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Project summary THE CHALLENGE The agricultural sector accounts for almost 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, mainly for food production and transport. While there is an enormous potential to produce renewable energy on farms due to the availability of wind, sun, biomass and agricultural waste, important barriers and challenges still remain.                                      Recent studies have proven that the main barriers identified by farmers to produce renewable energy are: complex permit and subsidy procedures, high investment costs, limited access to credit and doubts about profitability. Subsidies and feed-in tariffs are a key factor in encouraging farmers to shift towards a more environmentally friendly production and use of energy. The EU’s rural development policy helps the rural areas meet economic, environmental and social challenges, and it shares objectives with other ESIF funds. MS and regions draw up their rural development programmes based on the needs of their territories, and addressing some of the common EU priorities. At least 30% of funding for each RDP must be dedicated to measures relevant for the environment and climate change. OVERALL OBJECTIVE: The main objective is to develop measures that encourage the production and use of RE in the agricultural and rural sector. AgroREs will support this sector by solving its energy needs in a sustainable, economic viable and socially responsible way.   OUTPUTS €1,540,286.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy What will this project change? AgroRES raises awareness of the benefits of investing in renewable energy in agriculture and promotes public dialogue in order to overcome previously identified barriers and challenges. As a result of the project, partner regions will design policies that support the use of renewable energy in agricultural and rural areas.  Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ROP FEDER 2014-2020 Extremadura-Investment Priority 4.2 Promotion of Energy Efficiency and renewable energy MAIN FEATURES Investment priorities PI.4.2. includes 1 OE related to Enerselves: OE.4.2.2. “Promotion of renewable energies in companies”. ERDF allocated in OP4 OE4.2.2 is 7,5 M€ OE 4.2.2 aims to increase the participation or RES in thermal uses, specially biomass and solar, in companies. These PIs presents several axes of intervention included in the OP in relation to AGRORES: - Promotion of RES for heating in companies - Promotion of other RES integrated in companies (solar thermal, PV, hybrid, geothermal)   REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED Actions described in the OE 4.2.2 focus on the integration of RES technologies in companies. However, until now the major investment has been for SME-building related sector, with low representation of any other sector. From 2014 to 2017 grants calls were launched for energy audits, and EE investment, while in 2017 DG Energy launched a call for RES application in companies, which included industry and agrocompanies. However, the applications received were unbalanced, with very few applications coming from the agriculture sector.   The calls have to be reviewed, analyzing the specific support which requires the agricultural companies. A full analysis of current support schemes and required investment must be done by potential agriculture users and RES technology. The result has to be a tailor-made support per agriculture sector and Res technology.   On the other hand, a monitoring system to control the achieved impact is also required.   Which partners are working on this? Extremadura Energy Agency, AGENEX Regional Operational Programme for Lubelskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES Regional Operational Programme for Lubelskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 has 3 thematic priorities focusing on low carbon economy and climate change: • TO5 - Climate change and risk prevention • TO6 - Environment and resource efficiency • TO7 - Transport and energy networks Every thematic include actions capable to fud RES integration in fields such as buildings, enterprises, industry or agriculture. The policy of the Lubelskie Voivodeship in the field of energy efficiency improvement and the use of RES is currently focused on supporting activities aimed at achieving the 3x20 goals. As part of the ROP LV, the following are supported: projects concerning the construction of installations for the production of energy from renewable sources in small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the region.     REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED ROP 3 Regional Operational Programme for Lubelskie Voivodeship 2014-2020, has defined 7 specific impacts in terms of research, employment and society, which has a specific challenging “Increased share of electricity production from renewable energy sources in total electricity production from 1,5% to 5,6%”. However, these values are based on RES electricity plants thanks to national supporting schemes, while the promotion of small installations in companies will only afford a small part of this production. The agriculture and the promotion of RES in all its production chain is largely under supported and rquires specific revision.   