EUROPE FOR CITIZENS

EUROPE FOR CITIZENS

Programme:       EUROPE FOR CITIZENS

Sub-programme:              Strand2: Democratic engagement and civic participation

Citizens' Forums for United Europe (eUnited)

 

Description

Background

Europe is at a crossroads and needs to decide how it wants to tackle the challenges of today: the impact of new technologies on society and jobs, the climate change, migration and security concerns, the rise of populism. These are difficult times but Europe has always been able to adapt. The “Citizens' Forums for United Europe" project comes to support all EU initiatives in the next 5 years, aiming to respond better to the changing reality and to transform challenges into opportunities.

Our objective is to summarize the progress made in the 6 Member States (Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Germany, Spain, and Italy) on the White Paper on the Future of Europe, launched by the EC in 2017, to analyse the strengths and weaknesses in the local/regional policies and develop Citizens' Europe e-Paper, focusing on the opportunities for better EU future, suggested by citizens from 6 countries and different profiles, backgrounds and ages. Now, after the EU Parliament elections, the project partners consider necessary to provide the MEPs with recommendations raised by the citizens on their alternative visions for the future of Europe. Policy makers should listen to the voice of the people and demonstrate that citizens’ concerns are considered in the next strategic agenda.

The project will directly involve 620 citizens in forums, debates, and solidarity acts on the EU challenges, treating a special topic in each partner country: Competitive Europe in Poland, Migration & Security in Greece, Demography and Society in Spain, EU Communication in Italy, Digitalisation in Germany, Climate Change & Environment in Bulgaria. Approximately 6000 citizens will be reached indirectly through the project social media, awareness raising campaigns, video competition #unitedEurope on YouTube, local expositions, and street events.

We expect to engage people in the EU idea and empower them, so to be able to overcome internal differences and stand united to tackle the trials of our times.

 

Act45 brochure

 

 

Partnership

АГЕНЦИЯ ЗА РЕГИОНАЛНО ИКОНОМИЧЕСКО РАЗВИТИЕ – СТАРА ЗАГОРА

www.szeda.eu

АРИР е създадена през 1995 г. с подкрепата на USAID. Първоначално като организация, фокусирана върху засилване на връзките между местните власти и бизнес общността, скоро тя привлича като членове общините, центровете за обучение и организациите, подпомагащи икономическото развитие на региона.

Членове на агенцията са град Стара Загора и общините - Николаево, Братя Даскалови, Гурково, Опан, Казанлък и Раднево, както и Тракийски университет, Българо-германския учебен център, Търговско-промишлената палата.

АРИР е работила по редица програми и проекти, финансирани от Европейския съюз, USAID, както и по британски, канадски и италиански двустранни програми.

От 2009 г. АРИР е приемна структура на Информационен център Europe Direct, чиито дейности са насочени към повишаване на информираността за принципите и политиките на ЕС сред широката общественост и различни местни общности като студенти, учители, местни власти и предприемачи.

РЕГИОНАЛНА АСОЦИАЦИЯ НА МЕСТНИТЕ ВЛАСТИ НА ЗАПАДНА МАКЕДОНИЯ

www.peddm.gov.gr

LGA-WM представлява 12 общини от регион Западна Македония с население от около 300 000 жители. Мисията на LGA-WM е да подкрепя и представлява общините в региона за местна и регионална организация, координация, управление и експлоатация на техните ресурси. LGA-WM работи за създаване на политики за насърчаване на иновациите, регионалния растеж и надграждането на обществените услуги за гражданите. Тя също така работи за създаване на инструменти за вземане на политически решения, които насърчават технологично силен пазар и развиват и насърчават икономическия растеж в региона на Западна Македония, Гърция и широко в Европа, с акцент върху югоизточната част на континента. Асоциацията подкрепя нови начини за мотивиране на регионалните мрежи и клъстери да прилагат иновативни идеи и политики. Институционалната роля е резултат от динамиката на LGA-WM да влияе на политики и стратегии на всички нива на управление.

POLSKA FUNDACJA IM. ROBERTA SCHUMANA

http://www.schuman.pl

Polska Fundacja im.R. Schumana (PFRS) е неправителствена и неполитическа организация. Основните цели на Фондацията са да насърчи полските граждани да участват активно, да популяризира възможностите, създадени от полското членство в Общността, да насърчи ценностите на Европейския съюз и да укрепи гражданското общество в Полша. PFRS изпълнява образователни и граждански програми, фокусирайки се върху следните въпроси: европейска интеграция, активно (ЕС) гражданство, обществена ангажираност на гражданите и популяризиране на демократични и граждански ценности. Фондацията си сътрудничи с широк кръг институции в и извън ЕС, като се концентрира върху насърчаването на политически и социални инициативи, фокусирани върху развитието на демокрацията. В този процес тя подкрепя културни, научни и образователни организации, които активно допринасят за развитието на по-тесни връзки между Полша, институциите на ЕС и други държави-членки на ЕС, както и инфраструктурата на НПО, работещи в подобни области на работа.

BIDA e.V.Kultur und Bildung

www.bida-kultur-bildung.de

BIDA e.V. Kultur und Bildung е организация с богат опит в обучението за възрастни. Основната ѝ цел е да се популяризират грижите за младите и възрастните хора, изкуството, културата и образованието, като се използват интерактивни методи за социализиране на различни целеви групи. Организацията е изпълнила проекти, показващи нови начини за комуникация, култура и образование, и е улеснила различни дейности, насочени към социална интеграция на маргинализирани групи и групи в риск от социално изключване като имигранти, жени жертви на насилие, безработни, нискоквалифицирани възрастни и бежанци. Целта на BIDA e.V. е да се премахнат бариерите и да се увеличат възможностите за групи в неравностойно положение да получат достъп до живота на общността, пазара на труда и да избегнат дискриминацията. Организацията е осъществила различни европейски проекти, координирайки дейностите в региона на Тюринген и е натрупала опит в управлението на проекти. Мрежата на BIDA включва местни, регионални и международни организации.

