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Overview of EU internationalisation instrument: update published!


The European Commission (DG GROW – International Affairs) has published an update of its "Overview of EU instruments contributing to the internationalisation of EU businesses" (


Participants in the Workshop on Internationalisation of Earth Observation companies organised in November 2016 had received a first version of this document. This update is issued just a year after the initial publication.


Potential stakeholders in the field of business internationalisation often have fragmented knowledge on the funding possibilities and the instruments (direct and indirect) that exist in the framework of several EU programmes. European businesses and SMEs, in particular, are not sufficiently aware of these EU actions supporting internationalisation and the opportunities they provide.


The objective of this overview is to better inform European businesses by presenting the different EU instruments contributing to the internationalisation of European enterprises. Several Directorates General of the European Commission have contributed to this document, reflecting the increasing interest from different EU policies in the internationalisation of European businesses.


Important EU initiatives are not included in this overview as they are not yet operational. This includes the Commission proposals for (i) the Revision of the EIB External lending Mandate for in particular strengthening support to SMEs operating outside the EU, and a revision of eligible countries, and (ii) the European External Investment Plan including an integrated approach to promoting investment in Africa and in the European Neighbourhood.


(Source European Commission)

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