Which partners are working on this? Lubelskie Voivodeship Devon County Council (DCC) Climate Change Strategy and Energy Policy MAIN FEATURES On 14 July 2004 DCC signed up to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change. The declaration requires councils to develop an action plan to tackle climate change hand-in-hand with local communities. By signing the agreement, we have committed ourselves to working with central government to contribute, at a local level, to deliver the UK Climate Change Programme.   One action plan is the authority’s Energy Policy which has a renewable energy objective of achieving 30% of energy to come from renewable sources for the corporate estate. The strategy also commits DCC to assist in the implementation of measures to reduce the regions emissions of greenhouse gases.   REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED The policy needs to better reflect the move to a subsidy free renewables environment and the creation of new, multi-vector renewable energy systems as well as contractural arrangements which increase the profitability of renewables and therefore enable investment from public, private and community sectors   Which partners are working on this? Devon County Council “Climate and Energy Programme of North Karelia 2020” and its implementation plan “Roadmap Towards Oil-Free and Low-Carbon North Karelia 2040” MAIN FEATURES Regional Climate and Energy Programme is linked to Europe 2020, Regional Development Programme 2021 and Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014-2020, Structural Funds Programme for Mainland Finland (ERDF, ESF). In 2017 was published an implementation plan for the Regional Climate and Energy Programme, Roadmap Towards Oil-Free and Low-Carbon Region 2040, which suggests tangible steps that are to be taken to reach the regional climate and energy targets.   North Karelia aims to be fossil oil free region by 2030 and it is the first region in Finland to apply for a membership in Carbon Neutral Municipalities HINKU-network. Nine out of thirteen municipalities in North Karelia has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 % until 2030 inside the municipalities borders. Achieving these ambitious targets is relying especially on this sector.   REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED Regional Climate and Energy Programme is concentrating on energy production and to transport. Roadmap has pointed out that for example electric and biogas machinery will replace combustion engines. The Action Plan for Oil-Free Machinery and Agriculture will be created in this project and it will define the concrete steps to implement the regional energy and climate targets in this sector.       Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of North Karelia Regional Operational Programme Investment in Growth and Jobs ERDF 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES The ROP 2014-2020 is a national programme but with regional allocation for all priority axis, so this context relates to both national and regional level. The Regional Operational Programme Investment for Growth and Jobs ERDF 2014-2020 includes: Priority Axis 3: "Support for transition to a low carbon economy". Investment Priority 3.2: Promotion of the carbon dioxide emissions reduction strategies for all types of territory, particularly urban areas and detaliation as activity to fulfill the Specific Objective 3.2: Other investments for carbon dioxide reduction.   REASONS WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The reemergence of the Romanian agricultural sector continues to provide employment and to contribute to the national economy. However, the agricultural sector is one of the higher emitters of C02, and this contributes to the pollution of the whole territory. The policy instrument needs to be improved by defining concrete strands of activity and supporting specific initiatives which will help SMEs (and SMEs within specific agricultural and rural sectors) to harness opportunities linked to the low carbon economy, more precisely investmnets in renewable energies. Which partners are working on this? Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency ROP LAZIO ERDF 20142020 approved on 12.2.2015. Priority Axis 4 " Sustainable energy and mobility” Action 4.1.1 PROGRAMMA OPERATIVO REGIONE LAZIO FESR - Fondo Europeo Sviluppo Regionale 2014 - 2020 Priority Axis 4 "Sustainable Energy and Mobility" - Action 4.1.1 The policy instrument addressed by the project belongs to the AXIS 4 of the Regional Operational Programme for LAZIO 2014-2020. This axis aims at supporting energy efficiency, intelligent energy management and the use of renewable energy in buildings, infrastructures and different sectors, decreasing polluting emissions.   European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) through its Focus Area 5C aims at supporting and promoting the procurement and use of renewable energy sources, by-products, waste materials and residues and other non-food raw materials for the purpose of bio-economy.   