I am incredibly impressed by the VET projects I have seen, and more convinced than ever that VET really is a ‘First Choice', leading to rewarding and exciting careers”, said Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility. “I am therefore very pleased that we have reached more people than ever before during this fourth edition of our Vocational Skills Week, and hope that they too will spread the word about the quality of vocational education.”
“The best way to increase Europe's wellbeing and create employment is to help everyone learn the skills they need and increase the competence level of the whole population. High quality vocational education and training plays a key role in achieving this goal. The vocational Skills Week and its impressive number of high quality events plays a vital role in highlighting the importance of vocational education and training”, said Li Andersson, Minister of Education of Finland. “We have listened carefully to the ideas and insights expressed during the Vocational Skills Week and will take them into account when shaping national and European education and training policies for the next decade.”
Awards for VET Excellence 2019
Each year, as part of the European Vocational Skills Week, the EU recognises individuals, organisations and initiatives for their efforts in promoting and offering quality vocational education and training, through the “Awards for VET Excellence”. The awards are designed to highlight the quality in VET, provide visibility to the winners, motivate those taking part and support the development of networks and new career opportunities.
Announced during the Week's Awards Nominees Celebration, the 2019 winners are:
Companies and learners:
European Alliance for Apprenticeships Awards (EAfA):
Hidromek A.Ş. - Hayri Akgus, Turkey
Strand Hotel, Tom Flavin, Ireland
Samuel Gilmore - Company Mark Pollock Joinery, Kilrea, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland UK
Training at Work Award:
Hot & Cold Therm Kft. - Benkő Zoltán & István Győre, Hungary
Innovative VET Provider Award:
Akademie Deutsches Bäckerhandwerk Weinheim - Bernd Kuetscher, Germany
Teacher and Trainer Awards:
Markku Vengasaho - Edusampo, Finland
VET Researchers' Award:
Prof. Fernando Marhuenda, University of Valencia, Spain
The Entrepreneurial School Awards – TES / JA Europe:
Gradia Vocational Institute - Pirjo Kauhanen, Finland
European funding for excellence:
European Social Fund Award (focus on digitalisation and technological change):
Empleando digital - Belén Sánchez-Rubio & Carmen Cárdenas, Spain
VET and skills for the future:
Developing Work Based Learning Model for VET - John Hurley, Ireland
New didactical models for initial VET training of young disadvantaged persons to reduce drop out - Maria-Luise Leitner, Austria
European Agencies Awards:
Ortweinschule - College of engineering, art and design and Institute for research and technology Graz, Austria
European Training Foundation (ETF) Entrepreneurship Award:
University of Alexandria - Essam A. Elkordi, Egypt
International Awards (Guests of Honour):
International Skills Competitions Awards-WorldSkills 2019: Stefan Planitzer, Austria UNESCO-UNEVOC Skills in Action Photo Competition: Ruth Pemisola Oluniyi
The European events of the fourth edition of the European Vocational Skills Week took place in Helsinki from 14-18 October 2019. Organised by the European Commission – this year in cooperation with the Finnish Presidency – the Week aims to promote vocational education and training (VET) and spread the message that VET can be a successful choice for young and adults alike. The Week has mobilised thousands of people from across Europe to promote VET and highlight the concrete opportunities that this educational pathway offers.
The specific focus for 2019 was ‘VET for All – Skills for Life', while the overarching theme of the Week remained ‘Discover your talent'. The 2019 focus emphasised the fact that lifelong learning is a path to new opportunities and greater career prospects, and that VET is a great option for anyone at any stage of their life.
The Week in Finland
With the support of the Finnish Presidency, the Week brought 1,211 stakeholders to Helsinki. The events varied from an informal exchange with young people to an inclusive and future-oriented main conference on ‘VET for All – Skills for Life'. An expo showcased also the best of vocational education and training in Finland. 89 events and activities have been taking place in the whole country, such as contact day sessions for vocational teaching students, an open day at a VET centre, a VET fair and a virtual reality truck tour built up by VET and higher education students. 57,272 people have participated to-date, demonstrating strong support for VET at a local level.
2019 campaign ambassadors
This year, 27 ambassadors representing 24 countries are supporting the European Vocational Skills Week campaign. In addition there are two EU-level Ambassadors. They are all role models in their respective fields, champions of VET and examples of how VET can lead to successful careers. They come from all walks of life and illustrate the breadth and depth of VET. They are teachers and trainers, successful entrepreneurs, footballers, IT specialists, managers, and CEOs - to name just a few. Throughout the year, they have been promoting the attractiveness and excellence of VET, and inspiring learners to pursue upskilling, reskilling and learning opportunities at any stage of their life.
