Newsletter #2 – July 2014
“EXPLORE : EXPERTISE FOR LOCAL RESOURCES ENHANCEMENT”
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Project Partners Meeting in Warsaw, Poland
IN THIS EDITION:
- The EXPLORE project progress
- The meeting in Warsaw
The EXPLORE project development:
The EXPLORE project, run since July 2013, has been continued on the second partners meeting held in Warsaw on the 3rd and 4th July 2014 in the headquarters of the hosting partner Gi Group Sp. z o. o. and the premises of Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency in Warsaw. During the meeting there were the following activities implemented: follow-up and summary of the previous steps taken within the project, presentation of one of its final results, i.e. simplified SWOT analyses of each partner, discussion of the case studies to be run and described by the members, based on the example presented by the project coordinator – Sviluppo Progetti S.c.a.r.l. , dissemination of the project activities and exchange of best practice at a conference organized with participation of local stakeholders. Below you will find a more detailed information regarding the course of the meeting.
FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW THE PROJECT YET, LET US REMIND ITS SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
- EXCHANGE PARTNERS BEST PRACTICES, to structure the project activities and results by building on the diversified experiences of local development promoters and relevant stakeholders
- Through the CLLD approach, PROPOSE A SET OF GUIDELINES AND RECOMMENDATIONS in order to create employment boundaryless carriers, self-entrepreneurship opportunities for disadvantaged groups and promote the effective use of local assets(including HR and cultural capital) in times of economic crisis
- DISCUSS THE STRUCTURE, CONTENTS, POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS OF THE PROPOSED GUIDELINES with local public or private stakeholders, to refine them by comparing and contrasting them against concrete “case studies” identified in the local areas involved
- CREATE A STABLE NETWORK OF PARTNERS co-operating at trans-national level for local development
DAY 1 – 3rd July 2014
Internal meeting held at the hosting partner’s – Gi Group Sp. z o.o. headquarters – 47a Nowogrodzka Street, Warsaw
1. Short summary of the current state of the project and introduction to the second project partners meeting
The meeting was opened by the hosts who invited everyone to present themselves and briefly their activities in view of new participants to the project who did not take part in the kick-off meeting. Next, Francesco Da Re representing the project coordinating company Sviluppo Progetti S.c.a.r.l. made an introduction to the meeting with a summary of current actions and the list of topics to be discussed according to the previously agreed agenda.
2. Presentation of individual simplified SWOT analyses prepared by the programme partners and discussion of the analyses
As established before, between the first and the second meeting partners have studied different aspects of their local development promotion, incentives as well as hindrances, and as a result prepared respective simplified SWOT analyses with identified Strenghts, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats concerning their regions. The regions included: Veneto and Pugli in Italy, Aragona in Spain and Mazowieckie in Poland. The analyses have been prepared based on the structure indicated by the project coordinator, and thus the unified form enabled the discussion to be run on the same basis and facilitated comparison of particular points.
For the purpose of the analysis the partners have taken into consideration sources such as websites of regional authorities focused on the implementation of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) programmes, related information papers, articles and powerpoint presentations published on the websites, containing local context description. In addition, they have used monitoring and evaluation documents related to the management of ERDF and ESF funds in the previous programming period
(2007-2013) as well as national and regional reports referring to specific areas analysed in SWOT. Finally, they have drawn useful information from their own experience.
Each analysis included 8 main topics related to the priorities identified by the European Commission for the management of structural and cohesion funds for the years 2014-2020, i.e.
- promoting research and innovation
- access to and use of quality ICT
- promoting competitiveness of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs)
- protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency
- promoting employment
- investing in education, skills and life-long learning
- promoting social inclusion and combating poverty
- enhancing institutional capacity and efficient public administration
Partners discussed thoroughly and in detail every single point of their analyses, finding both similarities and differences between their regions. All analyses, as one of the final main results of the project, will be published on its website by the end of the project period.