In the national panorama, the agricultural sector accounts for 6,7% of greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for 40% of methane emissions and 49% of nitrous oxide. The public resources allocated to the Focus Area 5C amount to 34,58 M euro (EAFRD 14,9 M euro) for a total investment in the production of renewable energy (T16 indicator) equal to 63,55 M euro (4% of the RDP resources).   REASONS WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The project can help produce new political and rural development planning instruments, and to facilitate the integration of funds deriving from the ROP LAZIO ERDF - Priority Axis 4 and EAFRD Focus area 5C in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and emissions in agriculture in line with the objectives set by the European Community. Which partners are working on this? ARSIAL Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 Priority3: SME Competitiveness Thematic Objective 3, namely to promote entrepreneurship, including high growth and potentially high growth sectors, facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, (Investment Priority3(a); and to support the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes (Investment Priority3(d)). Such supports will also promote green jobs and eco-innovation. Priority4: Low Carbon Economy “…This will be achieved through an increased use of renewable energy, development of green technologies and a modernised transport sector, and promotion of energy efficiency.” “…Ireland’s per capita aggregate GHG emissions are the second highest in the EU, its CO2 emissions per capita are the 10th highest. This reflects the fact that non-CO2 GHGs, mainly methane and nitrous oxide from agriculture, make up a significant proportion of total emissions in Ireland.” MAIN FEATURES Priority 3 includes 1 Thematic Objective (TO) related to AgroRES: TO3 - Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, the agricultural sector (for the EAFRD) and the fisheries and aquaculture sector (for the EMFF), with a total fund allocation 58M€   Priority 4 includes 1 Thematic Objective (TO) related to AgroRES: TO4 - Supporting the Shift Towards a Low Carbon Economy in all sectors, with a total fund allocation 36M€   These objectives and priorities present several cross cutting opportunities in the OP in relation to AgroRES: • Promotion of agri-sited Renewable Energy (RE) technologies (Solar, Wind, Biomass, Biogas, Geothermal). • Promote an agri-market for RE deployment as a driver for green jobs.     REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED Priority 4 recognizes the impact of the agri-sector on GHG emissions. Priority 3 promotes entrepreneurship and innovation in SMEs (including agriculture). However, some key innovation enabling supports remain inaccessible to the agriculture sector in line with EU State Aid guidelines.   AgroRES seeks to reduce barriers to the opportunities for the agri-sector in both reducing its own climate impact and supporting a regional low-carbon economy. Agriculture in Ireland can be characterized by tradition, which requires encouragement and confidence to diversify. The RE potential in the agri-sector requires a significantly higher profile.   Which partners are working on this? Institute of Technology, Sligo Northern and Western Regional Assembly Sign up for the AgroRES newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); AgroRES Tweets by AgroRES Latest News See all project news 18/10/2021 AgroRES stakeholders met online in Poland On 7 April 2021, an online meeting of the local AgroRES project stakeholder group took place in Poland. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Marsh... Type: Project 12/10/2021 Regional AgroRES stakeholders met in North Karelia Regional AgroRES stakeholders met in North Karelia on 6 October 2021. The main topic of the meeting was to discuss the AgroRES action plan in North Karelia and ... Type: Project 07/10/2021 Site visit to Solar PV project in Ireland AgroRES stakeholders and local members of the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) Programme visited IB Eggs near Virginia in Co. Cavan for a tour of their new ... Type: Project 29/09/2021 Renewable energies in Extremadura, Spain Agricultural and agro-industrial industries are key sectors in the Extremadura economy. In 2019, they contributed to the regional economy with 11.7% of the Gros... Type: Project 24/09/2021 New solutions for Romanian agriculture The Romanian Ministry of Agriculture plans to implement a pilot program to install photovoltaic panels on irrigation canals. The authorities responsible for the... Type: Project 23/09/2021 AgroRES partners met online 23 September AgroRES partners had an online Steering Committee meeting on 23 September 2021. In this first steering committee meeting of AgroRES project during semester 5, s... Type: Project 22/09/2021 Renewable energies in agriculture in Lazio, Italy Lazio region is one of the main production areas of Italy with a GDP of € 198 billion. The region has good performance for most of the indicators compare... Type: Project 28/07/2021 Two years of collaboration in AgroRES project AgroRES partners have been collaborating two years by now in developing measures that encourage the production and use of RE in the agricultural and rural secto... Type: Project 23/07/2021 Community energy report is launched Devon County Council has officially launched the community energy report. The report concludes that investing in community energy projects creates more benefits... Type: Project 08/07/2021 The 4th AgroRES newsletter has been published The 4th AgroRES newsletter has been published. AgroRES newsletter gathers up-to-date information on project activities and results. Type: Project
