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Smarter growth for Europe’s regions through innovation
24/10/2017

Globalisation, automation, new technologies and decarbonisation have an impact on jobs, industrial sectors, business models and the way economy and society are conceived. Europe is experiencing a momentous period of change. Globalisation, automation, decarbonisation, emerging and digital technologies: they all impact on jobs, industrial sectors, business models, the economy and society as a whole.

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European Tourism Day 2017: What's the future of EU tourism?
24/10/2017

This question will be raised at the 2017 edition of the European Tourism Day that will take place on 28 November 2017 in Brussels.The conference will gather around 400 participants (public and private sector tourism stakeholders from around Europe) to exchange views and share good practice on common challenges and opportunities in the sector.

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Publication of the final deliverable of the project, the Design Options Paper
12/10/2017

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 PaperThe 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.

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Urban Innovative Actions: winners of the 2nd call for proposals
11/10/2017

The European Commission, together with the region Hauts-de-France, announced on 10 October, the winners of the 2nd call for projects under the Urban Innovative Actions initiative. The initiative aims to provide urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Out of 206 applications, 16 cities were selected to test, within 3 years, their innovative solutions to the following challenges:

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Summary of regional activities in Semester 1
09/10/2017

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.

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The Future of EU Finances: new Cohesion report fuels the discussion on EU funds after 2020
09/10/2017

The Commission publishes the 7th Cohesion report, taking the pulse of EU regions, drawing lessons from cohesion spending during the crisis years and setting the scene for Cohesion Policy after 2020. Analysing the current state of the EU's economic, social and territorial cohesion, the Cohesion report brings our Union under a magnifying glass: Europe's economy is bouncing back but disparities persist between and within our Member States

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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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