the Action – and corresponding development strategies and best-practices, to welcome in the region new business and potential investors.  Thematic and sectoral regional and sub-regional workshops and conferences involving relevant stakeholders will deliver best practices including sustainability aspects. 
  2. Organisation of sectoral business matchmaking meetings and related events at regional and sub-regional level. The objective will be to develop long-term relations and partnerships between companies/SMEs of both sides of the Mediterranean, inter alia aiming for business agreements, licenses, joint-venture, technology transfer, etc. These events could take place in the framework of international or regional fairs. The meetings will have to be focused on one or few of the selected sectors of the intervening strategy.   Euro-Med sector-based meetings will be organised grouping participants from EU and Mediterranean partner countries and territories. South-South sector-based meetings will be organised grouping participants from South Mediterranean partner countries and territories, including the  organisation of specific business meetings for stakeholders of the Agadir Agreement.
  3. Capacity building, training and short term technical assistance. Activities in this area will aim to develop entrepreneurship and adapt the South Mediterranean business development organisations and relevant public agencies to attain financial sustainability and to efficiently serve in the investment promotion and facilitate joint ventures in the private sector. In particular, targeted support and training activities will be provided to young entrepreneurs with talent and ideas to liaise with relevant businesses in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
  4. Networking among business development and investment promotion organisations.  In particular the linking with the Mediterranean Creative Industries Alliance (MCIA) clusters will be established building upon synergies with the European Creative Industries Alliance. Efficient interfaces with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) will be developed in order to maximise business linkages. 
  5. 5. Annual conferences. Annual conferences, inviting a wide-range of relevant stakeholders from both EU and Mediterranean private and public sectors. The annual conferences will aim to strengthen the networking and collaboration between the various stakeholders involved in the project.

European community funding

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

  • 4,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 13 September 2013 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Cadidate Guide (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

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

  • Local authorities
  • Regional authorities
  • Any legal organisation
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Universities

Covered areas

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

  • Third countries

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for External Relations

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