The Norwegian Gender Equality Act, now known as the Gender Equality and Discrimination act as of January 1st 2018, recently celebrated its 40th year of existence. Even though gender equality has been a part of Norwegian legislation for decades, the topic is still relevant as ever.  Celine Marie Moe, recently hired Brand Manager in the start-up Choose, was contacted by Norway`s biggest recruitment agency, Manpower, earlier this year. In a recent article in the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv she tells about the job interview that took her decades back in time.     The Tinder Date  In the technical part of the job interview, Moe tells that she had no doubt that her technical competency matched the criteria of the position as a market- and communications leader for a big Norwegian company. The second part of the interview, she says, turned the conversation into something that reminded her more of a Tinder-date than a mapping of skills and qualifications for a leader position.   “What is your family situation?”   Partner and child.   “Do you have kids?!”  Yes.   “How many children do you have?”   One daughter.   “How old is the child?”  She`s two.   “Ok… But there isn`t any pick up and drop off in kindergarten, is there?”   Yes, children need to be picked up and dropped off in kindergarten.   “Do you need special adaption?”  What do you mean?   “I understand that kindergartens open after and close before the office hours?”   She answered that in this digital day and age an employee can work anywhere at any time if they have internet access, and that she had never had a problem performing well at work even though she`s had to drop off and pick up in kindergarten a couple days a week.   When the recruitment advisor called her a week later asking when she would be available for a second interview, she asked how many people were still being considered. They informed her that several candidates had withdrawn their candidature. That included her. The attitude shown by Norway’s biggest recruitment agency had made her lose interest in working for their client.     Efforts to increase female top executives  Aiming at uncovering the reasons why there are so few top executives in Norway, The Norwegian Statistical Agency (SSB) conducted a leadership survey in 2015. The study highlighted few female applicants and a large degree of recruiting taking place through informal networks led by men as two main reasons. Earlier this year, the Norwegian Minister of Children and Equality, Linda Hofstad Helleland, called for more male leaders cheering on women and challenged business leaders to come up with concrete actions to recruit more female top executives.   Moe points to the role of the headhunter. She says that by doubting the candidates ability to balance work and family, or signaling an expectation of hiring an au pair to be able to handle a leader position, she believes that the headhunters attitudes makes their client lose in the battle of the qualified candidates and loyal employees.     Undervaluing own competency  An internal survey by Hewlett Packard showed that men apply for jobs they`re only 60% qualified for, whereas women apply for jobs where they meet 100% of the qualifications. This points to women to a larger extent needing a leaders encouragement to apply, or need to be in the possession of a good network. What might be the most important is headhunters that vouches for your qualifications and gives you the confidence to participate in demanding recruitment processes.   More often than it should, qualified candidates are met with questions that border on discrimination in recruitment processes. Even though this occurs, the recruitment industry don`t get the attention they deserve in the debate on equality. She says that she suspects some stay quiet in fear of jeopardizing their career when future job possibilities lie in the hands of a few headless headhunters.     Call for girl Power  In the opposite direction, another Norwegian recruitment agency, Obos, recently advertised their search for a top executive illustrated by a seven-month-pregnant female.  Moe urges Manpower to call for girl power, stressing that the opposite is a stick in the wheel for a more balanced, diverse and equal business world.   Manpower has since contacted Moe regarding her experienced. They explained that they have a high focus on diversity and equality in their recruitment processes. They describe Moe`s experience as serious and promise to clean up in their own recruitment routines to avoid this incident happening to future candidates.  This is a translated version of an article originally published in Dagens Næringsliv. Read the original article here. 
