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New report highlights how EU Cohesion Policy improves the investment environment in Europe
03/04/2017

One of the key elements of the Cohesion Policy reform for 2014-20 was the introduction of preconditions for Member States to receive money from the European Structural and Investment Funds. A first assessment published today shows that this additional step has a high value, and that the preconditions proved to be a powerful incentive for Member States and regions to carry out reforms which would have otherwise been delayed or not necessarily implemented. 

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ESI Funds Open Data Platform receives the Award for Excellence in open administration
31/03/2017

In the first edition of Award for Good Administration organized by the European Ombudsman, the ESI Funds Open Data Platform won the award in the 'Open Administration' category. The platform features all the five Structural Funds, 28 countries, 530 programmes and covers 42% of the EU budget. It provides intuitive visualisations of the investment themes and meets the demands for detailed data on EU funds (in 2016, it was viewed 1.8 million times).

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Smart Regions 2.0 Conference: Maximising Europe's innovation potential
30/03/2017

The second edition of the high-level Smart Regions event, due to take place this 1-2 June in Helsinki, will provide the opportunity to national and regional authorities to share experience of how smart specialisation has been implemented in their countries and regions. In 2014 smart specialisation strategies were introduced in the European Union's Cohesion Policy as the basis for research and innovation investment. As a result, over 120 strategies have been established to shape investments from 2014-20.  It is now time to assess what has been achieved, exchange experience and reflect on how the impact of projects can be maximised on the ground and what lessons should be drawn for the future.

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Design4Innovation Kick-off meeting in Bruges
23/03/2017

The first Design4Innovation project meeting on 7th, 8th and 9th of March, kick-started a new interregional collaboration aiming to enhance SME competitiveness. The partners gathered in the historic city of Bruges for an event combining a Partnership Meeting, an interactive workshop with key stakeholders from partner regions and a study visit to three Flemish SMEs that have successfully used design for innovation. Our hosts – Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship organised every detail of the meeting to perfection and set the standard for the next project workshops.

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The 2017 European Social Innovation Competition is open!
06/03/2017

On 28 February in Athens, the European Commission officially launched the 2017 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition aiming to ‘reboot’ equality by inspiring Europeans to provide fresh and energetic approaches to technologies, digital inclusion, connectivity and skills development.

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Tweaking and testing Design Support Programmes for SMEs
21/02/2017

KEPA, Luxinnovation and MBB start a new Horizon 2020 project on design support programmes for SMEs. Design for Europe partners KEPA (Business and Cultural Development Center) and Luxinnovation together with MBB (Malta Business Bureau), ambassador of DfE in Malta, will start soon a new Horizon 2020 project with the name DesignShots. Through a peer-learning exercise, we will review different existing Design-Driven Innovation Programmes, their pros and cons as well as their relevance and potential applicability in our respective countries: Greece, Luxembourg and Malta. 

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