АРЧР, съвместно с HMA- Greece, LCCI Cyprus, GAUSS Institute- FYROM and CCP- Albania, организират срещи на бизнеса в 4те страни, партньори по проекта
Human Resources Development Agency, together with HMA-Greece, LCCI Cyprus, GAUSS Institute-FYROM and CCP-Albania, organize business missions with B2B meetings
With regard to the DTP Specific Objective 4.1 there will be a Thematic Seminar for the 3rd Call for Proposal on the 15th of January in Bratislava, Slovakia. This transnational seminar aims at supporting the generation of high-quality project applications for the topics covered by S.O.4.1
Бизнес центърът кани фирми и експерти в сектора на агро храните на работна среща на тема „Възможности пред производителите на храни за финансиране, външни пазари и иновации“, която ще се проведе на 31 януари 2019в х-л Рига, гр. Русе.
Η Ελληνική Εταιρία Διοικήσεως Επιχειρήσεων (ΕΕΔΕ) στο πλαίσιο του Έργου “BalkanMed e-BP”, διοργανώνει το 1ο Διακρατικό Επιχειρηματικό Forum με Συναντήσεις B2B διάρκειας 2 ημερών, την Τρίτη 26 και την Τετάρτη 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2019, στο Συνεδριακό Κέντρο της ΕΕΔΕ «Γ. Κοντογεώργης» (Λ. Ιωνίας 200 & Ιακωβάτων 61, 111 44 Αθήνα) και προσκαλεί Έλληνες εκπροσώπους επιχειρήσεων & επιχειρηματίες με σκοπό την δημιουργία νέων συνεργασιών και επιχειρηματικών σχέσεων με εκπροσώπους επιχειρήσεων από τις χώρες που συμμετέχουν στο Έργο (Αλβανία, Βουλγαρία, ΠΓΔΜ και Κύπρος).
Sofia Tech Park John Atanasoff Innovation Forum: 4 Global Experts 10+ Investors 15+ Startups 500 Visitors
„Бизнес форум Балкани и Средиземно Море“ /BalkanMed Business Forum/ в Деня на Европа на 09 и B2B срещи на 10 Май, 2019г., в гр. София, Парк хотел Витоша.
The 3-year stability support programme took a coordinated approach to tackling long-standing and deep-rooted structural issues that contributed to Greece experiencing an economic crisis and losing access to financial markets. In total, Greece's European partners provided €61.9 billion in loans in return for the Greek authorities implementing a comprehensive reform package.
Under the first project, Commission and World Bank experts will help Romanian county capitals develop stronger links with their periphery and use EU funding for projects that benefit the whole urban area, not only the main economic centre. For example, experts will study how to expand urban transport networks or how to cooperate better in the field of public services to make them more accessible.
In particular, Piraeus (Greece), Tampere (Finland) and Turin (Italy) will receive grants for projects that will protect and reduce the vulnerability of public spaces, in line with the 2017 Action Plan under the Security Union. The EU funding will also support innovative solutions in digital transition, in responsible urban land use and in the fight against poverty in 17 other cities.
Commission experts from the Joint Research Centre will provide support and guidance to 13 Bulgarian research and innovation centres to help them bring their innovative ideas to the market, facilitate the transfer and dissemination of knowledge and strengthen both their ties with businesses and their participation in European and international cooperation projects.
20 September 2019 , more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics.
13 September 2019 At the third EU-Western Balkans Media Days taking place from 12-13 September in Podgorica, Montenegro, the European Commission confirmed its support to the region with new initiatives focusing on media accountability, literacy and governance, judicial expertise on freedom of expression and promotion of reconciliation and regional cooperation.
11 September 2019 Following today's exchange with Member States, the Commission will now adopt the measures to introduce greater transparency through improved price reporting along the food supply chain.
Commission today adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions. Improving the ecodesign of products contributes to implementing the ‘Energy efficiency first' principle of the EU's Energy Union priority.
2 October 2019 in Mauritius, the EU started negotiations with five Eastern and Southern Africa partners (so-called ESA: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement.
Brussels, 7 October 2019 / The Commission publishes the 2019 Regional Competitiveness Index and a Eurobarometer on Regional Policy. This will help authorities in the Member States in charge of designing the future Cohesion Policy programmes for the 2021-2027 EU budget period to evaluate public opinion, identify regional assets and better focus investments.
Brussels, 7 October 2019 / the European Union signed an agreement with Montenegro on border management cooperation between Montenegro and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). The agreement was signed on behalf of the EU by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and, Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior of Finland and President of the Council, and on behalf of Montenegro by Minister of the Interior, Mevludin Nuhodžić.