Център за европейска интеграция и обучение ALPHA

https://www.facebook.com/eucentrealpha/

EITC ALPHA е сдружение с нестопанска цел, което работи върху процеса на европейска интеграция на институциите, гражданското общество и младите хора чрез насърчаване на гражданското образование, правата на човека и междукултурния диалог на национално ниво.

Тя е основана наскоро от служители с богат опит в управлението и координацията на европейски проекти, оценка на качеството, обучения по планиране и изпълнение на проекти и работа с групи в неравностойно положение, като имигранти, преждевременно напуснали училище, безработни, роми и възрастни граждани .

Някои от ключовите дейности, изпълнявани от EITC ALPHA, са обучение и консултации по управление на проекти; спорт, култура и изкуство; организиране на семинари, форуми, конференции, изложби и всякакви събития за разпространение на теми, свързани с европейската интеграция и развитие; изследвания в социалната и образователната сфера в рамките на инициативи на местно / национално / международно ниво; оценка на качеството на проекти и програми.

MINE VAGANTI NGO

www.minevaganti.org

Mine Vaganti NGO е организация с нестопанска цел, създадена в Сардиния през 2009 г., чиито услуги включват образование и обучение, разработване на проекти, изследвания, международна мобилност и консултации. MVNGO има 4 офиса в Сасари, Ури, Олбия и Темпио Паузания, покриващи северната част на Сардиния и други клонове в останалата част на Италия.

MVNGO насърчава междукултурния диалог, социалното и зелено предприемачество, социалното приобщаване чрез спорт, официалното и неформалното образование, включително целеви групи в неравностойно положение като мигранти и хора с увреждания. MVNGO е част от 3 международни мрежи като VEE, ISCA и MV International.

MVNGO разви партньорство и извън Сардиния, както и с Провинция ди Алесандрия и Провинция ди Тренто. Много от местните власти предоставят на организацията необходимата логистична подкрепа (обществен транспорт, специални разрешения, материали или посещения с екскурзовод за гости), за да позволят успешното изпълнение на събитията в рамките на реализираните проекти.

Objectives

Objectives

The project's general objective is to contribute to the citizens' deeper understanding of the EU values, its history and diversity. Reflecting on the European citizenship identity through engaging in EU initiative people from different EU countries and regions, could help the citizens to understand better the Union policy making process and promote opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level.

Considering the current economic and socio-political changes, the debates about migration and security in Europe, it becomes apparent that there is an increasing need to address the topics of civic engagement and social cohesion, and to further explore how solidarity and non-formal education can contribute to fostering these values in the society. The project will mainly target the young generation, which will further draw the future of the Union, based on the lessons from the past. The partners aim at improving the conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level by giving primary role to the involvement of disadvantaged citizens (70%of all project participants), raising awareness on their inclusion as equal members of the EU society, and trying to find solutions to the daily challenges they face. The project events will gather experts, CSOs, vulnerable citizens' groups, public administrations, and young people to debate on topics of major social importance for Europe.

The eUnited project will also promote opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level as young citizens' response to local crisis/challenging situations in different EU regions. Volunteering is a key aspect of the EU youth policy and its importance for the development of actions targeting young Europeans has been recognised in many EU legislative documents, papers, and other initiatives, as the ESC. The project will provide young people with an opportunity to express their personal commitment through voluntary activities within the 6 partner countries. This way they will be able to acquire new skills for their personal and professional development. In addition, this non-formal learning experience will facilitate the young people's transition from education to employment in more competitive, digital European market.

The project targets the multi-annual Programme's priority of Debating the future of Europe and challenging Euroscepticism, aiming to turn the criticism of the EU into a useful, constructive, and positive driver for European integration, bringing the EU closer to the citizens. Starting from research and analysis of the5 scenarios of the White Paper on the Future of Europe, the eUnited debates will focus on current trends and enable participants to challenge Euroscepticism and to suggest possible actions that the European Union could undertake to foster a sense of belonging to Europe, besides reaching out to citizens who reject or put in question the European Union and its achievements or remain indifferent.

Debates among relevant stakeholders will be initiated under the notion of suggesting common accepted solutions at local level and exchange of opinions at European level, intervening to influence politicians and policy makers to promote intercultural dialogue, to combat stigmatization of disadvantaged citizens and to foster tolerance and empathy, which in turn brings about more cohesive, democratic, forward-looking, and constructive Europe.

Approach

The methodological approach taken by eUnited to achieve the project's objectives aims to reflect on a new narrative for Europe, citizen-oriented, forward-looking, and constructive, that would be more engaging for the younger generation, relying on the experience and specific strengths of the project partners in the EU integration process.

The working methodology establishes an organic approach where the local and transnational debates will be in constant exchange and will nourish each other at the various stages of the project, while dissemination will ensure its success and sustainability. lt is based on participatory democracy principles, which are brought forward throughout all the planned events, encouraging mutual understanding, social inclusion, participatory citizenship and enhanced social interactions.

Investing and promoting active volunteering in EU context, the project will contribute to the development of shared identity for the Union's citizens, among the younger generation, as 77% of the directly involved participants will be under the age of 30.

The partners will recruit groups of 10-20 young people, targeting ESC members, to develop volunteering activities in 6 EU Member States. For the purpose, all partner organisations will adhere to the Charter of the European Solidarity Corps. Before each of the project events the local working, groups will make previous research on the topic, will study the local situation and its consequences at a larger EU scale. Partners will use different research methods (e.g., interviews, collection of photos and videos, street games, open discussions, archival& press research, etc.).

