ERCI partners DITECFER (Italy), i-trans (France), Railalliance (UK), RCSEE (Republic of Serbia), MAFEX (Spain), Järnvägsklustret (Sweden) and Rail.S (Germany) will conduct S-ACCESS project, aiming to strategically strengthen European small- and medium-sized enterprises for participation in non-European markets through tender procedures.
EU’s Executive Agency for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) recognized difficulties that SME sector is facing in accessing foreign markets, and has, as a part of COSME program, started a call for projects that aim to strengthen SME capacities for internationalization through strategic approach. European railway industry, represented by the partners gathered in ERCI was chosen as one of the first projects of this type.
Project will be conducted in two phases, preparatory and implementation phase, during which the analysis of SMEs gathered in partner clusters will be conducted, as well as the markets and tender procedures and public procurement processes on the target markets.
Continuing on the foundation built during the PERES project, target markets of S-ACCESS activities will be USA, Canada and Norway.
Official start of the project is expected in second half of 2021. Project is supported by the European Commission and EASME.