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Open debate on Clean Energy Forum in Poznan.
03.11.2017
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Open debate on Clean Energy Forum in Poznan.

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Last event of the bilateral Cooperation Project realized by International Development Norway AS in Poland was an open debate promoting on XVII International Forum of Clean Energy during POL ECO-SYSTEM Fairs on 17th of October 2017. The overall topic addressed by the event was “Challenges of the energy market in Poland and Norway – what can we learn from each other?”  And took a form of a panel discussion, moderated by Rafał Zasuń from High Voltage portal.  From a Norwegian site we hosted  Hans Petter Kildal, Board Member of the Norwegian Climate Foundation and  Leif Naes, USN, Southeast University College of Norway, Electric Mobility Cluster. Polish site was represented by The Ministry of Energy and Maciej Kapalski,  Arnold Rabiega from  National Institute of distributed energy and Jan Talaśka, Vice President, Director. Development of DNV Poland.

The discussion was focused on the main areas.  First was related to a vital area in ongoing public debate on sustainable management of the resources and the topic of circular economy and its role in both countries. Second covered the last years global specialization of Norway which is the unquestionable Norwegian leadership in introducing electric vehicles into the market. Last area of the discussion was focused on energy clusters. The debate had was very interactive and vital so we hope that it will be one of the relevant steps forward in increasing the awareness about best practices which may be considered by Polish Norwegian stakeholders in their future decisions.

 


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FECUPRAL project results published
02.11.2017
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FECUPRAL project results published

The project aimed to develop innovative solutions for industrial waste exploitation and improvement of existing processes and environmental conditions in Fecupral waste management system based on bilateral cooperation. The main objective of the project was to optimize industrial waste treatment, to reduce solid particles emissions, to decrease power consumption and improve energy recovery efficiency.

The main results from the projects are now published:

 


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    Our experts about energy policies in Norway
    31.10.2017
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    Our experts about energy policies in Norway

    In the framework of bilateral cooperation project “Poland – Norway 2025 – roadmaps for increased, sustainable, effective energy production and consumption” realized in Poland togehter with Institute Innovative Economy our experts gave short interviews on Norwegian energy market and here is where you can listen to them.

    Eirik Aartun – Powel AS https://youtu.be/AW6BowTolNQ

    Anders Stølan – International Development Norway AS  https://youtu.be/4q5M6n7PzEE

     


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    Innovation in energy sector in Poland and in Norway?
    05.10.2017
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    Innovation in energy sector in Poland and in Norway?

    “How innovation will affect the future of power engineering in Poland and in Norway” under this motto was another closed debate organized by the Institute for Innovative Economy and International Development Norway as part of a project financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Experts from both countries stated that there is great potential for cooperation in the field of renewable energy and electromobility. The debate was attended by leading representatives from the energy sector, who exchanged their experiences and knowledge with experts from Norway. They talked about a system of incentives for investment in renewable energy sources, the future of wind power, the development of distributed energy and the digitization of the energy sector.

    According to Norwegian experts, much of the energy produced and used in Norway comes from renewable sources, primarily from water and wind energy. The national target is to achieve a 67.5% share of renewable energy in the national energy mix. In Poland, this level is only 12% of RES production.

    In Norway, many incentives (also financially) for more environmentally friendly decisions are introduced at national level and new, climate-friendly technologies and solutions are being sought. These include, for example, carbon tax, tax incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles, and national programs to support and finance innovative projects, such as “Future Cities” and “FutureBuilt.” Enova SF, established in 2001 and subordinated to the Ministry of Oil and Energy, is the main national institution supporting and funding pro-energy projects. The resources at their disposal come from an additional fee charged to energy bills and are used to finance projects in areas where the most energy-efficient or clean-energy generation can be documented.

    An interesting solution is Norwegian-Swedish cooperation in the field of RES, based on the establishment of a common system of green certificates for green energy producers. One certificate corresponds to 1 MWh of energy produced from renewable sources, irrespective of the technology used, with a price determined by the national level. This mechanism, both on the Swedish and Norwegian sides, significantly expands on fulfilling the RES targets (about 50% of the planned ceiling – in the case of Norway 67.5).

    Katarzyna A. Kazimierczuk from IDN, presenting the Norwegian energy development and energy efficiency support system, emphasized the role of Enova, which is a key institution supporting financial activities. At present, Enova runs more than 20 support paths, targeting both households and private investors. Regardless of the extensive grant system (it should also be remembered that the Norwegian energy sector is over 90% state, so the redistribution of funds to Enova is facilitated), Richard Schnytte (POWEL AS) noted that investors in Norway generally do not make their decisions dependent on available subsidies only looking for business opportunities. Anders Stølan also described an interesting mechanism applied at the level of self-governments, which also includes planning for a sustainable and climate-friendly energy development. The “municipal energy and climate planning” guidelines and supporting Internet solutions allow local units to develop their own policies and tasks in the field.

    Both countries see great potential in the development of distributed energy, which will allow the development of local regions and municipalities. Arnold Rabiega from Institute of Renewable Energy drew attention to the role of clusters, which in the economy are nothing new. The novelty is their variation of energy clusters, which require quite deep and complex legislative intervention. In a broader perspective, we are dealing with a new, very attractive business model in the distributed energy sector, “said Rabiega.

    Experts from Norway also pointed to the growing role of digitization in energy management processes – both in planning and implementing local MicroGrid projects such as maintenance and, finally, ongoing contact with the consumer.

    It was definitely an interesting meeting which helped to get closer Norwegian and Polish experts. Despite it is hard to compare both countries experts managed to identify spots where it is worth and possible to use Norwegian experiences.

    Photo relation from the debate can be found here : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YIaO1p5WSzQXVGc0IxbmFERUU


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      Solutions for efficient production and consumption of energy?
      01.10.2017
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      Solutions for efficient production and consumption of energy?

      What system solutions and modern, innovative technologies based on renewable energy sources may contribute to increase the efficiency of production and consumption of energy?  Expert participating in the First Roundtable on 26.09.2017 in Warsaw made an attempt to reveal answer to that question. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Polish energy sector coming from such companies and institutions as ENEA, PGE, PKP Energetyka, Emerson, Energy Market Agency, Lewiatan Confederation, Warsaw University of Technology, Renewable Energy Institute. From Norwegian site was represented by experts Johnny Aak from Energy Management Consulting AS, Eirik Aartun, Powel AS and Anders Stølan IDN AS .

      In the first part of the meeting the Norwegian experts presented an outlook to energy market in the Scandinavian countries. The main objective of the government in this area is to increase energy security, increase the share of renewable energy and remove barriers to the development of the single energy market. What is interesting, 80% of revenues from energy production are spent on improving the quality of life of the society, such as the construction of roads, schools, etc.

      The speakers noted, among other things, that the energy prices in Norway are relatively low, being at a similar level as in Poland. For this reason, despite the high awareness of pro-ecological society, individual households attach little importance to increasing energy efficiency. On the other hand, to increase the share of distributed renewable energy, the state co-finances investments in heat pumps and solar installations.

      Changing behavior and choices of energy consumers is also a result of the last 20 years, so when analyzing the situation of Poland it may be necessary to look closer on what has been happening during this period in Norwegian consciousness, said Anders Stølan.

      Johnny Aak pointed out that a relatively new direction of electricity production, developed on a large scale are land-based wind farm – the two largest are in the area of ​​Rogaland and Trøndelag. By 2021 it is planned to install a power of 67.5 ThW. To achieve this goal, Aak said, there will be a need for investment in the modernization of the power grid, which was mostly built between the years 70-80.

      Norway is the leader in the transition towards electric cars. In 2015, electric vehicles accounted for 22% of the market share. On the other hand, the government has adopted an ambitious target that all new cars be electric, hydrogen or hybrid by 2025. This is followed by concrete incentives by the state – large tax rebates on the purchase of a car or the possibility of moving in restricted traffic areas such as bus lanes. However, electric vehicles in Norway are not only cars but also fishing vessels, buses or even ferries. This significantly contributes to the development of batteries production. Already at this time several international companies have started investing into this kind of production plant on the Norwegian market. Battery recycling ( and reusing) is also an growing issue.

      Participants in the debate stated that Norwegian experiences can be particularly useful in the transformation process, ie the use of new energy sources, renewable energy sources, as well as the building of systems related to them and the decentralization of systems.

      In the second part of the meeting participants also discussed energy efficiency improvement using state-of-the-art technologies such as using big data, process and measurement digitization and automation. Both Poland and Norway have experiences that they can share.

      Photo relation from the debate can be found here :

      https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YIaO1p5WSzNGhUYmRhZWNGbHM


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      Construction and demolition waste (CDW) in Slovakia
      14.09.2017
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      Construction and demolition waste (CDW) in Slovakia

      Recently, there has been an increasing interest in the transition towards more circular and sustainable industries across the EU. There is a number of targets to be achieved. For instance, the objective for construction and demolition waste is 70% by weight to be prepared for material recovery by 2020. However, there are still countries and regions struggling with this objective. For example, construction and demolition waste (CDW) is being landfilled in the region of Prešov in Slovakia significantly more than other types of waste. Some amount of CDW is being recycled, which means mainly crushing of waste concrete for further use in landscaping and road construction, which could not be considered a state-of-the-art circular solution.

      International Development Norway together with Anastasiia Zagainova, a Master’s graduate from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands conducted a study in search of solutions, which could help the region of Prešov to increase circularity and sustainability of construction waste treatment.

      The sociotechnical system around CDW in the region was studied in both quantitative and qualitative ways. Waste flow analysis was applied for assessing the current quantities of CDW and its treatment in the region. Social aspects were studied through semi-structured interviews and a workshop with relevant local stakeholders including the local government, recycling companies, construction companies and researchers. Successful solutions from different countries for enhancing sustainable and circular CDW treatment and management were cataloged, and, taking into account the local context, two of the solutions were recommended for implementation in the region.

      The research helped to understand that the main problems related to unsustainable CDW treatment are:

      Two possible solutions with the biggest leverage and the least resources needed to improve CDW situation in the Prešov region were suggested taking into the local context and the world’s best practices:

      1. To develop a simple step-by-step guideline on selective demolition and on-site sorting for private households and disseminate with the help of a local recycling company, which could also provide the service of the separated waste collection.
      2. To establish a Recycling Competence Center to increase trust and promote wider use of recycled/reused materials in the construction industry. This center would be there to do research and to disseminate state-of-the-art recycling knowledge and conduct certification of recycled materials in the region.

