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Factsheet for measure FR-2015-1/2613 – measures in France

Business Support and Economic Development Observatory


Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 January 2015
Context COVID-19, Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 29 November 2022)

Background information

Launched in 2002 by the Institut supérieur des métiers (Higher Institute of Professions), the French Business Support and Economic Development Observatory, which then became the National Directory of Aids to Businesses and then simply the service, is a database providing information on public support instruments available for companies. Information can be filtered by region, sector, project and type of support.

Content of measure

Since 1 January 2015, the database of the Business Aid Observatory of the Institut supérieur des métiers (ISM) is available at It is the reference database on financial aid to businesses, selected by the State. The website offers complete and up-to-date information on more than 2,000 business grants, at local, national or European level, and directs applicants to the reference contact for each scheme. The site has been managed by CMA France since the end of 2019. CMA France is the national public establishment federating the network of chambers of trades and crafts. is aimed at a number of economic players: businesses, particularly SMEs and VSEs; those with business start-up and takeover projects; and players wishing to provide information or new services for businesses.

The service has two main objectives:

  • direct companies towards public support schemes they can benefit from, including European ones;
  • inform public actors (such as local authorities) and professional support networks on the development of public policies.

The service website gives access to companies to a comprehensive database on available public support measures and provides information on how to avail of these measures. The website also offers guidelines on how to apply for public support schemes as well as updates on changes to existing schemes. It also provides with additional support tools: a mobile app, an online hiring cost simulator as well as a list of web resources.

Use of measure

The database includes 2,143 public financial support instruments available for companies (as of October 2022).

In the Ukraine war crisis context, it also includes a list of financial support tools put in place which are directly accessible from the website homepage.

The internet resources that are made available through the database facilitate access to information on public support for managers and entrepreneurs and help them to make informed decisions. Access to information is free of charge. 

Since 2017, the service has been evolving towards an open data platform and provides, since April 2018, a free and unrestricted access to its data on public aids.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions




Eurofound (2022), Business Support and Economic Development Observatory, measure FR-2015-1/2613 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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