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Factsheet for measure ES-2012-1/2619 – measures in Spain
|Country||Spain , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 January 2012|
|Context||COVID-19, Digital Transformation, Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Measures related to foreign trade
|Author||Jessica Durán (IKEI) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||23 June 2022 (updated 03 November 2022)|
The ICEX Next Internationalisation Programme helps SMEs to internationalise, in order to increase their turnover abroad, reduce business risk and increase global competitiveness. Its objective is to help SMEs to develop or test their internationalisation strategy, analysing the best destinations for their product or service and supporting them with a Strategic International Business Plan Offline and Online.
The programme started in 2012. This integral practical programme supports the companies along the different phases of their international projects, both during the beginning and consolidation in foreign markets. It is a two-year programme (24 months). It offers two main elements: assessment (60 hours of personalised assessment to companies, 30 mandatory and 30 optional, by a panel of expert consultants in the area of internationalisation, who will provide assessment both on the design of the internationalisation plan and on destination countries to consolidate their position) and coverage of around 50% of the expenses related to the assessment services, market research, external promotion and hiring of staff for the internationalisation department in the company (up to a maximum of €15,000 per company as of 2020).
SMEs that developed their own internationally competitive product/service that has been marketed in the domestic market are eligible to take part in the initiative.
The specific requisites are:
In spring 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies incurred cancellations of numerous events planned to support their internationalisation with the support of ICEX. In many cases, expenses had already been paid. ICEX, based on the Royal Decree-Law 11/2020, 31 March (Real Decreto-ley 11/2020, de 31 de marzo) will grant companies additional aid based on non-recoverable expenses incurred. During the pandemic, ICEX is offering information on digital tools which can enable a company to internationalise.
During the period 2012-2018 the programme supported 2,552 enterprises, the breakdown by sector is: 16% of companies in agri-food, 13% in consumer goods, 37% in industrial products and technology, 34% in services. During 2018, 375 new companies were supported by the programme. The programme has supported 1,860 companies during the period 2012-2016. The only results available for this period (years 2012 and 2013) shows that companies participating in ICEX NEXT increased their export volume of 50% on average.
Weaknesses: Coverage/eligibility criteria are quite restrictive ( Lahtinen and Rannikko, 2018 ).
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2022), ICEX NEXT, measure ES-2012-1/2619 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/ES-2012-1_2619.html
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