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.read more
The Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills is a new framework for strategic cooperation to address short and medium-term skills needs in a given economic sector. The publication outlines how stakeholders (businesses, trade unions, public authorities, research, education and training institutions etc.) can apply the framework to address sectoral challenges, illustrating the steps towards delivering sector-specific skills solutions through sectoral partnerships. The Blueprint currently focuses on six pilot sectors including: Automotive; Defence; Maritime Technology; Space (geo-information); Textile, Clothing, Leather & Footwear (TCLF); and Tourism. It will be extended to additional sectors in the future.read more
A new Interreg Europe funded project Design4Innovation led by PDR and having KEPA as partner starts its activities as of January 2017. Design for Europe partner KEPA will participate in a new EU project called Design4Innovation and led by PDR (International Design and Research Centre).read more
With the support of Design for Europe, KEPA, Design Council and a whole set of stakeholders join forces to give Thessaloniki’s oldest market Kapani a new identity and a new renovated life. Kapani market is the oldest market in Thessaloniki. Located in the heart of the city centre, the market hosts a whole array of shops selling from fish, meat and vegetables to homeware, clothing or flowers.read more
The call for proposals for Sectoral Skills Alliances is now open and we will hold an online info-day on 16 February 2017. Lot 3 of the call is open to sectors who have been chosen to pilot the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills. The info-day will take place in the afternoon of 16 February 2017 to explain the funding opportunities available under Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices - Sector Skills Alliances (SSA). This info-day will focus on:
European companies are increasingly adopting digital technologies, but there are still big disparities between EU countries with regard to digital transformation performance. The vast majority of European companies have adopted a 1st wave of digital technologies, and 64% of companies investing in digital technologies have generated positive outcomes. But the new wave of technology adoption is more challenging and there are still high disparities between EU countries where digital transformation performance is concerned.
The European Commission published its fifth monitoring report in which it reviewed activities implemented by 19 EU-level organisations in 2015 funded under the EU's Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) and 30 projects supported by its predecessor programmes PROGRESS and EURES (2013-2016). This time the focus was not only on potential good practices, but also on the European added value. Analysing project results is part of EaSI's performance monitoring.read more
The TAIEX-REGIO PEER 2 PEER instrument has been given the green light to continue until 2020! Based on the great demand and the positive feedback from users, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy decided to prolong it to cover the entire current programming period.read more
2016 has been a challenging year, but the inspiring social innovation we've seen all over Europe has kept us feeling hopeful for the future. And we're excited to see what 2017 has got in store for the sector! Last year's European Social Innovation Competition saw over 1,000 applications from 36 countries, seeking solutions for the integration of refugees and migrants. And in October we awarded 3 brilliant winners with a prize of €50,000 each, showcasing true innovation for integrated futures.
Today the Commission is presenting an ambitious and balanced package of measures that will make it easier for companies and professionals to provide services to a potential customer base of 500 million people in the EU. A fresh boost to the services sector will benefit consumers, jobseekers and businesses, and will generate economic growth across Europe.read more
We all know that in these difficult times cities face ever increasing urban challenges linked to demographic change, climate and environmental targets, unemployment and urban poverty to name but a few. As urban practitioners, we are all seeking practices which are relevant and overcome these barriers. Such practices, as far as URBACT is concerned, come in all shapes and sizes, all themes and topics. And when we say ‘good practice’ we do not necessarily mean something grand, innovative and demonstrating excellence.read more
In the framework of the H2020 project "EUROSYN - Improve innovation services for SMEs by enabling synergies between R&D&I European funds”, using the Twinning Advanced methodology, project partners will elaborate a Design Option Paper (DOP), which will serve as a “guide” or a “handbook” to other innovation agencies to design and/or deliver similar, more enterprise-friendly programs and services to raise more R&D&I funds. A professional expert with extensive knowledge and experience on eco-innovation support for SMEs will be subcontracted to moderate the partners’ peer learning activities.read more