GYMSEN project came succesfully to an end

The GYMSEN Project, funded by Erasmus+ call has had as objective the development of a methodology for helping to prevent and retard both the sensory and cognitive declines of elderly people, especially of smell and taste. The project has developed a training tool by which participants have exercised their sensory capacities during the project.

The project came to an end on the 31st of August and we can say that it was a success. The training programme, which was piloted in cooperation with Prave ted was accepted with great pleasure by the trainers and incorporated to the day-to-day activities of the organisation. We hope the idea of training the sensory capacities and motivating seniors toward healthy lifestyles will spread to seniors´organisations nation wide.

During the project a new partnership was created and Prave ted together with the coordinator the GYMSEN project are currently developing another project. The MemTrain project focuses on combining physical activities and brain training to reach healthy ageing by people 55+.

You can read more about the project in the attached press release.

GYMSEN – final press release from Stepana Tezka

APP YOUR SCHOOL kick-off meeting took place in Prague!

European development agency organized a kick-off meeting for APP YOUR SCHOOL project on 17th and 18th October. Nearly all of the project partners attended, therefore we had the pleasure to welcome here in Prague members of italian educational centre Zaffiria, that is a leading partner of the project, turkish Esenler District Educational Authority, portuguese AENIE, polish Modern Poland Foundation, finnish Kuopion city and their stategic partners from finnish education centre SAVONIA, greek KARPOS and EUDA, in cooperation with high school Otrokovice, attended for the Czech Republic.
During the kick-off meeting partners discussed important issues and planned their future steps, as well as the most effective outputs dissemination and implementation.
Project APP YOUR SCHOOL is focused mainly on children and younsters in 11 – 16 years of age education. Its aim is to develop some of the crucial abilities of a person in 21st century –media literacy and digital competence. This should be achieved with the help of inovative educational technologies, which use ICT.
Therefore, project seeks to create so called „digital ateliers“, that should encourage creative using of new media in everyday life. These ateliers will be produced in compliance with competencies desirable in contemporary world, as well as methodologies of Alberto Manzi and Bruno Munari, famous italian tutors and innovators in using ICT in education. One of the project goals  is also familiarization of teachers with project outputs, so these can be succesfully implemented into education system.
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Czech partners involved in the project Mobile mechanic on the European market!

At the turn of September and October 2016, the mobility of 17 Polish students held in Prague in the framework of the project Mobile mechanic on the European market financed by the European Social Fund, Operational Programme Research, development and education. Thanks to ERA there were involved also two high schools from Czech Republic, Střední škola technická Zelený Pruh and Střední průmyslová škola dopravní a.s., which hosted students of Motor vehicles, ships and aircraft from Marshal Jozef Pilsufski Schools in Szcuczyn, Poland.

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The aim of this project was to gain work experiences in high qualified companies of the automotive industry in Czech market, acquisition of new skills related to the profession and deepening the knowledge acquired in school. Sub-objective was also improving language skills, especially English. In addition, Polish students participating in the project acquainted with the culture and traditions in the Czech Republic.

During the three-month mobility they attended practical internships in car services and rich culture program with Prague and Kutná Hora sightseeing, which the European development agency had prepared to them.

The European development agency would like to continue in cooperation with the mediator of this project. They already plan another educational mobility for Polish teachers at the beginning of 2017. There the teachers will be supposed to attend job shadowing in Czech schools and gain experiences of the real teaching at a foreign school in practice.

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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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GYMSEN: Piloting of the new programme will start in April


On the 24th of February 2016 the partners of the GYMSEN project met again to discuss the practical issues connected to the training programme being created. The partners decided to create two types of training focusing on different target groups:

A) Training programme for institutionalised and demented elderly – this programme will focus more on the improvement of the altered cognition skills and sensory capacities.

B) Training programme for the healthy seniors – this programme will be created in a way that it increases the sensory capacities and so that it is entertaining and at the same time educative.

