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SME Performance Review
24/11/2016

The SME Performance Review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries' progress in implementing the Small Business Act(SBA) on a yearly basis. With an emphasis on the measures from the SBA Action Plan, the review brings comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU countries and other partner countries. It consists of two parts: an annual report on European SMEs and SBA country fact sheets.

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Europe's next leaders: the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative
22/11/2016

The Commission's Start-up and Scale-up Initiative aims to give Europe's many innovative entrepreneurs every opportunity to become world leading companies. It pulls together all the possibilities that the EU already offers and adds a new focus on venture capital investment,insolvency law and taxation.There is no lack of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit in Europe. But many new firms don't make it beyond the critical first few years, or they try their luck in a third country instead of tapping into the EU's potential 500 million customer base.

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Together in design-thinking for the regeneration of the city
08/11/2016

KEPA and the Municipality of Thessaloniki keep advancing together in and through design-thinking. KEPA is proud to announce that the European Commission, in the framework of Design for Europe project, recently approved funds to develop a pilot project on the regeneration of traditional urban markets in Thessaloniki. The project will have expert support from Design Council and its aim will be to deliver a comprehensive strategy to support the short and long term regeneration of the Kapani market. All this will be based on design-thinking methodology. The involvement of all stakeholders, from SME owners to customers and public authorities, to reach collaborative and creative solutions will be a cornerstone of the pilot.

 
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Together in design-thinking for fighting against climate change
04/11/2016

This is not the first time KEPA collaborates with the Municipality of Thessaloniki using design-thinking and other creative approaches to tackle problems. Indeed, on 22nd-23rd of October, Resilient Thessaloniki, KEPA, Students for Sustainability and Youthnest organised together the Climathon challenge. The Climate-KIC Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world. The 25 participants came together to address the city’s challenge of “Inspiring behavior change for a climate-friendly city”.

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Capturing the Impact of Design for Europe
28/10/2016

Under the leadership of the Design Council and Danish Design Centre, the Ambassadors at the Malta Business Bureau have benefited from expertise from across the network and have embarked on a new pilot initiative involving a series of workshops targeting 15 local companies from various services sectors. The workshops built capacity for the companies to perform a design diagnostic using self-assessment tools according to their specific requirements and develop design action plans for their companies.

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Social enterprises gaining ground in Europe
27/10/2016

The number of social enterprises in Europe is increasing and they are engaging in new fields. Many countries are introducing new legislation as well as new support schemes to boost the development of social enterprises. Both public and private markets offer new opportunities for social enterprises to start up and grow, reveals a new report published by the European Commission. Examples of underlying factors behind the development of social enterprises in Europe include:

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European Social Innovation Competition
27/10/2016

The 3 winners of the 2016 Social Innovation Competition were awarded on 27 October 2016. The competition focused on refugees and migrants. An impact prize was also awarded to the project from the last competition that achieved the greatest results. Each winner received a prize of €50,000. The 2017 competition is expected to launch in February 2017.

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Evaluating the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation - launch of an open consultation
21/10/2016

Τhe European Commission has launched a public consultation in the context of the mid-term evaluation of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The consultation seeks feedback from stakeholders and participants or beneficiaries involved in the EaSI programme during the 2014-2016 period, but citizens and other organisations are also welcome to contribute. 

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Study: Setting up a database to assess impacts and effects of certain thresholds and limits in the ESI Funds Regulation
20/10/2016

In order to reduce the administrative burden, respect the principle of proportionality, ensure sound financial management, and facilitate the implementation of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds both for the Member States and the beneficiaries, the Common Provisions Regulation establishes a set of thresholds and limits on administrative requirements for operations benefitting from ESI Funds.

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