Sector News

Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2014 – invitation to contribute

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All interested parties in the EU’s Neighbourhood Partner Countries, including NGOs and CSOs, are being invited to send their contributions for the European Commission’s 2014 European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) progress reports.

The European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Commission services are now beginning the preparations for the next set of progress reports, which will cover developments in the year 2014 and will be published in the spring of 2015. The purpose of this ‘ENP package’ is to report on the progress achieved by ENP partners in the implementation of agreed reform commitments during 2014.

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EU steps up support for civil society in Ukraine

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Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed a new programme to support civil society in Ukraine. The new programme, worth €10 million, is designed to enhance the role of civil society in promoting and monitoring democratic reforms and inclusive socio-economic development in Ukraine.

"The Civil Society plays a key role in the reform process. This financing agreement will support it in monitoring the reforms and providing the feedback on them to the Government. The engagement of the Civil Society is essential if national reforms are to succeed,” Commissioner Š.Füle said after the signature.

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Social value networks join up to create ‘international force for change’

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Euclid Network member the SROI Network and the Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA) are joining forces to create the largest international social value network in the world – Social Value International.  

The SROI Network in the UK will become Social Value UK and the SIAA will become Social Value International. Both the international and UK organisations will continue to be member-led and to offer training, accreditation and assurance on SROI and impact measurement.

Social Value International will provide a clear and unified message about the importance of accounting for value, within and beyond its membership. It will have more than 900 individual and organisational members, across 49 countries.

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The Juncker Commission

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After the approval of the list of Commissioners by the Council of the European Union on 5 September 2014, President-elect Jean Claude Juncker has announced the allocation of responsibilities in his team and the way work will be organised in the European Commission once it takes office.

In a next step, the European Parliament still needs to give its consent to the entire College of Commissioners, including the President and the High-Representative Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. This will be preceded by hearings of the Commissioners-designate in the relevant parliamentary committees. Once the European Parliament has given its consent, the European Council will formally appoint the European Commission.

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Register for DG REGIO's Open Days 2014

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The European Commission's DG Regio OPEN DAYS, European Week of Regions and Cities, is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. 

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Social Investment Awards

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Social Investment is designed to help charities and social enterprises do more. It is the provision of finance to generate social and financial returns. It can bring benefits to enterprises and investors alike: for enterprises it can help improve financial innovation and growth, improve commercial skills and strengthen governance and accountability; for investors it provides another route to engage with social change.

The UK social investment market is now worth over £200m. It helps to support social enterprises that contribute over £55bn to the economy each year and employ over 2 million people. With the intention to support this growth, the Cabinet Office, alongside RBS, recently launched the Social Investment Awards, whose ceremony will take place in London on 27 October 2014.

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