The ECOMAyA project, in which the FUE-UJI participates as a partner and financed under the European program EuropeAid, has published its first newsletter. This newsletter includes all the information about this project in beekeeping, circular economy, sustainability and entrepreneurship. In addition to the advances in training and in the different field actions, the newsletter also includes information on the next steps that the consortium will carry out within the framework of this project.
Newsletter ECOMAyA 1_EN
The Universitat Jaume I of Castelló has held the Virtual Conference Erasmus+ Key Action KA2: Cooperation between organisations and institutions, promoted by the Vice-rectorate for Internationalisation and Cooperation with the support of the Fundació Universitat Jaume I-Empresa (FUE-UJI) and the collaboration of SEPIE, the national agency for the management, dissemination and promotion of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union in the field of education and training.
The event was opened by Joan Antoni Martín, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the UJI, who highlighted the different actions of the programme presented at the session. Alfonso Gentil, director of SEPIE, also spoke during the opening and highlighted the success of participation in the previous edition of the programme: “Thanks to institutions like the UJI, the interest in Erasmus+ is the highest, with 58 million euros and 346 cooperation projects funded in 2021”.
The presentation on the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2021-2027 was given by Andrés Ajo, Director of the SEPIE’s School and Adult Education Unit, who reminded the audience that “different institutions can work on innovation in the school education, vocational training, higher education and adult education sectors”.
Sara Martínez Navarro, head of service of the SEPIE’s School and Adult Education Unit, then presented the call for proposals for the cooperation partnerships programme, within the framework of the KA2 action in Erasmus+ 2021-2027. Martínez highlighted in his presentation the objectives, priorities, expected results, funding of the call and also gave the attendees tips for the development of a successful proposal.
The call “Erasmus Mundus Design Measures” was also presented by Loreta Paulauskaite, SEPIE contact point for Erasmus+ International Dimension. Then, Ilija Vuckov, Senior EU Funding Consultant and CEO of EMKICE Consulting, presented all the information about the next Erasmus+ Partnerships for Innovation call.
Moreover, three projects currently in force at the UJI have been presented as success stories: H2OMap, coordinated by the FACSA Chair of Innovation in the Integral Water Cycle and presented by its coordinator Laura Menéndez; the CE-IP project, coordinated by the SOGRES-UJI research group and presented by UJI professor María Jesús Muñoz; and the SenGuide project, by Pilar Escuder, coordinator of the UJI’s University for Older Adults.
Eva Camacho, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the UJI, moderated the conference and presented the conclusions, in which she stressed that “the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2021-27 is a great commitment of the European Commission and has a very important dimension for innovation and training”.
The Erasmus+ Conference was also attended by entities, associations, administrations and companies wishing to obtain European funding. Joan Antoni Martín, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the UJI, addressed all of them during the closing ceremony, encouraging them to participate in the next calls of this programme.
After the conference, the research groups of the UJI that have requested it, have met with experts in European funding of the FUE-UJI to work on potential project proposals for the next Erasmus+ call, all this, in order to encourage their participation in this programme, as well as to give them the necessary tools to submit proposals with the best guarantees of success.
Nela Gómez, head of the European Projects Office of the FUE-UJI (EuroFUE-UJI) has participated in the virtual Desayuno-Debate with Cristina Lobillo, Director of Energy Policy in the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission, posing questions to the director on “The challenges of the Fit for 55 in the current energy environment”.
The conference was held on Thursday 10 February 2022, organised by the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg as part of the “Business Circle” cycle, a meeting platform between Spanish companies and representatives in European institutions. Pablo López, president of the Chamber, was in charge of opening and moderating the event, sponsored by Iberdrola. Eva Chamizo, Director of European Affairs and Iberdrola’s Brussels office, also spoke at the event.
Cristina Lobillo opened her speech with a summary of the current situation in the energy sector and the temporary pressure on energy prices. The energy transition and cooperation between countries were the main topics of her speech throughout her intervention, given the decrease in the percentage of gas storage in the European Union.
Finally, Cristina Lobillo spoke about taxonomy, the guide for moving from coal to gas and from there to renewable energies. At this point, she emphasised the three activities that the Commission had identified and which should be the subject of investment. She spoke of the efforts and security of supply of EU member states, the existing financing mechanisms for green hydrogen and blue hydrogen, and the countries that are most committed to renewable energies.
The project meeting of RESTAT in Ostrava was the last one in the whole project run. It was held on 4th February 2022 with planned participation of 14 members of international RESTAT project team. Unfortunately, Spanish partners from FUE-UJI and IT specialist from Romanian partner organisation Rogepa were not able to come, so they joined working part of the meeting through on-line platform. Non-profit organisation Handy Club Ostrava hosted 3 participants from Tusa municipality (Italy), 2 participants from association New Horizon (Italy), 2 participants from ECTE (Greece) and 3 participants from Rogepa (Romania).
Working part of the meeting was held in coworking centre Impact Hub. As the project will soon reach its end, a lot of attention was dedicated to the last project output – IO4 – Boosting Employability and Job Mobility of Tourism Professionals – Career Guidance Tool. Partnership discussed details, settled deadlines and plans for pilot testing and external evaluation. Dissemination of the project and reaching all the originally planned indicators was another important topic which was discussed, agreed and planned.
During afternoon program participants visited “Dolní oblast Vítkovic” which belongs under UNESCO heritage and it is an interesting example of adaptation of old steel factory to an accessible educational and touristic place. As a next stop on the meeting schedule was a visit to Handy Club Ostrava clubroom where participants of the meeting met some of the disabled members of the club and were welcomed by Handy Club Ostrava chairman Mr. Zdeněk Jedlička. As a further example of partly accessible all year touristic structure was “Skalka area” which was originally built as a small skiing resort which gradually developed to a big complex for different leisure time activities concentrated mainly on children.