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30/04/2012

Hosted and organised by the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the COPIE Policy Forum on ‘...

30/01/2013

In January 2013, the European Commission has published the 'Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan' as part of its...

19/11/2012

A new report on the application of the COPIE Diagnosis Tool in Portugal is available for download...

Meetings & Events

Meetings & Events

COPIE @ 'Developing Inclusive Entrepreneurship Strategies' OECD/EU seminar

The promotion and support of self-employment and business start-ups remains underdeveloped in many countries, in particular by groups that are disadvantaged or under-represented in the labour market and entrepreneurship, such as the unemployed, youth, seniors, migrants, women, people with disabilities. The potential of inclusive entrepreneurship schemes, particularly within the context of the current crisis, is still not fully realised.

COPIE @ EU Committe of Regions conference 'An agenda for skills and jobs: Regions and cities contributing to training and active labour market policies'

To demonstrate the importance of the regions and cities in the success of the Europe 2020 strategy and to encourage the exchange of good practice, the EU Committee of the Regions will organise a thematic exhibition during the conference “An agenda for new skills and jobs” in Dublin. The conference will focus on the reform of the labour market, the increase of the skill levels, job growth and job quality.

COPIE @ EU Commission conference on: 'Inclusive entrepreneurship – Obstacles and Opportunities for Job creation in Europe'

The conference, which will be opened by Koos Richelle, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, will give the opportunity to listen to experiences from entrepreneurs from all over Europe and the views of academics on obstacles and enablers of business and thus job creation in Europe.

In the afternoon, good practices from across the EU to address these obstacles will be presented in three parallel workshops on how to

'Building a sustainable Microfinance in Europe'

The European Microfinance Network (EMN) is holding its 9th Annual Conference in Bucharest on the 8-of November 2012. The EMN Conference will focus on how to build a sustainable Microfinance Industry in Europe and will serve as a platform for debate, learning and exchange experiences between practitioners.

For more information on the event please go to the event website.

COPIE @ Centre for Parliamentary Studies Symposium

Under the title of 'Supporting Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe: Creating Sustainable Employment and Promoting Equal Opportunities', the Centre for Parliamentary Studies in Brussels runs a one-day event on inclusive entrepreneurship in Brussels on September 18, 2012.

COPIE @ OECD LEED Capacity building seminar: Financing business start-up by underrepresented groups

The OECD LEED seminar provides an opportunity for policy-makers to discuss policy options, objectives, design and results for programmes that support access to business start-up financing by under-represented groups. Particular focus is placed on understanding the key factors that determine why certain policies and programmes have demonstrated positive results and others have not.

COPIE @ Youth Employment Network (ENYE) conference

COPIE's lead partner Germany has been invited to participate in the dissemination conference of the Transnational Learning Network ENYE. Bettina Reuter will join a meeting on a common paper on youth entrepreneurship and present the COPIE Toolkit to the delegates of the conference as part of panel discussion.

Lessons Learned - the COPIE Toolkit in Practice

The half-day workshop will present the tools that COPIE members have developed, adapted and tested to a targeted group of EU and regional decision-makers. The main focus will be on the practicalities of implementation from a policy perspective.

The workshop will offer an opportunity to see how the tools are used in practice by the ESF Managing Authorities and Implementing bodies; and to discuss the added value with COPIE regional and national members and experts. It will serve as a ‘taster’ session to the Policy Forum in Germany in April 2012.

COPIE Technical Workshop on Access to Finance

The two day technical workshop of 15-16 December in Brussels is hosted by ESF Flanders. ESF managing Authorities from across Europe will be invited to give feedback on a draft manual written by German Micorfinance Institute (DMI) which will bring together relevant information, considerations, experience, tools and examples relevant for the design of microfinance operations under the ESF.

COPIE Policy Forum 'Entrepreneurship for All: Promoting inclusive growth in Europe through the European Structural Funds'

The COPIE Policy Forum on 'Entrepreneurship for All: Promoting inclusive growth in Europe through the European Structural Funds' will bring together policy-makers, ESF and ERDF Managing Authorities and business support intermediaries from across Europe to discuss the results of COPIE's work.

COPIE @ 'Start-Up Promotion through ESF and ERDF' event at Representation of the Land Brandenburg to the European Commission

On November 21 the Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, Mr Guenter Baaske, will present the Brandenburg entrepreneurship funding in Brussels in a discussion with representatives of the European Commission, of other EER regions and the audience. Afterwards successful entrepreneurs and protagonists of the program will present and discuss their specific experiences and future challenges.

COPIE's lead expert on quality management, Norbert Kunz, will present COPIE at this event.

