Prague 9 to implement a network under the URBACT III programme

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On the 3rd of May, the European Development Agency and one of our clients – members of the Partnership Network, the Municipal District of Prague 9, received a very important and good news: the Procure network, in which Prague 9 is directly involved, got approved for the second phase of URBACT III programme.

URBACT III: the cities‘s collaboration to solve urban common problems

URBACT III supports European towns and cities in different thematic areas and through different funding schemes. One of these schemes is the so called Action Planning Networks. Only 20 Action Planning Networks got approved for the second stage of implementation; their main goal is to ameliorate the ability of cities to manage sustainable urban policies and to increase the capacity to conceive integrated strategies for sustainable urban development. The perspective is to improve local policies through concrete action planning. The 20 projects which got approved are especially focused on regaining unused urban assets, supporting local businesses and entrepreneurship so as to encourage local employment, facing urban problems such as the efficiency of public services and policy responses, supporting sustainable transports, caring for the food chain and increasing cities’ resilience.

The are two more types of URBACT networks which can be joined by cities: the Implementation Networks, that support cities with the delivery of an existing integrated urban action-plan, and the Transfer Networks, which help cities in adjusting a good-practice to improve their urban policies.

The URBACT programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Its calling is to push cities to work together and to elaborate integrated solutions to common urban problems.

The PROCURE project: building up a good local economy through procurement

European cities impulse regional growth, innovation and employment creation. Wherefore, towns and cities of all sizes across Europe have a decisive importance in bettering the quality of life for citizens; local economies are fundamental to local economic prosperity. However, because of the 2008 crisis, cities are not facing an easy situation: insufficient financial resources to supply services, unemployment and inequality.

A possibility to help local economies to grow is by stimulating local purchasing and spending with local businesses. Governments and other public authorities pay up abundant amounts of public money buying works, goods or services through contracts with suppliers (“public procurement”). Evidently, in a hard financial moment like the current one, it is necessary that they get the most benefit out of the procurements, not only in terms of value for money but also in terms of being eco‐friendly and socially responsible. But, although public and „anchor“ institutions are spending a lot, much of this consume does not remain within the local economy. Moreover, for cities, it is hard to innovate within the procurement process as it is considered extremely bureaucratic.

The policy question therefore is how to influence this economic power, handled through procurement, to guarantee that as much as is possible is spent locally and in such a way that it can deliver economic, social and environmental advantages for the local economy and its population, instead of using it as a simple way for purchasing goods and services.

There are many possible solutions that cities could employ, but towns on their own may not have the resources, the capability or the necessary information to implement these new ideas. That is why collaboration and exchange of expertise in Europe are two fundamental elements, and this is precisely the ambition of the Procure project: to create a good local economy through procurement.

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The Procure project involves 11 partners all over Europe: the city of Preston (UK), which is the lead partner, the cities of Albacete and Candelaria (Spain), the city of Almelo (Netherlands), the cities of Koszalin and Lublin (Poland), the metropolitan city of Bologna (Italy), the city of Koprivnica (Croatia), the city of Nagikallo (Hungary), the District of Prague 9 (Czech Republic) and the County of Satu Mare (Romania).

The cities’s profiles have been deeply analysed in order to build up specific objectives and activities of the project. The main identified challenges in the involved cities are: the lack of awareness among local business base of opportunities, a bureaucratic and rigid national level law, the suspicion of corruption in procurement/risk aversion, the rigid judgement beyond price in procurement decisions, the internal procurement inexpertise and incapacity.

Therefore, the Procure network established three objectives: to supply a wider understanding of procurement and of which achievements are viable and which are not; to change procurement cultures; to optimize the economic, social and environmental towns’s benefits of procurement.

In order to accomplish all these objectives, 8 transnational and thematic meetings are planned: the first is going to take place in June 2016 in Lublin and here partners are going to discuss about law and regulations at a European and national level and about the possible cities’s actions concerning procurement innovation. The second meeting is planned for September 2016 in Satu Mare; it is going to concern the way to develop a procurement strategy and partners are going to line out where a local procurement spend goes. The third thematic meeting is going to be held in Albacete in December 2016 and it will focus on developing and using social criteria in procurement. The following meeting is going to take place in Koprivnica in March 2017 and it will focus upon how local businesses and SMEs can be more efficiently engaged with procurement and how awareness can be reached. The fifth meeting is going to be held in Candelaria in June 2017 and in this case the topic will concern the development and the practice of environmental criteria of procurement. During the meeting in Koszalin, planned for September 2017, partners will discuss about the way in which cities can constantly monitor the impact of their procurement decisions and spend. The seventh meeting will be held in the district of Prague 9 and partner will review the Integrated Action Plans draft. The conclusive meeting is planned for 2018 and it will take place in Bologna.