      The research was presented at the Delft University of Technology and received good feedback from prominent experts in sustainability and industrial ecology. The results will be further discussed with the local stakeholders in the region in order to create opportunities for their realization.

      Project implementation period:  March 2017 – August 2017

      Staff: Anastasiia Zagainova, Rune Stølan

      Country: Slovakia


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      IDN host Green Job Creation Workshop in Kosicè, Slovakia
      30.08.2017
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      IDN host Green Job Creation Workshop in Kosicè, Slovakia

      Together with project partner ETP, IDN hosted a workshop on Green Job Creation for unemployed Roma People on the 15th of August.

      Best Practice Report: Roma inclusion in green entrepreneurship and job creation

      Summary of Slovak Report: Analysis of the Slovak Situation

      The workshop was part of a bilateral project between ETP and IDN funded by the EEA & Norway Grants. The event hosted experts within the field and relevant stakeholders in the region were present. The project has researched best practice project throughout Europe when it comes to job creation and empowerment of disadvantaged groups, an analysis of the situation in Slovakia and potential for setting up and running projects there in the future. The workshop presented the results from the project and already existing initiatives in the region.

      Roma is one of the biggest ethnic minorities in the European Union (with an estimate of 10-12 million people living in different EU countries /2010/), but Slovakia as well (with an estimated 9% of total population in the country /2010/ present Roma people, while 74 000 of them are living in segregated communities with deplorable living conditions).

      Roma still is the most excluded group both socially and economically, mainly due to:

      According to the EU, 50% of the Roma population is under 18 and birth rates are high, resulting in a large proportion of young people and children. These characteristics, combined with the market practices (e.g. discrimination by employers and employees, limit job offers), low working skills&habits but also higher unwillingness for long distance travel to work help on maintaining a high level of marginalization of Roma in the labor market.

      However, demographic changes ought to be seen as an opportunity. The Roma have a higher activity rate than the general population (13 points difference in Spain, for example) and earlier active life.

      A young, dynamic, growing and productive Roma workforce can be an asset for the EU’s aging population and environmental challenges, provided adequate measures are implemented to facilitate their active participation in a competitive, capital intensive and knowledge-based economy, which is the hallmark of the Europe 2020 Strategy. New local waste treatment solutions engaging Roma community are seen by project partners as one of the promising solutions to realize the strategy.

      Examples of sectors that hold the promise of the green jobs of the future include:

       

       


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      Bilateral project with Fecupral, spol. s r.o completed
      28.08.2017
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      Bilateral project with Fecupral, spol. s r.o completed

      With the support of the Norway Grants within measure B, Programme Area 21  – Green Industry Innovations; a Process Audit was performed at Fecupral, spol. s r.o.

      The main objective of the project funded by this Bilateral Fund was to carry out the Process Analysis of the technology that has been used at Fecupral, especially the technical condition of the equipment for ecological waste treatment. Several companies were approached about carrying out such audit which would point out the bottlenecks that might cause the ecological setbacks in case they are overlooked. This audit was not only a revision but we also identified the key improvements in technology parametres to decrease the negative impact on the environment deep below the rates set by state and EU administrative bodies.

      The Process Audit revealed the weaker links in the technology, something that will be improve. Audit results also showed that innovative technology would allow Fecupral to expand the portfolio of treated wastes.

      The Activity is financed by Norway Grants and co-financed from the state budget of the Slovak Republic.


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      Waste processing company Fecupral visit IDN
      28.08.2017
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      Waste processing company Fecupral visit IDN

      On June 25 – June 28 2017 the Slovak company Fecupral visited IDN and Norway on a study trip. The visit was organized as a part of Measure B in PA 21 – Green innovation in industry.

      The main objective of the study visit was to find new partnerships for cooperation in the field of ecological waste management. During the stay in Trondheim Fecupral had meetings with IDN waste management expert Bjørn Kopstad and two departments at SINTEF.

      Changes in waste management inspired by circular economy pushes waste processing companies to the limits that recycled materials can offer. The trend where transnational companies higly values material savings is very possitive. One good example is IKEA, a pioneer in usage of recycled materials. In order to reflect on such progress in waste treatment Fecupral`s aim is to analyze all the processes in the company to remove any deficiencies and to become 100% material efficient.

      Supported by a grant from Norway Grants. Co-financed by the State budget if the Slovak Republic.


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      Polish-Norwegian roundtables for energy efficiency.
      14.07.2017
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      Polish-Norwegian roundtables for energy efficiency.

      Energy efficiency in an ongoing challenge for European stakeholders – considering both implementation in the industry but also regulation and system policies. Public authorities represented by National Environment and Water Management Fund also highlights relevancy of the topic and decided to support project of Polish-Norwegian roundtables. On the 4th of July 2017 we received the Grant Offer Letter from the Managing Authorities providing support to bilateral expertise exchange !  Foundation Institute Innovative Economy from Warsaw ( www.igos.pl) International Development Norway AS will jointly realize a project funded from Bilateral Cooperation Fund aiming to facilitate the exchange of experiences and build the fundaments of cooperation platform for further project and initiatives.  The roundtable meetings will gather experts, professionals and regulatory bodies to discuss and promote energy efficiency best practices.

      Formal result of the meetings will be a  jointly developed by IDN and IEE  roadmap for improving the competitiveness and effectiveness of energy system of Polish Economy.  We hope to discuss issues like: effective resource management, implementation of new technologies, development of dispersed energy, operational and management practices on system level, policies and regulations and finally forthcoming challenges in Polish energy system.


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      Solutions for construction and demolition waste treatment in Slovakia
      05.06.2017
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      Solutions for construction and demolition waste treatment in Slovakia

      A transdisciplinary study initiated by IDN involves various local stakeholders and experts from Norway, the Netherlands and Slovakia in order to define viable and locally acceptable solutions for construction and demolition waste landfilling reduction and its more circular treatment in the Prešov region, Slovakia.

      70% of construction and demolition waste must be prepared for material recovery by 2020 in the European Union. There are additional objectives related to the circular economy, which favor high-grade waste treatment such as direct reuse or upcycling. Construction and demolition waste mainly consist of concrete, wood, gypsum, bricks, metals, glass, plastic, solvents, asbestos, bituminous mixtures, and other materials. Most of these materials can be easily recycled or reused; others must also be treated in an environmentally sound way.
      One of the recent studies of IDN on opportunities for the circular economy in the Prešov region shows that construction and demolition waste is one of the few types of waste, which are still predominately being landfilled, rather than recovered. Therefore, solutions for sustainable and circular construction waste recovery are needed in Slovakia and the Prešov region, in particular.
      Project activities:
      •    Two field trips and a number of interviews with various stakeholders of the market of construction and demolition waste were already executed in April and May. The list of involved actors includes local waste collection and recycling companies, building and road construction companies, representatives from the local government and academia, etc.;
      •    A material flow analysis of waste in the region is complete.
      •    A set of valuable circular solutions based on quantitative data reinforced by the input from local stakeholders will be presented in August in Slovakia and the Netherlands;
      •    As a follow-up, proposals for the realization with interested parties in the region of Prešov will be prepared.

       

      Project implementation period:  March 2017 – August 2017
      Staff: Anastasiia Zagainova, Rune Stølan
      Country: Slovakia


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      IDN seeking talented students
      07.03.2017
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      IDN seeking talented students

      International Development Norway (IDN) is a spinout from the SINTEF foundation, the largest contract research institute in Scandinavia. Working on international projects for more than 10 years has gained us great experience and a big pool of excellent experts. We are a consultancy company working in close collaboration with other Norwegian stakeholders on topics such as innovation, technology, and business development.

      International Development Norway (IDN) is currently working on many international projects with Central and Eastern Europe being our main business area. We specialize in market research & feasibility studies, technology assessments/transfer, business partnering, project development & management, policy development, and strategies.

      Master thesis/PhD projects or remote internship

      IDN is now looking for talented students located in CEE-countries (+Portugal, Spain, Greece and Croatia) that want to gain International experience working on our projects. You are studying in one of the countries mentioned below and want to gain some experience cooperating with a Norwegian company working internationally.

      Fields of interest:

      Students based in these countries are wanted: Portugal, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland.

      If you find this opportunity interesting, please send us your application including cover letter and CV.

      Continuous Recruitment.

      Contact info:

      Rune Stølan

      Project Manager

      Rune.stolan@id-norway.com

      +47 40041425


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        POLNORECO helds a Regional Conferece in Lublin
        31.01.2017
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        POLNORECO helds a Regional Conferece in Lublin

        On the 25th of January 2017  POLNORECO project held the First Regional Conference. The chosen venue was Białystok, capital of the Podlaskie– one of the two regions covered by the activities of POLNORECO project.

         

        The conference was organized in the close cooperation with Politechnika Lubelska,  Faculty of Management and it covered  several dimensions of regional sustainable development.  The core focus of the conference was given to three main areas : environment and ecology, facilitation of entrepreneurship and innovativeness in the region and last but not least overview of possible funding mechanisms enabling projects and initiatives contributing to the welfare of the region. The perspective adopted in the conference was strictly related to the POLNORECO fundament – bilateral, Polish Norwegian knowledge and experience sharing, therefore Norwegian party was strongly represented.

        Conferece was addressed to all three groups which has the biggest potential to influence regional sustainable development  – academia, authorities and companies. We deeply hope that presented overview of the topics will strengthen IDN local presence and will help to establish further partnerships.


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        Expectations to Youth Entrepreneurship
        04.01.2017
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        Expectations to Youth Entrepreneurship

        When it comes to entrepreneurship, women are still expected to act like men. But what about youth?

        Women represent the biggest part of world’s population and yet they are undervalued, in terms of receiving focused attention on studies and research, opportunities in the labour market and many other areas. Prejudices and stereotypes play a big role, and in most societies, being a female is still automatically associated to staying at home, taking care of the children, the family and the household, while men are responsible for ‘providing’.

