A social enterprise recruits homeless people to work as tourist guides and uses the web to raise awareness about homelessness. Another one supports welfare beneficiaries by training selected individuals living with long-term conditions to help others with similar needs through a dedicated online platform.read more
The first summit of the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum will take place in Hamburg on 12-13 September 2016 at the International Maritime Museum Hamburg. The International Maritime Museum Hamburg is selected as a venue for event for its historical importance for marine and maritime industry, research and finance.
The European Commission is organising the conference, 'Single Market for Products: Fresh ideas to unleash the full potential' as part of the Single Market Strategy. The event aims to gather collective intelligence from participants on how mutual recognition in the Single Market for products can be improved and on how the number of non-compliant products in the Single Market can be reduced.read more
On Monday, May 9th, 2016 Business and Cultural Development Centre's (KEPA) President and Administrative Committee members held a meeting with the delegation of the European Investment Fund (EIF) who are visiting Thessaloniki, in KEPA's premises. During the meeting, the participants discussed about microcredit issues, the EIF's role in provision of technical assistance in microloan providers and the financial instruments that EIF provides to SMEs.read more
The objective of this study is to identify, map and describe retail-specific operational restrictions (including ones related to e-commerce) in the 28 EU countries at national, and where relevant, regional level. The Single Market Strategy adopted in October 2015 proposes actions to address the remaining obstacles to a better functioning Internal Market in services.read more
The COSME agreement will enable Diorama Investments to invest in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), following the European Investment Fund's (EIF) EU-funded contribution of growth and expansion capital. The fund will target companies with a strong international angle. By mobilising other investors, including funds from the private sector, this is expected to result in an overall investment of more than €125 million in Greek SMEs.read more
Two-day conference debates best ways to join forces for innovation in Europe. Europe needs to focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, education, and breaking down barriers between technologies and disciplines, according to participants at a two-day conference organised by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).read more
The European Commission is today publishing its report on the EU crowdfunding sector, part of the Capital Markets Union Action Plan. Supporting innovative ways of connecting savings to growth and diversifying the funding sources for European businesses is crucial to improving growth and job creation in Europe.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation today on how to make it easier for service providers to work across the EU. As announced in the Single Market Strategy, the Commission plans to propose a Services Passport by the end of 2016 to simplify the administrative procedures for service providers who want to expand to other Member States.read more
The European Commission is setting up an informal expert group to advice the Commission on matters pertaining to the education, training, skills and career development within the blue economy. The deadline for submission is 31 May 2016. More informationread more
The European Commission has launched a call for applications aiming at supporting the development of possible process and product criteria for secondary raw materials that could be used in the production of fertilising products. The initiative follows the launch of the revision of the Fertiliser Regulation.read more
The opportunities offered by big data and digital platforms are massive. This report, prepared by the Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship, illustrates the enormous potential gains that are available in this area. Based on the key recommendations of the Strategic Policy Forum, presented in March 2016 in an executive summary the report sets out the key challenges of digital transformation in three important industries