Brussels, 8 October 2019 / The European Commission released the second edition of its Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, a tool designed to benchmark and boost the creative and cultural potential of European cities, which is vital to driving economic growth and social cohesion.
With this proposal, the Commission is delivering on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations to promote sustainable management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. It reflects the Commission's efforts and ambition to ensure social and economic viability for the fishermen operating in the region by restoring and maintaining stocks at sustainable levels
Brussels, 10 October 2019 / The European Commission has found Greek plans aimed at supporting the reduction of non-performing loans of Greek banks to be free of any State aid. The Commission found that, under the asset protection scheme (known by the name of “Hercules”), the Greek State will be remunerated in line with market conditions for the risk it will assume by granting a guarantee on securitised non-performing loans.
Brussels, 11 October 2019 / The Commission has published today a list of 20 regulated quarantine pests qualifying as priority pests, including Xylella fastidiosa, the Japanesebeetle, the Asian long-horned beetle, Citrus greening and Citrus Black Spot, whose economic, environmental and social impact on EU's territory is the most severe. Member States will have to launch information campaigns to the public, do annual surveys, prepare contingency plans, simulation exercises, and action plans for the eradication of these pests.
Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union's trade network - the largest in the world. In 2018 this network covered 31% of Europe's trade exchanges, a figure that is set to rise significantly (to almost 40%) as more trade agreements enter into force, according to the European Commission's annual report on the implementation of trade agreements released today. Overall, trade accounts for 35% of the EU's gross domestic product (GDP).
Brussels, 17 October 2019 / The European Vocational Skills Week 2019 taking place in Helsinki comes to an end. This year, 1,407 associated events and activities have been held across Europe so far and have helped the European Vocational Skills Week campaign to reach 2.5 million people, which is the highest number ever since the first edition in 2016.
The Investment Plan for Europe, the Juncker Plan, has played a key role in boosting jobs and growth in the EU. Investments by the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group backed by the Juncker Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) have increased EU gross domestic product (GDP) by 0.9% and added 1.1 million jobs compared to the baseline scenario. By 2022, the Juncker Plan will have increased EU GDP by 1.8% and added 1.7 million jobs. These are the latest calculations by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Economics Department of the EIB Group, based on financing agreements approved until the end of June 2019.
The European Union will announce 22 new commitments at the 2019 edition of Our Ocean conference, which will take place in Oslo, Norway on 23-24 October 2019, for better governance of the oceans. In addition, the EU is also launching ‘The Ocean Tracker', an interactive map to follow the over 10 billion euros commitments already made by governments, businesses and NGOs.
Brussels, 22 October 2019 The European Commission adopted today its latest report on steps taken by Bulgaria to meet its commitments on judicial reform, the fight against corruption and tackling organised crime, in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).
Brussels, 22 October 2019 The European Commission has exceeded the target set by President Jean-Claude Juncker in 2014 committing that, by the end of his mandate, 40% of the Commission's middle and senior managers should be women. According to the latest data, female managers at all levels currently stand at 41%, up from 30% at the beginning of the mandate. This is an increase of 37%. The figure is even higher at the level of the most numerous managers in the Commission, the middle managers or Heads of Unit. At present, 42% of them are women, up from 31% when the Juncker Commission took office. These achievements place the Commission amongst the public administrations around the world with the highest share of women in leadership positions.
Strasbourg, 22 October 2019 The Commission is today reporting on Croatia's progress in meeting the necessary conditions to join the Schengen area. The European Commission considers that, based on the results of the Schengen evaluation process initiated in 2016, Croatia has taken the measures needed to ensure that the necessary conditions for the full application of the Schengen rules and standards are met. Croatia will need to continue working on the implementation of all ongoing actions, in particular its management of the external borders, to ensure that these conditions continue to be met. The Commission also today confirms that Croatia continues to fulfil the commitments, linked to the Schengen rules, that it undertook in the accession negotiations.
The fairgrounds is the largest in Southeast Europe with a total area of 352 000 square meters. It combines a comfortable base, up-to-date infrastructure and services that meet the highest standards in the exhibition industry and create a comfortable environment for the exhibitors. The fairgrounds offers excellent conditions for presentation of the companies and their products attractive locations for expositions of all kinds of goods demo zones for machinery in action advertising spots for effective messages full service for exhibitors and visitors organizing events with a different profile
Bulgarian Association of Traders of Agromachinery – BATA AGRO is a professional organization that brings together companies, authorized by the manufacturer to import and distributе self-propelled and attached agrotechnics in the territory of Bulgaria.