Egrejob networking with other EU projects

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.