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EuroAccess Danube Region is online!

Posted by Member 1bf1673, Monday, 13th June 2016 @ 2:29pm

  • Do you have a project idea?

    Enter your project criteria and find out which EU funding to apply for on

    EuroAccess Danube Region is the central online information point on EU funding opportunities for the Danube Region.

    The database lists current calls for proposals under EU programmes that are open for applicants in the Danube Region. It was launched on May 24th 2016.

    Go directly to the website or learn more about the initiative here.

Conference: Public Governance as the Foundation of European Integration

Posted by Member 1902e92, Tuesday, 10th May 2016 @ 3:27pm

  • Date: 23 & 24 June 2016
    Venue: Vienna City Hall

    Based on the new approach of the European Commission in the enlargement process: Fundamentals first, the conference will examine regional and national ‘best practices’ towards achieving the three pillars rule of law, economic governance and public administration reform.

    High-level representatives from national, local and regional authorities in the Western Balkans and the Danube region as well as EU-member states will come together to identify practices and recommendations on how to best reform public administrations and improve policymaking procedures to foster good governance.

Open Calls for URBACT Networks

Posted by Member 1902e92, Monday, 7th March 2016 @ 10:38am

  • The first Call for Proposals for the creation of up to 15 Implementation Networks shall be open shortly, normally on 22 March 2016. The call will be open for 3 months, meaning that candidates will have 3 months to prepare and submit their bids.

    The main objective of Implementation Networks is to improve the capacity of European cities to manage sustainable urban policies and more especially to strengthen their ability to implement integrated strategies for sustainable urban development. This call will thus be targeting:

    • cities from the EU 28 Member States, Norway and Switzerland
    • that already have an integrated urban strategy/ action plan addressing a specific policy challenge
    • and secured funding to finance the implementation of this strategy/ action-plan

Invitation to Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Round-table

Posted by Member 1c538c8, Thursday, 3rd March 2016 @ 11:38am

  • The main aim of the round-table will be sharing experience and learning from each other with purpose to give GRB more prominent role in reform processes.

    This learning initiative will bring together international experts on GRB. Case studies from many EUSDR countries will be presented and discussed as well.

    It will be organized by the Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF) and held in Ljubljana from Apr 18 to April 20, 2016.

    For more information you are kindly invited to visit this link.


Call in ROMACT programme: capacity building and transnational cooperation for the integration of marginalised people

Posted by Member 1902e92, Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 @ 11:11am

Time to get involved - 14th European Week of Regions and Cities call for event partners.

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 @ 3:20pm

  • DG Regio and the Committee of the Regions kicked off the preparation of 14th European Week of Regions and Cities. Under the headline 'Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth’, candidate partners have now until 1 April 2016 to submit their application.

    Details about conditions of participation and contact details are featured in the European Week of Regions and Cities guide for event partners. For the application forms and overall timeline, please check the partners' section.

    Kick-off presentation.

Want to know more about the upcoming call for URBACT Networks? Join the Launch event on 23 March 2016 Brussels

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 @ 2:27pm

  • URBACT III is launching the first call for Implementation Networks on 22 March 2016. These new networks aim at supporting cities with the delivery of integrated urban strategies and action plans. Taking part in an Implementation Network, cities will not only share experiences and good practices. They will also work together on improving their strategies and action plans and generate new ideas.

    A launch event will take place in Brussels on 23 March 2016 from 03.00 pm to 06.30 pm. Registration is now open here.  

Save the date for the next International Roundtable on ‘Beyond Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery‘, 17 June 2016, Vienna

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 @ 1:46pm

  • The next International Round Table organised by the Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking will take place on 17 June 2016 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the ‘Haus der Europäischen Union‘, Vienna, under the title ‘Beyond Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery‘.

    Renowned experts, practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and stakeholders will provide in-dephth information, analysis and findings of recent studies and projects on the implications  of the massive increase in arrivals of refugees and other migrants in Europe for human trafficking and exploitation, including the changes in policy that might be anticipated.

    Progrmmme and registration will be available soon at the Regional Implementation Initiative’s website.

Eurocities Culture for Cities and Regions initiative: last chance to participate in a study visit - deadline for application 21 March 2016

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Thursday, 18th February 2016 @ 11:08am

  • Eurocities invites representatives from local and regional authorities to attend thematic 5 study visits on culture that will take place in Antwerp, Barcelona, Regensburg and Vilnius.

    The objectives are to take stock of existing practices on culture as a key element in urban and regional development strategies; to exchange and promote the transfer of knowledge; and  to better understand successful cases of cultural investment and to go into the details of policy planning and implementation.

    Applications to participate in study visits are open to countries participating in the Creative Europe programme. The deadline of the call is 21 March 2016. For more information please visit the official website.

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) invites citizens to talk about Europe in local and regional public events

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Thursday, 18th February 2016 @ 10:32am

  • Application is open for those interested to host local events in 2016 that match CoR political priorities, with the main objective to engage citizens, in particular young people in a two-way communication on EU issues; encourage the exchange of knowledge and good practices among the cities and regions; and strengthen cooperation with other EU institutions.

    Several types of events can receive support: Citizens Dialogues; Stakeholders’ Dialogues; and Conference or seminars.

    CoR members and their local and regional authorities, EU regions, provinces and cities as well as national associations representing regional and local interests can apply.

    For more information and application please follow the link here.

DG Regio organizes a strategic training on Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 for EU Member State Experts, April-May 2016, Brussels

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Thursday, 18th February 2016 @ 9:36am

  • Participants from Managing Authorities of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cohesion Fund (CF) and European Social Fund (ESF) as well as intermediate bodies and audit authorities are invited to register for two independent training sessions free of charge:

    1. Ensuring result-orientation in operational programmes 2014-2020 (EN) Brussels, 5-6 April 2016
    2. Management & Control; Management Verifications (EN), Brussels, planned for 17-18 May 2016

    Full training programme and training materials, registration can be found here:

Public Hearing on Maximising the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) on 22 March 2016, Brussels

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Monday, 15th February 2016 @ 3:44pm

  • The European Economic and Social Committee, one of the members of PA10 Steering Group, is organising a Public Hearing on Maximising the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) on 22 March 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm, at its premises in Brussels.

    The aim of this event is to bring together representatives of European Institutions, civil society organisations as well as other experts in the field to discuss ideas which could enrich the EESC opinion – currently being drawn up – intending to give recommendations on how to use more effectively these substantial resources.

    For the programme and registratrion, please follow the link.

Bosnia and Herzegovina applied for EU membership today

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Monday, 15th February 2016 @ 10:33am

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted its official application for EU membership today. Minister Koenders received the application on behalf of the EU member states in his capacity of a representative of the Dutch Presidency of the Council.

    For more information, please follow the link 

Call for action grants to support national and transnational projects on non-discrimination and Roma integration is now open – deadline 12 April 2016.

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Wednesday, 10th February 2016 @ 1:04pm

  • The call aims to co-fund national or transnational projects on non-discrimination and Roma integration in line with the specific objective of the EU Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. Roma integration is part of the priority topics of PA10 as well. 

    Eligible beneficiaries are legally constituted public or private organisations from all EU Member states, Iceland and Liechtenstein as well as international organisations. The proposal must involve at least three partners and be national or transnational.

    The EU grant requested cannot be lower than EUR 150.000 or higher than EUR 500.000. Maximum possible rate of EU co-financing is 80% of the eligible costs. For more information, please follow the link

The future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020 - Final Conference of the Committee of the Regions - 3 March 2016

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Tuesday, 9th February 2016 @ 2:55pm

  • The final conference of the project on the Future of Cohesion Policy in which the Committee of the Regions (CoR) intends to initiate the discussion on the future of Cohesion policy after 2020 will take place on 3 March 2016.

    The outcome of the discussions will feed into the CoR's forthcoming political discussion and future opinion on this matter.

    The registration to the conference will be open until 1st of March 2016.

First Call for Proposals for Investment Projects under the WBIF Now Open – deadline 31 March 2016

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Tuesday, 9th February 2016 @ 2:01pm

  • Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) beneficiaries can submit applications for investment projects to be co-financed under the Framework by 31 March 2016. 

    The WBIF supports socio-economic development and EU accession across the Western Balkans through the provision of finance and technical assistance for strategic investments, particularly in infrastructure, energy efficiency and private sector development. The WBIF may also support general sector studies and capacity building operations that will assist investment in the Western Balkans region.

    WBIF Beneficiaries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo

    More details may be obtained by contacting the WBIF Secretariat

Join Advocate Europe idea challenge and help shape a Europe that is co-created by its citizens - open call till 8 March 2016

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Thursday, 4th February 2016 @ 2:14pm

  • Advocate Europe is an annual idea challenge looking for transnational project proposals which strengthen connection and cohesion in Europe. Advocate Europe is aimed at civil society actors who are looking for start-up funding and support to implement sustainable ideas in the fields of civic education, arts and culture, democracy and participation, social innovation or advocacy. The organisatoin fund up to 12 pioneering proposals with grants of up to €50,000 each. Projects are realised by MitOst and Liquid Democracy, funded by Stiftung Mercator.

    The annual idea challenge fund NGOs, clubs, associations, social institutions, arts and cultural institutions, schools, universities and research institutes from all over Europe, including all the Danube region countires.

    You can submit your application between 26 January 2016 and 8 March 2016.

Apply for the Social Innovation Tournament 2016 till 15 March 2016

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Wednesday, 3rd February 2016 @ 3:55pm

  • The Social Innovation Tournament is a flagship initiative run by the European Investment Bank Institute’s social programme. The tournament covers projects in a wide range of areas from education, health care and job creation, to new technologies, new systems and new processes. Four prizes are awarded by the jury in each category. The general category and special category each have a first prize and second prize of €50,000 and €20,000 respectively.

    The tournament is open to local government, as well as not-for-profit and for-profit organisations, young entrepreneurs and social enterprises, corporate responsibility departments of private sector companies, NGOs and university communities. The Tournament is open to individuals or teams from (or residing in) the EU Member States, Candidate and Potential Candidate countries, and EFTA countries that submit proposals to be implemented in one or more such countries.

    If you are interested in applying please complete the online application form by 15 March 2016.

Participation of Vienna in Housing Pilot Partnership of EU Urban Agenda

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Tuesday, 2nd February 2016 @ 5:26pm

  • One of the elements of the ‘Pact of Amsterdam’, aiming to launch the EU Urban Agenda, is the creation of thematic partnerships where urban areas, EU Member States, the European Commission and other stakeholders work together so that the urban dimension in policy design at the relevant policy level can be strengthened. Housing is one of the twelve priorities of the EU Urban Agenda and one of the four pilot partnerships that started at the end of 2015 and early 2016. In line with the work of this partnership, coordinated by Slovakia, a workshop on ‘Future challenges on Social Housing in Europe’ was held in Vienna

First call for proposals is now open for Interreg VB ADRION Programme - 01 February - 25 March 2016

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Tuesday, 2nd February 2016 @ 3:53pm

  • The Interreg VB Adriatic Ionian – ADRION Programme opened the first call for proposals as from 1 February 2016 to 25 March 2016. Four objectives will be funded: Innovative and Smart region, Sustainable region and Connected region. The programme includes several of the EUSDR members countries - Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The EU contribution shall be up to 85% of eligible expenditure both for the ERDF and IPA partners.

    Please, follow the link for further information.

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