MobiliseSME Mobility Exchange Programme for SME Staff

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.


Permanent call scheme on the program website.


Regulation 2021/690 of 28 April 2021 establishing a programme for the internal market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics (Single Market Programme)  | OJ L 153/01, 3.5.2021


MobiliseSME Guide | W3 MobiliseSME, 3.3.2021

General information

The general objective of the MobiliseSME program is to support short-term cross-border movements of employees, managers and owners, in particular of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). MobiliseSME provides practical and financial assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their staff (employees, managers and owners or co-owners) who stay for a short period of time (from 1 to 6 months) in another SME (host company). ) in another EU country.

How to participate?

1. Contact your Local Contact Point

Local Contact Points (Intermediary Organisations) have been officially appointed by the EASI Programme to help to establish contacts among EU SMEs in the framework of the MobiliseSME programme. They are entities such as Chambers of Commerce, Innovation Agencies, Foundations, Association of Chambers of Commerce, Business Organisations, Universities and Business Incubators, among others. Their main task is to facilitate successful secondments between host and sending companies and to offer match-making services. You can contact any of them in your country by visiting the Local Information points section on the website.

Other tools that may help you knowing about the programme are the MobiliseSME Guide or the Registration Guide.

2. Register in the Matchmaking Platform and find a business partner

Any person belonging to an eligible SME may contact a Partner Organisation for participating in the MobiliseSME programme and register the SME on his/her behalf. SMEs must submit their applications via an on-line registration tool in the Matchmaking Platform. As part of the registration, SMEs have to choose one of the Local Information Points officially appointed to handle this task.

Once you are registered, a local information point will be assigned to you and will help you during the process. The Matchmaking Platform will also help you find business peers from any of the EU countries. The programme allows the use of the scheme to boost business collaborations already taking place.

3. Work on the Mobilise SME Learning document

The MobiliseSME Learning document or activity plan is the main working and bonding document for all sides involved where objectives for all sides, description of the learning project, planning of activities and expected outcomes will be described. There are other working documents, contact your local information point for further details.

4. Ready to go!

Before leaving, the MobiliseSME programme will provide you with all the practical information necessary for the exchange. This includes any issue related to EU and business subjects and practical information on the stay abroad. At the end of the exchange, a small satisfaction questionnaire is required.


Who can participate?

1. Applicants (SMEs)

Applicants are Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). They can apply to the programme by registering themselves in the Matchmaking Platform or by contacting any of the Local Contact Points representing the programme in their territories.

All SMEs participating must fulfil the geographic criteria. The programme will consider applicants properly established and registered in the following countries: EU Member States, Iceland and Norway in accordance with the EEA Agreement. Albania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

One-man enterprises are allowed to participate if they are incorporated into a legal entity and have a VAT number. Other profiles such as self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors and a set of liberal professions such as lawyers, notaries, tax accountants, certified financial auditors, medical doctors, pharmacists, psychologists, architects, engineers are also considered eligible. Other forms of self-employment are excluded. However, it is recommended to consult the Local Information Points since a case by case basis might apply.

Larger companies might participate but just as Host Companies (receiving seconded employees but not sending them). It is compulsory to register on the Matchmaking platform in order to participate in the programme. Any person in an eligible SME may contact a Local Information Point to participate in the Mobilise SME programme and register the SME on his/her behalf.

2. Participants (employees, managers and co-owners)

Participants are the staff belonging to the applicants (SME). They participate in the MobiliseSME programme. The term participant covers staff/employees, managers and owners or co-owners of SMEs. Concretely:

  • In the framework of MobiliseSME, the definition of an employee is a person who works full-time under an employment contract.
  • In the framework of MobiliseSME, the definition of a Manager is a person who works in full-time employment. Moreover, he/she must have a special responsibility within the day-to-day activities.
  • In the framework of MobiliseSME owner or co-owner means any person that founded the SME or it is part of the board of directors.

For further details or doubts about the requirements of any of the participants, please contact your closest Local Contact Point.

Contact details

List of Local Contact Points.
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