Info Corner 

​Welcome to the Info Corner, a dedicated section of our website that provides valuable information related to SEDEC Commission's remit.

This section offers relevant information from various sources and institutions, including events, surveys, and other useful information addressed to members.​


Please note that no reimbursement is foreseen for participating in any of the events below.​

European social economy regions: Call for Expression of Interest

  • Organiser: European Commission
  • Deadline for registration: open call

The European social economy regions -initiative (ESER) led by DG GROW was launched in 2018 to raise awareness about social economy and to help build a network of social economy stakeholders. So far, regions and municipalities from 16 countries across Europe have already joined to form today a lively community of engaged ESER members.

The ESER community organises regional and local events promoting the social economy for economic development and social cohesion, and hosts also online exchange and capacity-building events. The ESER network has also been involved in the co-creation process of the transition pathway for the 'proximity and social economy' ecosystem .

This call for expression of interest will remain open with the aim of enabling regions, municipalities, and other local entities to join the Network and enlarge the ESER Community with new members.

See the new ESER call for expression of interest .​

Open Call on EU funding: Supporting the digital transition of social economy

The European Commissions opened a new call to support the digital transition of social economy, as an important step to support the social economy in the implementation of the transition pathway.  A great opportunity for national, regional and local social economy federations and other ‘enabling organisations’ to support their members, clients and stakeholders in the digital transition and establish transnational cooperation!

The call offers opportunities for social economy entities as well as their support organisations to facilitate digitalisation. Social economy enterprises and other entities can for example be supported in terms of e-commerce, digital marketing, cloud storage, data management and sharing, digital competences, open-source software and technologies, and more. The call focusses mainly on capacity building, training and advisory services, but also allows the option to support digital social innovation (DSI).

More information: Available on the call page and presentations / recordings info session
- Total available budget in the call: EUR 8 000 000, for projects between 24 and 36 months
- Project budget: between EUR 900 000 and EUR 1 300 000 (up to 9 projects can be funded).
- Submission deadline: 21/11/2023.

- In search for transnational partners to apply? Express your interest in the partner search section of the call page in the funding and tender portal.

Opening of the new Archaeological Museum in Chania, Greece

  • Where: City of Chania – Region of Crete - Greece
  • Organiser: Greek Ministry of Culture, Region of Crete, European Regional Development Fund

Cohesion Policy Funds help to open the new Archaeological Museum in Chania, Greece. The project featured the implementation of the required works with the aim of making accessible to locals and visitors the permanent exhibition of the valuable collections of the Archaeological Museum of Chania in the new iconic building in the suburb of Halepa, at Chania.

The permanent exhibition showcases the rich cultural heritage of the regional district of Chania over the long course of time. From the earliest human presence in Chania, thru prehistoric settlements and historical cities, displayed artifacts highlight aspects of social and administrative structure, religion, entertainment, war, and trade. The daily life of ancient people is also deployed, offering snapshots of their occupations, houses, furniture, utensils, toiletries, burial customs, and attitudes towards death. Specialised representations, digital multimedia and two tables with tactile exhibits and braille captions enrich the documentation of the collection, offering an engaging and memorable visiting experience.

The development of the permanent exhibition, started in 2017, was a collaborative effort involving various levels of support: the Greek Ministry of Culture thru the Chania Ephorate of Antiquities, the Region of Crete and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

This project is implemented as part of the Regional Operational Program "Crete 2014-2020," Priority Axis 2- Sustainable Development by upgrading the environment and addressing the effects of climate change in Crete, Priority 6c - Preservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage, SC 12- Protection and valorisation of cultural heritage in connection with tourism development. 

The value of this project is 3.220.216,75 euros co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the national co-financing fund. With its substantial support, the European Union is a key partner in this project. This support reflects the commitment to preserving this emblematic cultural heritage of Greece while fostering environmental preservation and sustainable economic growth.

EU Gender Equality Index

  • In​stitution: European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
  • Published:24 October June 2023

The 2023 edition of the EU Gender Equality Index by EIGE is now available.

It presents the new scores on gender equality in the EU and all Member States, providing an overview of where we stand, highlighting improvements and showing where more needs to be done. This, amid crises and uncertainties. In recent years, the world has been hit by repeated shocks and multiple crises. What remains constant is the fact that when crisis strikes, women and girls suffer disproportionally. The crises and shocks continuously threaten to create new challenges and reverse years of progress on women's rights and gender equality.

This year's thematic focus analyses Europe's ambition to become the first carbon neutral continent, drawing attention to two areas, the transport and energy sectors. By focusing on the different effects of climate change on women and men, the Index underlines the need for a socially fair transition that considers the needs of specific people and groups.

Youth Progress Index: Measuring young people's quality of life​

  • Organisation: European Youth Forum with Social Progress Imperative
  • When: Published 18 October

The Youth Progress Index is one of the first instruments developed to give the full story of what life is like for a young person today, independent of economic indicators. It brings together reliable data to give each country a score on how well different countries meet Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity.

By measuring a range of key criteria, the Youth Progress Index provides insight into the progress countries are making to empower their young people. How are young people able to exercise their socioeconomic and political rights? Do they live in a community where they feel included? Do they have access to housing?

When we understand what life is like for a young person in different contexts, we can make more informed, better policies that work on the ground. ​ 

Commission Call on Social Innovation Practices to Combat Homelessness

  • Organiser: European Commission
  • Deadline for registration: 14 December 2023, 17:00

Action type grant from the ESF+. The call aims at piloting and evaluating innovative projects and/or policy measures addressing homelessness and housing exclusion. The objective is to support capacity building of innovative multi-stakeholder governance structures and/or social experimentation at local, regional and national level of innovative forms of service delivery in the areas of homelessness and housing exclusion, including new forms of collaboration with public authorities.

