Newsletter #3 -March 2015

“EXPLORE : EXPERTISE FOR LOCAL RESOURCES ENHANCEMENT”

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Project Partners Meeting in Zaragoza, Spain

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IN THIS EDITION:

  • The EXPLORE   project progress
  • The meeting in Zaragoza

The EXPLORE  project development:

The EXPLORE project, run since July 2013, has been continued on the third partners meeting held in Zaragoza on the 12th and 13th March 2015 in the headquarters of the hosting partner Asociación INDICO and the premises of EBROPOLIS Foundation in Zaragoza. During the  meeting there were the following activities implemented: follow-up and summary of the previous steps taken within the project, presentation of case studies of each partner, debate regarding the Project Final Guidelines by members, based on the draft 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 more detailed information regarding the course of the meeting.

FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW THE PROJECT YET, LET US REMIND ITS SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  1. EXCHANGE PARTNERS BEST PRACTICES, to structure the project activities and results by building on the diversified experiences of local development promoters and relevant stakeholders
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. CREATE A STABLE NETWORK OF PARTNERS co-operating at trans-national level for local development

DAY 1 – 12th March 2015

Internal meeting held at the hosting partner’s – Asociación INDICO headquarters –  calle Jose Echegaray 12, Zaragoza

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1. Short summary of the current state of the project and introduction to the third 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 previous meetings. 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 activities made so far by partners

STUDIO LEGALE Avv. Marazia

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 Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats concerning their regions. The SWOT in Puglia region was not presented previously so, Tommaso Marazia presented this analysis taking 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.

Tommaso Marazia presented also the Case Study which dealt with the crisis of ILVA S.p.A. regarding the environmental and economic devastation of the Province of Taranto – Puglia (Italy) – and its legal, social and economic aspects. Tommaso Marazia provided a short description of the case study, explanation of affected groups, main negative consequences of the situation and connections between the case study and the SWOT analysis. Regarding this last issue it is required some more information regarding this connection and the conclusion is that ILVA S.p.A is not using European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) enough or if they are using these funds they are not using them in proper things.

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Bartosz Kruszewski presented their Case Study called “Curriculum vitae as the first step to change the course of life”. This project is one of the actions aimed at inclusion of the recently disadvantaged groups to the labour market, activation of the unemployed and encouraging them to the professional development, as well as reaching the groups of the long term unemployed communities and attract them to undertake occupation. Besides presenting the affected groups and main negative consequences of the situation, a detailed explanation of connections between the case study and the SWOT analysis is provided. Mainly this Case Study is connected to Promoting employment.

Asociación INDICO

Maria Martin presented their Case Study called “Support Program of outplacement for Hospitality Sector in Aragón”. This program tries to promote the outplacement of workers who lost their jobs in the hospitality sector in companies based in Aragón because of economical crisis. Through this program different actions are developed: Guidance, counselling and job search, Training for employment and Insertion. Besides presenting the affected groups and main negative consequences of the situation, a detailed explanation of connections between the case study and the SWOT analysis is provided. Mainly this Case Study is connected to Promoting employment, investing in education, skills and life-long Learning, Promoting competitiveness of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty

Sviluppo Progetti S.c.a.r.l. already presented their Case Study in the previous meeting so Francesco Da Re presented the next task to develop into the Partnership: the Project Final Guidelines

3.  Working on the Project Final Guidelines

Francesco Da Re presented a draft of the Project Final Guidelines in order to check it with all partners and work together in a detailed version of the manual.

Different parts of the Guidelines Manual are presented:

  • Introduction
  • Project SWOT analysis
  • Project Case Studies
  • Conclusions and lesson learned for the future

Partners agreed on the importance of describe the target group and the impact on them and work in the last part of the Guidelines Manual. Partners agreed on the importance to answer on the Guidelines Manual the following questions:

  • How to promote employment
  • How to effectively use the EU Funds
  • How to promote networking and good practice exchanges among stakeholders

Finally, partners reviewed in short the topics proposed for discussion of the following day’s event and agreed on the sequence of speeches.

DAY 2 – 13th March 2015

Seminar “Promote local development by fostering co-operation between training institutions, enterprises and labour market local operators”, held the premises of the EBROPOLIS Foundation, c/ Eduardo Parra s/n Edificio “El Cubo”, Zaragoza

Asociación INDICO organized a roundtable with invited local institutions and stakeholders, with the main topic being: ”promote local development by fostering co-operation between training institutions, enterprises and labour market local operators”. The event took place in the Fundación Ebropolis venue in Zaragoza. The Association for the Strategic Development of Zaragoza and its Metropolitan Area, better known as EBROPOLIS, began in May 1994 with the purpose of elaborating and promoting the Strategic Plan of the capital and its Metropolitan Area. It has been declared of public utility. EBROPOLIS is working to be a meeting point for all people and entities committed to the future of Zaragozans. And it is doing this guided by the basic principles which have characterized the actions of the Association from its beginnings: broad participation, consensus and public-private cooperation

The conference was opened by Beatrice Bellet, as the hosting partner representative, who introduced the main speakers being Laura Fuertes representing the Ebropolis Foundation.

  • Ms. Laura Fuertes presented the main activities implemented by EBROPOLIS during its 20 years of activity to participants. This Foundation has developed the local strategic development plan of Zaragoza and includes a network of 80 local companies.
  • Mr Francesco Da Re presented in short the main goals and activities of the EXPLORE project and presented their Italian Case Study called “Antenna Sviluppo”. This case study dealt with the ways of supporting employment and community-led local development in Veneto Region.
  • Bartosz Kruszewski presented the Polish Case Study called “Curriculum vitae as the first step to change the course of life”.
  • Tommaso Marazia presented also the Case Study which dealt with the crisis of ILVA S.p.A. regarding the environmental and economic devastation of the Province of Taranto – Puglia (Italy) – and its legal, social and economic aspects.
  • Carmen Pelet, lecturer of University of Zaragoza, presented the Cathedra called Local Development between the University of Zaragoza and Provincial Delegation of Zaragoza. The objectives of this cathedra is to increase the participation of managers of local government entities (Provincial Delegation of Zaragoza and municipalities in the province) in the University, to share lessons learned; organize continuous training; conducting student placements; promote, design and organize communication and training actions (conferences, seminars, courses …). The Cathedra aims to study and publicize the problems and the socioeconomic characteristics of rural areas in the province of Zaragoza, to enhance their development and encourage the improvement of their quality of life through various outreach activities, training, analysis and participation that bring the rural university, and vice versa.
  • Beatrice Bellet from INDICO presented the Competyo Project and other sectorial Alliances where INDICO is working actively. A local initiative to promote Innovation & Competitiveness of companies through knowledge and the improvement of people and where private and public entities collaborate together for local development.

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.

There were approximately 25  attendees to the seminar, some of them have exchanged the contact details with the speakers, willing to build and maintain their relationships with project partners and hoping to exchange further experiences and opinions in the future.

Some Pictures of the event!

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Project Partners will meet again in Oderso on the 9th and 10th of July 2015!

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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

 

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