Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps more inclusive

The Commission has adopted a framework to increase the inclusiveness and diversity of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes for the period 2021-2027. The measures deliver on the commitment by President von der Leyen’s Commission to substantially reinforce both programmes, not only by allowing many more people to learn or volunteer in another country, but in particular by reaching out to increasing numbers of people with fewer opportunities.

With today’s framework of inclusion measures, the Commission gives a strong boost to improve equity and inclusion in the European Education Area and lives up to the promise in the first principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which provides that everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning.

Second call for large-scale projects

Brussels has launched a new call for proposals that will allow European countries to pool resources to develop large-scale actions. The funds for the development of these large-scale projects come from the Innovation Fund. The call is open to projects from all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway until 3 March 2022.

The European Commission’s Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest demonstration programmes for cutting-edge technologies for renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage and carbon capture, use and storage. Its allocated budget is EUR 1.5 billion.

The evaluation criteria for projects are: potential to avoid greenhouse gas emissions; innovation potential; financial and technical maturity; potential for scaling up and cost-effectiveness.

Projects that are promising but not sufficiently mature to receive a grant will be eligible for development assistance from the European Investment Bank.

2022 Commission Work Programme

The Commission adopted its 2022 Work Programme, setting out the next steps in its bold and transformative agenda towards a post-COVID-19 Europe that is greener, fairer, more digital and more resilient. This Commission Work Programme contains 42 new policy initiatives across all six headline ambitions of President von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines, building on her 2021 State of the Union speech. It also reflects the lessons learnt from the unprecedented crisis caused by the pandemic, while paying particular attention to our young generation thanks to the proposed European Year of Youth 2022.

Europa Innovación enables SME access to European funding

Statistics show that only seven percent of SME in Europe have requested public funds.  Principally, the reasons behind this low level of participation are: the lack of innovation and the complexity that characterizes the financing programmes launched by the EU.

The labour of Europa Innovación Euroconsulting (EIE), gives effect to the pairing of European funding/SME. EIE defends and demonstrates that Europe is not just for giants, but the ideal mean for economic growth and innovation of SME.

Its client portfolio includes multiple success cases, featuring by small companies which have benefited from European funding, by successfully participating in the execution of programmes such as LIFE, Eurostars and COSME.

To facilitate small businesses’ access to European finance, Europa Innovación participates at many important events, conferences and congresses   to disseminate on the opportunities and resources offered by European Union.

Moreover, the work of Europa Innovación goes beyond the purely informative task, with extensive experience in redaction and technical and financial management of projects. Legal and administrative requirements of the European programmes cease to be a problem for SME thanks to the support provided by EIE in this area.

If you have a new idea, please contact our team, we will help you to develop it: proyectos@europainnovacion.eu

Discover the Prezi of Europa Innovación!

Europa Innovación announces the release of the company’s Prezi presentation to give more details about the three pillars of the company: Europe Projects, Europe Communication and Europe Training.

Don’t miss the opportunity of taking part in European funding programmes. Find out about all you can do on this through Europa Innovación; learn with us about funding opportunities, in order to decide which is the best for your idea.

Please, click on the link below to discover the keys of Europa Innovación!
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€237 million in loans to support 20,000 European micro-enterprises

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund open up access to finance for microenterprises, mobilising €237 million in loans to support 20,000 European micro-enterprises.

20.000 micro-enterprises will get access to loans worth €237 million under the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). Today, the European Investment Fund (EIF), which manages the EaSI guarantee on behalf of the European Commission, and six microfinance institutions are signing guarantee agreements that will open up access to finance for microenterprises. The European Commission will contribute with €17 million to the guarantees signed today, which are expected to result in microloans worth €237 million.

The six guarantee agreements target those who wish to start or further develop their own micro-enterprises, in particular people who have difficulties in entering the job market or in accessing finance.

