Network Contracts for Internationalisation of Regional SMEs
With resources of € 2.000.000, the "Call for Facilitation of Internationalisation of Network Contracts" was published in 2015, with which the Abruzzo Region intends to support the integration of businesses in order to support the processes of reorganizing the chains and to increase the efficiency of the production systems, commercial business development and their innovative capacity.
The eligible costs of "promotional and organisational activities for aggregation - NETWORK CONTRACTS" are max. 150.000 EUR that represent 50% of the total eligible costs. The network contracts are set up between SMEs, operating in the same industry sector with the clear purpose to foster internationalisation processes.
SMEs that have joined network contracts have benefited from support for carrying out activities for internationalization process to improve their competitive positioning through the implementation of integrated services for the development of their products and services. In particular, the network cares for the internationalization of businesses, through commercial penetration actions in Target Countries, aimed at building and / or strengthening the positioning of companies both in terms of image and product.

Resources needed

The total amount of the call was 2.000.000 Euros (Abruzzo ROP ERDF). Eligible costs were related to hiring professional advisors, participation at trade fairs, staff expenses.

Evidence of success

Abruzzo Region that funded the Network Contracts achieved the results to aggregate SMEs in internationalisation processes reaching a deeper impact: 21 Networks were created in which almost 80 SMEs participated.

Potential for learning or transfer

The following elements can be transferred to other regions:
preparation of public call that stimulates the creation of networks in specific industry and their joint participation in
internationalisation activities.
Main institution
Abruzzo Region
Abruzzo, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
June 2015
End Date
June 2016


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