The fourth Newsletter is now online!

The Egrejob experience is coming to an end… but its results are on-going at different levels, and remain incorporated in the Euro-Mediterranean Green Jobs Charter. Very busy months lately…. The meetings in Terrassa (25-26 November 2015) and Rome (10-11 December 2015) refined the content of the Green Jobs Charter, facilitated the knowledge of interesting Green Jobs experiences and business solutions and helped sharing, inter alia, the first positive evidences at employment level coming from the training activities carried out in the regions. Egrejob actions were then shared at European level in Athens on 15 December 2015 as Tuscany Region was called by the ENPI CBC MED Programme authorities to present the project as a good practice and find synergies with other project experiences. The Final Conference in Florence last 4 March, anticipated by a successful Green Start Up Lab involving Egrejob trainees in the creation of green business ideas, presented the project results and formalized the signature of the Charter.

In this last issue we are talking about…

…the final conference in Florence in March 2016

…Egrejob policy impact and capitalization activities in Tunisia

…the Interact programme support for capitalizing Egrejob results

…ENPI CBC MED capitalization event in Athens

Thank you to all the partners for the generous contributions constantly given, and for the enriching professional and human experience in these last two years!

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Green Economy kick-off in Tunisia thanks to Egrejob!

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In his speech last Friday during the final conference, the Governor of Sousse region recognized the importance of the project for the introduction of GreenEconomy in Regional and National development strategies. After taking full stock from Egrejob seminars, study visits and joint activities, the Governorate, called to elaborate a local development strategy, became aware of Green Jobs relevance for creating employment and assuring a sustainable economical development, thus facing the current crisis. The national development framework incorporated the issues raised at regional level in the national programming documents and “Green economy as a driver for sustainable development” has finally become one of the 5 axes of National Development Plan 2016-2020.

See the speech of the Governor of Sousse at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB06TvMlH7s

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Euro-Mediterranean Green Jobs Charter: EGREJOB launching the commitment for “green” development in the Mediterranean Basin

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On Friday 4 March 2016, in occasion of EGREJOB Final Conference in Florence, the commitment of bodies and associations of Italy, Spain, Tunisia and Lebanon for the development of Green Economy was formalized through the signature of the first Euro-Mediterranean Green Jobs Charter. New courses on eco-building and renewable energies, training actions and promotional events for officials and members of associations, awareness raising actions by schools and companies, transnational mobility at academic level, incentives for enterprises and promotion of green jobs opportunities through employment centres. These are only some of the actions specified by Public Administrations, Associations and Universities who signed the Charter, aiming at fully implementing the Green Economy potential and boosting a sustainable competitiveness.

Twenty-six organizations have signed the Charter, which is now open to the subscription of bodies of the whole Euro-Mediterranean area. Next to Tuscany Region, Egrejob project leader, the signatories are: Cittalia, Regional Employment Agency of Sardinia, Ancitel Energy and Environment Spa (Italy); Agency for Development and Innovation IDEA, Andalucía Emprende, Fundacion Publica Andaluza, Consejerìa de Medio Ambiente y Ordenaciòn del Territorio, Agencia Andalusa de la Energia, Universitad Internacional de Andalucia, Chamber of Commerce of Terrassa, AECA Group, Social Forest S.L, Rubì City Council (Spain), Gouvernorat de Sousse, Groupement de Développement Agricole (GDA), Centre Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique (CTAB), Bilek Renewable Energy, Commissariat Général au Developpément Régional, Ecole Supérieure du Commerce de Tunis (ESCT), Ecopark, Technopole de Borj Cédria (Tunisia), Federation of Municipalities of Higher Chouf (Lebanon).

EGREJOB built a network of subjects with specific skills in Green Jobs at territorial level, that took stock from territorial economical and social analysis, vocational training and consensus building experiences acquired in the last two years by the partners. Seven territorial analysis coordinated by the International Training Centre of the ILO, 150 “green collars” trained in the skills demanded by the territories, more than one hundred of local meetings and thousands of persons involved, outside the partnership, as multipliers towards different economical and social actors.

The network shares common principles in sustainable development issues, implementation of Green Jobs potential and social inclusion and leaves to the signatories the specification of the actions to be carried out in the fields of training, employment, promotion and evaluation, based on their skills and competences. Being the first declaration of intents conceived and formalized at Euro-Mediterranean level on the Green Jobs issue, the Charter holds an unquestionable institutional relevance and represents a fundamental act to assure the project’s sustainability and to transfer results towards other private and public bodies engaged in the economical and social promotion of our territories.

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Egrejob networking with other EU projects

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On 6th October 2015 Tuscany Region was in Brussels to present the results of the project Egrejob to a very specialized audience, com- posed of private and public institutions involved in the management of projects on Green Jobs topics financed by the European Commission. The initiative was taken by EUREC, the Association of Europe- an Research Centres in Renewable Energy and during the meeting some presentations were given about interesting projects going on, like KNOWres (Knowledge Centre for Renewable Energy Jobs), led by EUREC, UNI-SET (Mobilizing the research, innovation and educational capacities of Europe’s Universities in the SET-Plan), led by EUA (European University Association) or BioEnergy Train, led by ESEIA (European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance).

The project Egrejob was deeply appreciated for its ambitious objectives and for its wide ranging actions, encompassing research, training and incubation, commitment building. A lot of space was left during the meeting for the discussion above specific interaction possibilities among the projects and for building future partnerships in view of strengthening reciprocate efforts to pro- mote Green Jobs opportunities at different levels. As concerns the current synergies to be put in place, the participation of the pre- sent organizations within our project was welcomed both at the level of the Green Jobs Charter participatory process and commitment, and at the level of involvement in the Green Jobs platform definition. In a wider perspective, the present stakeholders proved to be available for joint participation to meetings and for mutual promotion of their projects. A similar cooperation is more than welcome for a number of different reasons, as it demonstrates the valorization of EU financial resources and the exploitation of the results of similar activities, with possible synergies to be activated towards common objectives.

The European Commission has been sustaining many projects about Green Jobs from a few years, through the different financial instruments managed directly or indirectly (through local administrations). Thanks to Horizon 2020, the European Union now funds research and innovation under different pillars, e.g. through the Se- cure, Clean and Efficient Energy, Environment and Climate Action, SME Instrument, Marie Curie programmes, etc. Through Erasmus +, support to training policies and capacity building can be provided to public and private bodies wishing to innovate their training systems

The project manager illustrating Egrejob in front of a EU wide audience

and adapt them to the changing society. The INTERREG cooperation among internal and external borders of EU member states, jointly financed by the ERDF and by EU financial instruments devoted to external cooperation, sustains the economical, cultural and educational promotion of green economy, through the new cooperation instruments valid for the countries participating to this project for the programming period 2014-2020. With the support of the European Investment Bank, private and public subjects can obtain lending opportunities to finance e.g. the rehabilitation of buildings and relevant resources are set aside within the European Structural and Investment Funds managed by the different Regions. Additional opportunities can be found in the programmes managed by other Directorates General of the European Commission, like DG Employment, DG Enterprise or DG Agriculture.

Finally, the variety of public funds to be exploited reflects both the different nature of activities that can be funded by EU financial opportunities available in the different sectors, that vary according to the nature of the activities (infrastructural or “soft” actions), and the wide and heterogeneous nature of Green Jobs, which cover different sectors and are by themselves highly inter-sectoral, also reflecting the mix of hard and soft skills needed to perform the different occupations included in the definition.