EU Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community
15.06.2012 On the 15 of June the European Commission launches the Call for Proposals "Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development: Modernising Products and Services" as part of the EU funded Aid Programme to encourage the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community (TCc).
Private Sector Development Programme - Call for Proposals
The overall objective of this call is to strengthen and improve the competitiveness of small and medium Turkish Cypriot community's enterprises and to diversify the local economy as a mean to improve the job market and preserve natural resources. It aims at supporting local SME in improving their product quality, while reducing the cost of production. The call will provide support in fostering business excellence through a modernisation of Turkish Cypriot SMEs’ products and services, while supporting cost-saving initiatives such as Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy actions.
The call will also continue to prepare the TCc private sector towards European standards, and aim at encouraging further cooperation between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot companies.
This Call is open to proposals that both comply with the overall objective and the specific objectives of two separate measures, either:
Measure A –
Modernising SMEs’ production processes through the introduction of quality and environment standards (ISO EN 9000 and 14000 series), energy efficiency and use of renewable energy;
Measure B –
Modernising SMEs’ service through the introduction of quality standards and information technology.
The Call for Proposals has an indicative overall budget of € 5,000,000 with grants between € 10,000 and € 300,000. Under both measures, an amount of € 200,000 is reserved to startups.
Guidelines for applicants and application forms are available on the EuropeAid website under the reference code ‘EuropeAid/...../C/ACT/CY’. Applicants are strongly advised to carefully read and understand these Guidelines before filling in their application.
The European Commission is committed towards guaranteeing transparency and equal treatment to all potential applicants. A series of information sessions have been scheduled for the applicants to cover all areas of the northern part of Cyprus. Information can be found on the Infopoint website: http://www.abbilgi.eu
“A launch event will take place on Wednesday 20 June at 18:30 at the premises of the EU Infopoint (address: AB Bilgi Merkezi II. Selim Caddesi No: 41 Nicosia).”
This project is funded under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community managed by the European Commission.