27/09/2021
On 23 September, the Policy Learning Platform hosted the fifth edition of the cycling cities series on the cost benefit analysis of bicycles versus cars.
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Project summary     €1,068,559.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2020 Topic SME competitiveness The Road-CSR project Competitiveness of SMEs is high in the agenda of the European Commission (EC). Due to economic crisis, there is a widespread expectation that businesses should be more accountable to the society. The EC issued the Directive 2014/95/EU, where companies concerned are required to disclose in their management report, information on policies, risks and outcomes regarding environmental, social and employee aspects, respect for human rights, anticorruption and bribery issues, and diversity in their board of directors. In other words, to integrate in their business models Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles. Although, the new directive applies only to a limited number of large EU companies it leaves out the Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that are the predominant form of enterprise in EU and a key to achieving the goals of growth and jobs strategy. Studies have shown that CSR is viewed as a vital concept that businesses of all types and size need to understand and address. Also, there is a positive relationship between SMEs and CSR and their competitiveness. Our common challenge is to help member states to apply the new directive and new measures in their Operational Programmes in order SMEs to increase their competitiveness and sustainability.   Road-CSR brings together 7 partners from 7 countries, involving the managing authorities & regional bodies influencing regional and national policy instruments, to help EU member states to apply CSR principles into the core business of SMEs helping them with this way to become more competitive, sustainable, innovative and accomplish long term profitability with social justice and environmental protection. To incorporate CSR principles into SMEs’ business core the project includes a wide range of activities, focusing on promoting the interregional learning process and the exchange of experience among regional authorities.   Project activities include:  - Investigation of the integration of CSR principles into SMEs and to national/regional legislation and programmes.  - Identification of successful best practices - Evaluation and analysis of the level of impacts of CSR principles on the performance of SME’s. - Analysis of the factors (barriers and enablers) that influence the adoption of CSR into SMEs.  - Promoting public dialogue and consultation process to build consensus and ensure the successful implementation of regional action plans, through the support and participation of key regional stakeholders.  - Fostering interregional learning and capacity building through workshops, study visits, and policy learning events. - Joint development of action plans to promote the improvement of the policy instruments addressed by the project.  - Policy recommendations for Directive 2014/95/EU and dissemination of them beyond the geographical scope of the project. - Increasing awareness, promoting and disseminating the project results and knowledge beyond the partnership.  Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Programme for "Competitiveness and Sustainable Development" 2014-2020 The OP aims to boost competitiveness and growth and help Cyprus exit the crisis. It contributes to achieve the Europe 2020 targets and creates jobs and help SMEs to become more competitive and innovation driven. The main Funding Priorities (FP) is the following: 1) Reinforcement of the competitiveness of the economy, 2) Promotion of ICT use, 3) Reduction of CO2 emissions and climate change adaptation, 4) Management of solid waste and water resources, 5) Management of natural and cultural resources, 6) Promotion of sustainable transport, 7) Sustainable urban development. The funding priority that Road-CSR project is tacking is the "Reinforcement of the competitiveness of the economy" which has the main objective to increase the national research potential and private investments in research and innovation, to promote entrepreneurship and increase of SMEs' competitiveness. However, the issues of CSR implementation in SME’s are not cleared in the OP and in the specific FP. By being a part of the “Road-CSR” project it will support policy learning in the field of CSR with a view to improve the performance of national development policies and programmes in this area, by elaborating CSR principles into SMEs and making them more competitive and sustainable. New measures will be included in order to help SMEs to adopt the CSR princibles in their daily business life. Which partners are working on this? Larnaca and Famagusta Districts Development Agency Crete Regional Operational Programme (does not apply to the 5th call) The Programme aims to boost economic development and create job opportunities in Crete. It contributes to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, also in line with the smart specialisation strategy. It should create jobs and help SMEs to become more competitive and innovationdriven. The OP support will substantially contribute to promoting the following key EU and national