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
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.