COVID rules and restrictions – MobiliseSME


Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by COVID-19, the MobiliseSME programme has decided to provide as much information as possible to secure all secondments and mobilities. In that regard, Mobilise SME will not define any new travel restrictions in addition to those that already exist at national level.

Participants need to follow national advice and consult the website of their respective national ministries (Ministry of Health and/or Ministry of Foreign Affairs…), for up-to-date travel restrictions.

In addition, participants need to make sure they have a valid medical insurance, whatever their destination, in accordance to the programme rules.

For more information on individual Member States’ travel rules, Partner Organisations might suggest participants to visit the European Commission’s dedicated webpage Re-open EU.

In case of major new outbreaks in any of the participating countries, MobiliseSME will provide assistance and information so to ensure an adequate stay.

For further details on rules during the COVID pandemic and how it might influence the MobiliseSME programme, please, address the Local Contact Points or

Kick off meeting of MobiliseSME


Last 5th of October, the 12 partners of the new Mobility Exchange programme for SME staff (MobiliseSME) held an online meeting due to the current COVID circumstances.

This is the first time the whole consortium meets in order to agree on the first steps of the new second pilot project launched by the European Programme of Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

Some of the first discussions covered topics such as the main rules: who can participate, under which circumstances and the working documents that the main target group (Small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs) should work on, etc.

In that regard, one of the first decisions was to cover all definitions of an SME in the context of the project: SMEs, freelancers, self-employed or liberal professions that have a VAT number or similar registration numbers that certifies there is an economic activity. Larger companies may participate only to host employees.

The consortium also decided about the logo of the programme, the ways to communicate with SMEs, the current situation of coronavirus around the EU and how this might affect their participation.

The different types of projects or collaborations that would be eligible were also discussed. Collaborations between SMEs will cover different topics such as:

  • Market research or marketing strategies;
  • Development of products and services (innovation R&D);
  • Internationalisation, search of new clients and trade opportunities (Foreign Trade);
  • Training (Knowledge Transfer);
  • Joint research activities;
  • Strengthening pre-existent collaborations or projects;
  • Other kind of activities or collaborations.

For further details, please check on How to participate or the Local Contact Points.

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MobiliseSME approved


MobiliseSME, a new cross-border business mobility scheme has been approved and will work for the following two years under the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EASI).


MobiliseSME is the second pilot project that will be implemented and will test intra mobility of employees and workers within the European Union over two years (2020-2022).

The main objective is to support short-term cross-border secondments (from 1 to 6 months) for employees, managers, and/or (co-)owners, in particular from Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Within these secondments, employees from SMEs will have the opportunity to develop skills and capacities with other peers, as well as for companies to enhance their business either by establishing new contacts abroad, by strengthening their already existing partnerships, or by developing new ideas or technologies.

Other more specific objectives are:

  1. Boost the internationalisation of EU SMEs, their products, and services by providing the tools, information, and tailored strategies that match their needs and peculiar features.
  2. Enhance the competitiveness of EU SMEs by providing them with a scheme that can open them to new markets and establish new partnerships within the rules of the European Single Market.
  3. Establish a common methodology at the EU level for a mobility scheme for SME staff.
  4. Raising awareness of the benefits and gains that can be obtained by SMEs under internationalisation process.

The consortium is led by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg (CAMARABELUX) and other 11 entities from all across the European Union.

The countries involved are Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Greece, France, and Montenegro.

Entities managing this programme in the European Union are:

  1. Fundación Equipo Humano (FEH, Spain)
  2. Dublin Chamber of Commerce (DCC, Ireland)
  3. Business Incubator Novi Sad Drustvo SA, (BINS, Serbia)
  4. Tera Tehnopolis Ltd. Incubator (TERA, Croatia)
  5. Italian-Slovak Chamber of Commerce (CCIS-TSOK, Slovakia)
  6. BSC, Poslovno Podporni Center, d.o.o., Kranj (BSC, Slovenia)
  7. The Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce (FORUM, Italy)
  8. Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO, Austria)
  9. Association of Thessalian Enterprises and Industries (STHEV, Greece)
  10. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nouvelle-Aquitaine (CCI-NA, France)
  11. Chamber of Economy of Montenegro (CEM, Montenegro)

The project will work on an ongoing basis so that there are no deadlines to participate. SMEs may contact any of their Local Contact Points in their territories and ask for information about it.

However, SMEs from all around the EU may participate in the scheme by contacting any of the Partner Organisations (PO) listed above.

For further details, please check on How to participate or the Local Contact Points.

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