Each partner will host an international event where working groups from the partner countries will meet and debate on the research findings. The events will be attended by representatives of local communities, stakeholders, PAs, disadvantaged people, and young citizens, taking forms of round tables, seminars, forums, trainings, educational and cultural activities. The Polish and German events will commemorate the Europe Day in May 2020 and May 2021.The final International Conference in Bulgaria will summarise the project's overall results and discuss concrete ways to create a more democratic Union. The collaboration of citizens from different backgrounds and 6 EU countries will facilitate the understanding of their national and EU identity and help them to reengage with the EU.

Activities

Kick-off Meeting in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

On the 9th of September 2020, in Stara Zagora Bulgaria was held the first meeting of the project consortium. Due to the lasting pandemic situation, the event was hybrid, most of the partners were present onsite, but there were some who were online.

The meeting was strictly dedicated to project management and activities planning. The discussions were on the following topics:

  • Update following COVID-19 outbreak
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Planning of activities
  • Project prolongation
  • Other pressing matters

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Проект Еразъм + Act 45

Act45

45+ годишните в сърцето на Европа

ПРОЕКТ ACT45: ПЪРВИ СТЪПКИ КЪМ УСПЕШНА КАРИЕРА ЗА ХОРА НАД 45 ГОДИНИ

 

Description

В ЕС най-високите нива на дългосрочна безработица засягат хората, които не са завършили гимназия или нямат дигитални умения. Тази част от населението нароява 74 милиона граждани в Европа. Почти 60% от тях са на възраст над 45 години и са най-трудно достижими, въпреки че именно те се нуждаят най-много от обучение през целия живот. За да отговори на тези предизвикателства, проект Act45 има за цел да разработи и изпробва интегрирана рамка за сътрудничество между организациите на гражданското общество (НПО), работодателите и
доставчиците на обучения, насърчаваща индивидуално разработена мотивация и стратегии за ангажиране на участието на безработни нискоквалифицирани възрастни над 45 години в обучение за основни и меки умения..
Търсейки решения, 5 НПО от Гърция, Италия, Испания и България се обединиха, за да създадат и реализират проект, който се стреми да намери решения, които да се справят холистично с проблема. Страните на партньорите бяха повлияни от икономическата криза и имат традиционно високи нива на безработица. Консорциумът е съставен от ActionAid Hellas, АРИР – Стара Загора, INE GSEE, RETE, Action Against Hunger.

Проектът Act45 е финансиран от Европейския съюз.

 

Act45 brochure

 

Act45 brochure 2

Partnership

  • ActionAid Hellas е филиал на ActionAid International в Гърция. Има опит в овластяването на уязвими групи от хора, предоставя персонализирани напътствия и обучение за основни умения.
  • Агенция за регионално икономическо развитие - Стара Загора работи с бизнеса, местните власти и гражданското общество за икономическото развитие и европейска интеграция на Област Стара Загора.
  • INE GSEE предоставя научна обосновка относно интервенциите, свързани с труда, както и обучението на социално уязвими групи в Гърция.
  • Action Against Hunger е голяма неправителствена организация в Испания, която работи за овластяване, обучение и пригодност за работа на уязвими хора в 10 региона на страната.
  • RETE NGO е неправителствена организация в Италия, която работи за социалното и трудовото приобщаване на хора в неравностойно положение и предоставя курсове за дигитални умения, адаптирани за по-възрастни нискоквалифицирани лица.
  • Конфедерацията на Датските работодатели е асоцииран партньор, към който членуват 14 работодателски организации и 28 000 частни компании.

Objectives

Основните цели на проекта са:
1. Създаване на ефективна рамка за сътрудничество между НПО, работодатели, търговски палати и доставчици на обучение, които ще насърчават пригодността за работа на целевата група 

2. Иницииране на промени в политиките, насърчаващи целевата група да участва в обучения 

3. Създаване на стратегии за мотивация и ангажираност на нискоквалифицирани безработни, за участието им в обучения и за насърчаване на социално-трудовото им включване 

По време на изпълнението на този проект ще опитаме да създадем мрежа от представители на НПО, работодатели, търговски палати и доставчици на обучение, които да улеснят процеса на достъп до трудова заетост на целевата група. За постигането на тази цел, ще бъде създадено ръководство, което включва методология, инструменти и изследвания, които ще използваме, за да улесним и да насърчим и други НПО да възприемат подобен начин на работа. В допълнение, ще бъдат събрани и разпространени добри практики, а също така ще бъдат създадени и популяризирани насоки за работодателите в подкрепа на участието им в обучителни инициативи.

Activities

ПРОЕКТ ACT45: ПЪРВИ СТЪПКИ КЪМ УСПЕШНА КАРИЕРА ЗА ХОРА НАД 45 ГОДИНИ


В ЕС, хората над 45 години незавършили гимназия или без дигитални умения са тези, които обикновено са част от най-високия процент на безработица. И все пак, често тези хора нямат достъп до допълнително образование, за да могат да прекъснат порочния цикъл, който ги държи без работа. Така че подкрепата им за участие в релевантни обучения е от съществено значение за намаляване на риска от социално изключване.

Act45 търси решения чрез създаване на схеми за сътрудничество между организациите на гражданското общество (НПО), работодателите, търговските палати и доставчиците на обучение в България, Гърция, Италия и Испания, т.е. страни, засегнати от икономическата криза, с цел създаване на ефективни местни екосистеми, насърчаващи участието във възможности за обучение.

За да мотивира хората над 45 години и да ги доведе до успешна заетост, Act45 ще идентифицира НПО-та и доставчици на обучение, които вече си сътрудничат с работодатели и нискоквалифицирани лица. Идеята е да се акцентира върху положителния ефект и ползите от повишаване на квалификацията, както и да се улеснят връзките с реалния пазар на труда. В проект Act45 ще се проведат проучвания, ще се създадат конкретни методологии, специално разработени стратегии, нови партньорства, насоки и наръчници, включвайки различни заинтересовани страни, за да бъде постигната крайната цел, а именно да се подобри социалното трудово приобщаване.