         

        Source: Barbara Kinney, Clinton Foundation

        Source: Barbara Kinney, Clinton Foundation

        Hence women are naturally vulnerable; they are born in a position of vulnerability and inequality and thus need to work much harder to achieve their goals. This is an almost global reality and constitutes a societal structural issue, where female struggle to enter the labour market and, more than that, to stay there and be properly paid. Surprisingly, the International Labor Organization has a 1951’s “Equal Remuneration Convention” signed by countries where the wage gap reaches 25% – like Portugal (2015).

        Therefore, aiming to escape this scenario and match all their obligations, many women choose to become an entrepreneur and thus self-employed. Theoretically, the entrepreneurial ecosystem is more equal, since it relies plenty on meritocracy, hence everyone has the capacity to accomplish with his/ her own entrepreneurial aspirations by applying personal effort and determination, say some traditional scholars. Others yet argue that although it makes its self-image accessible, the surroundings of the entrepreneurial activity are predominantly masculine and, worse, comparative. Exemplifying, the field has successful males as role models, with traditionally masculine characteristics and, for women to be considered valid entrepreneurs, they must represent the same as men do.

        Source: https-business-illinois-edu

        Source: Business Illinois Edu

        Furthermore, even though it would be possible to discuss about the emotional and psychological threats of this behaviour, it also brings other constraints and limitations for women to access the field.  When being evaluated as men would be, women are considered to be weak, too caring and not good enough to lead (OECD) and hence not reliable to receive funding, for example. Besides that, the public power still seem to think that supporting the investors with grants – inspiring them to invest their money, is a better idea than supporting women without resources – inspiring them to invest their own labor power in solving local problems. This can be a paradox, since women more often aim to solve local problems than the global ones. This female way of thinking has an advantage since it often involves almost no money, but a lot of labor.

        The same happens with youth, also traditionally part of vulnerable groups. They lack market experience and other requirements made for a person to get a loan and then have to rely on their own money or on family and friends to get their business opened. Another alternative is to seek for crowdfunding (the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people) and thus trust on a network that they do not necessarily have yet.

        Although some programs are now emerging, neither women nor youth have many policies focused on them and their specific needs when it comes to fostering entrepreneurship. The traditional entrepreneur is white, male and middle-aged and incentives are designed having them as a target group.

        Moreover, with the percentage of unemployed youth staying high, if not in the traditional labor market, young women have to strategize their own way to make a living. And, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Report (GEM), they seem interested and much more confident in their own capacity than the generations before. Yet, there is a need, space and potential for more investment on female youth entrepreneurship everywhere in the world, both in a structural (educational system, investors, infrastructure) and a behavioral (emotional traits, promoting women as role models and so on) way.  Developing this field would not only contribute to gender equality and reducing unemployment, but bring social and economic progress to societies worldwide.

        Author: Carol Tissot


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          BIOMASA project result presentation
          02.12.2016
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          BIOMASA project result presentation

          On the 30th of November the BIOMASA organization held a professional event focusing on renewable energy, IDN participated with a talk on bilateral cooperation and experiences from Norwegian partners in the BIOPEL project.

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          Mr. Anders Stølan from IDN presents Experience from Norwegian partners and importance of bilateral cooperation

          The event was held in Kysucky Lieskovec for students of technical universities with an excursion to the wood pellet production and distribution of biofuels. At the same time Cenzualne spolumajitelstvo Rajec presented wood processing, directly from the logging of forests Rajecka valley towards the experts from Norway. The afternoon program all-day event was aimed at the opening of the Biomass Logistic Centre, which was developed by the company BIOPEL. The event was attended by prominent Slovak and Norwegian experts who are involved in the transfer of experience and knowledge in the use of biomass within the Slovak-Norwegian bilateral cooperation.

          img_0733The Seminar “Use of renewable energy sources, biomass and solar energy” with the subtitle “Sharing experiences in the framework of bilateral cooperation between the Slovak Republic and Norway” was held in the municipal office in Kysucky Lieskovec. The event was attended by students from technical universities, with which BIOMASA long-term cooperates. Students had the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and experience of experts in biomass processing; the results of bilateral cooperation with Norwegian partners and also be familiar with the scientific activities of all participating universities. The obtained information they can effectively utilize in their studies, or even in their future careers, in that they chose to study just departments dealing with the use of renewable energy sources and technologies to process them.

          img_0732The representatives of the Government Office, the Norwegian Ambassador in Slovakia Inga Magistad, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in the Kingdom of Norway Frantisek Kasicky and many other distinguished guests and experts from Slovakia and Norway took part in the opening ceremony of the unique logistics center. All present guests highly evaluated the results and outcomes of the project and wished the representatives of BIOMASA and BIOPEL successful operation of the Centre.

          The event was held with the financial support from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the state budget within bilateral fund, which is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and reduce economic and social disparities between the Slovak Republic and donor countries.

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          IDN visit Waste Management & Recycling company Fecupral
          01.12.2016
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          IDN visit Waste Management & Recycling company Fecupral

          On the 1st of December, IDN visited the waste management and recycling company Fecupral, located in the city of Prèsov, Slovakia. The visit was part of a workshop hosted by IDN and project partner Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships) in the cross-border project: Unleashing Cross-border Circular Economy Potential – Slovakia and Ukraine. During the visit, the participants got an insight into the company that specializes in waste handling and recycling.

          Fecupral is one out of two Slovak companies that have an optic sorting facility and they are always looking to improve in relation to material technology and special waste handling. The industry needs companies that specialize in certain products and Fecupral is working closely with the university sector on product innovation.  IDN sees Fecupral as an important stakeholder in the future of waste management and recycling in Slovakia and are looking forward to future cooperation.


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          IDN host Circular Economy Workshop in Prèsov, Slovakia
          01.12.2016
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          IDN host Circular Economy Workshop in Prèsov, Slovakia

          On the 1st of December, IDN together with our project partner Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships) hosted a workshop in Prèsov, Slovakia. The workshop was part of the project: Unleashing Cross-border Circular Economy Potential – Slovakia and Ukraine. The main ambition of this bilateral project is to boost contacts and cooperation between local and regional companies, institutions and NGOs on both sides of the EU external border.

          Several stakeholders both from private and public sector were present at the workshop were the findings from the analysis of the cross-border region were presented. The analysis shows that there is a big potential for better cooperation between companies when it comes to waste optimisation and usage. For the next EEA & Norway Grants programme period the present stakeholders intend to apply for the funding of a big Circular Economy project in the region.


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          IDN visit the Slovak company Tomark
          01.12.2016
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          IDN visit the Slovak company Tomark

          On the 1st of December, IDN visited the Slovak manufacturing company Tomark, situated in the city of Prèsov. The visit was part of a workshop in the Slovak-Ukraine project: Unleashing Cross-border Circular Economy Potential. Together with our project partner Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships), IDN visited Tomark with other local companies.

          Tomark was established in 1995 and it specializes in the machining, shaping, and cutting of metallurgical materials and in the manufacture of welded structures and components, from the preparation of production to finishing. The company`s products find wide applications in the automotive industry, transport systems, agriculture, and energy industry. Their main product is chassis for trailers, and in recent years they have developed several small-crafted airplanes (Viper SD4 and Skyper GT9).

          At Tomark the group was welcomed by the CEO Daniel Tomko, he gave a brief presentation about the company before we were showed around the facility.

          http://www.tomark.sk/en/

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          IDN host workshop on Bioenergy Business Models in Bratislava
          28.11.2016
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          IDN host workshop on Bioenergy Business Models in Bratislava

          On the 28th of November, IDN together with project partner Energy Analytics, s. r. o. hosted a workshop on Business Models in Bioenergy projects in Bratislava, Slovakia. The bilateral project (funded by EEA & Norway Grants) aimed at studying the business models used in six bioenergy projects in Slovakia and comparing them with best practice in Europe. Present at the workshop was Slovak and Norwegian government and stakeholders within the bioenergy sector in the two countries.

           


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          Is Lisbon the next “Silicon Valley”?
          24.11.2016
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          Is Lisbon the next “Silicon Valley”?

          Lisbon has been betting high on becoming the next “Silicon Valley”, or at least its European version.

          Marco Fedele, Lisbon

          Photographer: Marco Fedele, Lisbon

          According to entrepreneurs, Portugal and its capital, Lisbon, have great assets and advantages for those who want to invest on start-ups. In general, people speak English, there is available educated talent (especially on tech) and the costs of resources (human, financial) and living are much cheaper than in other European tech hubs – namely London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Berlin. Besides that, they say the weather is nice, the food is good and people are welcoming. Lisbon also offers good infrastructure for events – fast internet, large hotel availability, conference rooms and cultural activities.

          This combination motivated the decision behind allowing Lisbon to host “Web Summit” for the next 3 editions (2016, 2017, 2018), the world’s biggest internet event, after a dispute with Amsterdam and Berlin. The event reunites 50 thousand people from over 150 countries, among those +7000 CEOs from global organizations. They are there to seek for and, especially, offer investments. Young people have special attention and a full agenda dedicated to them.

          Nevertheless, although the benefits are inherent, there are worries regarding bureaucracy and labour laws for start-ups. This could hamper a fast take-off, say entrepreneurs.

          At the same time, according to the Portugal’s industry secretary, João Vasconcelos, the event and the comparison with the Silicon Valley and thus San Francisco can be fun and sometimes sound positive, but although “for some it’s Berlin with sun; for others it’s the new Silicon Valley, it’s none of those: this is Portugal and this is Lisbon.”

          Web Summit / Start Up Lisboa, Photographer: Mario Pires

          Web Summit / Start Up Lisboa, Photographer: Mario Pires

          The reason for this bitter speech might be because Lisbon has been linked to San Francisco also for its red bridge across the bay, hills, trams and surfing scene. Despite the secretary’s declaration, though, it is clear that the government and the European Union are working to boost the start-up scene and attract talent from different countries. It seems that, before a traditional emigration country, now Portugal wants to welcome talents within its borders. Manuel Cabral, Portugal’s economy minister, told the newspaper The Guardian: “we’re attracting them for a lot of reasons: because we have a financing system, a very competitive fiscal setting for start-ups; but also because of the lifestyle and quality of life that entrepreneurs find here.”

          Thus, although many assure “Lisbon dreams of Europe’s Silicon Valley tag”, we would imply we can wait for a tech hub with less North-American characteristics and full of “ora pois” touches. It seems promising and sounds like an attractive and sustainable way to address Portuguese society’s biggest structural problem: unemployment.