Thanks to EUDA, the district of Prague 9 is going to receive 33 950 € from the ERDF (85 % of the total budget of 48 499 €) in order to face the above mentioned challenges.

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The participation of this Czech Municipality in a successful URBACT project is considered a huge achievement, also considering that, from the first implementation of the URBACT programme in 2002 until now, just 10 Czech cities contributed to a successful URBACT project.

In the past, the European Development Agency helped another client to get involved in a URBACT project: the municipality Ústí nad Labem participated into the PREVENT project, which was focused on early school leaving. Basing on the local context and needs, the municipality of Ústí nad Labem built up the Local Education Plan, the main output of the project, in which it is underlined the importance of the collaboration between schools and families in order to prevent this social problem and all its social costs. Main measures included the creation of a Platform for meetings of schools, the improvement of the school climate through the encouragement of professional occupations at schools and the truancy prevention.

EuDA has a notable experience in the international pattern and has leaded and coordinated many large-scale projects funded by the European Union. Some successful implemented projects include Erasmus Work Placements Consortium with two top Prague’s universities, organization of PLM mobilities (Transnational Placements in Enterprises) within the Lifelong Learning Programme, the  DENS Project (within the PROGRESS Programme), Key Roma and I am Roma Projects, Current Trends in Social Innovation Project and Active Ageing Project within ESF Programme, four innovation projects in the Central Europe Programme (ACCESS, BICY, E2BEBIS and CENILS) and others.

If you want to get involved in URBACT, notice that there is a call for Implementation Networks going on with deadline on 22/06/2016!

GYMSEN's piloting testing started in Prague


On the 28th of April, the pilot testing of the GYMSEN project started in Prague. The whole piloting course is going to last 10 weeks; it is divided into 10 sessions, a session per week is planned and each one is going to last 60 minutes.

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In the Czech Republic, the target group involved into the piloting testing includes 10 healthy seniors. During the first session, this group was introduced to the GYMSEN project, moment in which they got informed about the programme of the course and the main activities they will have to perform. During the second part of this first session, the group realized two questionnaires: one about Mini Nutritional Assessment and one about their sensory perception of food. The most interesting part of the first session was the practical excercises where the ability to recognize odour intensity and identity was tested.

The following sessions are consisting of basic and complex exercises with tomatoes, apples and other spices or herbs, in which seniors will have to smell and taste ingredients and to recognise differences between them. They will also have to prepare recipes and to play to some memory games with herbs and spices. In the penultimate session, the group is going to attend to a documentary about international food, healthy food and new food and participants will have the opportunity to discuss about it. During the very last session, some evaluation and satisfaction questionnaires are going to be leaded and the practical test is going to be run once again in order to be able to make the comparison.

The very aim of this project is to create a training programme for seniors in order to improve their sensory capacities. For more information about the project you can click here.

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For the GYMSEN project, EUDA can count on the collaboration of Právě teď o.p.s., an NGO based in Prague with the mission to change the public perception about seniors and to change the seniors’ perception of themselves. The organisation has been established in 2013. At the moment, Právě teď is looking for projects to join. For more information about this organisation, you can click here.

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GYMSEN mentoring event in Prague: sensory training programme to be launched soon

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On the 28th of March, one of the most important meetings of the GYMSEN project took place in Prague, Czech Republic. European Development Agency had the pleasure to welcome Mr. Gunnar Hall, the representative of the research centre SP from Gothenburg, Sweden. The other participants were two Prague memory-trainers, Mrs. Iveta Luxová and Mrs. Pavlína Boučková, and the project manager from EUDA, Štěpána Těžká. The aim of the meeting was to agree on the final programme of the GYMSEN sensory training pilot and to inform Mrs. Luxová and Mrs. Boučková about the methodology of the project.

Mr Hall presented the project and explained some interesting notions about the olfactory system and olfaction as such. After his presentations, all the partners could participate to the practical part of the meeting, trying out some exercises that will be used with the target group in a few weeks. At the end of the meeting, partners discussed about the final programme of the piloting course and reached agreement about it. The pilot testing will start in the last weeks of April with a group of 10 Czech seniors.

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The aim of the GYMSEN project is to create a training programme for seniors in order to enhance their sensory capacities; it focuses mainly on olfactory, taste and touch. The project work plan is made up of four main parts:

  • The study of needs (questionnaire survey among seniors and their caregivers or relatives)
  • The creation of the training program and materials
  • The test of the pilot version in each country
  • The dissemination of the program among organizations working with the elderly

The GYMSEN project started in September 2014 and will last until August 2016. In April there will be pilot testing sessions not only in Prague but also in Spain, in Italy and in Greece. After the pilot testing the programme will be amended and published. During the summer there will be multiplier events to promote the outputs of the project.