В рамките на проекта Act45 ще проведем проучване, за да проучим причините за ниското участие на безработни хора на възраст над 45 години в процеса на обучение през целия живот. Проучването ще включва и интервюта с безработни хора над 45 години, които нямат достатъчно умения за четене, смятане или работа с компютър. Това ще ни позволи да идентифицираме наличните пречки за участието им в процеса и да определим критериите за тяхното включване в подобен тип програми. В допълнение, фокус групите с работодатели ще хвърлят светлина върху предизвикателствата и възможностите пред тази инициатива и ще предложат стратегии за мотивация за привличане и улесняване интеграцията на хора от настоящата целева група в пазара на труда.


Освен това ще си партнираме с организации на гражданското общество (НПО), работодатели и доставчици на обучение, като се стремим да създадем ефективна рамка, която да насърчава заетостта. В този контекст програмата ще популяризира добри практики, като същевременно разработва насоки и наръчници за всички заинтересовани страни.
Част от процеса ще се фокусира и върху тестване и проучване на добри практики за мобилизиране и стратегии за ангажиране чрез създаване на пилотна програма.
В допълнение, ще бъде създадена платфо за рмаразпространение и изпълнение на програмата от други заинтересовани страни, обмен на идеи и опит по време на изпълнението и предложения за идеи за подобряване и заздравяване на мрежата.

Results

Резултатите от Act45 ще бъдат разпространени чрез мултиплициращи събития и организиране на Европейска конференция.


РЕЗУЛТАТ 1
Изследване на изискванията и факторите влияещи върху ангажирането на възрастни нискоквалифицирани безработни (а именно хора на възраст 45+ години) в обучения. Това ще осигури на НПО и обучители по-голямо разбиране за нуждите на тази група и ще ги улесни при разработването на по-атрактивни програми за обучение и овластяване.

РЕЗУЛТАТ 2
Разработване на интегрирана рамка за сътрудничество на всички заинтересовани страни и специфични инструменти за овластяване на служителите на НПО при установяване на
ефективно сътрудничество с работодатели и доставчици на обучение, както и мотивиране на потенциални обучаеми лица.


РЕЗУЛТАТ 3
Проучване на съществуващите добри практики на пазара на труда и създаване на насоки, които ще подкрепят ангажираността на работодателите в инициативи за обучение на
безработни нискоквалифицирани възрастни лица.


РЕЗУЛТАТ 4
Тестване на мотивационните стратегии и образователните инструменти, създаване на мрежа от последователи на Act45 и хранилище за резултатите от оценката на въздействието. Това ще насърчи приемането на резултатите от проекта и ще подкрепи създателите на политики при разработването на възможности за заетост и повишаване
на квалификацията за нискоквалифицирани възрастни безработни лица.

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PLASTECO

PLASTECO: ПОДКРЕПА НА ЕВРОПЕЙСКИТЕ РЕГИОНИ ЗА ОГРАНИЧАВАНЕ НА ПЛАСТМАСОВИТЕ ОТПАДЪЦИ  И ЗАМЪРСЯВАНЕТО С ПЛАСТМАСА

 

Официален интернет сайт на проекта: https://www.interregeurope.eu/plasteco/ 

Description

Широко разпространеното замърсяване с пластмаса налага реакция на регионите на ЕС за справяне с нарастващите опасения за околната среда и здравето на хората. PLASTECO е проект, изготвен в съответствие с „Европейската стратегия за пластмаси в кръговата икономика“, ще подкрепи регионите, участници в проекта да предприемат необходимите стъпки за преход към „нова икономика на пластмасите“. Фокусът на проекта ще бъде върху напредъка в управлението на отпадъците, ограничаване на пластмаси за еднократна употреба от регионални вериги на стойност, стимулирайки растеж чрез екоиновации.

Проектът PLASTECO ще обхване следните области: управление на отпадъците, обществени поръчки, финансиране / инвестиции, вторични суровини и повишаване на осведомеността.

Към кои стратегически документи е насочен PLASTECO на територията на България:

 

Оперативна програма “Околна среда” 2014 - 2020 

 

ЦЕЛИ И СЪОТВЕТНИ МЕРКИ

 ОП „Околна среда“ 2014-2020 включва цели за подбряване капацитетът за управление на отпадъците, в съответствие с националните инструменти и инструментите на ЕС и приоритетите за устойчив растеж. ОП подкрепя инвестиции по 6 приоритетни оси. Приоритетна ос 2 - подкрепа за мерки за подобряване на управлението на битовите отпадъци, както е посочено в Националния план за управление на отпадъците и Пътната карта на ЕС за ефективност на ресурсите (O3.1, 3.2, 4.1) и в други национални политики и политики на ЕС. Основната цел на ОП е прилагането на мерки за предотвратяване на отпадъци и инвестиции в опазване на околната среда, включително повторна употреба, рециклиране и оползотворяване, за да се намалят количествата отпадъци.

Какво може да се подобри в идентифицирания стратегически документ:

Националната цел за рециклиране до 2020 г. може да бъде постигната чрез мерки, насочени към пластмасовите отпадъци, специално поради широкото им използване както при производството, така и при потреблението. Предотвратяването на депозиране а пластмасов отпадъци в околната среда,  повторната употреба и рециклирането на пластмасови отпадъци изисква интегрирането на подход познат като „кръгова“ икономика, както е посочено в „Европейската стратегия за пластмаси в кръговата икономика“. Ефективността на ОП “околна среда” 2014 - 2020, може да бъде повишена по отношение на намаляване на критичната маса на пластмасови отпадъци за многократна употреба и / или нерециклирани пластмаси, които представляват по-голямата част от твърдите замърсители на околната среда. Повишаването на междусекторните взаимодействия с цел намаляване, а в някои случаи дори прекратяване на депонирането на пластмасови отпадъци обратно в околната среда, се очаква да бъде ефективен начин за постигане на целта на ОП за намаляване на антропогенното въздействие върху околната среда.


