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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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Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills - Responding to skills mismatches at sectoral level
15/02/2017

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.

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Karani Market finds its identity through Design-Thinking
10/02/2017

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.

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Online info-day for Sector Skills Alliances call (including the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills)
06/02/2017

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:

 

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Digital Transformation Scoreboard 2017
01/02/2017

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. 

 

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Successful and inspiring projects financed by EaSI and its predecessors – Fifth Commission report
25/01/2017

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.

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