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Save the date - Design for Europe Summit
23/06/2016

Design for Europe is excited to announce that its 2016 summit will be hosted in Tallinn, Estonia, the European hub for cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship, on Thursday 6 October. Join us for this free, day-long event that will demonstrate the transformational effect of design within European businesses and governments and provide solutions for future economic growth. Special guests and key speakers will include contributors from the European Commission, policymakers at regional and national levels as well as representatives from business organisations, such as Google, and networks across the design and innovation industries.

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Integrity Pacts
23/06/2016

Corruption in public procurement harms the public interest, undermines public trust and has a negative impact on people’s lives. However, tackling effectively corrupt and fraudulent activities is a challenging task and requires a complex approach. Civil society as effective anti-corruption actor can give a valuable input in promoting transparency, accountability and preventing corruption.

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Lagging regions initiative
23/06/2016

The EU cohesion policy aims to narrow the development gaps and reduce disparities among EU Member States and regions. With a budget of €454 billion for 2014-20, the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) are the European Union's main investment policy tool to for supporting job creation and boosting growth.

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EISS project peer-learning workshop in Thessaloniki, 13th-16th June
22/06/2016

EISS project peer-learning workshop took place in KEPA’s premises (leader partner) in Thessaloniki, from 13th to 16th June. This 4-day workshop aimed at exchanging expertise among the three partners (KEPA – Greece, Friuli Innovazione – Italy & NORRIA – Hungary), concerning the collaboratively address of  a common innovation support challenge.

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EU Covenant of Mayors and Compact of Mayors launch largest global coalition of cities committed to fighting climate change
22/06/2016

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy will combine efforts and leadership to accelerate climate action at the local level worldwide. The world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change.

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New 'Entrepreneurship Competence Framework' to raise awareness of entrepreneurial skills
21/06/2016

As part of the Skills Agenda for Europe, the Commission has published an 'Entrepreneurship Competence Framework' to raise consensus about what entrepreneurship skills are. The development of the entrepreneurial capacity of European citizens and organisations is one of the key policy objectives for the EU and Member States. The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp) proposes a shared definition of entrepreneurship as a competence and aims to establish a bridge between education and work. 

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Public consultation on the possible revision of the Mutual Recognition Regulation (EC) No 764/2008
17/06/2016

European Commission has published a public consultation on the possible revision of the Mutual Recognition Regulation (EC) No 764/2008 applying in the field of the free movement of goods. If a business is lawfully selling a product in one EU country, it should be able to sell it in other EU countries without adapting it to the national rules of that country, even when there are no common European rules on how the product has to be manufactured (i.e. rules on the characteristics of the product, its size, composition, etc.).

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BEDA GA and GA+ Report 2016
15/06/2016

The 2016 event, hosted by CyIDA in Limassol, Cyprus, was attended by representatives from twenty five member organisations. The BEDA Strategic Policy Plan 2021 is now in its second year; as a means of conveying its five strategic objectives, the organisation has launched a new manifesto, setting out its plans to 2021. Having begun with ‘structure’, BEDA is now in the second phase of its Design Europe 2021 project – ‘populate’.

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The impact of cohesion policy 2007-2013: model simulations with Quest III
13/06/2016

DG REGIO has published an economic analysis of the impacts of cohesion and rural development policies at country level based on model simulations of the volume and patterns of EU investments over the period 2007-2015. For this analysis, the actual data for EU investments for cohesion and rural development are used to simulate the policies with QUEST III, a macroeconomic model developed by DG ECFIN.

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The circular economy package Position paper – June 2016
10/06/2016

Switching from a linear (take-make-use-throw away) economy to an eco-design focused circular (make-use-reuse-remanufacturerepair) economy in which nothing is wasted is a critical challenge for Europe. It makes the economy more sustainable and reduces the environmental footprint through better resource management and reduced extraction and pollution;

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Promoting a fairer agro-food supply chain
09/06/2016

During the latest decades, the power relations in the food supply chain have changed, leading to a progressive concentration of food manufacturers and retailers in the market and to a shift in bargaining power, mostly to the detriment of primary producers. In particular, the existence of Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) disrupts the functioning of the food supply chain.

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