Partnership

Партньори в проекта - организации от 8 държави:

 

  • Община Ретимно, o. Крит, Гърция - водещ партньор по проекта 

 

  • Агенция за регионално икономическо развитие - Стара Загора, България - комуникационен партньор по проекта

 

  • Агенция за регионално развитие на Букурещ-Илфов, Румъния

 

  • Регион Стирия, Австрия 

 

  • Асоциация на балтийските брегове, Латвия

 

  • Клъстер на екологични технологии, провинция Бавария, Германия

 

  • Регион Ломбардия, Италия 

 

  • Регионална агенция за енергетика и околна среда на региона Оверн-Рона-Алпи, Франция 


Objectives

ЦЕЛ

 

PLASTECO ще подкрепи 8 партниращи организации от 8 държави на ЕС чрез съвместни усилия за обмен на опит, за да се възползват от инерцията на стратегията на ЕС в областта на употребата на пластмаса и да постигнат целите си по отношение на опазване на околната среда, увеличаване на ефективността на ресурсите, ограничаване на ефектите върху здравето и стимулиране на иновациите. PLASTECO ще даде възможност на партньорите и основните заинтересовани страни да:

 

- направят оценка на настоящата ситуация, потенциал и бариери в техните региони;

  - идентифициране на пътища за устойчив растеж чрез регионални вериги на стойност, стимулирайки растеж чрез екоиновации.

  - разработване и въвеждане в действие на нови мерки и разпоредби;

ОЧАКВАНО ВЪЗДЕЙСТВИЕ

 

Изпълнението на проекта PLASTECO ще:

 

- доведе до увеличаване на капацитета от 180 служители на публичните администрации за ефективно подпомагане на мерките за ограничаване на пластмасата. 

 

- да се осигури достъп до допълнителни 19 милиона евро за подкрепа на проекти за повторна употреба на пластмаси, екоиновации, алтернативни технологии;

 

- да се повиши информираността и да се постигане консенсус между производителите на пластмаса и потребителите/обществеността;


Results

РЕЗУЛТАТИ

 

- изготвени 8 плана за действие за подобряване на политиките в областта на пластмасата, с фокус подпомагането на на управляващите органи и заинтересованите страни; 

 

- 4 междурегионални семинара, 2 учебни посещения и 2 съвместни процедури за преглед на стратегически документи за насърчаване на изграждането на капацитет сред партньорите и заинтересованите страни;

 

- 3 съвместни тематични проучвания на потребностите на регионите, част от проекта и обмяна на добри практики;

 

 


 

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INNOCAT

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INTERREG - DeCarb

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Web: http://www.interregeurope.eu/decarb/

 

Description

SUPPORTING THE CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION OF COAL-INTENSIVE REGIONS

The low-carbon energy shift of EU economies will have a profound economic & social impact on regions extensively involved in coal value chains. It is however acknowledged that this transition needs to be fair; EC’s "Clean Energy For All Europeans" package was set in place to speed the clean energy transition and growth & job creation. To this end, DeCarb will support public authorities to initiate efforts, join forces and exchange experiences to: a) identify growth strategies to mitigate the impact of decarbonisatoin, b) make the most of EU funds & financing tools, and c) promote public dialogue on conflicting interests.

Budget:

1,807,739.00 EURO

Period

01.06.2018 - 31.05.2023

Partnership

Partnership

Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency (LP) - Bulgaria

Lodzkie Region - Poland

ENEREA Eszak-Alfold Regional Energy Agency Nonprofit Ltd - Hungary

South-West Oltenia Regional Development Agency - Romania

Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, State of Brandenburg - Germany

House of Energy - Denmark

Regional Association of Local Governments of Western Macedonia - Greece

Energy Agency of Savinjska, Saleska and Koroska Region - Slovenia

Extremadura Energy Agency - Spain

Policy instruments:

  1. Regional Plan for Development of Southeastern Region 2014-2020 (NUTS 2 Region), Policy implemented through OP "Regions in Growth" 2014-2020
  2. ROP of Lodzkie Voivodeship 2014-2020
  3. Environmental and Energy-Efficieny Operational Programme
  4. Regional Operational Programme
  5. Brandenburg Energy Strategy 2030
  6. National Operational Programme for the European Regional Development Fund, 2014–2020 DENMARK
  7. Regional Operational Programme of Western Macedonia
  8. Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020
  9. ROP ERDF 2014-2020 Extremadura

Objectives

OBJECTIVE

DeCarb brings together 9 partners (9 countries), to exchange experiences & transfer knowledge on how to transition from the carbon-intensive era towards the clean energy future. It will support regions to secure sustainable development, economic & societal stability, and a role in the 2030 energy mix.

OVERALL GOAL

DeCarb will support regions to secure sustainable development in a low-carbon economy, and in particular to: a) advance through the clean energy transition, limiting detrimental impact on economic & societal stability, b) assess regional specificities, putting forth development & innovation policies to stimulate growth, and c) meet CO2 targets and secure a role in the 2030 energy mix.

OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVES

1. Increase the knowledge & capacities of public authorities on growth pathways beyond coal, and secure energy security & stability

2. Support the development of plans to create jobs to counteract the coal industry contraction, and analyse territorial impact to specify labour re-skilling and post mining land use needs

3. Promote public dialogue to resolve conflicts & build consensus on the clean energy transition, involving the energy sector, social partners, and the citizens

4. Raise awareness on the importance to plan ahead and implement measures for the new energy mix

Results

EXPECTED IMPACT

- Increased capacity of 200 staff of public administrations to effectively support new growth trajectories & energy security 

- ~19 million euros unlocked to support projects on renewables, reskilling of the workforce, and post-mining land use 

- Increased awareness & consensus building among the energy sector, the workforce, and citizens, to support measures for the clean energy transition (over 1000 individuals).

