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Meeting of the Cohesion Policy Communicators in Ghent


250 delegates from across Europe have participated in the biannual meeting of the INFORM-INIO, that was held from 26 to 28 November 2019 in Ghent, Belgium.

This event, which is jointly organised by Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO) and Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (EMPL), has been a great opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities of communicating the Cohesion policy.

The event was organised with the invaluable support of the Flemish Government and of the City of Ghent.

A workshop focussing on the future of the ESF + communication took place on 28 November.

The INIO meeting included key highlights from Loris Di Pietrantonio, who is responsible of the ESF Unit at DG Employment and Tina Zournatzi, head of strategic communication at DG COMM.

The workshop also hosted the “2019 ESF Communicator Contest” Award Ceremony. This competition was designed to reward the brightest ideas aimed at communicating ESF-funded projects.

The winners are:

Name of the project:
Demografieberatung – demographic consulting for employees and companies
Contact person: Dagmar Moravec - ESF Managing Authority at the Federal Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection
This project is focusing on the development and implementation of measures to create life-phase oriented working environments. Throughout Austria and Europe the retirement age is high, therefore working lifetime will be extended and companies as well as employees have to take actions to retain workability and performance.
Name of the project:  Photo Exhibition "Portraits d'avenir"
Contact person: Jenny Charlier – ESF Agency
This projects shows through photography how ESF and YEI have an impact in the life of young people. The exhibition was presented in Brussels, in Liège, in Charleroi and in Villers-la-Ville.
Name of the project: “Career Guidance in General and Vocational Education Institutions”
Contact person: Ieva Gaigala - Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
This project ensures the development of the Career guidance system. Youth Skills competitions enhance the attractiveness of VET by demonstrating excellence in learners' skills in a wide range of practical activities.

The next INFORM - INIO meeting will take place from 9 to 12 June in Hannover, Germany.