- 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.