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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.

On Monday, October 28th, a 3 day EU Funds Training Programme has been launched by the Malta Business Bureau in cooperation with Out of the Box International and the European Projects Association (Funding Innovations to serve as a platform supporting private entities in accessing directly managed EU funds and programmes).

The event started in the Malta House (Embassy) with a welcome note by Permanent Representative of Malta to the EU, Mr. Daniel Azzopardi and MBB CEO Joe Tanti. The welcome note was followed by an introduction to the Training Programme and the COSME Funding Stream delivered by Marko Paunovic, Founder and CEO of Out of the Box International and Dino Babic, President of the European Projects Association. They presented the main actions and possibilities under COSME (objectives, priorities, actions, deadlines) and examples of successful practices and projects under the COSME programme along with COSME Application Process (standard procedures, rules & additional documents). The participants presented their project ideas, to be developed during the training.

Second day started with a Study visit to EASME Agency (in charge of the COSME Programme). The main speakers were:

Giovanna D’ADDAMIO, Senior Project Adviser, EASME A1.2 – Competitiveness and

Internationalisation (COSME)

Alan VELLA, Project Adviser, EASME A1.2 – Competitiveness and Internationalisation (COSME)

Eric KOCH, Project Adviser, EASME A1.5 – Innovation Support (H2020)

Chiara MARINAI, Project Adviser, EASME A2.2 – Project Management H2020 SME (H2020)

Irina DINCA, Project Adviser, EASME A1.3 – Entrepreneurship and Clusters (COSME)

Darina BOTSOVA, Project Adviser, EASME A1.1 – Enterprise Europe Network (COSME)

Vincent FAVREL, Head of Unit, EASME A3 – EMFF

The speakers presented their work at EASME and the programme they are running, with suggestions and answers raised by the participants. Follow up took place in Malta House with emphasis on the project management within COSME programme. The main focus of the follow-up was on how a project idea should be developed, how should partners be chosen and involved in the process and how to ensure smooth running in advance regarding the project development stages.

During the final day of the training, a project writing simulation was implemented in order to demonstrate how to build a successful project idea that would be eligible for the grant. The evaluation of the project ideas was provided by trainers and participants. The main focus of this activity was on clearing some doubts concerning rejected ideas, presenting solutions on how to obtain higher scores, advocating for the proposal and seeking other available resources and platforms for further development of a project idea as well as a follow up to ensure maximal impact of the training on the COSME programme.

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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