Europa Innovación attends the Calpe Council DUSI Project’s presentation

Calpe Council has reported, helped by Europa Innovación, its Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development (DUSI, so called after the Spanish initials) Plan, “Calp Ciudad Sostenible”, last Tuesday the 12th of January. With a 5 years strategic, the global budget of the project will be 8,5M€ of which Europe, through European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will finance the 50%.

Countless contacts with social and cultural collectives, economic agents and organizations, through challenges and surveys, precede this project presentation. The aim was to gather the citizens’ opinion about what were the priority actions to start up in the Council. All this previous work has been reflected on the Local Action Plan, a document from what the Consistory has intensely worked, together with Europa Innovación, during last months, to set the proposal, obtaining, as a result of it, “Calp Ciudad Sostenible”, an ambitious Project to reach a sustainable, inclusive and modern Council.

The strategy includes different lines of intervention, grouped together in strategic aims, such as improving the access, use and quality of Information and Communication Tecnologies; protecting the environment and efficiency of resources; betting on a low carbon economy and promoting social inclusion and poverty reduction.

Europe in your daily business

Beatriz Soler, partner director of Europa Innovación,   has given the main speech of the conference “Europe within your reach: funding opportunities for your business” in the municipality of La Vall d’Uixó to give entrepreneurs information about the European financing programs.

Entrepreneurs, companies and institutions attended the event organized by the City Council of La Vall d’Uixó to learn about the different programs in which entrepreneurs can participate to obtain European funds such as LIFE, COSME or Erasmus+.

After the conference, a          symposium was organized     as well as networking activities         among the participants to share what they had learned during the morning.

ENI the Mediterranean Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 was approved

The European Commission has adopted the new ENI CBC Med Programme, with 209 M€ for the area to start up jointly initiatives and to favour the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

The programme, which is registered within the European Neighbourhood Policy framework, was launched in 2007 with the aim of promoting a harmonious economic and social development in regions located in both sides of Mediterranean sea, addressing common challenges and promoting local actions.

The new strategic of ENI CBC Med programme, which was adopted in the end of 2015, counts with the adhesion of 13 countries (Cyprus, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal and Tunisia).

The first call for proposals is scheduled for mid-2016, after the signing of the financing agreements between the EC and the Mediterranean countries of the south.

The new strategic ENI CBC Med framework focuses on four thematic objectives (Business Development and SMEs, education support, training and research, social inclusion and combating poverty promotion, environment protection and climate change fighting) and eleven priorities.

Women and young people are the main target group of the programme, while cooperation “between people”, the development of institutional capacities and the respect for the democratic principles are cross-wise subjects all projects will take into consideration.

Erasmus+: Providing more and better opportunities to support Europe’s future generations

In its first year, Erasmus+, the bigger and more fit-for-purpose programme for education, training, youth and sport, is already living up to expectations.

With a budget of over €2 billion in its initial year, Erasmus+ has already offered more than one million people the opportunity to take part in 18.000 funded projects. More flexible opportunities for collaboration across sectors are also helping Europe’s education, training, youth and sport systems to try out innovative practices and contribute to reform and modernisation.

The figures published today reveal that in 2014, Erasmus+ already benefited more people through a wider range of opportunities. In its first year, the programme supported a record 650,000 mobility grants for students, trainees, teachers, volunteers and other young people and paved the way for the first student loans for a full Master degree abroad. For the first time, the programme also funded policy support projects involving public authorities and international organisations and provided funding for projects in the field of sport.

A strengthened Erasmus+ is also delivering stronger support to its beneficiaries. This can be seen in improved recognition of studies abroad once students return to their home countries. Moreover, teacher and staff mobility is being integrated better into professional development strategies backed by their home institutions.

The new Erasmus+ is also more open, with a strong focus placed on promoting social inclusion, active citizenship and tolerance. To achieve this, more financial support than ever has been made available to participants with fewer financial means or those with special needs. A further €13 million has also been committed for 2016 to fund projects tackling issues like social inclusion of minorities and migrants and other disadvantaged social groups.

