Using social innovation policy approaches to help cities and regions realise the potential of the European Pillar of Social Rights

European Committee of the Regions, 16th April 2018

On the 16th of April, the EUAbout team had the pleasure to attend a conference in the European Committee of the Regions’ headquarters in Brussels, named “Using social innovation policy approaches to help cities and regions realise the potential of the European Pillar of Social Rights”. As part of the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, the conference served as a platform to launch the new Social Innovation Community pool of practice, aimed at supporting cities and regions across the EU to achieve the goals of the Pillar.

The event counted with the presence of Mrs. Gunta Anča (member of the European Economic and Social Committee) and Mr. Dominique Bé (DG of Employment and Social Affairs at the European Commission) as honourable moderators, amongst others.

Throughout the morning, eight different speakers from private and public entities were invited to explain the projects that they have been implementing in their local areas. All of them have a social-sensitive approach and aim at increasing the standards of welfare of the local communities, with a particular emphasis on three axes of social rights: fair working conditions, equal opportunities and social inclusion. The presented initiatives, which come from locations as diverse as Lille, London, Navarra Region, Brescia, Gdynia, Brussels, Zagreb and Mechelen, have all been designed, to a certain extent, to be potentially extrapolated to other cities and regions in the European Union. 

In the afternoon session, the attendants were invited to participate in an inspiring “World Café” where they had the opportunity to talk closely to the speakers and learn further about their experiences. The small-group workshop format was the perfect setting to get first-hand information about the specific implementation of the projects and their results up to the date, with a view to encourage the attendants to promote similar initiatives in their own local area.  

We would like to give a special mention to REVES, which was the main organizer of the event and managed to offer a fructiferous platform for exchanging ideas on local development. We will be more than pleased to offer our services to the public and private authorities who decide to take on one of the eight projects or develop one of their own.

Launch book event: Finance and Investment – The European Case by Colin Mayer

March 20th, Brussels

Today the EUAbout team attended the launch event of the book Finance and Investment: The European Case. Colin Mayer, along with other associates, presents their research on the situation of the financial system in Europe after the financial and the sovereign debt crisis. The research is organized by Assonime (the association of Italian joint stock companies) and the Centre for Economics Policy Research (CEPR) in London.

The main points discussed in the books are the access of SME companies into the borrowing system, the impact of the crisis into countries and companies and the effect of taxation policies on investment scheme. One of the key issues regarding SMEs is the poor access to market financing and thereby the strong dependence over bank finance which appears to be more cyclical. Moreover, high debt companies tend to reduce investment during economic crisis periods because new credit is devoted to support the existing credits.

This and many other topics are discussed in the extensive research conducted in the book. We would like to congratulate all the authors for the thought provoking work. Surely, it will promote the debate over European financial system architecture.

See you all in the next events!

EUAbout Team

Brussels January, 29th 2018

Yesterday it took place the presentation of the Energy Poverty Observatory. This platform aims to be a bridge for sharing knowledge and a point for networking among all relevant stakeholders. We, EUAbout, were once again there to give our thoughts and looking forward to work with all audience present at the event.

We had the pleasure to listen to important public figures in the field of Energy Systems and at a European level. Personalities such as Maroŝ Ŝefĉoviĉ (European Commission Vice President for the energy Union), Jerzy Buzek (member of the European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Poland) or Miguel Arias Cañete (European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy) were present at the event.

In a first section of the conference, it was discussed the main challenges Europe is facing against Energy poverty: the need of a unique definition for the term, more and homogenized data or the health and environmental problems derived from the energy poverty issue were some of the most relevant topics.

In a second section, the platform Energy Poverty Observatory was introduced. It will allow all stakeholders to bring ideas together more easily. For a long time, it has been discussed the necessity of having comparable data across countries. We are sure that the setting-up of the platform will help us to accomplish these objectives.

We congratulate the European Commission for the steps done in that direction. We are looking forward to work with all stakeholders who want to contribute to fight against energy poverty in Europe and all around the world!

Brussels February, 13th 2018

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EUAbout team attended the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) event where 2018 Call for Proposals was presented. The event was facilitated by Alison Hunter who highlighted the main ideas after each speaker intervention. In the first part of the event, EIT aims and objectives were presented.

Afterwards, specific information regarding the Call for proposal were exposed. This year call will be devoted to two major challenges in Europe: Urban mobility and manufacturing. The first one, aims to give response to the current pressures that cities are suffering in terms of pollution and mobility issues. The second one tackles with the modernisation of European industry.

In a second section of the event, we had the pleasure to get first-hand insights and experiences from Rajai Aghabi (Founder & CEO at EOLOS Floating Lidar Solutions) who told us about his experience as an entrepreneur and the relation with EIT.

During the event, some technical aspects of the proposal were exposed, you will find all the information in

In the last part of the section, several representatives of the main DGs discussed about how applicants can create synergies with DGs. The concept of synergies and cooperation was broadly debated. Just to give some clues, Innovation Communities applying for the Call for Proposal 2018 can be up to 50 different partners which means strong cooperation and collaboration are needed.

We would like to thank the organization for inviting us. We are looking forward to work with all stakeholders. We will be more than pleased to offer our help in this proposal!

Brussels January, 24th 2018

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European Development Days (EDD) are back again! The European Commission brought together personalities representing all the globe in a First Community Meeting that serves to give further insights on this year’s subject: Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest’.

EU-About was represented by three of their team members Teresa Dominguez, Imma Formisano and Guillem Sitges to give their thoughts on the meeting and to keep update on the latest news.

The first half of the meeting was conducted by Hannah Cole Head of Communication in DG DEVCO. A first explanation of the main topics to be discussed was followed by a Q & A round. The audience had the chance to expose their concerns and share their ideas on the topic. Monetary loses due to underuse of women at work positions, equal access to justice, the inclusion of all people regardless of gender, race or any condition and financing systems were discussed among others.

After a short break to recover some energy, some logistic aspects were discussed. The sessions will be divided into four different categories depending on the objective of the speech, the audience and the topics. This year edition will also include sessions to promote young leaders. If you wish to organize any event, do not hesitate to contact EU-About or visit EDD website for further information as the applications will close soon.

EU-About is very proud to be invited to this meeting. We hope to see all of you in the 2018 edition that will take places in 5-6 June in the city of Brussels!

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