The piloting of the programme will start in April and it will take place in the following countries:

  • Greece – target group are patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Italy – target group are institutionalized elderly
  • Czech Republic – target group are healthy seniors
  • Spain – target group are healthy and active seniors attending the courses of the University of the Third Age

You can read more about the project in the website of the projectHERE you can download the 1st press release.


Partner Search: Cross border cooperation Czech Republic – Austria/Germany

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Hnutí Duha, a member of the EUDA Partnership Network, is looking for Austrian or German (Bavarian) partners for a project which will be submitted in the Interreg V-A Programme – Cross Border Cooperation between Austria and Czech Republic (

Hnutí DUHA (Friends of Eearth Czech Republic) deals with the issue of protection and monitoring of Lynx cats in the border region in the Czech Republic. They organise Lynx patrols and provide public awareness campaigns about lynx. Czech-Bavarian-Austrian lynx population is cross-border and thus its protection and monitoring requires international cooperation.

That is why we are looking for partners to prepare a project on this topic under the Interreg VA Programme – priority Raising awareness and educational activities in the field of nature and landscape protection and its use (more information in German here). Below you can see the description of activities which we would like to implement together with an Austrian or German partner, which are meaningful from our point of view and which also fit into the conception supported in frame of the Interreg Programme. It is certainly possible to modify or complete the activities after a joint discussion.

If interested for cooperation, please contact Mrs. Stepana Tezka, Manager of the EuDA partnership network at

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Deadline for submission of the application : March 22, 2016
Duration of the project: 3 years
Priority: To raise awareness and to provide educational activities in the field of nature and landscape protection and it’s use.

Description of Activities

Activity A:
Public participation in protecting of Czech-Bavarian-Austrian lynx population: training courses for new volunteers (in the Czech Republic and Austria), joint Czech-Austrian training courses and joint monitoring activities in the Novohradské hory mountains and border area
1. Phase: preparing a handbook for tracking in Czech and German, reprint publications ‘I lynx‘ in Czech and German
2. Phase: training courses for volunteers from the Czech Republic and Austria → lecturers, experts from both countries
3. Joint monitoring in the border area in the Novohradské hory Mountains, Lynx patrols in the Czech Republic (also in Austria)
4. Analysis of collected data

Activity B:
Developing of mobile application for lynx tracking, identification of lynx tracks, locating and sending of findings (lynx tracks and others)

Activity C:

  1. Methodical preparation of an educational program about lynx and lynx protection for high schools, elementary schools and excursions for universities and public (external collaborator)
  2. Testing Methodology
  3. Realisation (teaching) of educational program at elementary and secondary schools
  4. Realisation of ‘lynx’ excursions

Activity D:
Media work: press release about results of monitoring, articles on

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Lecce, Italy, hosted the second meeting of the THEY.EA project

A second meeting within the THEY. EA project – Towards Higher Employability of Youth European Approach was held in the Italian city of Lecce with the partner organisations from the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Poland and Bulgaria. The THEY.EA project focuses on creating tools that allow young people to improve awareness about the job and educational opportunities in the EU and this time young people were invited to the meeting to provide feedback on the educational programme being created. The host organisation during  26. -27. January 2016 was the Italian CNIPA PUGLIA, whose efforts made for a very high quality and enjoyable experience for all participants.

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The aim of the meeting was to hear the comments of the young people and to agree on two of the project outputs. The outputs include information and educational brochures intended for young people seeking employment and for organizations that work with this target group. The partners discussed the existing materials of the future brochures with young people coming from the target areas with the highest unemployment, who shared their experience and proposals for the improvement of both outputs. The result of the meeting was a workshop in which the partners and representatives of the target groups were divided into several working groups, within which they prepared the final materials. CNIPA PUGLIA prepared an interesting accompanying cultural programme that allowed not only the representatives of the target group, but also the other participants of the meeting to get acquainted with Italian cuisine and the interesting history of the city of Lecce and the Puglia region.

Currently, the partners are intensively working on the final outputs and the preparations for the last meeting – a conference, which is tentatively scheduled for December 2016 and which will take place in Prague.

For more information about the project, visit the Web page of the project or its Facebook.

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