In the framework of the project Eco-Innovation Support Services – EISS implementation, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020, KEPA publishes the final deliverable of the project, the Design Options Paper. The Design Options Paper (DOP) is a "guide" - "manual" for other innovation agencies to design and/or implement similar, more friendly programmes and services on environmental and energy performance of SMEs.read more
The first semester of Design4Innovation was a busy six months for our project partners. We hit the ground running and held two partnership meetings. Both partnership meetings, in Bruges and in Thessaloniki were successful in terms of interregional learning and taking us closer to developing Design Action Plans and influencing Operational Programmes in our regions. After each meeting partners are bringing the knowledge back to the regions - discussing the project progress with their Stakeholder Groups and disseminating the learnings during promotional events.read more
After the success of the Pilot Project which involved a total of 79 small-medium businesses (SME) and 34 transnational partnerships between European enterprises, WORTH Partnership Project is back with renewed expectations. Embarking on a 4 year journey, the new objective is to support 150 cross-boundary partnership projects, Involving a minimum of 450 companies (SMEs and startups). Worth Partnership Project is funded by COSME programme of the European Union to support collaborations between SMEs and start-ups of designers, art & craft and creative people with tech firms and manufacturers to create innovative and disruptive products and ideas.read more
BEDA European Design Forum, held in Vilnius on 8th June 2017, brought together design stakeholders representing 19 European countries to debate and co-create the future of design support in Europe. The delegates had a chance to learn, share experience and discuss design support in three panels focused on political, financial and organisational perspectives.read more
The 2nd edition of the 'Grow your region' conference will take place in Valencia, Spain, on 8 and 9 November. Save the date! The event is co-organised by the European Commission's Directorate-Generals for 'Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs' and for 'Regional and Urban Policy', in cooperation with the Valencia Regional Authority.read more
Today, the European Commission released the first ever edition of the ‘Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor'. This new tool provides comparable data on how European cities perform across nine dimensions – covering culture and creativity – and underlines how their performance contributes to cities' social development and economic growth and job creation. Developed by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor will help policy makers as well as the cultural and creative sectors identify local strengths and areas for improvement, and learn from comparable cities.read more
In recent years there has been a proliferation of design action plans, policies and strategies in Europe. In the decade 2000 to 2009, only Finland and Denmark launched dedicated design policies: 'Design2005!' and 'DesignDenmark' respectively. However, since 2010, governments in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Latvia and Slovenia as well as the European Commission have developed Design Action Plans.read more
Today, we announce the finalists for the 2017 edition of the RegioStars Awards, the yearly competition honouring Europe's most inspiring and innovating regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds. An independent Jury, led by MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij, selected 24 finalists from 103 entries on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.read more
DESIGN and CREATIVITY are vastly recognized as key innovation drivers to provide business with a clear competitive advantage. In 2015, the creative industries generated €558 billion in value added to EU GDP (4,4% of total), with more than 850.000 companies (most of them SMEs) and 6,8 million jobs which were 9,2% of total employment in 2014. Thus, Creative Industry and Design are highly relevant catalysts for innovation of fashion and high-end products.read more
More than three in four EU citizens, 78%, see a positive impact of EU regional investments in their city or region (up 3 percentage points (pp) from 2015). This is one of the key findings of regional policy Eurobarometer 452, which was published today. Citizens' generally positive opinion about Regional policy is also reflected in their view that it should continue investing in all EU regions: 53% of Europeans expressed this opinion.read more
Europeans expect their Union to do more. At a time when the EU is doing more than ever before to protect, empower and defend its citizens, resources continue to be stretched at the seams. As Europe decides on its future, the EU needs a budget that is fit for purpose and makes every euro work for its citizens. Published today, the Commission's reflection paper on the future of EU finances looks at the options to make that a reality.
Following the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference held in Brussels on 9-10 March 2017, the Commission and the EESC jointly launched the European circular economy stakeholder platform. The European circular economy stakeholder platform will be a 'network of networks' going beyond sectorial activities and highlighting cross-sector opportunities and challenges. The Platform will be a hub gathering knowledge on circular economy and a place for dialogue between stakeholders.