​More information and how to apply: Link.​

Call for Proposals: ESF+ Social Innovation to Support National Competence Centres for Social Innovation

  • When:22 June 2023, 15:30
  • Organiser: European Commission
  • Deadline: 30 November 2023

New Call for Proposals of the ESF+ Social Innovation+ to Support National Competence Centres for Social Innovation | European social fund agency

The Call aims at enhancing and consolidating the capacity of National competence centres for social innovation (NCCs). It builds on the lessons learnt from the previous Call (2020), which resulted in the creation and development of NCCs in many EU Member States. The estimated budget of the Call is 8 million EUR. Funding will be provided for 6-8 transnational mutual learning projects focusing on the professionalisation and further development of NCCs and on the creation of NCCs within the Member States where they have not been created yet. 

Only consortia will be eligible for this Call. To be considered eligible, a consortium must include an applicant and at least two co-applicants, representing at least 3 different Member States.

Here you can find all the relevant information on this Call.​​

Teaching and learning of practical skills in social and health care

​The ERASMUS+ project between six European universities DITEPRACT (Digital and Hybrid Teaching and Learning of Practical Skills in Higher Education) , has produced a Best Practice Guide on Digital and blended teaching and learning of practical skills in social and health care. The guide is the final output of the Erasmus+ project, presenting results, recommendations and scenarios regarding online and hybrid teaching and learning of practical skills in social and health care education. One of the project's strengths is to develop knowledge from different contexts; six countries and universities contributing to different scenarios, which can be applied in simulation environments for digital and hybrid teaching and learning of practical skills in health and social care in higher education. The scenarios are presented here.

Religious Heritage Innovator of the Year 2023 Award

  • Organiser: Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) / co-funded by Creative Europe Programme
  • Deadline for registration: 30 November 2023

This competition aims to celebrate and promote excellence in the field of religious heritage through the annual recognition of five innovations that have contributed or contribute significantly to the safeguarding, enhancement and/or promotion of religious heritage in Europe. The overall winner will be invited to present their project to a high-level audience at the 2024 FRH Conference with all costs covered up to 1,000€. FRH will also promote the projects of the winner and finalists throughout Europe as examples of best practices.

More information here.

​​​Twinning project for regions in the area of smart specialisation

  • Institution: Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • When:Autumn 2023

The programme will support the implementation of smart specialisation strategies by strengthening institutional capacities for strategy development, implementation (operational, technical and political) and monitoring / evaluation. ​

Learnings to be conveyed will include insights from the Partnership for Regional Innovation (PRI) initiative and take into account planned follow-up activities.

Regions will be identified and approached by the foundation based on, among other things, corresponding thematic objectives in existing or planned innovation strategies and clear differences in existing institutional capacities.

The pilot will be implemented over the autumn of 2023 and completed by the beginning of 2024.

More information will shortly be available here.

DigiArc: Greece-Cyprus Digital Arch of Culture

  • Project: Rescue and promotion of the medieval cultural heritage in the island region of the Aegean and Cyprus)
  • Institution/Organisation: Greek Ministry of Culture & Sports, department of antiquities of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology, University of the Aegean

The main objective of the project was the preservation, protection and promotion of the cultural environment in Cyprus and the Aegean islands. This material presents a unique value in connecting the historical path of the two regions, as monuments of common cultural history (fortifications & castles) as well as their surrounding area were documented and highlighted with exceptional accuracy and fidelity.​

The joint development of the digitization project (funded by INTERREG V - A "Greece-Cyprus" Programme) allowed the documentation and comparison of the common historical timeline in the two regions that underwent strong changes and influences during the Middle Ages.

More info (available in 11 languages):

Europe's 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites 2023 announced

Institution: Europa Nostra / European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute

On 13 April, Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute announced the list of the 7 Most Endangered monuments and heritage sites in Europe for 2023. This edition marks the 10th anniversary of the innovative programme. The Board of Europa Nostra selected the finalists from among the 11 monuments and heritage sites from eight countries previously shortlisted by the Advisory Panel of the 7 Most Endangered programme. The selection was made on the basis of the outstanding heritage significance and cultural value of each of the sites, as well as the serious danger that they are facing today. The level of engagement of local communities and the commitment of public and private stakeholders to saving these sites were considered crucial added values. Another selection criterion was the potential of these sites to act as a catalyst for sustainable socio-economic development as well as a tool for promoting peace and dialogue within their localities and wider regions. Discover the selected sites here.

CICERONE project reports

  • Organisation: CICERONE

The Horizon 2020-funded CICERONE project recently released several reports on CCS sub-sectors case studies. They are part of their global project on quantitative data for the CCS. The CICERONE project is based on the Global Production Network (GPN) approach in the field of the creative industries in Europe. It contains case study research that focuses on networked production in eight cultural and creative industries: 1). Architecture;  2). Archives (including libraries and cultural heritage); 3). Artistic Crafts; 4). Audio-visual Media (film, TV, videogames, multimedia) and Radio; 5). Design; 6). Festivals, as well as Performing and Visual Arts; 7). Music; 8). Publishing. The purpose of the case study research is to understand key linkages and mechanisms in real-life CCS production networks and their relationships to context-dependent variables. The CICERONE project explores policies that may contribute to enhancing the impact of the cultural and creative sectors on competitiveness, cultural diversity and environmental sustainability. It also explores how to support post-Covid recovery of the sector itself. Furthermore, the case study research facilitates the identification of gaps in extant sources of quantitative data, suggesting approaches on how these can be plugged. Please follow specific links to the reports below:


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