The programme has also strengthened initiatives to improve young people’s employment prospects and facilitate their transition from education to work. This has seen an increase in traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities in the programme.

Regions can now apply online for the RegioStars Awards 2016

Until 15 April, regions can submit their applications online for the RegioStars Awards, which honour each year Europe’s most inspiring and innovating projects supported by Cohesion Policy funds.

This year the jury will select an EU-funded project in each of the following five categories:

  • Cat. 1 Smart Growth: Emerging opportunities in the global economy
  • Cat. 2 Sustainable Growth: Circular Economy
  • Cat. 3 Inclusive Growth: Integrated living – building inclusive and non-segregated communities
  • Cat. 4 CityStar: Innovative solutions for sustainable urban development
  • Cat. 5 Effective management: Making a difference by managing differently

The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions.

After being selected by an independent jury, representatives from the finalist projects will be invited to attend the Award Ceremony and receive a certificate and a medal. They will also be included in a brochure, published by the European Commission, as well as in the online database of best practices on the Inforegio website.

This year’s RegioStars award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 11, during the 2016 European Week of Regions and Cities.

The winners in each category will receive a RegioStars trophy and a certificate presented by European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, and the President of the RegioStars jury. For each winner a short video is also produced which will be published online followed by a promotional campaign on social media.

Applications can be sent by the regional or local Managing Authority, or by the project manager, but with the endorsement of the responsible Managing Authority.

Call for proposals Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The aim of this caErasmus for Young Entrepreneursll is to select transnational consortia for long-term partnerships (2016-2021) in order to expand and strengthen the existing network of Intermediary Organisations (IOs) which act as local contact points for newly established entrepreneurs as well as experienced entrepreneurs in the participating countries. Successful applicants will be awarded Framework Partnership Agreements (FPA).

The IOs’ core activity should business support. IOs will, in particular, recruit and assist the entrepreneurs who will benefit from the programme. This call will therefore support actions for organisations enhancing and facilitating the mobility of new entrepreneurs, and is not intended for entrepreneurs willing to participate in the programme. New entrepreneurs willing to participate in the programme will be supported directly by the selected IOs.

The deadline for electronic submission is 5 April 2016 17.00 hours (Brussels time).

Upcoming call for URBACT Networks

On the 22 March, URBACT will launch a new call for the creation of Implementation Networks. These new networks aim at supporting cities with the delivery of integrated urban strategies and action plans. Taking part in an Implementation Network, cities will not only share experiences and good practices. They will also work together on improving their strategies and action plans and generate new ideas to address challenges related to sustainable urban development.

The elegible beneficiaries are cities, municipalities, towns, without size limit, intra-municipal tiers of government and metropolitan authorities & organised agglomerations.

The total budget for an Implementation Network for 30 months is 600.000 to 750.000 €. 85% ERDF co-financing for cities from less-developed & transition regions and 70% ERDF co-financing for cities from more developed regions.

More information:

Interreg Europe second call for proposals


The second  InterreLogo_Interreg_Europeg Europe call for proposals opens on 5 April 2016 and closes on 13 May 2016. The program helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. By creating an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions, Interreg Europe aims to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and place.

Three types of beneficiaries: public authorities (local, regional and national), mnaging authorities/intermediate bodies and agencies, research institutes, thematic and non-profit organisations  can benefit of the program .

The aim is to facilitate continuous learning among organisations dealing with regional development policies in Europe in order to improve the way they design and implement their public policies in the following areas:

  1. Research and innovation
  2. SME competitiveness
  3. Low-carbon economy
  4. Environment and resource efficiency

Under the Interreg Europe programme, the eligible project activities are co-financed by the ERDF at a rate of either 75% or 85% depending on the legal status of the project partner. Partners from Norway and Switzerland are not eligible to receive ERDF but can receive co-financing from their respective national funds.