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Open Digital Europe

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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

Social Businesses

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

Solidarity Europe

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

European Project

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy. This unique communication and networking platform brings together regions and cities from all over Europe. Politicians, decision-makers, experts and practitioners of cohesion policy, as well as stakeholders from business, banking, civil society organisations, academia, the EU institutions and the media gather to promote policy learning and the exchange of good practice. The 2020 digital edition reached more than 12,000 participants trough 510 sessions. The European Week of Regions and Cities is organized jointly by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).  The purpose of the European Week of Regions and Cities is to facilitate cooperation and networking between regions and cities as a platform for capacity-building, learning and exchange of experience and good practice for those implementing EU cohesion policy and managing its financial instruments. Open debate on EU cohesion policy in a wider context fosters discussion on common challenges for Europe’s regions and cities.

In 2021, the event will provide an opportunity to learn more about and engage in further debate on the European response to the health, social, economic challenges and OCVID-19 crisis. The focus will be on the capacity of the EU and of national and regional governments to support European citizens and their local communities with practical measures and public policies aimed at investing in a fairer, greener and more digital future. Correspondingly under the slogan “Together for recovery”, the #EURegionsWeek will be centered on the four thematic topics of this year:

Cohesion and the road from emergency to resilience, showcasing the added value of cohesion policy and its synergy with other investments tools to face the pandemic emergency and to contribute to the European recovery.

Green transition and the role of EU’s regions and cities role in addressing both short- and long- term, green and socially fair transition challenges.

Digital transition will focus on how to use ESI funds to successfully deliver the digital and green transitions for people.

Citizens’ engagement will put in focus rethinking the EU democratic model and its effectiveness in addressing people’s needs, in particular in the light of the COVID crisis.

Session formats and duration: Workshops (90 minutes); EU Regions talks (30 minutes); Information sessions (60 minutes); Participatory labs (90 minutes); and Exhibitor’s pitch (60 minutes).

How can you apply as an event partner? Submit your event proposal via the online application form available on the event website: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/partners/become-event-partner_en. The deadline for submission of applications is 26 March 2021. The 19th European Week of Regions and Cities will take place from 11 to 14 October 2021 in a digital format.

Partner up and let’s build resilient Europe together!

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.


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