3. Discussion of case studies projects from the partners local background
According to the previously established plan, partners were supposed to think of a case study they would like to analyse from their regional point of view, taking into consideration the impact of economic crises on the partners’ local areas and socio-economic disturbances that it caused. At the beginning, Francesco Da Re, representing the project coordinating company, made a presentation of an exemplary case study, based on the real local situation analysed and experienced by Sviluppo Progetti S.c.a.r.l. The case study dealt with the ways of supporting employment and community-led local development in Veneto Region and has been based on the project called “Antenna Sviluppo”. Coming from the results identified in their SWOT analysis, the case study author summarized weaknesses, critical points as well as strengths and potential assets hindering or on the contrary promoting regional development. Having them in mind, he gave response of the “Antena Sviluppo” project participants who have focused on the following objectives: creating employment, providing assistance to the local citizens (in particular young people, women, workers made redundant or after loss of job identified as the main groups affected by the crisis), promoting and encouraging the micro enterprises start-up initiatives, facilitating access to micro credits and EU grants, including national and regional funds. Through their operations, the “Antenna Sviluppo” project members have concentrated on development and implementation of market policies aimed at adaptability, employability and social inclusion in order to combat the major negative consequence of identified local situation regarding unemployment and social conditions.
Next, taking into consideration the described case study example, partners have briefly consulted their ideas of case studies with the project coordinator, asking individual questions and obtaining advise on the structure and contents of the planned case studies. Finally, it was agreed that all partners will share their case studies descriptions before the next meeting in Zaragoza to be held in March 2015.
DAY 2 – 4th July 2014
Conference entitled “How have the crises changed European Labour Markets”, held the the premises of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, 12 Bagatela Street, Warsaw
The hosting partner, Gi Group Sp. z o.o. organized a roundtable and conference with invited local institutions and stakeholders, with the main topic being: ”How have the crises changed European Labour Markets” . The event took place in the Press Center of Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency in Warsaw. Among the invited guests, there were HR Managers and Operational Directors from the companies associated in 4 chambers of commerce in Poland: British-Polish Chamber of Commerce, French-Polish Chamber of Commerce, Italian- Polish Chamber of Commerce, Spanish- Polish Chamber of Commerce, Polish Confederation Lewiatan (former PKPP Lewiatan) representatives and Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency representative.
The conference was opened by Bartosz Kruszewski as the hosting partner representative, who introduced the main speakers being Barbara Chamot representing the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency in Warsaw, and representing Sviluppo Progetti, its coordinator and Francesco Da Re, , and the guest from Spain Ricardo Cubero representing Public Employment Office in Zaragoza. He presented the main topics to be discussed, i.e. the impact of the European crisis had in the participants countries, response to the crisis, sectors affected, measures that have been already taken by the countries to recover from the crisis, best practices in this area and possibilities of improvement of the situation as well as the predictions regarding the near future in local labour markets.
- Ms. Barbara Chamot presented the situation on investments on the Polish market in the recent few years and their influence on the employment situation, taking into consideration the pre-crisis and crisis periods which Poland’s labour market is slowly recovering from
- Mr Francesco Da Re and the Sviluppo Progetti’s coordinator presented in short the situation on the Italian labour market, in particular in the Veneto region, comparing it to the current conditions on other partner’s markets and stressed the importance of small projects and initiatives that have a considerable influence on local communities and their development potential, which both shared on international level can be applied in local context of other countries, leading to future improvement of the critical situation
- Mr. Ricardo Cubero presented his experience and activities within service for the Zaragoza Public Employment Office, especially in the recession period which had an enormous impact on the Spanish labour market, though he gave examples of best practice activities run in the local area of Zaragoza, involving public authorities, universities, enterprises and associations, providing hints of how to face difficulties in times of crisis
The speeches evoked a lively discussion with the public who asked questions, willing to better understand the situation described by the speakers and their point of view, expressing also their opinions regarding the topic held within the event, which led an open debate among all participants.
Project Partners Will meet again in Zaragoza on the 12th and 13th of March 2015!
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein