Market access information

Facts & Figures Trends in the EU construction sector  The construction sector is of vital importance to the European economy. 

To know more about performance and trends of the construction sector, please consult:

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union and its mission is to provide high quality statistics for Europe. 

The European Construction Sector Observatory (ECSO) is an initiative under COSME. It regularly analyses and carries out comparative assessments on the construction sector in all 28 EU countries – aiming to keep European policymakers and stakeholders up to date on market conditions and policy developments.

Access to Markets support

.  Access2Markets allows businesses and individuals to obtain useful information about trading with third countries, such as on tariffs, taxes, procedures, formalities and requirements, rules of origin, export measures, statistics, trade barriers and much more. The platform also allows to access key information needed for trade in services as well as for investment and procurement in 3rd countries. Lastly, it is also possible to learn about EU trade agreements, how to benefit from them and read stories on successful companies using them. Access2Markets is here to help you and your business for import and export.

.  Your Europe - an online guide to do business in Europe:                     

–      A single entry point to all EU countries. 

–      Practical information on the vital steps for setting a company in each country. 

–      A multilingual website, with information in all EU languages and Norwegian. 

–      Easy access to online forms to handle administrative procedures from home. 

–      Links to local business support organisations for personalised help and advice. 

.  Enterprise Europe Network The world's largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions..

.  EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation  The mission of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is to promote all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between Japan and the EU, and to strengthen the technological capabilities and the competitiveness of the European and Japanese industrial systems.

.  EU SME Centre in China The EU SME Centre is a European Union funded initiative helping SMEs get ready to do business in China.  Located in Beijing, the Centre provides practical information, confidential advice and training in the areas of business development, legal issues, standards and HR to facilitate market access for European SMEs. The Centre also acts as a platform to facilitate coordination amongst Member States and European public and private sector service providers to SMEs.  

.   European Association for Business and Commerce in Thailand The European Association for Business and Commerce (EABC) is a European Trade Organisation situated in Bangkok Thailand with the objective of improving and increasing trade and investment for European companies in Thailand. EABC has launched its first business position paper, containing work derived from nine EABC Working Groups. The guiding principle behind the recommendations coming from the EABC’s Working Groups is ‘Strengthening European – Thai economic relations for a more competitive Thailand’ 

.  European Business and Technology Centre in India 
 EBTC's mission is to assist the Business, Science & Research Community - in Europe and India - to work together towards generating new business opportunities in clean technology transfer, and establishing business relevant cooperation in the field of research, science and technology.

. Helpdesk The Export Helpdesk provides information on EU tariffs, requirements, preferential arrangements, quotas and statistics affecting business in developing countries.

.  SME Internationalisation Portal This site can help you find experts with the know-how and experience to take your business international. Use the database to search for support services in your country, your target country and other EU advice/help available.

.    SME internationalisation beyond the EU  Global markets are an important source of growth for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, only 600,000 SMEs employing roughly 6 million people export goods outside the EU. Increasing the internationalisation of SMEs and helping them access third markets is crucial for Europe’s competitiveness, economic growth and innovation. The European Commission's priority is to ensure that enterprises can rely on a business-friendly environment and make the most out of growth markets outside the EU.What can the EU do for your business? Help you to get finance, partners, go international. This portal gathers together all the information provided by the EU on and for SMEs, ranging from practical advice to policy issues.

.  Cluster internationalisation (Brazil, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, Chile) 
This platform provides online quality information and networking support for clusters (organisations and members) aiming to improve their performance and increase their competitiveness through the stimulation of trans-national and international cooperation. This brand new online portal, rich in features and information, has been developed aiming to build communication bridges between cluster players from the same or different sectors. The ultimate goal is to facilitate cluster cooperation, both between cluster organisations, as well as between cluster members (i.e. companies, R&D institutions, other players).


Access to finance: Indirect EU funding


.  European Structural and Investment Funds 
 Information about the set of rules covering the EU's 5 structural and investment funds (ESIF):

                                • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

                                 • European Social Fund (ESF)

                                  • Cohesion Fund (CF)

                                  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

                                  • European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 

.  H2020 equity facility / debt facility 
 Under the 'Industrial Leadership' pillar, this specific objective will help companies and other types of organisation engaged in research and innovation (R&I) to gain easier access, via financial instruments, to loans, guarantees, counter-guarantees and hybrid, mezzanine and equity finance.

.  COSME equity facility / debt facility   COSME will facilitate and improve access to finance for SMEs through two different financial instruments, available from 2014: the Loan Guarantee Facility and the Equity Facility for Growth

.  The European construction sector observatory (ECSO) is an initiative under COSME. It regularly analyses and carries out comparative assessments on the construction sector in all 28 EU countries – aiming to keep European policymakers and stakeholders up to date on market conditions and policy developments.


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