You can read more about the project here.

Kickoff meeting of ECO project took place in S. João da Madeira

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On the 15th of March, the Culture Palace of S. João da Madeira hosted the kickoff meeting of the project “European Challenges and Opportunities”. The meeting started with a welcome note by the Mayor, Mr. Ricardo Figueiredo and continued with the presentation of the project. After a musical moment, young people had the opportunity to listen to the testimony of two local entrepreneurs. After that, the foreign partners of the project were presented.

A second meeting took place in the afternoon, where the delegates of the partners could discuss about the intellectual outputs, the timeline, the dissemination and the financial-administrative issues. During the evening and the following day, guests had also the time to visit São João da Madeira and Oporto.


The ECO project is coordinated by Escola Inglesa, (Portugal) and is the result of the partnership between international entities such as Centro Tecnológico do Calçado, Município de S. João da Madeira (Portugal), the European Development Agency (Czech Republic), Twin Training International (England) and the University of Highlands and Islands (Scotland) and it is financed by the Erasmus+ programme.

The project will develop a training programme for unemployed people, aged between 17 and 30, in order to get them skilled in the entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation sectors. Young participants will also have access to workshops and coaching which will help them for free to organize their ideas and to find their first employment. Thanks to this programme, young people will be able to open their mind to a more global way of thinking and then will bring this enriching knowledge back to their fatherlands.

Thanks to EUDA’s extensive experience in international cooperation projects, our company will be able to organize an effective educational training programme in tourism, entrepreneurship, business and time management, which is going to take place in Prague, Czech Republic, in October 2016.

You can read more about the project here.

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New Erasmus + Call for Proposals

A new call for proposals of Erasmus + has been published. This call for proposals covers the following actions of the Erasmus+ programme.
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  • Mobility of individuals in the field of education, training and youth
  • Erasmus Mundus joint master degrees
  • Large scale European voluntary service events

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  • Strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth
  • Knowledge alliances
  • Sector skills alliances
  • Capacity building in the field of higher education
  • Capacity building in the field of youth

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  • Structured dialogue: meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth.

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  • Jean Monnet chairs
  • Jean Monnet modules,
  • Jean Monnet centres of excellence
  • Jean Monnet support to associations
  • Jean Monnet networks
  • Jean Monnet projects.

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  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Small collaborative partnerships
  • Not-for-profit European sport events.


The eligibility is very wide: any public or private body active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport may apply for funding within the Erasmus+ programme. In addition, informal groups of young people who are active in youth work may apply for funding for learning mobility of young people and youth workers as well as for strategic partnerships in the field of youth. The Erasmus+ Programme is open to the countries on this list.

Submission deadlines for applications under the three Key Actions and further relevant information are provided in the OJ Call noticeThe 2016 Programme Guide with action-specific information and details on the award criteria is an integral part of the Call and is accessible on this DG EAC website.

Are you planning to apply? The expertise of the European Development Agency can  help you. We have wide experience in submitting successful project proposals!
Please contact our team for further information.

In addition, the 2016 version of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide has been released.

Erasmus+ Sports: EUDA success on the first call of proposals

The Erasmus+ Programme, which entered into force in 2014, includes a new funding scheme for projects specifically related to sport. The budget of Erasmus+ Sports for 2014-2020 is 266 million EUR, approximately 1.8% of the total budget of Erasmus+.

4515-itok=yCCsjefTThe Sport Chapter in the Erasmus+ Programme aims to support European partnerships on grassroots sport in order to pursue the following objectives:

  • Tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, such as doping, match fixing and violence, as well as all kinds of intolerance and discrimination;
  • To promote and support good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes;
  • To promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.

The Assessment of Erasmus+ Sport Report, published by the EOC EU in spring 2015, contains some recommendations in order to achieve this aim:

  • Reduce the administrative and financial burden
  • Allow volunteering as a source of own contribution
  • Encourage the setting up of projects with smaller budgets
  • Limit the required number of partners

The results of the first call for proposals are now published and European Development Agency has been successful. The Beachklub Ládví, member of the European Development Agency Partnership Network has received a grant for the project Move up to be healthy and happy!

