How well do you know Europe?
We have travelled to various parts of the EU, but how much do we know about our fellow Member States? Why not challenge yourself with the #euinmyregion online quiz!
The quiz on the regional parts of Europe will run from April until August with winners chosen each month. Those who answer all of the questions in the shortest amount of time will be entered into a draw to win a basket of regional delicacies from across Europe.
Get going and winning! Try out the #euinmyregion quiz here.
You must be over 18 and have a valid email address. Check out the #euinmyregion for full terms and conditions.
RSES Focus for May Assembly Meeting
The Southern Regional Assembly held its monthly meeting at Assembly House on 10th May. Assembly Members, local councillors nominated by their constituent Local Authorities from across the Southern Region, participated in the meeting which was chaired by Cathaoirleach Jason Murphy.
The agenda focused on the motions submitted in response to the Director’s Report on the consultations to the draft Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy.
Visit here for more on the Regional Assembly.
Joyful Celebrations on Europe Day
The Southern Regional Assembly celebrated all things European at Central Library Lady Lane to mark Europe Day on 9th May 2019. Organised with the Waterford Europe Direct Office, the event marked this important date which celebrates peace and unity across Europe.
The Waterford Bealtaine Choir opened the event with a beautiful rendition of the anthem of Europe, “Ode to Joy” and provided wonderful musical interludes throughout the morning. Deputy Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. John O’Leary led the celebrations with Cathaoirleach of the Southern Regional Assembly, Cllr. Jason Murphy.
Europe Day is celebrated on 9th May across Europe every year to mark the anniversary of the historical “Schuman Declaration”. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his vision for new political cooperation in Europe which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
Deputy Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. John O’Leary spoke about what it means to be a part of the EU, “EU values are common to the EU countries building a society in which inclusion, tolerance, justice, solidarity and non-discrimination prevail. The EU has delivered more than half a century of peace, stability and prosperity, helped raise living standards.”
Cathaoirleach of the Southern Regional Assembly, Cllr. Jason Murphy spoke about the importance of the EU to Irish people and how it impacts on our daily lives, “In Waterford we have benefitted from EU membership and the results are very visible with the regeneration of the Apple Market and the House of Waterford Crystal completed with co-funding from the Southern & Eastern Regional Programmes. The Regional Assembly based here in Waterford manages these programmes which are co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund to support a variety of benefits in our City and the wider region”.
Impressive Return on Investment by Lero Software Research Centre
An economic impact report has found that every €1 invested in the Lero Software Research Centre between 2005-2018 has contributed an average €5.25 to the Irish economy.
The Economic Impact Assessment of Lero, which is co-funded by the Southern & Eastern Regional Programme 2014-20 and Science Foundation Ireland, was published earlier this year using input-output analysis. Lero wanted to explore whether its activities and efforts demonstrated value for money to the Irish economy.
The results of the assessment proved impressive, showing that between 2005-2018:
- Every €1 invested in Lero by public & private sectors contributed €5.25 to the Irish economy on average
- Lero has contributed €515.32 million to gross output nationally
- Lero’s economic activity has contributed to the creation of 2,678 jobs nationally
- For every person working at Lero, 1.5 jobs are generated nationally
Lero has been awarded €2.95 million ERDF through the 2014-20 Regional Programme of which the Southern Regional Assembly is the Managing Authority.
VistaMilk – Milk by Design
The Regional Assembly recently visited VistaMilk SFI Research Centre, a world leading research centre for innovative precision pasture-based dairying. The Research Centre is co-funded by the Southern & Eastern Regional Programme 2014-20 of which the Assembly is the Managing Authority.
Hosted by Teagasc Moorepark in County Cork in partnership with the Tyndall National Institute, TSSG at Waterford Institute of Technology and the Institute Centre for Data Analytics, it aims to positively impact the environment, animal well-being and consumer health. It is a unique collaboration between Agri-Food and information communications technology research institutes and leading Irish/ multinational food and ICT companies.
Vistamilk is developing new and advance existing electronic monitoring and actuation technologies to transform an already world-class dairy sector into a global leader in sustainable agri-tech.
Click here for more information on the Vistamilk SFI Research Centre.
Getting Ireland Brexit Ready
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website, Getting Ireland Brexit Ready, was launched to inform Irish businesses and citizens about the approach the Government of Ireland is taking in light of the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.
Brexit presents unprecedented political, economic and diplomatic challenges for Ireland. How these challenges are handled will be a major factor in shaping the future of our island and our relationship with Britain for years to come.
The website gives updates on the Government’s most recent engagements, outreach events, and ongoing consultation work on Brexit, including information on resources and financial supports available from all Government Departments and Agencies to help businesses to get Brexit ready.
For further information and to sign up for email alerts, visit Getting Ireland Brexit Ready
This Time I’m Voting: European Elections 2019
This Time I’m Voting: European Elections 2019
As Europeans we face many challenges, from migration to climate change, youth unemployment to data privacy. We live in an ever more globalised, competitive world. While most of us take democracy for granted, it seems under increasing threat, both in principle and practice.
