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Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Press release19 December 2017Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs1 min read

Kosovo joins COSME, an EU funding programme for SMEs

Kosovo government and European Commission representatives signing agreement

Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said: "Today's agreement is a milestone for SMEs and entrepreneurs in Kosovo. It opens doors for cooperation with businesses across the EU and will help create a better business environment."

COSME, the first EU programme that Kosovo has joined, will bring new possibilities to Kosovo entrepreneurs for increasing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises. It will support projects on a wide range of topics that include clusters, SME internationalisation, building entrepreneurship skills, tourism, reducing the administrative burden for companies and protection of intellectual property rights. It will also help SMEs identify funding sources.

Kosovo is the eleventh partner outside the EU to join and contribute to the programme, after Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Albania, Serbia, Armenia and Ukraine.