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Employment, activity, equality, citizenship - development for all

AEIDL would like to contribute to helping citizens become actively involved in constructing a democratic Europe, open to the world, unified in its cultural diversity and benefiting from this diversity.

Established in the context of ELISE, the European network for the exchange of information on local employment, AEIDL is regularly involved in programmes, projects or missions involving, either directly or indirectly, employment, start-ups, socio-occupational integration, equal opportunities and citizenship.

Business start-ups in an urban or rural setting, the adaptation or development of business activities, the spreading of new technologies or new forms of work organisation, and interventions in support of young people, women, immigrants and other vulnerable groups are all topics with which the AEIDL team are familiar.

At the same time, AEIDL is also regularly involved in projects that aim to bring the concept of Europe closer to its citizens, encouraging interaction between citizens and civil society organisations and promoting dialogue between cultures.

Employment, activity, equality, citizenship - development for all

AEIDL would like to contribute to helping citizens become actively involved in constructing a democratic Europe, open to the world, unified in its cultural diversity and benefiting from this diversity.

Established in the context of ELISE, the European network for the exchange of information on local employment, AEIDL is regularly involved in programmes, projects or missions involving, either directly or indirectly, employment, start-ups, socio-occupational integration, equal opportunities and citizenship.

Business start-ups in an urban or rural setting, the adaptation or development of business activities, the spreading of new technologies or new forms of work organisation, and interventions in support of young people, women, immigrants and other vulnerable groups are all topics with which the AEIDL team are familiar.

At the same time, AEIDL is also regularly involved in projects that aim to bring the concept of Europe closer to its citizens, encouraging interaction between citizens and civil society organisations and promoting dialogue between cultures.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
  • Duration: 2009-2013

 

AEIDL provides support for transnational and innovative projects in the four priority areas of the European Social Fund (ESF).

AEIDL has been involved in the ESF since 2001, through its participation in managing the EQUAL programme, which ended in 2008.

In 2009, AEIDL won the call for tender to provide support for transnational and innovative projects in the four priority areas of the ESF: increasing adaptability of workers and enterprises; enhancing access to employment and sustainable inclusion in the labour market; reinforcing the social inclusion of disadvantaged people; and enhancing the governance and functioning of vocational training and employment systems.

AEIDL is contributing to a number of key tasks, including the monitoring of 10 transnational cooperation networks launched by the European Commission, and the preparation of a series of seven common methodologies for the networks.

AEIDL is also providing technical support to the European Commission for meetings of the ESF Committee's working groups on transnationality and innovation - compiling working documents, chairing discussions in small groups -, as well as for events requiring the expertise of the ESF, such as preparing the Budapest Conference (February 2010) on vocational training in prisons.

This work continues from 2015 until 2019 in the form of the ESF Transnational Platform.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs
  • Partner: European Dynamics (Greece)
  • Duration: 2005-2008

Summary

 

The "Linking Local Actors" project involved the setting up of a European database in order to facilitate cooperation between local employment practioners in the EU's 27 Member States, and between local employment practioners and the European Commission.

The project website provided useful information on best practices, events, sources of funding, partner searches, etc. The methodology proposed by the AEIDL/ European Dynamics team revolved around three main ideas:

  • cooperation with a panel of experts selected on the basis of their expertise in various thematic areas;
  • a flexible approach based on matching the supply with the demand for information;
  • creating synergies between thematic experts and journalists.

Linking Local Actors identified 58 good practices in local employment development across Europe.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs
  • Duration: 2001-2008

 

Between 2001 and 2008, AEIDL assisted the European Commission in the coordination of European networks promoting the exchange of experiences and the diffusion of innovative practices in the area of entrepreneurship.

A true "ideas lab" for employment and social inclusion, the objective of the EU's EQUAL initiative was to promote a greater inclusion in the business sector and to combat discrimination and exclusion on the grounds of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability, age or sexual orientation. Funded by the ESF, EQUAL was implemented between 2001 and 2008.

AEIDL’s task within EQUAL focused on:

  • opening up the process of business creation to everyone, by providing the necessary tools to start-up a business;
  • identifying and making use of new job creation possibilities, in both urban and rural areas;
  • promoting the social economy (the third sector), particularly services of public interest, focusing on improving the quality of employment.

By bringing together stakeholders, project promoters, experts and decision makers, the thematic networks concerned were meant to identify new methods of combating all forms of discrimination and inequality in the labour market, disseminate best practices, and contribute to the development of the European Employment Strategy (EES).

The technical assistance provided to the European Commission's EQUAL Unit involved the compilation of reports, drafting articles, coordinating workshops, collecting and analysing data on projects, etc.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs
  • Duration: 2005-2007

The European Citizens’ Panel was a pilot bottom-up initiative which engaged citizens from ten different regions in Europe in a reflection on policies affecting rural areas.

The scheme's remit stated the following: "The global objective of the European Citizens’ Panel is to encourage a bottom-up contribution from citizens to the discussion on the future of European policies affecting rural areas. The initiative aims to create a mechanism that will enable European citizens to draw up and disseminate proposals on the future of rural areas in Europe, based on comprehensive and unbiased information provided by decision-makers, experts and stakeholders. This document will be presented to institutions and key stakeholders at the European level.  The institutions having supported the panel’s work at regional level (regional authorities, foundations, etc.) will also be the formal targets of these recommendations addressed to them by their own citizens. These will also be widely disseminated to the general public."

The initiative operated at two levels:

  • At the regional level, citizens, selected to represent the diversity of the population, participated in panels to debate rural issues and make recommendations to their respective policy-makers. This work drew on information provided by key stakeholders and experts with an interest in rural affairs.
  • At the European level, a number of citizens from each regional panel met in Belgium for three days of discussions focused on a wide range of European challenges relating to the future roles of rural areas.
     
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