 

 

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Creating conditions for entrepreneurship development in Southeast Region

NAME: Creating conditions for entrepreneurship development in Southeast Region (Creating conditions for entrepreneurship development in Southeast Region)

DURATION:

The specific objectives are focused on:

- Informing and motivating 220 unemployed, inactive and working people wishing to develop their own business;

- Providing a complex of trainings and services to 162 unemployed, inactive and working, incl. young people up to 29 years to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for starting, managing and developing a real business;

- Providing support for starting a real business and finding appropriate sources of funding through access to services and mentoring for business development for 108 representatives of the target group of the project.

TARGET GROUPS

The project will be implemented in all districts on the territory of the Southeast region - Burgas, Sliven, Stara Zagora and Yambol and will be aimed at persons wishing to start an independent business, incl. unemployed, inactive or working, incl. young people up to 29 years Out of the total number of 220 persons from the indicated target group included in the project, it is envisaged that not less than 65% will be unemployed and / or inactive and / or unemployed young people under the age of 29. The project will also cover 77 employees.

HISTORY

It is widely recognized that new companies and entrepreneurs are important for innovation, job creation and economic development in Europe. In recent years, interest in the socio-economic phenomenon of "entrepreneurship" has grown significantly worldwide. This is a result of awareness of its role as a driving force of social development. The role of entrepreneurship is growing as a result of the globalization of economic life However, traditional education and training systems in Europe have long been unsupported by entrepreneurship and self-employment, and as attitudes are formed in early childhood, education systems need to contribute more to the development of entrepreneurial skills and attitudes. The introduction of the discipline Entrepreneurship has started in Bulgaria in the last 2-3 years, but at this stage there is a strong shortage of trained staff. raising inform self-employment as a career opportunity, as well as creating a positive attitude towards entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship should not only be seen as a means of creating a new business, but as a general mindset that supports innovative, entrepreneurial behavior that can be useful in everyday life as well as in different work environments.

PURPOSE

The overall goal of the project is to create supportive and favorable conditions for the development of entrepreneurship in the Southeast region and the promotion of self-employment. To achieve the set goals, activities will be implemented, including:

1. Informing and motivating for the development of independent economic activity and entrepreneurship;

2. Providing trainings related to the development of entrepreneurial, managerial and business knowledge and skills and development of business ideas and business plans for management of independent economic activity (specialized trainings);

3. Provision of consulting services for preparation for self-employment, and support activities

RESULTS

The direct result of the current activity is the consolidation and upgrading of acquired knowledge and skills, as well as the readiness and confidence to start their own business of the persons from the target group included in the program.

Schedule

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GPP4Growth – Green Public Procurement to achieve Green Growth

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Green Public Procurement to achieve Green Growth

GPP4Growth brings together nine partners from nine countries, to exchange experiences & practices and improve their capacities on implementing resource efficiency policies that promote eco-innovation and green growth through Green Public Procurement (GPP).

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Project objectives

GPP4GROWTH aims to address the challenges and exploit the opportunities related to the adoption of the new EU public procurement system, effective since April 2016. Europe's public authorities consume 14% of the EU GDP on goods, services and works of a total estimated value of EUR 1.8 trillion annually. This purchasing power is now anticipated to promote environmentally friendly and resource–efficient goods and services (e.g. energy efficient electronic and electrical equipment supplies, electricity from renewable energy resources, sustainable construction works, low-emission public transport vehicles, cleaning services using environmentally friendly cleaning products, etc).

For this purpose, GPP4Growth will support public authorities to seize new opportunities for using their purchase power to stimulate eco-innovation, resource efficiency and green growth, mostly by using new award criteria in calls and tenders that pay particular attention to environmental considerations. The updated framework that will emerge is anticipated to address the needs of the territories regarding compliance to the new EU public procurement system.

More specifically the project aims to:

  • Increase the capacity of regional administrations to effectively implement resource efficiency policies, applying green public procurement.
  • Improve the implementation of national/regional resource efficiency policies, providing incentives to businesses to integrate environmental factors and costs when producing goods and/or providing supplies, services and works.
  • Unlock regional/national investments on green public procurement to promote the development of new green products and services.
  • Improve regional actors' readiness and create knowledge awareness on the influence of green public procurement on the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns by businesses operating in the region.

Expected changes

  • Over 7% increase in the number of businesses in partners' regions, integrating environmental factors and costs when producing goods and/or providing supplies, services and works.
  • Increased capacity of 200 staff of public administrations to effectively implement resource efficiency policies, applying GPP.
  • 10 million Euros of investments unlocked to promote new green products and services development.
  • Increased knowledge awareness of over 1000 stakeholders on the influence of GPP on the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns by businesses.

Main activities and outputs

  • Analysis of the factors that influence businesses to participate in green tenders and contracts
  • Evaluation of existing regional and national policies that promote eco-innovation and green growth through GPP.
  • Identification of good practices on GPP methods that led to the implementation of green contracts.
  • Development of a digital lifecycle costing (LCC) method and resources for all EU public administrations to allow harmonised application of LCC.
  • Promotion of interregional learning and capacity building through 3 interregional workshops, 2 existing experience visits, and policy learning events.
  • 14 policy briefs to transfer GPP4Growth lessons learnt to public authorities beyond the partnership.
  • Joint development of 9 regional action plans to improve the addressed policy instruments.

INNOGROW (Regional policies for innovation driven comptetitiveness and growth of rural SMEs)

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Description

The project INNOGROW (Regional policies for innovation driven comptetitiveness and growth of rural SMEs) aims to provide regional supprt to engage the rural economoy SMEs in innovation. Ussualy, the rural economy SMEs face big challenges in adopting innovation in order to increase their competitiveness. Regional polcyes need to address and coresspondingly support the diffusion of innovative solutions and new business models that will lead to increasement in productivity and will provide access to new markets. INNOGROW regions are called to play an important role in supporting the modernisation of the already existing rural SMEs and the proliferation of innovative startups.