development priorities: Reinforcement of competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship, Sustainable development with environmental upgrade and climate change adaptations, Reinforcement of education and social cohesion in Crete, Promotion of employment and workers' adaptation to changes, Promotion of social inclusion and combatting the poverty in Crete The funding priority that Road-CSR project is tacking is the "Reinforcement of competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship" which has the main objective to increase the national research potential and private investments in research and innovation, to promote entrepreneurship and increase of SMEs' competitiveness. The issues of CSR implementation in SME's is well defined in the OP and the priorities. Being a part of the “Road-CSR” project it will support policy learning in the field of CSR with a view to improve the performance of national development policies and programmes in this area, by elaborating CSR principles into SMEs making them more competitive and sustainable. Which partners are working on this? Region of Crete Law 15/2010, December 9th, of Corporate Social Responsibility in Extremadura On the 28th February 2008, it appeared in the Official Journal State (OJS) the Royal Decree 221/2008, of 15th February 2008, in which the State Board of Social Responsibility of Companies was created and regulated, and stood out among its objectives the creation of a discussion forum carried by the CSR building initiatives. Later, the 9th December 2010, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura defined the Law 15/2010, of Business Social Responsibility in the region which is the first region in Spain and in the EU, presenting a law of this nature. That must be interpreted as the biggest public effort to promote CSR on voluntary bases, because the law is non coercive. Thus, it is necessary to highlight the regional government interest in encouraging a responsible behaviour in managing firms in order to achieve improvements in regional competitiveness. The Law 15/2010 pretends to boost in a noncoercive way the responsible behaviour of companies. The law assumes that CSR is a management tool able to put companies in a state of permanent dialogue. The law has updated in 2013, by establishing the Autonomous Council to promote Social Responsibility of Extremadura, the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility and the procedure for the qualification and registration in the Register of social responsible companies in Extremadura. Having in mind the Directive 2014/95/EU, the Law 15/2010 needs to be updated in order to integrate the features of the Directive and into SME's as well. Which partners are working on this? General Directorate of Labor, Regional Ministry of Education and Employment of the Government of Extremadura Operational Programme for Implementation of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020; Directive 2014/95/EU The Operational Programme (OP) aims to encourage economic development and ensure prosperity for all citizens in Slovenia. It aims to strengthen efforts particularly in the area of research and development, boost the innovation potentials of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), promote resource efficiency and reduce environmental pressures, further develop the transport sector, boost the growth of employment rates and reduce the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Although CSR needs to be high in the agenda for Slovenia due to business frauds and corruption in the past, there are no measures and specific programmes in the current OP 2014-2020 nor in Smart Specialization Strategy. Although billions were lost in the past 10 years due to corruption, tax evasion and business malpractices there is no appropriate strategic and practical consideration of corporate social responsibility in the country. Situation is even more tragically, because CSR is well known and could contribute to improvement of business social responsibility, but was overseen and neglected in the past years. Project will promote CSR to become part of policy agenda in strategic and practical terms in order to improve business social responsibility and ethical entrepreneurship in Slovenia. Which partners are working on this? E-institute Operational Programme Employment 2014 – 2020  The Operational Programme "Employment" defines the priorities for promoting employment, social inclusion and an efficient public administration. The OP will help the country to address current challenges and progress towards the Europe 2020. The programme includes the following priorities: 1) Employment: help people into jobs (focus on disadvantaged groups), improve workers' skills to meet the demands of the jobs market, increase the quality of public employment services and reduce inequality between men and women in the labour market. 2) Fighting poverty: measures to improve the situation of people excluded or at risk of social exclusion, developing the social economy and involving local actors in social inclusion in rural areas. 3) Social innovation and transnational cooperation: facilitate access to employment, mobility and the efficiency of the public administration. 