European Subsidies and Projects
The European Union finances several programmes. In doing so, the Union makes an important contribution in financing projects in various areas and with different target groups. Thus the EU wants to implement its political aims and to support projects that could not be implemented without subsidy.
The Structural Funds, namely the Regional Fund (ERDF), the Social Funds (ESF) and the Cohesion Funds, belong to the most vital financial instruments of the EU. Among other fields they offer grants for companies, infrastructure, vocational training, qualification and environment.
Today, nearly one third of the expenditure of the EU-budget is reserved for the Structural Funds. Grants can add up to 85% of the total investments. This data reveals the opportunities that the Structural Funds offer for companies, municipalities, public institutions, educational institutions, federations and associations!
The following aspect in the period 2014 - 2020 is crucial for applicants: all projects have to relate to the Europe 2020 strategy which aims at an intelligent, sustainable and integrative growth in the EU. If the contribution of your project to these aims is made clear, the chances of receiving a grant increase!
Making municipalities fit for Europe
Many municipalities run through a phase of reorientation. Challenges like climate change, the energy transition and demographic change with its many aspects, tie up many resources. At the same time, the developments on the European level increasingly determine the framework for the activities of municipalities.
A good knowledge of your own strengths on the one hand, and the aims of the European Union on the other are an essential pre-condition to prevailing in the competition of European cities and regions, and to successfully develop and run projects that are co-financed by the EU.
Simulation games, seminars and lectures
According to estimates, about 70% of the regulations in the EU-member states directly or indirectly trace back to decisions made on the European level, however, many people in Europe are not aware of this fact. Far from it! Many citizens think of the European Union as too theoretical, distant and furthermore inscrutable, bureaucratic and somewhat inefficient.
One of the most important reasons for the increasing critical attitude towards European integration are deficits in the communication on the topic "Europe", which is admittedly complicated and difficult to understand. But are communal politics easier to understand and more transparent?
Simulation games are an especially good method to familiarise oneself with European topics, structures and decision making processes on a European level. At the same time presentation, argumentation and negotiation skills are practised. Simulation games offer further advantages: they are not only suitable for young people but also for the most varied target groups. A wide choice of topics can also be introduced using this method.
Simulation games model the real process of decision-making. The participants take over the roles of different stakeholders that are involved in the process and negotiate on the basis of role descriptions. The conclusion of the simulation consists of a vote with an open end and which is the result of the participants' skills in negotiating.
Simulation games are a method that expediently complements classical approaches like lectures.
Interview and communication coaching
Besides one´s qualification's, self-presentation is crucial for a successful job start or change. Custom tailored coaching offers the opportunity to analyse your own strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in the area of self-presentation, to define goals and to optimise your own way of presentation. This is essential for written applications as well as for interviews.
Personal and social competences are determinant for the career and one´s satisfaction in the job. Soft skills, often called key qualifications, are skills such as presentation and communication, the ability to work in teams, and the ability to handle conflicts and criticism. With special coaching and practical exercises soft skills can be practised.
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