In order to achieve its objective, the INNOGROW project brings together nine partners from eight countries, involving the managing authorities & regional bodies influencing regional and national policy instruments, to exchange experiences & practices, and to improve their capacity on implementing policies that promote the adoption of technology and business model innovations by rural economy SMEs, to boost their competitiveness.

The project will influence positively by providing enhanced innovation support services for over 5% of rural economy SMEs in partners’ regions, improved horizontal & vertical cooperation among SMEs in rural areas for products commercialisation, increased capacity of 200 staff of public administrations to effectively implement policies, stimulating innovation adoption by rural economy SMEs and over 10 million euros of investments unlocked to promote innovative technologies & new business models.


Partnership

 

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Development of Outdoor Adventure Tourism Network

black-sea-logoFrom January 2014 Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency became a part of international consortium of eight organizations from Black Sea region (Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Turkey) project Development of Outdoor Adventure Tourism Network, co-funded by "Black Sea Basin 2007-2013".

"CCC – Cooperation Creates Competitiveness" Project

Description


CCC Logo4Project "CCC – Cooperation Creates Competitiveness " aims to strengthen the promotion of cooperation between the various institutions and organizations providing learning opportunities for all stakeholders by using modern technology. All participants in the project are well known in their own countries and organizations providing training and advice to small and medium enterprises.

Sharing of best practices and new knowledge will be implemented through seminars and conferences. During the conferences and seminars, partners, will be working on teaching methods that organizations participating in the project will be able to use when counselling offered to small and medium business. All results will be presented to the participants in the form of an electronic database of English.

Beneficiaries of the project will be providers of training institutions, small and medium enterprises, which will be able to share experiences and ideas.

The project will encourage the formation of networks of cross-border cooperation between small and medium companies.


Partnership

Project partners:

1. Europe Direct Information Center/Regional Economic Development Agency - Stara Zagora;

2. Europe Export Consult A/S - Charlottenlund, Copenhagen;

3. Fundación Universidad Empresa de le Región de Murcia/University of Murcia;

4. LIBERTAS - Europäisches Institut GmbH - Rangendingen/Baden-Württemberg;

5. EUROCOM – Italy;


Objectives

Main objectives of the project are:

1. Promoting and enhancing the quality of opportunities for cooperation between institutions and organizations providing training, small and medium enterprises and social partners.

2. Facilitate the development of innovative practices in the field of professional training.

Tasks:

1. Organizing project meetings.

2. Provide information on the country of each partner

3. Taking part in the working group and helping to fulfil the objectives and goals.

4. Taking part in monitoring and evaluation of the project.

5. Contribution to the promotion and product distribution.

6. Organizing workshops and conferences.


Activities

Planned activities:

1. Preparation and implementation of the first project meeting - October 2013;

2 .Establishment of working groups - in November 2013;

3 .Activities to create a web site - January 2014;

4 .Second project meeting - March 2014;

5 .Assessment of achievement of the project to date - September 2014;

6 .Third project meeting - October 2014;

7 .Fourth project meeting - March 2015;

8. Inform stakeholders - April 2015

9. Project Evaluation - June 2015;

10.End of the project - July 2015;

Implementation of the project will contribute to the understanding and the exchange of information and cooperation in order to provide a platform for presenting the latest development tools and innovations for analyzing existing and future identification of methods and activities to meet the goals and objectives of EOROPE 2020.


OP "Human Resources Development" - Take your life into your own hands

INITIAL DEADLINE: May 26, 2011

DEADLINE: August 5, 2011

AMOUNT OF FINANCING: Total budget of the scheme - BGN 11,000,000.

· Minimum amount of the grant - BGN 50,000

· Maximum amount of the grant - BGN 200,000

The current grant procedure does not require the applicant's own participation (co-financing).

The de minimis rules will apply under this scheme.

BENEFICIARIES:

Eligible applicants under this grant scheme

financial assistance are:

· Educational institutions;

· Training institutions / organizations;

· Employers;

· Vocational guidance centers;

· Non-governmental organizations.

To be eligible, the applicant must also meet the following requirements:

1. The applicant must be registered in accordance with applicable national law;

2. The applicant shall meet the requirements for public funding, in accordance with the provisions relating to the minimum aid, in accordance with the conditions of Section 2.2.2. from the application guidelines;

3. The candidate cannot be a state / central and / or territorial / and / or municipal administration;

4. The applicant must carry out activity on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria in accordance with the current Bulgarian legislation;

5. The applicant, when applying in his capacity of VTC, should have a license from NAVET for the professions and / or specialties in which the training will be conducted;

6. The candidate, when applying in his capacity as an educational institution, should be established by an act of the respective competent body according to the Bulgarian legislation;

7. The representatives of the training team should meet the state requirements for carrying out the relevant adult training;

8. Where the applicant is an employer, he / she should fill in a declaration in advance stating the need for a specific skilled workforce and committing himself / herself to providing an internship opportunity for a period of three months to all successfully completed representatives of the target group;

9. Where the applicant is not an employer, there should be a prior agreement with the employer for the needs of a specific skilled workforce and a commitment from the employer to provide an internship opportunity for a period of three months to all successfully completed representatives of the target group;

10. Where an applicant is a non-governmental organization applying for a grant scheme, they should have at least 2 years of experience in activities related to the promotion of the inclusion of vulnerable persons in the market for

integration of vulnerable groups and / or vulnerable ethnic groups, which should be described in detail in the Application Form

11. The applicant should be directly responsible for the management and implementation of the project activities, and not to act as an intermediary, as evidenced by the distribution of activities and the distribution of funds in the budget of the applicant and the partner.

Under this call for proposals, the Applicant may participate individually or in partnership.

When a non-governmental organization is not a Candidate, it must be included as a Partner.

