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WORTH Partnership Project strengthens the SMEs competitiveness through creativity, innovation and connections
05/10/2017

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.

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First full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications is live!
31/07/2017

The Commission has launched the first full version of the European classification of Skills, Competencies, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). The classification is available in 26 languages (the 24 EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian). ESCO facilitates the dialogue between labour market and the education/training sector by providing a common language that could help overcome labour market imbalances and increase occupational and geographical mobility in the EU.

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Design4Innovation at BEDA European Design Forum
10/07/2017

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.

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New Monitor shows how culture and creativity help cities to thrive
06/07/2017

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.

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Reflections on Design Action Plans
03/07/2017

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. 

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RegioStars Awards 2017: Jury selects 24 finalists as Europe's most outstanding regional projects
03/07/2017

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. 

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KEPA participates in new EU funded project: WORTH Partnership Project
03/07/2017

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.

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Citizens’ perception of EU regional policy on the rise latest Eurobarometer shows
30/06/2017

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.

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An EU budget fit for tomorrow: Commission opens debate on future of EU finances
29/06/2017

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.

 

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