4) Effective public administration: strengthen the effectiveness and transparency of the public administration and improve staff skills. The project will focus on Priority 3 where it will be improved at the local level through gained knowledge and experience in the social innovation developed abroad with the aim to support the development of the innovation environment relating to the CSR concept. CSR is new in the region, it usually come from the companies with international ownership. The project should help to implement this concept and to standardize it in comparison with international experiences.   Which partners are working on this? JAIP - South Bohemian Agency for Support to Innovation POR Veneto ESF 20142020 Veneto will invest ESF funding in education and training to help people find and keep work, while increasing social inclusion. The ESF operational programme (OP) for Veneto focuses on education and training to improve the region’s growth, social inclusion and competitiveness. The OP will focus its budget of EUR 764 million on employment, equal opportunities, education and training, and business and worker flexibility in changing markets. The OP has the following priorities: - Improving the employability of jobseekers and workers, particularly young people and women. - Support for people from marginalised communities or at risk of social exclusion. - Education and training initiatives to increase social inclusion. - Equal access to good quality education at preschool, primary and secondary levels - Support for workers and SME's to adapt to change and increase their competitiveness. The CSR implementation in SME's is not cleared in the POR however it is tailored with the FP "Support for workers and SME's to adapt to change and increase their competitiveness". Therefore this FP should be improved with the inclusion of new measures for allowing SMEs to implement CSR principles. Which partners are working on this? Association of Chambers of Commerce of Veneto Region Sign up for the Road-CSR newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Road-CSR Tweets by Road-CSR Latest News See all project news 24/11/2021 First regional stakeholders meeting in Slovenia 1st Slovenian stakeholder meeting was organized with the aim to discuss covid-19 challenges and post covid-19 societal changes in the scope of CSR. Type: Project 09/11/2021 Giving Tuesday in Czech Republic 2021 Giving Tuesday in Czech Republic, which falls on Nov. 30, 2021, is a day for people across the country to get together and give back to their communities. Type: Project 24/09/2021 Road-CSR: Continuation of project activities Road-CSR approved under the 5th call for proposals of additional activities linked to COVID-19. Type: Project 04/11/2020 Corporate Volunteering Guide for CSR actions Presentation of the publication "Guide to Corporate Volunteering for the implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility actions" Type: Project 12/10/2020 1st Summer School of CSR in Crete The 1st Summer School of Corporate Social Responsibility was organized in Heraklion Crete by the Region of Crete and the Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU) Type: Project 24/09/2020 Bringing sustainability resources to the region NTNU Ålesund leads the newly established Business Hub for Sustainability to help build capacity for sustainable business development in local companies. Type: Project 22/09/2020 Responsible public procurement in Extremadura The Region of Extremadura, Spain incorporates social and environmental clauses in public procurement Type: Project 16/09/2020 Regional Authority Award for CSR On 8th of September 2020 the Governor of the South Bohemian Region granted the prizes in Regional Authority Award for social responsibility. Type: Project 06/08/2020 Region of Crete - Open call for CSR mentors Call for expressions of interest for CSR mentors – professionals Type: Project 06/08/2020 1st Summer School on CSR for SMEs’ in Crete 1st Summer School on CSR for SMEs’ Managers in Heraklion, Crete , Greece Type: Project Latest Events See all project events Dec 17 2021 Treviso, Italy Municipalities at work with Agenda 2030 Unioncamere del Veneto, with ANCI Veneto, offers a seminar to reflect on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Type: Project
07/06/2018
General information about INNOTRANS project partner ̶ Abruzzo Region
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10/11/2020
The second part of Timisoara’ fourth Local Learning Lab envisioned a creative environment in a non-pandemic world, and sought to tighten the sector...
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06/02/2019
On 29 and 30 January 2019, the Policy Learning Platform organised a peer review in Gävleborg, Sweden. Discover the policy recommendations.
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28/04/2017
The North West of Romania is maintaining its mysterious vibe by preserving traditions, and building on its natural heritage and wildlife.
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08/02/2018
The European Commission has recently launched two EaSI calls for proposals that are relevant for social entrepreneurship. Both have deadlines for mid-April.
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29/08/2019
Equaleyes Solutions it's a startup that was founded on 9th January, 2012. It's location is in two countries - United Kingdom (London) and Slovenia (Maribor). Th...
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