DESCRIPTION:

Eligible activities under this grant scheme:

· Identification of the discouraged persons among the marginalized communities (especially in the areas with compact Roma population), as the activity must be performed by an NGO, regardless of whether it is a candidate or a project partner;

· During the implementation of the activity the beneficiaries should develop / apply an adequate methodology for carrying out the identification, a real product describing it should be applied for reporting, as well as documents (surveys, interviews, etc. with the representatives of the target group) certifying the real implementation of the activity.

· Motivational training for the discouraged persons for registration in the Directorates of Labor Office and inclusion in training and employment programs. The activity should be provided in the project proposal, and the training itself will be carried out by employees in the respective Directorate "Labor Office".

· Development and adaptation of special training courses and programs;

· Providing training:

Ø for acquiring or raising the professional qualification according to the List of professions to not higher than second degree of professional qualification;

Ø for acquisition of key competencies. Trainings in the following areas of key competencies are eligible:

• Communication in foreign languages.

• Mathematical competence and basic knowledge in the field of natural sciences and technologies.

• Digital competence.

• Learning ability.

 

National Rural Network Bulgaria for Stara Zagora Region

logo_selska.jpgОт началото на 2013 г. Агенцията за регионално икономическо развитие - Стара Загора е регионална точка на Звеното за управление на Националната селска мрежа за област Стара Загора. Павлина Господинова е регионален координатор за областта. 

Сред дейностите, които ще изпълнява са: осигуряване на обмяна на оперативна информация между Звеното за управление на НСМ и членовете на мрежата на местно ниво, насърчаване набирането на членове на мрежата, организиране и провеждане на регионални мероприятия, набиране на добри практики от проекти, изпълнени в областта и подпомагане на други дейности, залегнали в Плана за действие на НСМ.

Всеки, който иска да поднови членството си в НСМ или да стане нов член, може да попълни заявката за членство и да я изпрати на мейла на АРИР - Стара Загора - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Promoting and Implementing Strategies for risk Management and Assessment PRISMA

Description

logo-prisma.pngDIRECTORATE-GENERAL
HUMANITARIAN AID AND CIVIL PROTECTION-ECHO

Starting date: January 1st 2013  Ending date: June 30th 2014

Duration in months: 18


Partnership

COORDINATING beneficiary and ASSOCIATED BENEFICIARIES

Name of coordinating beneficiary (CO): Veiligheidsregio Zuid-Holland Zuid (Safety Region South-Holland South), NETHERLANDS

Name of associated beneficiary (AB1): Municipality of Mirandela, PORTUGAL

Name of associated beneficiary (AB2): Municipality of Aveiro, PORTUGAL

Name of associated beneficiary (AB3): Tallinn City Government, ESTONIA

Name of associated beneficiary (AB4): Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency (SZREDA), BULGARIA


Objectives

Objectives

A.    Cross-sectoral implementation of the risk assessment and risk management (prevention) strategy as described in the handbook of the InterregIVC project MiSRaR (Mitigation Spatial Relevant Risks in European Regions and Towns) for the priority risks of the participating partners.

B.     Promoting to and knowledge exchange between other local, regional and provincial governments and cross-sectoral risk management partners within the European Union (and associated states) of:

-       the concepts, strategies, best practices and lessons learnt on risk assessment, risk management and the relation with disaster preparedness as described in the aforementioned handbook;

-       the practical experiences with the implementation of the handbook as described under objective A;

-       the consequences of the ‘EU staff working paper on Risk Assessment and Mapping Guidelines for Disaster Management' for local, regional and provincial governments and the possibilities for connecting national and decentralized risk assessment and risk management policies.

 


Activities



 

Project activities:

 

Task ID

Task Title

Start Date

End Date

Actions

A

Building a risk management network (in all implementation areas)

 

< 1-1-2013

1-4-2013

A.1Performing a stakeholder analysis (x5)

A.2Organizing a partner advice and counselling meeting

A.3Organizing a local kick-off meeting to reach agreement with the relevant stakeholders on the risk management process (x5)

B

Performing a risk assessment

(in all implementation areas)

1-4-2013

1-9-2013

B.1  Identifying risk sources and vulnerabilities (x5)

B.2  Analysing impact and probability of relevant risk scenarios (x5)

B.3  Preparing political risk evaluation (x5)

B.4  Organizing a partner advice and counselling meeting

B.5  Organizing two local risk assessment meetings (x5)

C

Performing a capability assessment

(in all implementation areas)

1-8-2013

1-1-2014

C.1 Identifying potential prevention and preparedness capabilities/measures (x5)

C.2 Analysing costs and benefits for the potential measures (x5)

C.3 Preparing proposal for measures (x5)

C.4 Organizing a partner advice and counselling meeting

C.5 Organizing two local capability assessment meetings (x5)

D

Developing an implementation strategy

1-11-2013

1-3-2014

D.1Developing a strategy for financing of the proposed measures (x5)

D.2Developing a strategy for lobby and advocacy to all stakeholders (x5)

D.3Developing a strategy for monitoring and enforcement (x5)

D.4Organizing a partner advice and counselling meeting

D.5Organizing a local implementation strategy meeting

E

Promoting lessons on MiSRaR's risk assessment and risk management strategy    (publicity / dissemination)

1-1-2013

30-6-2014

E.1  Making a project factsheet

E.2  Organizing 3 conferences to disseminate the PRISMA project results and the MiSRaR handbook

E.3  Dissemination of the results on the MiSRaR / PRISMA Website

E.4  Making 4 newsletters and 4 press releases

E.5  Making a Layman's report

E.6  National dissemination

F

Project management and reporting to the commission

1-1-2013

30-6-2014

F.1  Organizing a kickoff meeting (combined with 1stadvice and counselling meeting and steering committee)

F.2  Reporting on results and finance

F.3  Organizing 2 steering committee meetings

F.4  Organizing a closing meeting with project evaluation

 

 

 

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