          Author: Carol Tissot, IDN

          Sources: OECD, Web Summit, Start Up Lisboa, Lonely Planet.


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            IDN participate in Bioenergy conference in Oslo, Norway
            22.11.2016
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            IDN participate in Bioenergy conference in Oslo, Norway

            On the 22nd of November, IDN participated in a Lithuanian-Norwegian Business Opportunities in Bioenergy conference held in Oslo, Norway. Several key players within the bioenergy sector in Lithuania and Norway were present and presentations from both markets made for a fruitful conference. IDN have Norwegian experts on bioenergy that is used in our international projects.


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              IDN participate in GII Match-Making event in Oslo, Norway
              22.11.2016
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              IDN participate in GII Match-Making event in Oslo, Norway

              On the 22nd of November, IDN participated in a Green Industry Innovation Match-Making event in Oslo hosted by Innovation Norway. The event was part of a bigger GII-study trip to Norway for project promoters from the ending EEA & Norway Grants program period. IDN got to sit down with around 15 interesting stakeholders from countries like Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania and Norway.


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              IDN visiting Meråker Kjøtt together with Polish companies
              18.11.2016
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              IDN visiting Meråker Kjøtt together with Polish companies

              On the 18th of November, IDN together with 16 polish companies and the Polish Chamber of Commerce visited the meat processing company Meråker Kjøtt. There the owner and CEO Per Johan Pedersen welcomed the visiting group with an introduction of the company, its history, their production numbers, and the energy efficiency investments they have done during the years.

              The group was then taken on a tour at the factory in the village of Meråker, and it is an impressive business run in a small place close to the Swedish border. Energy and production efficiency is a big focus in Meråker Kjøtt and they have received funding from ENOVA when investing in energy efficiency infrastructure.

              Several of the Polish companies work within the processing industry and detailed discussions about production took place. And IDNs experience is that there are many things that both sides can learn from each other.


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              Visiting Duun Industrier AS
              18.11.2016
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              Visiting Duun Industrier AS

              On the 18th of November, IDN together with the Polish Chamber of Commerce and 16 Polish companies made a company visit to Duun Industrier AS in Åsen, Norway. The visit was part of a week-long study tour to Norway through the EEA & Norway grants supported project POLNORECO. Duun Industrier AS is a mechanical company established in 1956, located in the middle of Norway, that develop, design and produces all of their products at their facility in Åsen. They only sell their products through a few selected distributors, also abroad in countries like Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. The company is constantly looking for ways to improve their production and invest in leading technology to do so. The company mainly produces machinery for the agricultural and forestry sector.

              During the visit, the CEO Karl Martin Eggen and Factory Manager Roar Størseth presented the company, their vision, work within energy and production efficiency. Further on the group were taken on a tour throughout the impressive production facility. Several of the mechanical companies from Poland received valuable information and detailed discussion took place between the companies.

               

               


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              Workshop with Trondheim Chamber of Commerce
              17.11.2016
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              Workshop with Trondheim Chamber of Commerce

              On the 17th of November, IDN together with the Polish Chamber of Commerce organized a workshop for 16 Polish companies in the Norwegian city Trondheim. The main speaker of the workshop was Christian Haugen, Senior Advisor at Trondheim Chamber of Commerce. He gave a presentation about the industry situation in the Trondheim region and how companies are working with energy efficiency and renewable technology. Christian also spoke about the role of the Chamber of Commerce in the region and how companies can cooperate with them when doing business in the region. IDN sees the Trondheim Chamber of Commerce as an important knowledge partner in the region.

              Further on in the workshop CEO of IDN Anders Stølan, gave a presentation about the company and its role in many projects within energy efficiency and renewable energy. IDN aims at contributing to the green change in Europe and we experience that the EEA & Norway Grants is an important tool to contribute to this shift.


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              Visit at Nortura Malvik
              17.11.2016
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              Visit at Nortura Malvik

              On the 17th of November, IDN together with the Polish Chamber of Commerce and companies from the Polish processing industry visited Nortura Malvik. The facility is the biggest and most modern slaughter and cutting facility in Norway. The Maintainance Manager Arnar Martinsen at Nortura Malvik showed the visiting group around the facility and gave a presentation about their investment in energy efficiency infrastructure and waste management systems. Nortura Malvik is a state of the art facility within the processing industry and they have installed many technologies that save energy and improves production efficiency.

               


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              IDN organize workshop for Polish industry in Oslo
              16.11.2016
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              IDN organize workshop for Polish industry in Oslo

              On the 16th of November, IDN together with the Polish Chamber of Commerce organized a workshop in Oslo for 16 Polish companies being part of the POLNORECO-project. The workshop was part of a study tour the companies had to Oslo and Trondheim.

              The first speaker at the workshop was Lars-Kåre Legernes, Managing Director of Oslo Chamber of Commerce. He introduced the industry in Norway and possibilities for the Polish companies. During his presentation, Lars-Kåre also talked about the Norwegian business culture and compared it to the Polish business culture.

              Further on in the workshop Kia-Luise Klavenes, Senior Advisor & Partner at Pure Consulting. Pure is a company that works with the understanding of how sustainable development should be made into dynamic, relevant and profitable business strategies. Kia-Luise introduced the concept of CSR to the Polish companies, a term that is not so well known in businesses in CEE countries.

              The last presentation of the workshop was done by Geir Ole Ørnes, District Director in Metal Supply Norway. They are a commercial sector network where suppliers, distributors, and other stakeholders within metal and machine industry in an easy wat can come in contact with each other, find information about each other, sell/buy new and used equipment and machines. Geir Ole explained how also Polish companies can use their platform to target themselves for the Norwegian market.

               


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              Visiting Asplan Viak Power House
              15.11.2016
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              Visiting Asplan Viak Power House

              At Nov 16th we visited Asplan Viak Power House in Sandvika together with a delegation from Poland. ,,

              20161116_110420Powerhouse is a collaboration of companies dedicated to building energy-positive buildings. The collaboration consists of Entra Eiendom, Skanska, Snøhetta, the environmental NGO ZERO, the aluminium company Hydro, the aluminium profile company Sapa and the consulting firm Asplan Viak. We want to demonstrate that it is possible to build energy positive buildings, not just in the southern regions of the world, but also in cold Norway.

              Powerhouse has already rehabilitated Powerhouse Kjørbo (Asplan Viak) into an energy-positive building, as well as developing a new energy-positive office building at Brattørkaia in Trondheim. Entra owns both properties.

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              Visiting NOFIMA
              15.11.2016
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              Visiting NOFIMA

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              Visit at the bakery lab at NOFIMA

              On the 15th of November, IDN visited the research institute NOFIMA together with a Polish delegation with companies from the processing industry. Nofima is one of the largest institutes for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food research in Europe. They supply internationally renowned research and solutions that provide competitive advantages along the complete chain of value. They have offices at several locations in Norway and IDN visited the one in Ås, just outside Oslo.

              During the visit, we were introduced to NOFIMA and their research by Camilla Røsjø (Director, Division Food Science). Further on Scientist Rune Rødbotten gave an introduction to some of the research projects on food that NOFIMA have been part of. Research Director Helga Næs presented their research on food packaging, all being very relevant for the Polish companies. At their location in Ås NOFIMA has several living labs that is used for different types of testing. NOFIMA is a potential knowledge partner for International projects and IDN looks forward to cooperating with them in the future.

               


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              Visiting Råholt Varmesentral
              15.11.2016
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              Visiting Råholt Varmesentral

              20161115_145425At Nov 15th we visited Råholt Varmesentral at Råholt together with a delegation from Poland. The general manager and our partner Trond Hammeren. The heating central use wood chips, have an energy output of max 5MW and supply three local public buildings, a shopping centre and some apartment blocks with water based heating. The operation is well automatized and is monitored through a mobile app. Our visit at Råholt was hosted by General Manager (and our partner) Trond Hammeren.


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              Visting Øvre Romerike Avfallsselskap (ØRAS)
              15.11.2016
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              Visting Øvre Romerike Avfallsselskap (ØRAS)

              20161115_140953 At Nov 15th we visited Øvre Romerike Avfallsselskap (ØRAS) at Råholt together with a delegation from Poland. The general manager gave us an overview of the companies activities in waste management. The sorting facility (miljøstasjon) for private households was demonstrated. Then the wood chipping activity and finally the automatic sorting plant separating organic waste (green bags) from municipality waste collected by trucks. The company seems to be well organised/operated and is a potential knowledge partner for IDN.

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              Innovation Norway facilitates Green Change
              15.11.2016
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              Innovation Norway facilitates Green Change

              On the 15th of November, IDN visited Innovation Norway with a Polish group of companies through the POLNORECO-project. Senior Advisor in the Sustainable Division, Tor Mühlbradt, introduced the shift towards renewable energy in Norway and how Innovation Norway contributes to that. He also presented a lot of important possibilities that Polish and Norwegian companies can follow to make business abroad. Innovation Norway is an important partner working for IDN when working in CEE countries and markets.


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              IDN receive visitors from Satu Mare, Romania
              28.10.2016
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              IDN receive visitors from Satu Mare, Romania

              On the 24th – 28th of October, IDN received our project partner The Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association on a two-day study trip to Trondheim. Representing our partner in the project “Partnership for an enlightened future” was the CEO of the Association and two mayors from municipalities in the county.

              On the first day, the partners visited Steinkjer Municipality in the county Nord-Trøndelag. Waste management in the municipality was presented by Esther Stølan and the “LED light District” project was described in detail. Steinkjer being one of the municipalities that have installed LED lights in many of its street lights.

              The project partners visited Innovation Norway for an introduction to their organization and how they work with promotion of green technology in the Norwegian market. Supplementing this visit with a presentation from Enova gave the visitors great insight into how the Norwegian government works with climate change and renewable technology.

              Further on, the IDN partner ENOCO arranged a workshop where they presented their solutions for intelligent management systems for energy efficiency in public buildings. They have installed their system in many buildings in Norway and municipalities experience big savings. These management systems also apply on street lighting giving municipalities a chance to reduce energy consumption.


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              BRCT Iasi on study visit to Trondheim
              26.10.2016
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              BRCT Iasi on study visit to Trondheim

              IDN had the pleasure of welcoming the Biroul Regional pentru Cooperare Transfrontaliera Iasi (BRCT Iasi) to Trondheim on a study visit with the intention of finding common grounds and develop project ideas for future cooperation.

              davThe visit took place in Trondheim between 24th and 28th of October and the program was filled with visits to different Norwegian stakeholders with energy efficiency and public lighting as the main topic.

              On the first day, the partners visited Steinkjer Municipality in the county Nord-Trøndelag. Waste management in the municipality was presented by Esther Stølan and the “LED light District” project was described in detail. Steinkjer being one of the municipalities that have installed LED lights in many of its street lights.

              The project partners visited Innovation Norway for an introduction to their organization and how they work with promotion of green technology in the Norwegian market. Supplementing this visit with a presentation from Enova gave the visitors great insight into how the Norwegian government works with climate change and renewable technology. Further on, the company ENOCO presented their solutions for intelligent management systems for energy efficiency in public buildings. They have installed their system in many buildings in Norway and municipalities experience big savings.

              Besides the visits to Norwegian stakeholders, the two parties had a project development workshop where they discussed potential projects in the border region of Romania and Moldova. This is a region with some challenges but great potential.

              The project was funded by the EEA & Norway Grants. Through the Norway Grants and EEA Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

              For the period 2009-14, Norway’s contribution is €1.7 billion. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with Norwegian entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.

              Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.

               

               


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                Tuzla – First 500 jobs celebration interview
                24.10.2016
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                Tuzla – First 500 jobs celebration interview

                IDN professionals were engaged in setting up business incubators in the Western Balkan from year 2004 to 2010. Recently we visited one of these incubators and interviewed the management team about the results achieved so far.

                In October 2005 the BIT Center incubator was opened in the city of Tuzla, in the middle of the Bosnian heartland. The idea with this incubator was to fight against galloping brain drain by offering young entrepreneurs an opportunity to start their own independent businesses in their hometown.

                11 years later, the Mayor of Tuzla, Jasmin Imamovic, could cut the ribbon to the fifth building in what is now called BIT Technology Park. In his opening speech, the Mayor could brag that companies from the BIT Center have produced 500 jobs so far, and have put Tuzla on the Balkan map as the right place to start an ICT company. A few days later, he was reelected Mayor. No wonder. Offering jobs for young professionals is extremely important for a city like Tuzla.

                Such numbers of new jobs would get Mayors out of their chairs even in far bigger cities in more developed countries. Even more when it is not talk about 500 vulnerable low-tech jobs outsourced from global players likely to shut down at the first crises. On the contrary, the ICT community in Tuzla consist of independent software development companies that continued to expand under the financial crises. The ICT community has become renown in the region, and the BIT center recognized as the cradle for this remarkable expansion of start-up companies.

                The managing director of the BIT Centre, Robert Martic, tells me that they have put big efforts into refurbishing more premises. By enabling the growing companies to stay longer in the BIT Technology Park, we also enable them to contribute to new start-ups, and to the sustainability of the incubator. Now we have five buildings, more or less grouping around the Trg Slobode (Liberty Square) at the very core of the old town.  Within three-minutes-walk, you will reach all five buildings and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, which is the main recruit base for new employees. We have now 200 people in-house and the number will increase since we have more space under development in the newly opened fifth building. Companies forced to move out because of lack of expansion space want to come back to the environment, and new start-up entrepreneurs are knocking on the door. This is the best proof that we are delivering something of value to them, says Robert Martic.

                We are cooperating successfully with the University of Tuzla as well. The Faculty of Electrical Engineering has doubled the number of students in the last years. Actually, the professors are a little concerned because the students often get employed in a company within the BIT Center immediately after their third year (bachelor) and tend not to go on with their master thesis. Still this is a good situation for the faculty making it even more attractive for new students.

                So how come this spectacular results?  I ask Vedrana Ajanovic, the second member of the small management team in BIT center. First of all, she says, the city had many young and well-educated people without a job due to the combined post-communism and post-war economic backlash. According to an interview study from 2005, nine out of ten youngsters were thinking about going abroad. However, as part of the Bosnian family tradition the grandmothers kept urging the youngsters to stay. It might have strengthened their will to try entrepreneurship instead of just going abroad looking for a decent job. Anyway, there is no doubt that the timing was right for an initiative that targeted the young entrepreneurs offering them services they needed to utilize their competence towards an emerging ICT market.

                Then we got good and timely help from the Kingdom of Norway. In fact, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs turned down a proposal on building a science center at the University of Tuzla at first. However, at the same time the Norwegian aid organization NORAD launched a tender for setting up a business incubator somewhere in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The Norwegian Ambassador managed to tackle the bureaucracy and pointed out Tuzla as the right place for the project even though a pre-study recommended Sarajevo. This was a lucky strike for us of course, and on top of it we were lucky to get Norwegian experts to help us to implement this rather daring project.

                Daring? Yes, I say daring, because many previous incubator project in the Western Balkans, supported by the World Bank and other international donors, had shown limited success. Some of them were actually small disasters that threatened to ruin the idea of supporting young entrepreneurship. Therefore, we met a lot of skepticism towards our endeavor. Now I am happy to say that this skepticism has totally vanished.

                So, pure luck and right timing is the reason for your success then?

                Well, not entirely of course, Robert Martic breaks in. It is also important that the Municipality of Tuzla made several buildings in downtown available for us, although the buildings were in desperate need for reconstruction. It is likewise important that the Norwegian government and later the European Union offered grants for a refurbishing of these buildings. After reconstruction, they became like pearls in the old city Centre.

                Another important reason for our success is that we all the time focus on the entrepreneur’s actual needs. We do not prioritize “nice to have” or “nice to do” subjects or produce events that the entrepreneurs do not really have time to attend.  We constantly ask ourselves how we can contribute the most to the young companies.  No NGOs or non-business oriented activities were allowed to move into the premises. We wanted to make it clear that BIT Center aimed to promote commercial and marked oriented activities.

                What motivates you to go on growing BIT Center?

                We do not spend much time thinking about that. We work hard every day trying to be competent, helpful, independent, demanding and fair at the same time. It is quite exhausting but inspiring. It is not a problem to find motivation for this work. Seeing entrepreneurs succeed against all odds is very stimulating. Sometimes they fail, but stands up again, trying another path. As businesses grow, they also help our society to improve its economy and attractiveness. We live here, and this is important to us, Vedrana adds.

                She gives an example. One of the first group of entrepreneurs that entered were three friends programming software for internet telephony solutions. Now, ten years after there are 30 employees just in Tuzla. Besides, they have offices in Zenica, Sarajevo, and Los Angeles! I wonder if not this company could employ 300 in the year 2026. It can easily happen. Six or seven other companies also reached around 20 or more employees now. Our vision from 10 years ago is about to come through. Young people must gain more power in this country in order to get it on the right track again. To be modest, we are pretty proud of what we have achieved with BIT Center, but even more proud of young companies creating new jobs in Tuzla every day.

                So what is your next achievement going to be?   To continue to grow, and to support new start-ups is the main thing. Another is to develop further a very promising cooperation with other innovation centers in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Together we might create a small wonder for youth entrepreneurship and employment in this country.

                Good luck with that and congratulation for the first 500 jobs, I say! Well thanks, maybe we should find time to celebrate more, Vedrana laughs. We did not even celebrate the 10th anniversary of BIT Centre last year. We were too busy. Big celebrations does not really help young entrepreneurs you know. As a small team, we need to prioritize our time tough. We are concerned about not wasting the entrepreneurs’ time as well. I often see a lot of dragging entrepreneurs to various events, seminars, and competitions, which is often just a show-off to please donors. The companies need to concentrate their energy on the real market if they shall survive and grow.

                OK, but maybe we can celebrate with a cup of coffee and a cake at the nearby café, I suggest. Sure, Robert replies – that is our style of celebration. We drink coffee, eat a cake and discuss our opportunities ahead. History is not important. Good things lie in the future!

                Author: Torkel Ystgaard, Special Advisor – Innovation Support Systems

                Along the short walk between the BIT Center buildings, you pass a number of cafeterias and lunch restaurants where you are bound to meet professionals from the family of BIT Center companies

                Along the short walk between the BIT Center buildings, you pass a number of cafeterias and lunch restaurants where you are bound to meet professionals from the family of BIT Center companies


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                Rune StølanWaste Management and Recycling – Vilnius
                11.10.2016
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                Waste Management and Recycling – Vilnius

                On the 26th and 27th of September, a matchmaking event for companies and organisations within the waste management and recycling industry were held in Vilnius, Lithuania. IDN participated the event and also attended the B2B session, meeting interesting companies from Lithuania discussing future cooperation both in Norway and abroad.

                atlieku-tvarkymo-ir-perdirbimo-imoniu-kontaktu-muges-akimirkos-2-of-46The event was organized by The Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) with Lithuanian Ministry of Economy and The Norwegian Government Agency. Several Norwegian key players were present together with more than 50 Lithuanian companies and institutions. Among the speakers was Innovation Norway, COWI, MPEX, The Oslo Waste to Energy Agency and the Lithuanian Municipal Services and Waste Management Associations (LKATA).

                IDN have not had any projects with Lithuanian partners before and we are therefore seeking new possibilities in the country. The waste management sector has reached a good level in the country but the potential for improvement is still high, especially regarding waste treatment in the industry.

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                Green Mission: Climate – results
                11.10.2016
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                Green Mission: Climate – results

                On September 29th there was held a press conference about results of project Green mission: Climate. It took place in Ventspils, at Kurzeme Demo Centre’s new passive house. The main spoke persons at the conference was representatives of the foundation “Ventspils High Technology Park” and Ltd. “Aspired”. At this event new scientific and methodological material was be presented as well. At the end of the conference, visitors was be welcomed to attend the new interactive exposition of Kurzeme Demo Centre about Climate Changes.

                bilde-1The Green mission: climate project was carried out by VHTP in cooperation with SIA Aspired and International Development Norway. The project lasted from March 2015 to September 2016.

                The objective of the Green mission: Climate project was to educate, inform and promote awareness and knowledge of climate change between Latvian secondary school students and teachers by integrating and using alternative educational approaches and methods. In the framework of the project new interactive exposition were developed: Floor 1 of the Kurzeme Demo Centre’s new building houses an unprecedented exhibition on climate change, its causes, consequences and solutions. The exhibition features 18 new, interactive stands with the added value of knowledge. Museum visitors are offered to solve the mystery of Tangrams, take part in car racing to save the world by force of thought, find out what it feels like to be a state governor, and to raise CO2 emissions. During the project period more than 500 high school students and teachers have visited this exposition for free.

                The project “Green Mission: Climate” has yielded three creative technical workshops explaining climate change, related issues and solutions in detail. All workshops are based on real international studies and statistics, thus ensuring that the activities and their results approximate the real situation regarding climate change in Latvia and around the world.

                Over the last year, the workshops have taken place in 78 schools in all five Latvian regions, attracting over 4,000 students.

                New scientific and methodological material were developed during Green Mission Climate. There are 42 different practical experiments covered in the scientific and methodological material, as well as hard nuts and discussion-type tasks that the natural science teachers will be able to use in their classes performing a variety of practical tasks together with the students and making lessons more attractive, interesting and engaging for students. Experiments during natural science classes will encourage the knowledge and understanding of Latvian pupils on climate change and its mitigation.

                The project is realised within the European Economic Zone financial instrument 2009-2014 year period program “National climate policy” small grant scheme’s open contests framework.


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                Modern societies need to invest in youth entrepreneurship
                10.10.2016
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                Modern societies need to invest in youth entrepreneurship

                This is the first of a series of articles on entrepreneurship we will be publishing in the upcoming months. We aim to better comprehend the relation of this concept with job creation, youth, gender, economic growth and others.

                In 2014, over 73 million young people were unemployed globally. In Europe, data from February 2016 shows that, from the total youth population, the continent’s unemployment average is 20%. On one hand, Greece has almost 50%, being the highest, followed by Spain, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus and Portugal; on the other, Germany has 7%, the lowest, being followed by the Czech Republic, Denmark, Malta, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom . Add to these data the fact that young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults – due to lack of experience, stability, personal preferences and other reasons -, the changing demographic profile of countries, the transformations in the labor market and the scenario gets even scarier. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) and other United Nations agencies, alternative employment options must be encouraged and learned in order to avoid a higher percentage of the population falling into vulnerable situations.

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                Thus, both entrepreneurship and youth entrepreneurship have become key focus of research and investment during the past decades all over the world. In Europe, the necessity of developing policies on this field became even higher after 2008, when many countries joined those suffering hard impacts of the Global Economic Crisis.  The traditional assets of entrepreneurship regained strength, and its contribution to sustainable economic growth and job creation seem more important than ever. By creating new business and driving innovation, creativity and other important competencies inside existing organizations, entrepreneurs are considered key elements inside any type of society; they are the ones able to speed up needed structural changes, introduce competition, increase productivity, build, and inclusive environment and reduce poverty. Even though this is not an exclusive role of entrepreneurs, it is widely recognized their essential contribution to these factors. According to different studies, the main explanation may lay on the entrepreneurial profile these people own, a certain ‘entrepreneurial set of behaviors’.
                Due to this growing importance, many studies  have been conducted in order to understand different aspects of the field: what defines entrepreneurship, who are those becoming entrepreneurs, what are their motivations, where are they located and so on. However, more important than that, is to understand how one (a government, for instance) can foster entrepreneurial activity, in order not to grow the absolute number of entrepreneurs but also to guarantee the entrepreneurial pipeline, to better the societal perception and thus make it more attractive and also guarantee a more sustainable ecosystem.
                Thus, in order to ensure the continuity and the growth of these practices, a significant investment ought to be done in youth entrepreneurship development. Yet, this investment may also contribute on tackling what ILO considers the biggest European concern nowadays: youth unemployment. Therefore, although it is known that entrepreneurship – and consequently entrepreneurial activity and what fosters its growth – is very context-based, there are some approaches to enhance youth entrepreneurship that could be accepted as universal, even if at different intensities and with different characteristics.
                The first (and perhaps the most obvious) is educational, that can be further extended to training. Thus, scholars, policy makers and the population in general advocate in favor of educating children on entrepreneurship, in order to develop certain strategic behaviors and competencies from an early age . Most of those defending this approach argue that the entrepreneurial approach should be integrated on teaching, from primary school. It raises, however, some questionings: is educating children the only way? Where, when and how does it influence? The risk of this measure alone may be it’s too long term result. Thus, focused training on specific needs, shorter courses aiming to develop entrepreneurial competencies in young adults are some examples of other educational practices that could be combined.
                fotolia_9213230_subscription_xxlIt can not, however, stop there. According to the European Commission (EC), it is essential that counties dedicate time and financial resources on building and recreating a supportive ecosystem that fosters entrepreneurship within its national borders. In this regard, providing an organizational infrastructure composed by incubators, accelerators, investors and other entities is crucial for the sustainability of the initiatives.
                These formal institutions are indispensable, such as the informal ones. The latter contribute in a different way, and are fundamental in order to create awareness about entrepreneurship in a country. For people – and especially young – to aim the entrepreneurial career, it is important to talk about it, to portrait it as a (good) option, to showcase both successful and failed (and thus stressing the importance of trying) stories in the online and offline medias and so on. It is known that the more one talks about a certain possibility, more interest is created around it. And that is what entrepreneurship also needs in most countries – visibility.
                Beyond all, considering the cultural scenario of the country and understanding the type of entrepreneurial culture that wants to be stimulated is primordial. Having this clarity, developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and thus a higher number of successful businesses and entrepreneurs may be a mere consequence of the combination of short and long-term measures, that will vary according to the economic situation, the level of development, the political objectives and so on. Thus, encouraging youth entrepreneurship requires attention, focus, and patience. The potential is there.

                Author: Carol Tissot, IDN


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                  Visit from Straldza municipality – Bulgaria
                  15.09.2016
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                  Visit from Straldza municipality – Bulgaria

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                  As part of the knowledge transfer componet in the project ““Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Measures in Municipal and State Buildings and Local Districts Heating”, a delegation from the Straldza municipality visited Trondheim 12-14th of September 2016. The first day we had meetings with, the  Deputy Mayor of Stjørdal Municipality, Ole Hermod Sandvik, the technical department, the development of SARA-sewage facility (Head of Technical department, Arild Moen) and got an demonstration of Energy efficiency and ENOCO-control system in Town Hall (Advisor Tore Hagnes). After lunch we visited Stjørdal District Heating facility (biofuel).

                  The last day we visited SINTEF, Geothermal Research (Researcher Marit Mazzetti), had a project meeting and workshop at IDN office to discuss future cooperation.


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                  BRCT Iași and IDN initiates the project “ActGreen”
                  09.09.2016
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                  BRCT Iași and IDN initiates the project “ActGreen”

                  The Regional Office for Cross Border Cooperation Iași (BRCT Iași, Romania) and IDN will cooperate in the project “Action for Grass Roots Environmental Efforts Network – ActGREEN”.

                  The project is financed by the Norway Grants and will be implemented over a period of five months with BRCT Iași visiting IDN in Trondheim as the main activity. During this visit, the partners will meet up with relevant organizations and actors in Norway but also work together in finding future development projects for the cross-border region between Romania and Moldova.

                  Tha main objective of the project is:

                  MO) To strengthen the cooperation between Romania and the Kingdom of Norway through common actions for civil society involvement in global environmental governanceSO1)

                  The secondary objectives of the project:

                  SO1)  To build a solid partnership with institutions and authorities in Norway for supporting knowledge transfer in environment and sustainable development sectors.

                  SO2) Capacity building of BRCT Iași for providing professional assistance on environmental issues to the communities and stakeholders in the North-East Region / Eastern Counties of Romania.

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                  Through the Norway Grants and EEA Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

                  For the period 2009-14, Norway’s contribution is €1.7 billion. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with Norwegian entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.

                  Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.


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                  Company projects in POLNORECO to be launched!
                  29.08.2016
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                  Company projects in POLNORECO to be launched!

                  Logic adapted in the POLNORECO project goes from specific company work to wide dissemination, therefore we are starting with analyzing the situation and potential to introduce environmental innovation in two companies, which were invited to take part in POLNORECO and motivated enough to  accept the chance.

                  20160830_113246In Podlaskie, POLNORECO will carry an eco – innovation projcet for a regional meat producer.  KABO meat plant was built in 1992 as a partnership founded by Anatol Borowik and Wiaczesław Karpieszuk. The factory produces about 250 tons of meat goods per month. For many years the company has specialised in the production of dried meats and sausages. Due to the requirements of food processing company is facing challenges related to energy efficiency in production – IDN will suggest the improvements and possible projects answering theses challenges.20161027_111133

                  In Lubelskie, we are going to work with EDBAK – a leading Polish manufacturer of innovative fixing systems for LED/LCD screens and projectors. EDBAK also offers a full range of products for digital signage, such as totems, info-kiosks and internal and external housings – all designed and customised in accordance with the requirements and needs of every customer.  Despite production  process is not so energy consuming as in the case of KABO, still energy efficiency has not been a subject yet for EDBAK management. IDN will recommend solutions focusing on energy monitoring and management together with  projects  introducing process and organization innovation in the company.

                  These two company innovation project will be the base for further work in regional network projects and promotion of innovation, energy efficiency in SMEs and bilateral Polish – Norwegian knowledge and experience exchange.

                   


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                  IDN starts of Cross-Border project with visit to Slovakia
                  10.08.2016
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                  IDN starts of Cross-Border project with visit to Slovakia

                  The start of the project Carpathian Portal was kicked off by meetings in Roznava (Slovakia) between 26th and 29th of July.

                  davThe Cross-Border project Carpathian Portal will create a web-portal promoting tourism in the border region of Slovakia and Ukraine. It will also arrange workshops with companies and organizations working within the tourism industry in the region. By cooperation and unity, the region will be stronger when promoting itself towards the Slovak and International tourists.

                  The lead partner in the project is the organisation FOR REGION (www.forregion.eu). Further on there are several partners from Slovakia and Ukraine participating.

                  IDNs days in Slovakia were filled with visits to important tourist attractions in the region and meetings about how to increase tourism to the region. An important aspect of the project is to get actors on both sides of the Slovak-Ukraine border to work more together towards attracting tourist to the area.

