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EU Funding Opportunities - Cinzia De Marzo

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Presentation on Funding Opportunities at Summer School "Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism" -2nd July 2014 Finland

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EU Funding Opportunities - Cinzia De Marzo

  1. 1. COSME PROGRAMME: Opportunities for tourism sector Seinajoki, July 2nd , 2014 Cinzia De Marzo European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry Tourism Policy Unit
  2. 2. COSME MULTIANNUAL FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME 2014-2020 Regulation (EU) n.1287/2013 • Preamble n.25 – tourism sector • As outlined in the Commission Communication of 30 June 2010, entitled "Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe", tourism is an important sector of the Union economy. Enterprises in this sector directly contribute 5 % of the Union's gross domestic product (GDP). • The European tourism initiatives can complement Member State actions by encouraging the creation of a favourable environment and by promoting cooperation between Member States, particularly by the exchange of good practices. • Actions can include improving the tourism knowledge base by providing data and analysis, and developing transnational cooperation projects in close cooperation with the Member States while avoiding mandatory requirements for Union enterprises.
  3. 3. COSME general objectives 3 The Union’s programme to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the Union’s enterprises and to encourage an entrepreneurial culture and promote the creation and growth of SMEs Specific objectives •a) to improve access to finance for SMEs in the form of equity and debt; •(b) to improve access to markets, particularly inside the Union but also at global level; •(c) to improve framework conditions for the competitiveness and sustainability of Union enterprises, particularly SMEs, including in the tourism sector; •(d) to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial culture.
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  5. 5. REINFORCING GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS OF EUROPE'S ENTERPRISES • To address the constraints to growth at European level and to better align EU policies to the priorities of the Europe 2020 Strategy, COSME sets out four specific objectives: 1. to improve access to finance for SMEs in the form of equity and debt (total estimated budget € 1.381 mln) 2. to improve access to markets, particularly inside the Union but also at global level (total estimated budget €455,6 mln); 3. to improve framework conditions for the competitiveness and sustainability of Union enterprises, particularly SMEs, including in the tourism sector (total estimated budget €367,7 mln); 4. to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial culture (total estimated budget €82,7 mln);
  6. 6. •6 with a total budget of €2.287 mln
  7. 7. TOURISM WORK PROGRAMME 2014 €108.9 million for the 7 years period to tourism-related actions. 8,7 million in 2014 Description: The actions will contribute to •-implementation of the 2010 Tourism Communication "Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination“ •- a sustainable continuation of initiatives already undertaken under COSME 2014 as well as under EIP. Description: The actions will contribute to the implementation of the 2010 Tourism Communication „Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination“ and ensure a sustainable continuation to initiatives already undertaken under COSME 2014 as well as under EIP. Objectives: (1) increasing tourism demand, (2) diversifying tourism offer, (3) enhancing tourism quality, sustainability, accessibility, skills, information and innovation, (4) Improving socio-economic knowledge of the sector and (5) increasing Europe's visibility as a tourist destination as well as of its diverse destinations Implementation Mode: Calls for Proposals (5) 7
  8. 8. "Diversifying the EU tourism offer and products – Sustainable transnational tourism products" Overall Objective: to support the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products (preferably focus on sport or wellness activity tourism, coastal or maritime or mountain or rural tourism) Key elements of the proposals: promotion of a concrete transnational thematic tourism product based on a certain type of tourism (theme) - SUSTAINABILITY - BE TRANSNATIONAL (5 countries + cooperation between SMEs & local public authorities) - BE THEMATIC - HAVE HIGH POTENTIAL FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT - HAVE A ROBUST BUSINESS PLAN Budget: 1.000.000€ - co-financement of up to 75% around 250.000€/project => 4/5 projects granted Calendar: - publication in July 2014 (tentative) - submission by September 8
