20,000 businesses in Spain to benefit from new SME financing deals

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Compañía Española de Reafianzamiento (CERSA) – part of the Spanish Ministry of Industry - have signed the first InnovFin and COSME counter-guarantee agreements in Spain. These transactions benefit from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe.

A public consultation to be launched on the next R&D European program (after H2020)

Robert-Jan Smits, director-general for research and innovation, tells the Science|Business annual conference the European Commission is to launch a public consultation on the successor to Horizon 2020 in the autumn.

UPC – one step closer from Germany's ratification

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) yesterday published the first draft of legislation that will make it possible for Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement.  The draft bill was published, together with a second draft bill to implement the Unitary patent system into German law.

EU launches SME Innovation Associate Programme

The SME Innovative Associate programme intends to provide small companies with increased access to specialised skills and knowledge by encouraging mobility.

€ 200 million in new equity funds expected for innovative Start-ups

Equity funds in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and France have announced fund closings with total commitments of EUR 90 million from the European Investment Fund (EIF), backed by the European Commission's COSME and Horizon 2020 InnovFin programmes.

Public consultation on the Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive (IPRED)

EU Commissioner Bienkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, answered a Parliamentary question by MEP Marc Tarabella (Socialist & Democrats political group) on the Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive: “the Digital Single Market Strategy announced the need to ensure that the Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive is made fit for purpose for the enforcement challenges raised by the Internet and the Commission will be consulting on this with a view to making appropriate proposals.”

EU Commission identifies priority areas for standards development in the EU

On February 5, 2016 the Euroepan Commission published the preliminary results of its public consultation on standards in the Digital Single Market. The respondents to the public consultation highlighted the importance of standards to adapt quickly and effectively to new technologies. They identified cybersecurity, the Internet of Things , the data economy, cloud and eHealth as top priority areas where standards should be developed. 

185 SMEs from 26 countries funded under Phase 1 of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

The winning projects will each be given €50,000 in order to finance feasibility studies for new products that can disrupt the market. Participants will also receive three days of free business coaching.

Launch of IP Europe in the press

The European media reported about the lanch of IP Europe. Please find below links to some news articles: