On 22 May 2014 this year's INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalisation Event took place in Brussels, Belgium. Several representatives of the MESSE project took part in the one-day event. The event entitled "Policy sharing, policy learning" aimed at giving an overview of the latest policy trends and best practices available from all around Europe. A total number of twelve workshops dealt with the main topics of more than 200 interregional projects that have been running over the last seven years, one of which was Entrepreneurship.
At the Entrepreneurship Workshop, Cristina Marina of VHS Hannover took part in the panel discussion on the role of Social Economy within the European community, and on the opportunities, challenges, and best ways of supporting social entrepreneurs. During the extensive discussion with other INTERREG IVC project managers, the audience, and experts on Entrepreneurship, such as Mr Arjan de Bruin of Greenovate Europe!, and Mr Christian Weinberger, of the European Commission, Ms Marina drew on the experience and the preliminary results of the MESSE project, at the same time briefly introducing to the audience one of the German best practices – fairKauf.
Several statements were broadly discussed during the workshop, thus deserving to be particularly highlighted: Supporting social entrepreneurs is better than financing charities. All stakeholders in a region can effectively collaborate on entrepreneurship support. The role of policy makers is to lift red tape rather than to create different kinds of support.
Following the workshop, a lively informal exchange started. Ms Nadia Giaretta and Ms Denise Florean of Veneto Region took part in the active exchange, playing an active role in advancing and promoting the results of the MESSE project.
The Capitalisation Event posed a great an opportunity not only to meet good practice owners and policymakers from all governance levels, but also to learn to know possible new partners in order to pave the ground for future co-operation and further deepen the know-how transfer. Over 300 participants from 26 different countries attended the INTERREG IVC Capitalisation Event.
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