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INTERPRISE - Call for proposals

The European Commission, DG XXIII, has published a call for proposals under the INTERPRISE initiative to encourage partnerships between industries and/or services in Europe. Under this programme, events are organised where the heads of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are offered a series of pre-arranged business meetings with counterparts from other countries. The aim of these meetings is to conclude cooperation agreements across borders and thus stimulate the transnational business activities of SMEs.

The proposals submitted must aim at promoting cooperation between SMEs and must aim to bring together heads of businesses from one or perhaps two well-defined sectors of economic activity. The objective must be to arrange meetings between firms in order to promote partnerships. Information seminars are thus excluded but may be accepted as a supplementary feature. Furthermore a spread of INTERPRISE events in terms of timing, sector and regions must also be achieved.

Proposals may be presented four times a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are as follows:

- For events to be held between 1 October and 31 December 1999, the deadline is 31 December 1998;
- For events to be held between 1 January and 31 March 2000, the deadline is 31 March 1999;
- For events to be held between 1 April and 30 June 2000, the deadline is 30 June 1999;
- For events to be held between 1 July and 30 September 2000, the deadline is 30 September 1999.

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