                  The contribution from IDN is to contribute with best practice from Norwegian and European cases and give advice on how to best develop the portal and cooperation in the region.


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                  IDN continue cooperation with Satu Mare County (Romania)
                  25.07.2016
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                  IDN continue cooperation with Satu Mare County (Romania)

                  IDN and The Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association continue cooperation with the project “Partnership for an enlightened future”

                  The project aims to continue the cooperation in the field of elaboration of energy efficiency strategies for regions/cities and to contribute to the transfer of knowledge and best practices between the partners in the field of public lightning. The long-term ambitions of the project are to develop the region of Satu Mare within several fields like public lighting and energy efficiency.

                  The main three activities of the project are:

                  1. a) a training course on public lighting for all members of the Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association, organized in Satu Mare in the month of September;
                  2. b) a study visit in Norway for representatives of Association to take place in October;
                  3. c) elaboration of a best practices guide on energy saving strategies and public lighting.

                  The project is financed through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants.

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                  Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

                  For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to €1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.

                   


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                  IDN visit project partner VHTP in Ventspils, Latvia
                  18.07.2016
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                  IDN visit project partner VHTP in Ventspils, Latvia

                  The development of Kurzeme Demo Centre Ventspils High Technology Park (VHTP) is finalized and IDN travelled to Ventspils to view the new building and exhibition focusing on Climate Change.

                   

                  davClimate change is an important topic that needs more attention in the Latvian school system and the VHTP have now constructed an exhibition exploring different aspects of that topic. During the days in Latvia IDN had several meetings with the Latvian partner VHTP discussing the project and also planning for new projects within the field of energy efficiency.

                   

                  hdrThe building itself serve as a separate exhibit, which demonstrates the possible solutions for sustainable buildings – with the usage of renewable resources, low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and low energy costs to the society. Planned building’s heating energy costs are 12.8kWh/m2 a year, which is approximately 10 times less than a current average building in Latvia, and it will fit within the standard of a passive house.

                  IDN contributed with experts on renewable energy and environmental technology that helped develop the exhibitions within the Demo center.

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                  Workshop with FAJUDIS from Portugal
                  16.07.2016
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                  Workshop with FAJUDIS from Portugal

                  IDN receive project partner FAJUDIS from Portugal for a three-day program titled Youth Entrepreneurship and Job Creation.

                  Finding ways to promote Entrepreneurship and innovation among young citizens of Europe is an important challenge for Europe today. Young people creating their own jobs is one of many solutions meeting the high unemployment rate that many countries experience today. The organization FAJUDIS, therefore visited IDN in Trondheim (29th of June – 3rd of July) to have a workshops on the topic and to discuss future projects in their region of Santarem.

                  hdrOn the first day, the partners made a visit to the JA organisation in Norway called “Youth Entrepreneurship”. They play an important role in the Norwegian school system promoting entrepreneurship and making pupils think innovative.

                  Further on the group got to experience a well-functioning and fast growing coworking space in Trondheim called WorkWork. Trondheim as a city is also a good case of good cooperation between private, public and NGOs within the field of job creation.

                  The meetings were followed up by internal workshops at the IDN Office, discussing the future work of FAJUDIS in their home region Santarem and possible projects together with IDN.

                  FAJUDIS is an organization that supports, improve and promote the youth movement as a way of local development in Portugal.

                  The project is funded by Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, through the Cidadania Ativa Program and the EEA and Norway Grants.


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                  POLNORECO – Green Industrial Innovation in Eastern Poland
                  28.06.2016
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                  POLNORECO – Green Industrial Innovation in Eastern Poland

                  Energy efficiency and sustainable resources management are success factors of competitive industries in Europe. Poland is still facing challenges in that aspect and Polish SME do require of the system approach allowing to introduce good practice and solutions implementing sustainable energy management in the company. Apart from political targets set up by European Union,  energy efficiency is a vivid and important topic for many of small medium seize businesses all over Poland.

                  To address these needs and challenges Polish Chamber of Commerce and International Development Norway AS developed the project of POLISH NORWEGIAN COOPERATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN SMES implemented under EEA Grants Programme Energy Efficiency O4 in PL

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                  IDN attend the Baltic Green Innovation Forum in Latvia, Riga
                  18.06.2016
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                  IDN attend the Baltic Green Innovation Forum in Latvia, Riga

                  On 15th of June, the first ever Baltic Green Innovation Forum was held in Riga, Latvia. IDN participated the forum and also attended the B2B session, meeting interesting companies from the Baltics discussing future cooperation.

                  mdeThe Green B2B Networking among Norwegian and Latvian partners kicked off the day, giving IDN the possibility to meet several interesting companies and organisations. Further on the Conference had speakers presenting the recent development within Green Innovation in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. Several initiatives within the R&D sector was presented and updates on International Research and Innovation Programs were given.

                  IDN also participated in a session introducing possibilities for Green Business in the Baltics for Norwegian actors.


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                  Industrial Symbiosis workshops in Trondheim
                  17.06.2016
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                  Industrial Symbiosis workshops in Trondheim

                  IDN receive partners from PAZAIEWA project to Trondheim with the aim of knowledge exchange and learning from the best practice facilities in the region.

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                  The project has aimed to establish an industrial ecosystem in local communities where technologies to be aligned to Best Available Technologies and unused or residual resources of one company are used by another, resulting in mutual economic, social and environmental benefits both for the companies and the community. The project has been carried out in six Counties in the North West Region of Romania: Suceava, Botosani, Iasi, Neamt, Maramures and Bistrita-Nasaud Counties. And on the web-portal there have been made over 100 connections between companies that can benefit from others waste, making for a solid start to the industrial symbiosis in the area.

                  davOn the visit to Trondheim (26th – 31st of May) the partnership travelled to the District heating facility for the Municipality managed by Statkraft where they use household waste as a heating source.

                  At NTNU the team was introduced to the recent research and their projects within the field. There were several possibilities for future cooperation between the organizations present.

                  Further on the team had workshops at the IDN office regarding future projects within the field of Industrial Symbiosis in Romania and how connections made in Norway could be involved in these.

                  The main project is implemented and regarded as very successful.


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                  IDN participate in final conference – Project Equality Balance
                  04.05.2016
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                  IDN participate in final conference – Project Equality Balance

                  On the 27th. of April IDN participated in the final conference of Project Equality Balance in Braga, Portugal.

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                  The EQUALITY BALANCE Project was developed with the support of a scientific committee that consisted of academics from various fields. It created a cross-cutting instrument used in all sectors of economic activity, which assessed legislative measures to promote gender equality. The instrument was tested in a sample of 10 NGO’s, representing different sectors of activity, from the district of Braga. It can be used in any organization / entity, regardless of the economic activity sector, legal status or region it is located.

                  The aim of the conference was to discuss the results of the project and also IMG_2799debate the progress on gender equality in Portugal. Both highly ranked academics within the field and important politicians such as the Vice President of Braga Municipality Mr. Firmino Marques was present, making the conference very successful. IDN contributed with a presentation about gender equality in Norway, making room for a debate about the differences between the two countries.

                  The lead partner of the project was Associação Famílias. The organization works with different social challenges in the region of Braga.

                  The Equality Balance Project was supported by the EEA and Norway Grants.

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                  Visit from Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association
                  21.04.2016
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                  Visit from Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association

                  The Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association, alongside with the partner International Development Norway Research, successfully implemented the project “Building partnership for a green future!” The visit from Romania to Norway took place on 11th – 14th of April.

                  The project aimed to develop the bilateral relations between Romania and Norway as donator state and to explore the possibilities for developing the cooperation in the field of elaboration of energy efficiency strategies for regions/cities. The main activity of the project consisted in a study visit made by the representatives of the Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association in Norway at the partner headquarter, visit that focused on an exchange of experience on energy efficiency strategies in regions and municipalities, getting acquainted with best practices in the field of energy efficiency, development of common project ideas which could be implemented in the future and establishment of new partnerships. The Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association was represented at this exchange by the President of the Association, Adrian Ștef, and the Executive director of the Association, Nicoleta Lașan.

                  davDuring the exchange there took place site visits and presentations of case studies on the ways in which municipalities, regions as well as private investors contribute to raising energy efficiency, reducing waste quantities and carbon emissions. In this respect, among the visited objectives there was a sawmill that developed a system through which on the base of waste from the production process thermal energy is distributed to other private companies in the industrial area, a business incubator and the biggest biogas factory based on household waste in Norway.

                  Moreover, there have been discussions and debates on different topics related to energy efficiency with the representatives of the Sor-Trondelag Regional Council in Norway. During the exchange there have been explored the possibilities to develop cooperation relations in the field of energy efficiency between the Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association and the visited institutions. The first step in developing these relations shall be made by the partners involved in this project, the Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association and International Development Norway Research, which shall apply in the near future for a new project in the field of energy efficiency.

                  The project benefits from a grant in value of €3.200 from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014 through the Bilateral Fund – Programme RO01-Technical Assistance.

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                  CHERKEZOV – Green Industry Innovation project finalized
                  28.01.2016
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                  CHERKEZOV – Green Industry Innovation project finalized

                  On the 10th. of December IDN participated in a conference at the stone processing factory Cherkezov Ltd. in Bulgaria, marking the end of a successful project. Present at the opening of the new water treatment plant was the Major of Strumyani Mr. Emil Iliev, Norway’s ambassador to Bulgaria Guro Katharina Vikør, representatives from the program operator Innovation Norway, local media and partners of the project.

                  The company Cherkezov is working with the processing of marble, limestone and granite. The goal of the project was to install a water recycling treatment system into the production process and improve the green performance of the company. The investment done will result in a reduction of water consumption in m3 per year – from 50 000 m3 to 5 000 m3. There was also installed a new polishing line in the factory that will increase sales and business opportunities.

                  IDN have given support in designing terms of reference, advisory in production layout and operation and most of all IDN have helped to develop the possible solution of efficient management of the waste and sludge obtained in the process.

                  IDN would like to congratulate the local factory and project owner on the successful project.


