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Public consultation on a possible successor to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP): Specific Questionnaire on Financial Instruments for SMEs

Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

The CIP is the main EU budgetary instrument targeting competitiveness outside the research and skills areas for the period 2007-2013. Its main priorities are SMEs' access to finance, innovation (including eco-innovation), take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT), energy efficiency and renewables.

The financial instruments under the CIP aim to facilitate the access to loans and equity for SMEs.

Objective of the public consultation

This questionnaire is part of a wider impact assessment which will inform the design of a possible successor programme to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP 2007-2013).

Its specific purpose is to gain feedback from stakeholders involved in the delivery of financial instruments for SMEs on the rationale, nature and focus of EU support.

Give your views: complete the online survey

You may complete the questionnaire here

Target groups for this survey

These questions are directed to:

  • International Financial Institutions
  • Financial Intermediaries (banks, guarantee schemes, etc…) as well as their associations
  • Venture Capital funds as well as their associations
  • Innovation and Development support providers
  • Business support providers
  • National, Regional or Local public administrations
  • Universities, research organisations

Survey process

Survey Period

This survey will be online until the 4th February 2011.

Results of the survey

After the survey closes, a consolidated report will be prepared by the responsible service at the European Commission, and will be published on the CIP website.

Technical questions

Questions related to this survey can be addressed to this e-mail address  

Further consultation

Background documentpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

The general survey on CIP is available here

In addition to this online public survey, a public conference will be organised on 25 January 2011 in Brussels to discuss the future orientations of a possible new programme.

Privacy statement

It is important for all participants to read the specific privacy statementpdf(22 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Protection of personal data

Please read the provisions about the protection of personal data

Register of Interest Representatives

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Register of Interest Representatives of the European Commission and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission will be published separately from the submissions of registered organisations.



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