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Romani Ambassadors

The project Romani Ambassadors is aiming to develop a comprehensive approach and endorse a number of goals in training and employment in order to speed up Roma Integration and support the implementation of thenational Roma inclusion strategies and the Council Recommendations of Roma Integration. The project aims to support Roma youth participation at different levels by supporting initiatives where Roma participation is key to long-term change. The Roma is Europe’s largest minority, with an estimated population of 10 -12 million. Socially and economically, the Roma are also one of the Europe’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and frequently face intolerance, discrimination and exclusion. Many lack access to housing, healthcare, social services employment and education. European countries have both a national and a joint responsibility to address the discriminationand exclusion of the Roma; significant funding has been devoted towards improving the situation of the Roma.The project is planning to prepare a Training Programme on Training of Romani Trainers with duration of 12 months and to transfer and continue the good practices gained during the PAL Push Entrepreneurship and PAL project. Based on these preparation materials, it will be organized both training of ROMANI TRAINERS AND MEDIATORS EXPRESSING THE EU AMBITION: EMPLOYMENT OF ROMA 2018-2028 and ROMANI TRAINERS AND MEDIATORS EXPRESSING THE EU AMBITION: EDUCATION OF ROMA 2018-2028. At the end of the training of trainers programme, the 18 selected trainers from C1 and 34 selected trainers and mediators from C2 will be able to further transfer good practices regarding employment and education of the Romani community, with an overall purpose to enhance the exchange of EU ambition on these specific action pylons. At the end, it will be prepared and shared a European Guide of Roma mediator for employment support and job skills education All published material will be issued in every participating country's language and in English as well.
This project is supporterd by the Programme Erasmus+; Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices; Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for youth.

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training youthTraining on Business and Entrepreneurship/Summer School “Me, The Leader”


In 17 -18 July 2018 activities were carried out in the framework of the project "Entrepreneurship for young people as model for economic and social development" with students from "Elez Isuf Ndreu" high school. At first students had a briefing session on carrier orientation by the lectures and experts of career advice at European University of Tirana. In the following, training on entrepreneurship concepts was developed by pedagogues and experts in the field of business with the aim of getting every student to know examples of success and motivation for a promising future.

The next day session was Summer School "I Leader" where students were introduced to the concepts of leadership and activism in society in order to inspire them to be an active citizen in the community they live in.

The purpose of the developed activities is to prepare the students for the contest of entrepreneurial ideas to be developed in the following. The winner of the first prize in the competition will benefit the Pashko Scholarship from #IEP, to study at the European University of Tirana.

This project is implemented by European Institute Pashko and supported by World Vision in Albania.

interrregINNOPLATFORM - Innovations Platform and Tools for increasing the innovation capacity of SMEs in the Balkan Mediterranean Area- is a project selected for financing in the 1st call of The Balkan Mediterranean Program.

The project aims at improving the competitiveness of the Balkan Mediterranean region by advancing existing knowledge on business model innovations and developing a set of tools (InnoTools) and services (InnoScorecard and InnoRegion) for improving SMEs opportunities, capacities, and knowledge in introducing product and process innovations.


Project Information


Project Name: Innovations Platform and Tools for increasing the innovation capacity of SMEs in the Balkan Mediterranean Area

Project Acronym: INNOPLATFORM

Project Number:  BMP1/1.2/2370/2017

Project Leader: Center for Knowledge Management (Skopje, FYROM)

Project Partners: Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus"(GR), UET Centre (AL), Burgas Free University (BG), Limassol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CY), Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece (GR).

Observer Partners: University of Bedfordshire Business School (UK), Yasar University (TR)

Status: Ongoing.

Duration: 01.08.2017 – 31.07.2019

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Project team at UET Centre: Dr Blerjana Bino, Dokt. Ketrina Çabiri-Mijo, Alda Dhamo, Ilirjan Kushta

Project Overview:

According to SME Performance Review (EC DG E&I), the Balkan MED region lags behind EU average when it comes to innovations in SMEs. The reasons are many, mainly related to the lack of knowledge and limited SME’s access to tailored support, tools and better use of information and communication technology (ITC). Developed by 6 partners from 5 countries, and 2 observers, INNOPLATFORM aims to address these challenges by facilitating innovation and supporting the commercialisation of innovation in SMEs. Its specific objectives are:

  • to assess the current national and regional environment and its challenges to innovation, growth and internationalization of business;
  • to advance existing knowledge and develop common understanding on business model innovation with a focus on internationalization;
  • to develop expertise, tools, and guidelines to strengthen SMEs capacity to introduce product and process innovations;
  • to establish a supporting network of Centres of Excellence in Innovations, foster transnational cooperation and provide support to SMEs in introducing innovations; and
  • to raise awareness on the importance of innovations for the survival, growth and internationalisation of SMEs.

The main beneficiaries of the project are SMEs, BSOs, Research centres, Institutes and Universities, and Policy makers from the BM area. Project implementation is transnational as its main goal is to enable transfer of knowledge and experience between the actors of 5 nations, secure economies of scale and critical mass, and enhance mobilisation capacity and innovation potential.


Project co-funded by the European Union 

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