The European Vocational Skills Week is an annual initiative from the European Commission to raise the awareness and attractiveness of vocational education and training (VET). The Week aims to make VET more attractive through a combination of events taking place all over Europe - locally, regionally and nationally. It seeks to show the immense opportunities that VET can provide for young people, adults, and companies.
The motto of the initiative is “Discover your talent!” It seeks to show that every single person is talented and that VET can provide people with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and competences to succeed in the labour market and in society at large.
The Week takes place from 20 to 24 November 2017 in the 28 Member States, EEA and EU candidate countries. Activities organised from September to December 2017 can be part of this Week.
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The Energy Info Days, https://h2020-energy-info-days.b2match.io/, will take place from Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 October 2017 in Brussels, presenting the new funding opportunities for energy projects offered by the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020.
The Information days will provide attendees with the following:
An update on the European Energy Efficiency policy,
Presentation of the Energy priorities of the H2020 Energy 2018-2020 calls for proposals,
Guidance on how to apply for funding,
Dedicated workshops for each funding areas (such as Smart Cities and Communities, Smart Energy or Renewable Energy) related to the EU Energy system,
An opportunity to network and find project partners.
In the context of this year's European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the Committee of Regions (CoR) has officially launched the “Cohesion Alliance", a coalition of stakeholders for a strong and efficient cohesion policy in the future.
Eight months before of the presentation of the proposal for the EU budget post-2020, the alliance of regions and cities aims to point out the importance of cohesion policy and argues that neither Brexit nor the increased funding of other policy areas should undermine it. In the conference with the theme "Building the Cohesion Alliance" on 11 October in Brussels, experts on cohesion policy as well as representatives of cities and regions contributed with their testimonials.
"The fight for cohesion policy has only just begun" said Dr. Michael Schneider, CoR rapporteur on the Future of Cohesion policy beyond 2020 , highlighting that investment in cohesion policy has indeed achieved positive tangible results,…
The Commission publishes the 7th Cohesion report, taking the pulse of EU regions, drawing lessons from cohesion spending during the crisis years and setting the scene for Cohesion Policy after 2020.
Analysing the current state of the EU's economic, social and territorial cohesion, the Cohesion report brings our Union under a magnifying glass: Europe's economy is bouncing back but disparities persist between and within our Member States.
Public investment in the EU is still below pre-crisis levels but regions and Member States need even more support to take up the challenges identified in the reflection paper on the future of EU finances; the digital revolution, globalisation, demographic change and social cohesion, economic convergence and climate change.
Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Creţu said: "The report clearly shows that our Union needs more cohesion. Whilst the crisis is over, it clearly has left scars in many regions. They will need Cohesion Policy to…
The Eurodyssey Forum took place from 3 to 5 October in the Croatian city of Šibenik, at the Solaris Beach Resort. The Forum was a crucial opportunity for Eurodyssey correspondents and AER members to get up to date about what is new about the programme and also the right platform to discuss the challenges and solutions facing Eurodyssey. This year, particular emphasis was given to exchanges best practices and experiences between the members.
AER Secretariat presented the Data Collected for 2017, regarding the numbers about the Eurodyssey. The members get to know the participation of each region in the programme and briefed about what they could do better in order to balance the numbers. The co-presidents, Laurence Hermand and Arlette Brone, presented the Quality Charter that was discussed later on.
On 4 October participants had the opportunity to attend several workshops. The thematics covered the following areas:
The seminar has an intention to focus upon good practices of European regions and cities which stimulate and encourage appropriate forms of green and sustainable projects as an opportunity for policy change, and the particular role that the Cohesion Policy and its accompanying tools and programmes can play in this process. In this context, the seminar wants to stimulate a discussion around key EU policy issues to develop better solutions to urban challenges, such as sustainable transport, energy efficiency, air quality and circular economy. Speakers represents regional and urban experts from Croatia, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia.
With the occasion of the European Week of Regions and Cities, an annual Brussels-based four-day event AER will organise the workshop “An alternative for the future: Silver Economy for cities and regions”.
This workshop will take its participants through four inspiring examples (North Denmark Region, Italy, Varazdin County, Netherlands) of how a Silver Economy can help regions and cities to better match the needs of their ageing population while supporting local businesses and solution providers. It will be the opportunity to discuss the complementarity between these examples and the initiatives at EU level. The networking session that follows will bring together potential partners around issues related to the Silver Economy.
This will enable officials from regions and cities’ administrations, as well as experts and academics to exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development and to bring forward their regional expertise in this specific area.…