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Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) announces cities

ICC supports cities to leverage advanced technologies and relaunch their economies towards a green, smart and socially-responsible recovery. Following an open call for expression of interest, 90 applications, representing 126 EU cities, have now been selected to participate in ICC.

European social economy regions 2020

Following a successful rollout of the European social economy regions initiative in 2018 and 2019, the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is launching a third edition of the European social economy regions (ESER). The ESER make regional and local social economies visible by supporting regional authorities in organising awareness-raising events where stakeholders can also build active networks.

European Social Economy Regions 2019

The 2019 edition of the European social economy regions initiative (ESER) has attracted more than 50 regions and cities from 16 EU countries and COSME third countries.

Social economy missions call for proposals

The European Commission launched the European social economy regions pilot (ESER) in February 2018 to raise awareness and build networks of social economy stakeholders at regional and local level. The initiative has attracted more than 80 regions and cities who have participated in ESER 2018 and 2019 editions. 2 ESER 2018 concluding events in Bilbao and Brussels gave the European Commission a clear mandate to continue with the awareness-raising campaign and streamline its support in the field of social economy towards targeted inter-regional collaboration.

Reducing youth unemployment: setting up co-operatives to enhance working opportunities in the EU

This call aims to improve the development of cooperatives and promote their image among young people. It seeks to embed cooperative entrepreneurial education in secondary and higher education as well as outside the educational environment. The Commission wants to support project that are innovative, transnational and implemented with a clear intention of replication. Projects should make results public and available for any actor interested in the cooperative business model and entrepreneurial training.

2019 European Social Innovation Competition - Launch Event

Since 2013, the European Social Innovation Competition has taken on some of the most pressing challenges facing society. In 2019 we’re set to do it all over again, with a brand new Competition theme that will be announced at the Launch event in Slovenia.

Winners of the European Social Innovation competition announced

This year’s winners were announced last night at an awards ceremony at the Albert Hall in Brussels. The competition, initiated by the European Commission, awards outstanding projects that develop and showcase social innovations and entrepreneurial ideas across Europe.