These first deals, enabling loans contracts to micro-enterprises, will be signed between the EIF and Qredits Microfinanciering (The Netherlands), Association pour le Droit à l’Initiative Economique (France), Microfinance Ireland (Ireland), PerMicro (Italy), Laboral Kutxa/ Caja Laboral Popular (Spain) and Nextebank (Romania), covering six countries and only 5 months after the launch of the EaSI initiative.

In total, the EaSI Guarantee of €96 million is expected to provide a leverage of more than €500 million in loans over the 2014-2020 period in order to promote jobs and growth in Europe for the next 15 years, unlocking a total of 30,800 microloans and 1,000 loans to social enterprises. The €96 million guarantee for microfinance or social finance providers is managed by the EIF on behalf of the European Commission.

The EIF will not provide direct financial support to enterprises but will implement the facility through local financial intermediaries, such as microfinance, social finance and guarantee institutions, as well as banks active across the EU-28 and additional countries participating in the EaSI programme. These intermediaries will deal with interested parties directly to provide support under the EaSI Guarantee.

Erasmus+ to offer €2.2 billion for education, training, youth and sport projects in 2016

The Commission has today announced that the Erasmus+ programme will provide €2.2 billion in 2016 alone to fund opportunities for nearly 600,000 young people to study, train, volunteer or participate in youth exchanges and projects abroad.

Further opportunities will be available for 200,000 teachers, educators and youth representatives to continue their professional development. In 2016, the Commission is focusing funding from Erasmus+ on supporting projects designed to make education and training systems more inclusive, address the growing diversity of classrooms across Europe and help tackle the risks of youth radicalisation.

Marking the third year of the Erasmus+ Programme, today’s publication of the 2016 general call for proposals and the accompanying Programme Guide will enable institutions and individuals to start preparing to submit their project proposals, which will be selected according to competitive selection procedures.

Promoting social inclusion is also one of the topics discussed at the two day “Education, Training and Youth Forum” in Brussels, a yearly gathering of EU and national representatives to share policy experiences and exchange best practices in these fields.

7.6 billion of European investment to support key transport projects

 

The Commissioconectar-europa-n is launching the second call for proposals of the Connecting Europe Facility, with more than €7.6 billion of investment to finance transport projects. €6.5 billion are earmarked for countries with Cohesion Fund eligibility.

As team Juncker enters its second year in office, today the European Commission is taking further action to stimulate investment in Europe by launching the second call for proposals of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) endowed with more than €7.6 billion to finance key transport projects. €6.5 billion are earmarked for projects in Member States eligible to the EU Cohesion Fund,  in order to better integrate these countries into the internal market.

In order to achieve synergies with other Commission’s priorities such as the Digital Single Market, this year’s Call for proposal has a special focus on innovative transport. Under the general envelope (€1.1 billion, available to all 28 Member States), sought projects will include Intelligent Transport Systems or traffic management systems such as ERTMS (rail), SESAR (air) or RIS (waterways). The “cohesion” envelope (€6.5 billion, available to 15 Member States) will add to these priorities key infrastructure projects in sustainable transport modes such as rail and inland waterways. This is part and parcel of the Commission’s priority to create an Energy-Union with a forward-looking climate policy.

Support will be granted on a competitive basis in the form of EU co-financing, following a thorough evaluation and selection process. Applicants have until 16 February 2016 to submit their proposals. The outcome of the calls will be published by summer 2016.

Mangement of LIFE projects

On Wednesday, November 18, Europa Innovación team met with the technical team that coordinates the European project LIFE ECOCITRIC in La Vall d’Uixó (Castellón) face to monitor the development and progress of the project and schedule the next steps for 2016 set by Brussels.

If you have a LIFE project, you can count on us for management activities, financial justification, communication strategies, networking … !

Personal advice

On 19 November,  Europa Innovación held a meeting with the Asociación Valenciana de Agricultores – AVA ASAJA, in order to coordinate their strategy of participating  in the European project LIFE ECOCITRIC as well as communication and dissemination activities that they are leading in this project.