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Access to Risk Finance and SMEs NCP cooperation network – ACCESS4SMES

Budget: Horizon 2020

Access to Risk Finance and SMEs NCP cooperation network – ACCESS4SMES is a 30 months Coordination and Support Action established with the aim to empower the network of National Contact Points (NCP) for Small Medium-sized Enterprises – SMEs and Access to risk finance – ARF under Horizon 2020.

The overall objective is to facilitate transnational cooperation among NCPs for SMEs and ARF, upgrade their skills and tools in order to raise their standard of support, identifying and sharing good practices across SME/Industry dedicated instruments in Horizon 2020 in close collaboration with other EU networks.

More in detail ACCESS4SMEs aims to:

  • Improving NCP capacities to provide systemic knowledge (NCP Curriculum) to clients across different funding actions and access to finance opportunities

  • Identifying key success factors for SME competitive proposals across different H2020 project thematic areas

  • Assessing the impact of SME Instrument on beneficiaries with a view on capturing patterns on SMEs’ growth strategy and value propositions

  • Spreading knowledge on access to risk finance opportunities under Horizon 2020, notably InnovFin products and sharing information and practices on financial instruments

  • Enhancing the outreach of the this Network through strategic communication and dissemination activities to maximize the impact of its activities, services and results

More information about the project and the partners is available at: http://www.access4smes.eu/project/ 


If you have questions or need support please contact: 


Mr. Vesselin Iliev

Director General Interantional Economic Relations

Bulgarian Industrial Association

Tel: +359 2 9320934

E - mail: ierc@bia-bg.com 

Enterprise Europe Network 2008-2014/2015-2020

Budget: COSME

BIA’s main activities consist of SMEs’ support, international cooperation,marketing and information for goods and services, innovative processes, consultation on structural funds, technology transfer and development, high-tech enterprises, etc.

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Key Account Management and Enhancing the innovation management capacities of SMEs under Horizon 2020 (2014 – 2015)

Budget: HORIZON 2020

The main objective of this project is to contribute to the implementation of the European policies in the field of innovation management capacity building in SMEs and their implementation in Bulgaria, resulting in effective and efficient investments in novelties leading to growth and quality jobs. As a major tool for improving global competitiveness of European companies, implementation of novelties in products, processes and society needs specially devoted attention and resources. This project will contribute to the better filtering and acceleration of innovation processes in Bulgarian SMEs, thus supporting growth and jobs. Supported companies are supposed to be better prepared for using Access to Finance instruments and attract investments in innovations.


  • Assessment of innovative capacity of SMEs with IMPROVE - specilized software;
  • Supporting the internationalization of the innovative products, access to finance and new markets; 


SWFM-QF project “Towards a European qualification for Solid Waste Facilities’ Managers”


The project aims at developing a European qualification and training framework to address the needs of Facilities Managers in the waste management industry. SWFM-QF project is being carried out by a consortium of organisations from across 8 European nations.

SWFM-QF will correspond to the demand situation by developing a European qualification  framework, so to address the needs of Facilities Managers in the waste management industry. To achieve this overarching project aim SWFM-QF will envisage the following objectives and ways to address them:

• identify the structure, content and regulation of the qualifications for the SWFM occupation in the European market:analyze the qualifications of waste management professionals; conducting direct contacts and implementing a questionnaire survey

• explore and compare the VET processes whereby these qualifications are acquired: review the current provision of VET for the waste management professionals; conducting direct contacts and implementing a questionnaire survey

 detail existing qualifications to the respective NQFs and assess their correlation and alignment with EQF/ECVET:compare existing qualification and VET systems; preparing an assessment tool and linking all forms of them to common references

• identify the competences linked to the specificities of the sector: describe knowledge, skills, competences, learning outcomes & units allowing the recognition of a professional profile; defining the qualifications frame in line with the EU initiatives and elaborating the appropriate Info-training toolkit; explore previous works and good practices from both partners and international experience; building a communication and knowledge exchange tool

• create an harmonized competence and training frame for different levels of SWFM qualifications: enhance the acceptance of the proposed qualifications frame; promoting mutual recognition agreements

• favour the project results adoption: organizing specific dissemination events (website, workshops, brochures, press articles, newsletters, EU presentations)

• promote the suitable use of the project outcomes:  ensure the engagement of key stakeholders from the target groups; setting up the SWFM-QF Network; implementing project Exploitation Plan; organizing project final conference.

OPTIMES (01.01.2012 - 31.12.2013) - Opportunities to improve environment for SMEs.

Budget: 1 018 300 евро, 80% съфинансиране
Supporting small and medium-sized entreprises to turn environmental chalenges into economic opportunities is one of the prioirites of the European Union.
OPTIMES project aims to give better knowledge and access to environmental services to companies from sectors of Agrofood, Textile, Building materials and Metals. These sectors are targeted because of their environmental impact and their socio-economic importance in the regions of the partners: See Overview of Sectors.
More particularly, the OPTIMES project focuses on Resource Efficiency in order to reduce environmental impact but also to face resources scarcity and the increasing costs of energy and raw materials.
Resource Efficiency means using the Earth's limited resources in a sustainable manner while minimising impacts on the environment. It allows us to create more with less and to deliver greater value with less input.The resource-efficient Europe flagship initiative is part of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU's growth strategy for a smart, inclusive and sustainable economy. It supports the shift towards sustainable growth via a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy.


During the years 2012-2013, partners are carrying out the following actions:

          - Survey and environmental regional studies to identify SMEs needs and the offer of services in the regions;

          - Conclusion of Cooperation agreements with Environmental Services Providers to ensure that companies have access to a regional offer of services;

          - Workshops and Individual services are offered to companies to raise their environmental awareness and help them to implement a resource efficiency approach;

          - Compilation of good practices and success stories to raise visibility and dissemination among the Enterprise Europe Network:

EEN-PACT(01.01.2012 - 31.12.2013) - Providing environmental services through the EEN in the leather, paper, chemical and textile sector;

Budget: 1 081 774 евро

The EEN-PACT project starts from the need to improve the environmental performances of SMEs in Europe and in particular in Central and Eastern European Countries. The project supports the Enterprise Europe Network in providing 1st level environmental services to SMEs from the following sectors:

  • Textiles
  • Paper industry
  • Leather industry
  • Chemical industry


  • To contribute to the improvement of environmental performances of SMEs in Europe
  • To give priority and focus mainly on New Member States through the exchange of best practices with EU-15 Member States and through the use of material and experience produced by the projects financed within the previous call for proposals
  • To support the Enterprise Europe Network in tackling environmental issues in the economic sectors of paper industry, chemical industry, textiles and leather.

GO4EMAS(01.01.2012 - 31.12.2013) - Boosting the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) in European SMEs through the Enterprise Europe Network

Budget: 1 029 107 Euro

The Go4EMAS initiative is open to SMEs working in one of the three identified high energy use industries:

  • The production and processing of metals
  • Surface treatment processing
  • Electronics and Electrical Manufacturing


SME Panels (2010-2011) – Communication with SMEs

Budget: CIP

Main activities:

  • Opinion survey of SMEs in Bulgaria for policy and legislative projects of the European Commission;
  • Collect and analyze opinions and suggestions of SMEs;
  • Suggestions and recommendations to the Commission.

Protection of the business interests of SMEs and mediation between the state and business (2007)


Competitiveness of Bulgarian SMEs (2004-2007)

Budget: PHARE

Main activities:

Consultancy services to improve the competitiveness and internationalization of Bulgarian small and medium enterprises.

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