Join the #thistimeimvoting community of supporters to help encourage a higher voter turnout at the European elections. The goal is not to tell people who to vote for, but to promote active involvement in the democratic process.
The aim is to harness the power of human interaction and build a community of supporters across Europe to rally behind the cause of voting and to stand up for the very idea of democracy.
Together decide what kind of Europe we want to live in.
Find out more about how you can get involved in spreading the word - www.thistimeimvoting.eu/
Interreg North West Europe Call 9: Deadline 14th June 2019
Interreg North West Europe Call 9: Deadline 14th June 2019
Interreg North West Europe Programme ninth call for project proposals is open with a deadline for Step 1 applications of Friday 14th June 2019. The application form and support documents are now available online.
The current call for proposals is only open to priority 1 and priority 3 of the NWE Programme. The Programme is looking for transnational cooperation projects that can deliver concrete results for the North-West Europe area and its citizens under its two priorities of Innovation and Resource and Materials Efficiency.
Priority 1: Innovation
Specific Objective 1: To enhance innovation performance of enterprises throughout NWE regions.
Within priority 1, and without excluding in any way other relevant topics for this priority, the NWE programme would welcome in particular projects dealing with:
- Social innovation (please see guidance note on our website), including projects addressing the migration-related challenge, focusing on the integration of recognised refugees on the mid & long-term, in particular in the domain of entrepreneurship, employment and access to the labour market.
- Innovative products, processes and technologies contributing to CO2 reduction and the green economy, including green transport, in line with the big societal challenges addressed by the Paris Agreement.
Priority 3: Resource and materials efficiency
Specific Objective 5: To optimise (re)use of material and natural resources in NWE.
Within priority 3, the NWE programme is specifically interested in projects focusing on circular economy.
The Programme encourages public, scientific, private and civil society organisations to come together to improve the economic, environmental, territorial and social development of the regions in the North-West Europe area.
The application process is in two steps. Step 1 focuses on the project need, its objectives and expected results. If approved, it is developed into a full Step 2 application and success at this stage means full approval and a grant award of up to 60%.
For complete information about Call 9 please visit: www.nweurope.eu Please contact Rita McGarvey, National Contact Point for Ireland for further information:
Tel: +353 51 860700
Interreg NWE is one of the fifteen transnational cooperation programmes financed by the European Union. It is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Southern Regional Assembly and the Eastern & Midlands Regional Assembly represent the Member State on the Programme’s Monitoring Committee.
Ireland (All counties), UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, parts of France, Germany and the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
How responsible are you?
The H2020 EU funded project ‘Responsible Innovation COMPASS’ has developed an on-line self-check tool that helps SMEs answer this very question. Karen Coughlan, EU Projects Officer for the MARIE project which the Southern Regional Assembly is a partner, attended the conference launching the Responsible Innovation COMPASS tool which took place on the 26th March 2019 in Brussels.
In today’s rapidly changing and demanding society dealing with market & research uncertainties in a responsible manner is key to staying competitive and bringing innovations to market. This is where Responsible Innovation can help.
What is Responsible Innovation?
The European Commission has defined Responsible Innovation (RI) as the aim to better align both the process and outcomes of research and innovation with the values, needs and expectations of society. Covering the 6 key areas of Engagement, Gender Equality, Science Education, Open Access, Ethics and Governance, it is about creating high-quality science and technology that is more in the public interest.
At the conference there was much discussion around RI being very much an unknown territory but practical tools such as the ‘Responsible Innovation Compass’ will facilitate companies on their journey, no matter what stage they are at, towards embedding RI into the DNA of their organisation.
To remain current and competitive there is a need to start anticipating societal challenges as early as the start-up stage of any initiative, companies need to start asking themselves ‘who do I want to be when I grow up!’. Much like innovation itself, RI has infinite possibilities and is a concept that will continue to evolve and adapt.
The learning potential after using the COMPASS tool was highlighted as it makes companies more aware of their strengths and weaknesses in this area. It is no longer enough to say you are adopting RI principles you need to be able to demonstrate it. Therefore, there is a requirement to have practical tools and labels to effectively communicate efforts.
The question was asked ‘Is RI gaining traction?’ The younger generation seek out ethical organisations to work for. There is a heightened appreciation for the risks arising out of societal challenges and if we are to innovate our way out of these problems we must do so responsibly.
RRI should not be seen as a hurdle but as the root of economic wellbeing of the company.
The Southern Regional Assembly is a partner on the Interreg Europe MARIE Project whose objective is to improve regional public policy that supports delivery of RRI to enterprises’ product, process and service design, production and distribution. MARIE partners want to integrate the concept of responsibility into regional funding programmes for innovation. Policy changes within the project are expected to lead to a greater awareness of the socio-economic benefits of responsibility.
MARIE is part-funded by the Interreg Europe Programme, through the European Regional Development Fund and is led by CISE – Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Florì-Cesena, Italy.
MARIE will run until 2021, find out more about MARIE at www.interregeurope.eu/marie/
Project Contact: Karen Coughlan, EU Projects Officer, Southern Regional Assembly
Tel: +353 (0) 51 860 706 Email: email@example.com