A programme for cross-border mobility

MobiliseSME is a programme initiated by the EU (EURES, EASI). It aims to help develop skills and capacities of staff of companies (employees, manager and owners or co-owners) by supporting short term cross-border secondments.

Building on the successful pilot scheme “MobiliseSME” implemented between 2015 and 2017, this programme aims to support people already in employment and wishing to experience cross border mobility in another company for a limited period of time while maintaining the contractual link with their employer.

Main specifications of the MobiliseSME programme

  • The scheme involves the exchange of staff from an SME in one EU country to another SME in a different EU country.

  • The programme allows the use of the scheme to boost collaborations already taking place.

  • There are no deadlines to participate. The MobiliseSME programme works on an on-going basis.

  • MobiliseSME programme consists of a temporary exchange with a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 6 months period.

  • Staff remain employed by the Sending Company during the period of the secondment. The Sending Employer still pays his/her salary and the expenses incurred.

Different types of collaboration between the SMEs involved are possible within the program:

  • Market research or marketing strategies
  • Product and service development (innovation R&D)
  • Internationalization, search for new customers and commercial opportunities (foreign trade)
  • Training (knowledge transfer)
  • Joint research activities
  • Strengthen pre-existing collaboration around a new shared objective

Practical information

  • Eligibility: SMEs, One-man enterprises incorporated into a legal entity and with a VAT number, self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors, liberal professions

  • Geographic criteria: EU Member States, Iceland and Norway in accordance with the EEA Agreement, Albania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

  • More information and registration for the programme: mobilise-sme.eu