Also last year we celebrated success in the area of sports related projects – from five successful Czech organizations’ approved projects, two projects were intermediated by the European Development Agency (EUDA) and implemented by Hranická rozvojová agentura, also the member of the  EUDA Partnership Network:

–  E-ONE project: European Outdoor Network Experience         eone
–  EGPIS project: Encouraging Girls’ Participation in Sportsegpis

Portraits exhibition in Prague of transnational Interreg projects


The Central Europe Programme and the Representation of the European Commission in Prague opens a programme’s PORTRAITS exhibition with a vernissage on 19 October 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. The PORTRAITS exhibition of the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme looks back at what has been achieved by transnational Interreg projects since 2007. Since 2007 the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme encourages regional cooperation among central European countries. We fund transnational projects through the ERDF.

It is a travelling collection of posters portraying all 124 Central Europe projects, which helped to improve regional and urban innovation, the use of natural and cultural resources, energy efficiency as well as transport and mobility. Collectively, the posters represent the diversity of achievements, which contribute to ultimately making central Europe cities and regions better places to live and work.

The exhibition is held in the Representation of the European Commission in Prague, and will be open to the public from 20 October to 11 December 2015, free of charge. The adress is Pod hradbami 17 160 00 Praha 6.

Here some photos of previous exhibitions.



Pilot testing of e-learning course for informal caregivers within the ELMI project was successfully completed

European Development Agency is part of a consortium of ELMI project (Enhancing labour market integration of elderly family carers through skills improving), which aims to help informal caregivers to access the labour market after their caregivers role is over.
This summer, the pilot testing of e-learning course (created on the base of the Italian model of the organization Anziani e non solo) was running.
During testing, the selected participant (informally caring for their relatives) went through the entire course and quiz at their homes. Those participants, who filled the quiz successfully, obtained Certificate of completion of the course.
They all provided feedback on the quality and usefulness of the course, which indicated the user-friendliness and concise information.
Read more about the results in the 3rd project press release, which can be downloaded here.
More information about the project you can find on the EUDA website here.

Pilot testing of the course for informal caregivers within the project ELMI started

European Development Agency represents the Czech Republic in the international project consortium of the project ELMI (Enhancing labour market integration of elderly family carers through skills improving) funded by the Leonardo Da Vinci programme (project number 2013-1-RO1-LEO05-28764).
The main activity of this project is the transfer of e-learning training course for informal caregivers from Italy to Romania and the analysis of its potential transfer to Poland and the Czech Republic. The goal is to help the informal caregivers in their care role and offer them new skills to re-enter the labour market.
For more information about the project please visit the EUDA website here.
In the Czech Republic, the pilot testing of 2 course modules began on the 29th of May 2015, when initial meeting of 10 project participants (informal caregivers) was held. The meeting was organized in cooperation with the association Totum, which deals with support of both formal and informal caregivers. The aim was to introduce the project and to explain how to use the e-learning course. The next phase of testing will take place already at each caregivers home, through an Internet platform.
On this occasion, the second project newsletter was published – you can download it here.

RegioStars Awards 2015 finalists


The objective of RegioStars 2015 is to identify good practice in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects or support schemes that could be inspiring to other regions and project managers. Eligible projects or support schemes have been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Social Fund, or the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.

There are four RegioStars Award categories for 2015:

  1. Smart Growth: Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy
  2. Sustainable Growth: Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society
  3. Inclusive Growth: Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion
  4. CityStar: Transforming cities for future challenges

The European Commission announced on the 26th june the finalists for the RegioStars 2015 awardss,  17 finalists from 143 entries on the basis of four key criteria:

  • Innovative character of the project
  • Impact (or expected impact) of the project in terms of initial objectives REGIOSTARS 2015
  • Expected financial sustainability of the project: Evidence could include development towards self-financing or demonstration that the project has or will be part of a succession of projects sequentially funded by other EU financial instruments
  • Possibility to extrapolate good practices of the project to other regions. Project’s results in enhancing local, regional and interregional partnerships: Evidence could include demonstration that the project has inspired other regions’ projects/programmes or that good practices were shared with other regions.

The finalists come from regions and cities in 15 Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The four final winners will be announced during the 2015 OPEN DAYS event in Brussels from 12 to 15 October 2015.

Commenting on the selection, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said, “I congratulate all finalists, as those projects selected by the Jury serve as best practices examples for other regions and cities of the kind of investments we want to see more in the future. This year’s finalists are model projects in SME growth, energy efficiency, social inclusion, and urban development, all with the aim of improving the quality of life of their citizens. Being a finalist for the RegioStars Awards is not only a quality label designating a great project, it is also international recognition for regions and cities for their innovative and creative approaches in the use of EU funds.” 

Source: InfoRegio

Article by Nora Lázaro