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Interprise call for proposals 2001

The European Commission's Enterprise Directorate-General has recently launched a call for proposals for organisations interested in submitting a project proposal for an 'Interprise' event to be held between 1 October 2000 and 30 September 2001.

The call forms part of the European Commission's third multiannual framework programme for small and medium-sized enterprises. One of the objectives of the programme is to help SMEs give their business strategies a European and international dimension.

The Interprise programme (initiative to encourage partnership between industries and/or services in Europe) has been specifically designed for this purpose. Under the programme, heads of businesses (SMEs) are offered a series of pre-arranged face-to-face meetings with their counterparts from other countries. The aim of these meetings is to conclude cooperation agreements across borders to stimulate trans-national business activities among SMEs.

The programme aims to support around 30 projects each year, meeting specific criteria and divided equally among various business sectors and regions of Europe. Financial and institutional support is offered for each project, along with a subsidy of up to 60,000 euros. For more detailed information about the aims for Interprise and selection criteria for Interprise projects, please see the call text, published at the reference below in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

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