  9. 9. "Increasing tourism flows in low/medium seasons" Overall Objective: to facilitate the increase of tourism flows during the low and medium seasons between Member States and from third countries targeting two specific age groups (seniors and youth) What we expect from the proposals: • To foster transnational public and private partnerships • To contribute to the creation of a European domestic market for seniors and youths • To extend the tourism season and spread the economic and social benefits • To capitalize on other European and national initiatives and on the exchange of good practices • To foster European identity and combat social exclusion Budget: 1.650.000€ (2 strands) co-financement of up to 75% around 150-200.000€/project => 8/10 projects granted Calendar: - publication in July 2014 (tentative) - submission by September 9
  10. 10. “Maximise synergies between tourism, high-end and creative industries” Overall Objective: The objective is to support the development and promotion of one (new) European Route around one high-end / luxury product, to test the possibility of developing synergies between the tourism and the high-end industries at European level Test phase: •The call is open to three high-end products which have been selected on the basis of their economic potential and capacity to diversify European offer during the low/medium season in a wide range of Members States: •perfume, •chocolate, •jewellery. Key elements of the proposals: - DIVERSIFICATION OF THE EUROPEAN OFFER - BE TRANSNATIONAL (at least 5 countries) - PUBLIC – PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (minimum 2 SMEs and 1 public Authority) Budget: 400.000€ co-financement of up to 75% total budget of the project = 533.333€ Calendar: - publication 16 June 2014 (tentative) - submission by 16 September 2014 http://ec.europa.eu/easme/tourism-creative-industries_en.htm 10
  11. 11. PREPARATORY ACTION - “Promotion of European and transnational tourism products with special emphasis on cultural and industrial products” "Development and/or promotion of European Routes based on European cultural and industrial heritage" Overall Objective: To support the development and/or promotion of “routes” (physical or virtual) which have transnational or European dimension. Some topics are particularly welcome such as products around coastal and maritime heritage, 'spiritual' routes, gastronomic routes with a European narrative (description of the commercial routes and different ways to prepare it.;) Key elements of the proposals: These Routes must represent a “tourism product” , be transnational – so offered in the territories of several countries– and thematic (conceived, structured and developed around a common theme). - 4-5 countries - Minimum 2 SMEs + public authority - Budget: 1.000.000€ co-financement of up to 75% 4/5 projects will be selected Calendar: - publication in July 2014 (tentative) - submission by September - 11
  12. 12. PREPARATORY ACTION - “TOURISM ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL” "Fostering Accessible Tourism entrepreneurship and management (title TBC)" Overall Objective: To test the implementation of capacity building schemes whereby managers, destination managers, entrepreneurs, can learn from experienced and successful “accessible” operators, create new synergies with other operators along the supply chain, explore new market opportunities and discover a new way to make business Key elements of the proposals: - Public-private partnerships (SMEs and public authorities), Chambers of Commerce, other entrepreneurs, business federations; Civil society, disability groups - Business schools, universities - Cross-border or national level (tbd) Budget: 650.000€ co-financement of up to 75% 3 – 4 projects will be selected Calendar: - publication in July 2014 (tentative) - submission by early September 2014 12
  13. 13. COSME rules on financing and selection 13 - Financing: pre-financing, interim payment, final payment (possible exception set in the call specifications) - Selection criteria: - Financial capacity - technical and management) capacity - Adequate professional qualifications and experience - Award criteria: - Relevance of the actions proposed in view of the objectives established in the call; - Quality of the proposed actions; - Impact on target audience; - Budget and cost-effectiveness
  14. 14. Useful Information and contacts 14 - COSME - http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/initiatives/cos me/index_en.htm - Tourism Units website - http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/touris m/index_en.htm - Our contacts: - ENTR-TOURISM-POLICY@ec.europa.eu - ENTR-TOURISM-AND-CULTURAL-INSTR@ec.europa.eu
  15. 15. Contact details Unit E1. Tourism policy ENTR-TOURISM-POLICY@ec.europa.eu http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/se ctors/tourism/index_en.htm 15 Thank you for your attention!

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