EISMEA launches a new call for proposal to strengthen the market surveillance capacities
The European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) launched a new call for proposals entitled "Support to joint enforcement actions". The aim is to strengthen the market surveillance capacities among the EU and non-EU member states.
EISMEA manages EU programmes in the fields of SME (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) support innovation ecosystems, consumer policy and interregional innovation investments, aiming at reinforcing the European Union as a global leader in Research and Innovation, while providing high quality support to European innovators, researchers and consumers. Its action is performed through different types of programmes:
- European Innovation Council
- European Innovaton Ecosystems
- Single Market Programme
- Interregional Innovation Investments Instrument
The context of the call
This call for proposal comes under the Market Surveillance’s programme which is part of the Single Market programme. Strengthening the governance of the internal market, supporting the competitiveness of SMEs and promoting human, animal and plant health and animal welfare are the cornerstone of the Single Market programme.
With a budget of €4.2 billion for the period 2021-2027 plus €2 billion euros allocated under the InvestEU Fund, the programme will support the above-mentioned areas.
The objectives of the call
The proposed activities under the call “Support to joint enforcement actions” aim at enhancing cooperation and coordination among EU Member States, non-EU countries and members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in the field of market surveillance and strengthening of operational market surveillance capacities. The call has two main objectives:
- Keep non-compliant products from the Single Market
- Support the implementation of the Regulation EU 2019/1020 “Market surveillance and compliance of products” which aim at reinforcing the free movement of goods into EU, ensuring a high level of health and safety of the products, displaying rules for economic operators and checking the products imported into EU.
Duration and eligibility
Non-profit organisations (private or public), public authorities (national, regional, local) and private companies are those who could present a proposal, which must be submitted by a consortium composed of at least 2 legal entities to be eligible. Exceptionally, an application may be submitted by one applicant provided that it is formed of minimum 3 legal entities complying with the criteria set out in the call of proposals and on condition that the application identifies those entities.
Furthermore, only application from legal entities established in EU Member States, EFTA countries members of the European Economic Area (EEA) and other non-EU countries associated to the Single market programme, or in ongoing negotiation for an association agreement can be considered valid.
The total budget for the projects, which have a maximum duration of 24 months, is estimated at 530 thousands euros and the European Commission will fund 90% of the total eligible costs with a maximum of 265 thousands euros.