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CIP is a programme for SMEs bringing together several existing EU activities that support competitiveness and innovation The new CIP programme has a budget of € 3.621 billion, from 2007-2013. On an annual basis this represents an increase of 60% compared to 2006 under the various equivalent predecessor programmes. It is estimated, that more than 350.000 enterprises will benefit from the new Financial Instruments under CIP.
The CIP Budget 2007 - 2013
The CIP comprises three sub-programmes: The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme, the ICT Policy Support Programme and the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.
Eco-innovation will be a transversal theme of the whole programme with a budget of € 430 million. (For example the Intelligent Energy programme will develop demand for energy efficient technology amongst a variety of private and public stakeholders and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme and more specifically the SME financial instruments will enhance the supply of environmental technologies by making sure that innovative companies can access financing for the use and development of such technologies.)
A handbook for users will be made available on the CIP web pages (link) in early 2007. It should in particular facilitate the participation of SMEs. The work programmes will be agreed with Member States authorities through their representation in three management committees: one for each sub programme.
CIP complements other EU programmes: CIP will complement other EU actions such as the cohesion activities, research activities, and the EU programme for lifelong learning. For example: CIP will help SMEs access the 7th FP RTD and will leverage venture capital for innovative enterprises to help them bring their research results to market; CIP will identify and analyse examples of excellence which can be adapted and replicated in order to make regional interventions more effective in meeting cohesion goals; moreover CIP will help meet environmental goals by promoting sustainable approaches.
Part I.: The “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” Programme
This programme will continue actions from the Multiannual Programme (MAP) for
SMEs, innovation actions from RTD/FP6, activities for Industrial Competitiveness
and eco-innovation actions. Through a single source, CIP will improve the
conditions in which innovation happens. Unlike the previous MAP programme, SMEs
may also benefit from direct funding from CIP.
These new (and the continued) financial instruments are described below in more detail.
1. Financing start-ups and growth of SMEs: Community financial instruments
a. The High Growth and Innovative SME Facility
Venture capital triggers success: Studies show, that on average every VC backed company maintains or creates more than 50 jobs. For example, the predecessor programme MAP made the success of Skype possible: The acquisition of Skype Technologies SA, by the online marketplace eBay in summer 2005, highlights how spectacular technological and commercial breakthroughs can be reached from small beginnings through venture capital investment in start-up companies.
Promoting venture capital financing is operated by the European Investment Fund (EIF). It will:
CIP (GIF1) will cover early stage (seed and start up) investments , while CIP (GIF2) will also cover expansion stage investments.
A proportion of the funding will be earmarked for venture capital funds investing in SMEs active in eco-innovation.
b. The SME Guarantee Facility
To raise the level of SME debt financing. Experience demonstrates that every 1 EUR from the EU budget invested in such guarantee schemes attracts a total loan volume of 72 EUR. This Facility, also operated by the European Investment Fund, will provide counter-guarantees or co-guarantees for guarantee schemes and direct guarantees for any other appropriate financial intermediary.
c. The Capacity Building Scheme
This measure will be operated in co-operation with international financial institutions, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) comprising:
The Seed Capital Action, which aims at improving the investment and technology expertise of funds investing in innovative SMEs or SMEs with growth potential.
The Partnership Action, which aims at stimulating the supply of credit to SMEs by enhancing the credit appraisal procedures for SME lending. It will provide grants to financial intermediaries to cover the cost of technical assistance to improve their credit appraisal procedures for SME debt financing, with the aim of stimulating the supply of finance to SMEs in Member States with low banking intermediation.
2. Networks in support of business and innovation
A network based on the previous Euro Info Centre and Innovation Relay Centre networks will offer integrated services based on the “no wrong door; no closed door” principle. Their role in providing feedback for developing EU policy will be enhanced, as will their role in improving SME access to EU programmes and in particular to the framework programmes for research. The new network partners will provide: information, innovation and services.
The Commission intends to launch a single, open call for proposals to deliver Business and Innovation support services. The publication of the call is foreseen within the year. It will remain open for three months.
3. Innovation activities
4. Eco-Innovation activities
Actions in relation to eco-innovation may include:
5. Entrepreneurship and innovation culture and policy
Part II: The “ICT Policy Support” Programme
The ICT pillar of CIP will promote the opportunities and benefits that ICTs bring to citizens and businesses falling under three thematic headings.
1. The development of a Single European information space
2. stimulating innovation through the wider
adoption of and investment in ICTs
developing an inclusive Information Society
Part III: The “Intelligent Energy Europe” Programme
The IEE pillar of CIP will contribute to achieving the three general objectives of the EU energy strategy: improving energy diversification and supply security in the EU, enhancing the competitiveness of EU companies and protecting the environment. Support will be provided to encourage the wider uptake of new and renewable energies and improve energy efficiency, and to foster compliance with our energy regulatory framework. This pillar aims at accelerating action in relation to the agreed EU strategy and targets in the field of sustainable energy, increasing the share of renewable energy and further reducing our final energy consumption. It includes knowledge and awareness raising actions to:
The programme will also help to increase the level of investment in new and best performing sustainable energy technologies and bridge the gap between the successful demonstration of innovative technologies and their effective introduction to the market to achieve mass deployment. Furthermore, it will strengthen the administrative capacity in the EU Member States both to develop strategies and policies and to help implement existing regulations
Three specific fields of action:
will mainly include improvement of energy efficiency and the rational use of energy, in particular in the building and industry sectors.
include promoting new and renewable energy sources for centralised and
decentralised production of electricity, heat and cooling and thus supporting
the diversification of energy sources, including integrating new and renewable
energy sources into the local environment and the energy systems.
will mainly include supporting initiatives relating to all energy aspects of transport, and the diversification of fuels and promoting renewable fuels and energy efficiency in transport.
Actions may also integrate several of these specific fields.
More information on the CIP programme: