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Social innovation for smart growth

01/10/2010

"Social innovation for smart growth. Can lessons be learnt from current programmes in EU member states, enhancing Innovative Work Organisation?" - Seminar organised by the Netherlands National Centre of Social Innovation (NCSI).

Social innovation as well as technological innovation are high on the agenda. Research learns that both social and technological innovation should go hand in hand for better productivity and job satisfaction in enterprises. The European Council recently approved the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Within this strategy and one of its flagship initiatives ‘Innovative Union’, strengthening eand further developing the role of EU instruments to support innovation are announced. As we all know, first steps are also being taken to shape the future of the European Social Fund in relation to the Europe 2020 strategy.

The seminar offers the opportunity to learn from current programmes in the EU (funded with ESF or with other funds). How to design and implement effective programmes, promoting Innovative Work Organisation in enterprises, anticipating the Europe 2020 strategy and the future of the European Social Fund, and contributing to their realisation. The Netherlands government promotes Innovative Work Organisation in enterprises through a set of measures. One of these measures is a grant scheme for enterprises, also with support from the European Social Fund, under the ‘adaptability of enterprises’ priority. We welcome the opportunity for transnational cooperation and mutual learning, offered by this seminar. We also wish to explore with you in Maastricht your interest in future activities for mutual learning and cooperation in this field, broadening the current mutual learning activities between ESF authorities from Belgium/NL, Nordrhein Westfalia and The Netherlands, to other member states and regions.

The seminar will be held in Maastricht on the 31st of September and the 1st of October. The Netherlands National Centre of Social Innovation (NCSI), organises and hosts the seminar, with support from our Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and from the European Union - European Social Fund.

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