COPIE @ Day of the Entrepreneur in Galicia

As part of a European-wide initiative and the EU SME week, the autonomous region of Galicia will host a Day of the Entrepreneur in the three cities of Santiago, Lugo e Ourense. As a core partner in COPIE's Thematic Group on Quality Management, Galicia will use this opportunity to present the advisor standards and instruments that were developed in this group for the past two years to a broader audience. For more information on the event, please see here.

COPIE @ COMENIUS conference on 'Entrepreneurial Spirit' in Seville, Spain

COPIE's lead expert Ivan Diego will present the work of COPIE in the field of entrepreneurship education to an international audience of practitioners, policy makers and social partners from seven European countries. For more information on this event please go to the Thematic Group section of this website.

COPIE@ Peer Learning Seminar 'Transnationality in ESF - Reflections from the Past, Proposals for the Future'

Hosted by the German ESF Managing Authority, in collaboration with the Learning Network on Transnational Cooperation in ESF, the Peer Learning Seminar will:

DMI COPIE Workshop: 'Strategic planning and the sustainability of MFIs in the European Union'

There are various paths to growth and sustainability across microfinance providers in Europe moving their business models towards viability, financial self-sufficiency and sustainability, in other words, minimizing dependency on traditional “fund-raising” like government or charitable foundation grants.

The workshop will present the efficacy of these efforts in order to disseminate good practices and highlight problem areas so that the industry as whole can benefit, including case studies of specific organizations.

Access to Finance Peer Review in Germany as part of the EU SME Week

On the 6th and 7th of October, the German Federal Ministery of Labour and Social Affairs will host a two day event in which its representatives will be reflecting on the function and duties of the stakeholders within the German microfinance sector with the thematic group partners and other interested representatives from the European context.

Date Titlesort ascending City
31/05/2011 to 01/06/2011 Study Visit on Entrepreneurship Education to Finland Helsinki
06/07/2011 to 07/07/2011 Meeting on Quality Management in Galicia Santiago de Compostela
23/02/2012 Lessons Learned - the COPIE Toolkit in Practice Brussels
15/09/2011 DMI COPIE Workshop: 'Strategic planning and the sustainability of MFIs in the European Union' Berlin
15/09/2011 to 16/09/2011 COPIE@ Peer Learning Seminar 'Transnationality in ESF - Reflections from the Past, Proposals for the Future' Berlin
15/12/2011 to 16/12/2011 COPIE Technical Workshop on Access to Finance Brussels
16/04/2012 to 17/04/2012 COPIE Policy Forum 'Entrepreneurship for All: Promoting inclusive growth in Europe through the European Structural Funds' Berlin
16/06/2011 to 17/06/2011 COPIE Partner meeting Brussels
22/11/2011 to 23/11/2011 COPIE partner meeting Brussels
31/03/2011 to 01/04/2011 COPIE Mid-Term Event Berlin
20/07/2011 COPIE meets DG Education and DG Enterprise on Entrepreneurship Education Brussels
19/10/2011 COPIE Entrepreneurship Education Event 'Exploring the potential of the ESF support to entrepreneurship education' Brussels
31/05/2011 COPIE Diagnosis Tool session Vienna
02/05/2012 to 04/05/2012 COPIE @ Youth Employment Network (ENYE) conference Cyprus
27/06/2012 to 29/06/2012 COPIE @ OECD LEED Capacity building seminar: Financing business start-up by underrepresented groups Trento (Italy)
09/06/2011 to 10/06/2011 COPIE @ European Microfinance Network Annual Conference Amsterdam
28/02/2013 to 01/03/2013 COPIE @ EU Committe of Regions conference 'An agenda for skills and jobs: Regions and cities contributing to training and active labour market policies' Dublin
19/11/2012 COPIE @ EU Commission conference on: 'Inclusive entrepreneurship – Obstacles and Opportunities for Job creation in Europe' Brussels
08/12/2011 to 09/12/2011 COPIE @ ESF Learning Networks Coordination Meeting Brussels
25/10/2011 COPIE @ Day of the Entrepreneur in Galicia Santiago de Compostela
05/10/2011 COPIE @ COMENIUS conference on 'Entrepreneurial Spirit' in Seville, Spain Seville
18/09/2012 COPIE @ Centre for Parliamentary Studies Symposium Brussels
21/11/2011 COPIE @ 'Start-Up Promotion through ESF and ERDF' event at Representation of the Land Brandenburg to the European Commission Brussels
27/06/2013 to 28/06/2013 COPIE @ 'Developing Inclusive Entrepreneurship Strategies' OECD/EU seminar Brussels
27/04/2011 to 28/04/2011 Action Planning Thematic Group Meeting Oviedo
12/05/2011 to 13/05/2011 Access to Finance Peer Review Meeting Brussels
06/10/2011 to 07/10/2011 Access to Finance Peer Review in Germany as part of the EU SME Week Berlin
08/11/2012 to 09/11/2012 'Building a sustainable Microfinance in Europe' Bucharest