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Technical support for SME participation in EMAS

The European Commission, DG XI, has published an invitation to tender for the identification and development of effective means for the provision of technical support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a view to promoting participation in the Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS).

It is the Commission's aim to promote greater SME participation in the EMAS scheme through the provision of information, training and structural and technical support. Key issues are the lack of information among SMEs and the lack of human and financial resources.

The present call will focus on efficient means for the provision of technical support to SMEs. Priority will be given to proposals involving a significant number of companies and sites in a number of Member States.

This Community aid is open to any natural or legal person and any association of natural persons actually responsible for the execution of the project. The following are excluded:

- Projects with a commercial aim;
- Market studies;
- Projects already in progress 16 March 1996;
- Research proposals and studies;
- Financing of installation or investment costs;
- Proposals covering environment and aid to developing countries.

The maximum amount of the Community financial contribution will be determined on the basis of a percentage of the estimated expenditure which the recipient actually intends to incur and must, in general, not be less than 20% or more than 60% and should be between ECU 20,000 and ECU 100,000.

Applications for funding must be submitted following the detailed instructions set out in the original tender document.
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