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All people deserve to live in a well-designed world
17/11/2017

“All people deserve to live in a well-designed world”, reads the Montreal Design Declaration signed at the World Design Summit in October 2017. The declaration is a joint position statement of 14 international design and non-design organisations aiming to harness the transformative capacities of design for the global advancement of economy and social wellbeing. The signatories include organisations such as UNESCO, ico-D and Cumulus, and also BEDA and SDN, of which some Design4Innovation project partners are members.

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Commission launches new Horizon 2020 Dashboard
10/11/2017

The European Commission has launched a new online presentation of implementation data of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme. The Horizon 2020 Dashboard is user-friendly but at the same time offers powerful new analytical functions that will inform programme reporting, impact analysis, feedback to policy-making as well as decisions on future priorities.

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Commision report showcases value, best practices for EaSI-funded projects and organisations in 2014-2017
09/11/2017

The report presents examples of projects and organisations supported by the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) in 2014-2017. The European Commission co-finances actions of public, private and civil society actors enabling them to deliver new services, assess existing policies or develop new ones, and exchange good practices in the fields of employment, social protection, working conditions, geographical labour mobility, microfinance and social entrepreneurship.

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Invitation to "Design for Enterprises" Full Course, 28-29 November, Thessaloniki
03/11/2017

Hellenic Design Center (HDC) in collaboration with Design for Enterprises project, co-organize a two-day thematic workshop "Design for Enterprises - Full Course", under the auspices of the European Commission. Hellenic Design Centre is an initiative (powered by Business and Cultural Development Centre - KEPA) that aims to enhance innovation, creativity and sustainability, in both private and public sector.

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Commission to invest €30 billion in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation
27/10/2017

The European Commission today announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding programme, supports scientific excellence in Europe and has contributed to high-profile scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of exoplanets and gravitational waves

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Smarter growth for Europe’s regions through innovation
24/10/2017

Globalisation, automation, new technologies and decarbonisation have an impact on jobs, industrial sectors, business models and the way economy and society are conceived. Europe is experiencing a momentous period of change. Globalisation, automation, decarbonisation, emerging and digital technologies: they all impact on jobs, industrial sectors, business models, the economy and society as a whole.

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European Tourism Day 2017: What's the future of EU tourism?
24/10/2017

This question will be raised at the 2017 edition of the European Tourism Day that will take place on 28 November 2017 in Brussels.The conference will gather around 400 participants (public and private sector tourism stakeholders from around Europe) to exchange views and share good practice on common challenges and opportunities in the sector.

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Publication of the final deliverable of the project, the Design Options Paper
12/10/2017

In the framework of the project Eco-Innovation Support Services – EISS implementation, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020, KEPA publishes the final deliverable of the project, the Design Options PaperThe Design Options Paper (DOP) is a "guide" - "manual" for other innovation agencies to design and/or implement similar, more friendly programmes and services on environmental and energy performance of SMEs.

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Urban Innovative Actions: winners of the 2nd call for proposals
11/10/2017

The European Commission, together with the region Hauts-de-France, announced on 10 October, the winners of the 2nd call for projects under the Urban Innovative Actions initiative. The initiative aims to provide urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Out of 206 applications, 16 cities were selected to test, within 3 years, their innovative solutions to the following challenges:

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Summary of regional activities in Semester 1
09/10/2017

The first semester of Design4Innovation was a busy six months for our project partners. We hit the ground running and held two partnership meetings. Both partnership meetings, in Bruges and in Thessaloniki were successful in terms of interregional learning and taking us closer to developing Design Action Plans and influencing Operational Programmes in our regions. After each meeting partners are bringing the knowledge back to the regions - discussing the project progress with their Stakeholder Groups and disseminating the learnings during promotional events.

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The Future of EU Finances: new Cohesion report fuels the discussion on EU funds after 2020
09/10/2017

The Commission publishes the 7th Cohesion report, taking the pulse of EU regions, drawing lessons from cohesion spending during the crisis years and setting the scene for Cohesion Policy after 2020. Analysing the current state of the EU's economic, social and territorial cohesion, the Cohesion report brings our Union under a magnifying glass: Europe's economy is bouncing back but disparities persist between and within our Member States

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