How can the Programme help you to switch?
The SWITCH-Asia Programme can help you in two ways: by providing grant funding for partnership projects promoting the switch to SCP on a large scale and by ensuring effective dissemination of knowledge and information originating from the projects.
The grant funds are available for those EU-Asia partnership projects building on existing capacity and ‘best practices’ in SCP, especially for clearly identified local problems. Projects should focus on processes and solutions that have the potential to reach large numbers of businesses and consumers. Funded projects should employ a replication mechanism in order to actively engage in the implementation a large number of SMEs and consumer organizations.
- chambers of commerce
- industrial and professional associations
- regulatory bodies (regional and local authorities)
- research organisations
- non-governmental organisations
- development agencies
The SWITCH-Asia Programme explicitly targets small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as the priority target group, with business (intermediary) support networks and services providers, financial institutions, retailers and consumer organizations as most relevant parallel target groups.
Eligible Countries in Asia:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China*, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, DPR Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.
Elilgible Countries in Europe:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Switzerland**
* excluding Hong Kong, Macau, and Chinese Taipei
** only for projects with focus of actions in Least Developed Countries