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                  Prisoners producing solar panels
                  28.01.2016
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                  Prisoners producing solar panels

                  In Sofia prison in Bulgaria’s capital a new green production facility is set up. The prisoners now get valuable training producing solar panel collectors and water heaters. IDN has been involved in sharing expertise on equipment and design of the production workshop as well as expertise on EU regulations regarding working conditions and environmental impact.
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                  In a renovated building in the yard of Sofia prison – the largest prison in Bulgaria, a new green production facility for production of solar panel collectors and water heaters opened recently with support from the Norway Grants green industry innovation programme. To date, more than 130 prisoners have been trained to produce solar panels and boilers for heat and hot water. The workshop is equipped with modern machinery following environmental requirements. The technological process is based on the principles of efficiency, recycling and almost no-waste production.

                  “The project is a good example for a green business model, where environmental practices will be incorporated across the value chain of the products,” said Norway’s ambassador to Bulgaria Guro Katharina Vikør after visiting the workshop recently.

                  The project is carried out by the state enterprise GE ‘Prisons Production’ in cooperation with International Development Norway AS. GE ‘Prisons Production’ is responsible for economic activities in places of detention in Bulgaria and placement on the market of the products produced in the prisons. IDN has been involved in sharing expertise on equipment and design of the production workshop as well as expertise on EU regulations regarding working conditions and environmental impact.

                  “The project results will not only have economic and environmental impact, but is also having a very important social impact. The prisoners will acquire new skills, which will give them a good advantage on the labor market after leaving the prison,” Vikør said.

                  To involve the prisoners even more, the renovation work of the building was done by the prisoners.


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                  IDN contributes on Gender Equality project in Braga, Portugal
                  13.01.2016
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                  IDN contributes on Gender Equality project in Braga, Portugal

                  DSC_0032IDN cooperates with the Portugees organization Associação Famílias on the Equality Balance Project, supported by the EEA-grants.

                  The EQUALITY BALANCE Project is developed with the support of a scientific committee that consists of academics from various fields. It will create a cross-cutting instrument used in all sectors of economic activity, which will assess legislative measures to promote gender equality. The instrument is currently being tested in a sample of 10 NGO’s, representing different sectors of activity, from the district of Braga. It can be used in any organization / entity, regardless of the economic activity sector, legal status or region it is located.

                  After application and validation of the instrument, the project will publish a practical guide on the methodology adopted. The project has several national partner organizations together with IDN. The task for IDN in the project is to give advice on the questioner used in the project and participate in concluding seminars showing best practice within the field. On January 25th, the Equality Balance project will participate in the International Workshop organized by the IGC, as PT07 Program Operator. This event will take place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
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                  14th SEED Forum in Kiev
                  10.12.2015
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                  14th SEED Forum in Kiev

                   

                  20151210_120323The Seed Forum Kyiv on Thursday December 10 for was for the first time hosted in the premises of the Department of International Affairs of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

                  This 14th Seed Forum in Kyiv is a part of the UNINI-project with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs operated by Seed Forum. The opening remarks in Seed Forum Kyiv will be given by the Ambassador of Norway HE Jon E. Fredriksen.

                  Five companies from Ukraine and one from Moldova was presented.

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                  www.mymobstr.com
                  www.attendeeme.com
                  www.tona.com.ua
                  www.ad-saver.com
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                  Great companies with great products and ambitions!


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                  New UNINI web site launched
                  09.12.2015
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                  New UNINI web site launched

                  UNINIDeveloping a new vibrant innovation eco-system is crucial for sustainable growth in Ukraine. The UNINI project play a key role in this by establishing a network of iHUB centres for entrepreneurship and innovation in Ukrainian cities. Key content are; student entrepreneurship training, technology transfer from research sector,  active participation of start-ups with growth potential in national and international Seed Forums. The project activities and achievements the first year is now presented at the new WEB site www.unini.cc.


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                  Partnership with The Satu Mare County, Romania
                  02.12.2015
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                  Partnership with The Satu Mare County, Romania

                  IDN Research have partnered up with The Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association with the aim of developing future bilateral projects between Norway and Romania.

                  The project benefits from a grant in value of €3.200 from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014 through the Bilateral Fund – Programme RO01-Technical Assistance. The project “Building partnership for a green future!” aims to develop the bilateral relations between Romania and Norway as donator state and to explore the possibilities for developing the cooperation in the field of elaboration of energy efficiency strategies for regions/cities.

                  The main activity of the project consists in a study visit made by the representatives of the Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association to Norway at the IDN headquarter. The visit will focus on an exchange of experience on energy efficiency strategies in regions and municipalities, getting acquainted with best practices in the field of energy efficiency, development of common project ideas which could be implemented in the future and establishment of new partnerships.

                  Note:

                  Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

                  For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to €1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.

                  Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.

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                  Bilateral cooperation for environment in Poland
                  22.10.2015
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                  Bilateral cooperation for environment in Poland

                  Ecological/Environmental IconsIDN was invited by Polish Chamber of Commerce, leading Polish organization of economic self-government to develop joint proposal under The Bilateral Cooperation Fund of The Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 For The Operational Programme “Saving energy and promoting renewable energy sources” implemented by National Fund for Environmental Protection .

                  Proposal, submitted in September 2015 is targeting companies located in Eastern part of Poland, where development challenges are  still  a bit bigger to overcome. SMEs dealing with environmental problems related to energy efficiency will participate in the pilot projects, where new eco-innovative solutions will be developed and at the same time broad educational and promotion campaign will be conducted.

                  We keep our fingers crossed and look forward evaluation results !


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                  From Nature to Nature – Conference
                  18.10.2015
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                  From Nature to Nature – Conference

                  On the 7th. of October IDN participated in a conference held in Budapest by our Hungarian partners in the “From Nature to Nature” project.

                  _SNR0153About ten thousand tons of poultry feather are wasted in Hungary each year. The fate of this unusable organic byproduct is mostly incineration, which is not only costly, but has a harmful effect on the environment as well. The lead partner Bern Ltd has together with EMI, EU PCM, Peters Paplan and IDN launched a research project in order to figure out how to exploit the feather for the good of the building industry. The project is now in a R & D stage and is exploring the possibility of producing wood or cardboard insulation material from chicken feather.

                  The conference in Budapest was held at the YBL Miklos University (engineering department) in Budapest. The intention was so that the government, industry and academia would get an update on the project at this stage. All project partners presented what they have done so far and described the road ahead.

                  Dr. Rákhely GáborFor more information about the project, go the project page: From Nature to Nature.


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                    Slovakian bio-energy partners visit Oslo
                    15.10.2015
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                    Slovakian bio-energy partners visit Oslo

                    Our Slovakian partners in the project “Biomass Logistic Center (BLC)” visited the Oslo area for professional meetings with different biomass related actors (dates: 28.09.2015 – 02.10.2015).

                    The group of 15 people was mainly from the lead partner BIOPEL, but representatives from the other project partners was also present. This was Cenzualne spolumajitelstvo Rajec, University of Zilina, The Norwegian Forestry Group and IDN. This project aims to support and increase the use of biomass in Slovak regions, mainly through increasing knowledge of and trust in the product among specific target groups. The BLC is creating a complete logistical system for bio-fuels – harvest, processing, support for biomass production, storage, packaging and distribution.

                    The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

                    20150929_122701The first visit was to NIBIO located at the University campus in Ås. Here the group visited the new heating central that uses wood chips and bio oil to heat up large parts of the campus and the city of Ås. Further on we visited the Forestry and Forest Resources Division of NIBIO who gave lectures on the Norwegian research on the forest and bioenergy.

                    Bøn Biobrensel & Råholt Heating central

                    Further on the group traveled to Råholt just 20150930_101641_resizednorth of Oslo, where the group visited Råholt Heating central. This is a smaller heating central created by Trond Hammeren and will produce heat for large institutions and apartment buildings in the area. The group also visited Bøn Biobrensel, the company that produces wood chips for the heating central.

                    Romerike Bio-gas Facility

                    The group then traveled to Romerike Bio-gas Facility, built in 2013 it is a state of the art facility. Processing about 50 000 20150930_134238_resizedtons of food residuals from the city of Oslo per year, it produces bio-gas for the buses in Oslo and also fertilizers for local farms.

                    Other visits on the trip was to Mangen Farm where they have built a small scale hydro plant and also have geothermal energy installed. The group visited the forest utilization company Mathiesen Eidsvold Værk, where they spent the whole day seeing all parts of the process. Professional visits to the Slovakian embassy and Innovation Norway was also part of the trip to Oslo.


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                    Dr. Prof. Igor V. Podoliev joining IDN
                    23.09.2015
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                    Dr. Prof. Igor V. Podoliev joining IDN

                    We are glad to inform that Dr. Prof. Igor V. Podoliev from September 15th is engaged by IDN as Senior Advisor in our UNINI project. Igor will mainly be involved in Commercialization of Technology and contact at universities and research institutes in Ukraine.

                    Igor PodolievDr. Prof. Igor Podoliev is an experienced diplomat, international banker, politician and academician. He has an impressive academic record with the title Doctor of Science in Economics from the Institute for Economic Research at the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine. He has served over 15 years in public services in Ukraine working as First Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade of Ukraine.

                    In 1997 – 2002, Igor served as the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Finland.

                    From 2002 Igor worked 10 years in the banking sector. His last position within that field was as Executive Director for Ukraine/Romania/Moldova/Georgia/Armenia in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development i London. In 2011 he continued his work in London as Senior Advisor in the consulting firm Pell Frischmann. Besides his position in IDN he is currently Chairman of the Public Council at the State Regulator of Financial Services of Ukraine.


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                    Rune Stølan joining IDN
                    11.09.2015
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                    Rune Stølan joining IDN

                    We are glad to inform that Rune Stølan from July 1st was engaged by IDN as Project Manager at our Trondheim office.

                    Rune StølanRune have a Master of Science, Political Science and Government from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He specialized within the fields of International political economy, political risk analysis and foreign direct investment. Through his education Rune has gained valuable International experience in India and London.

                    He came from the position as Project Manager / Consultant in the Industrial Development Unit in the Municipality of Stjørdal, where he facilitated for new and existing businesses within sectors such as transportation, logistics, trade, travel and tourism and manufacturing.

                    Rune will be involved in several of our current projects, but also in further project development in Norway, the North Sea region and Central & Eastern Europe.

                     


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                      Hungarian partner EMI visit to Trondheim
                      02.09.2015
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                      Hungarian partner EMI visit to Trondheim

                      On August 31st our Hungarian partner EMI came on a knowledge visit to Trondheim, visiting IDN, SP Fire Research and SINTEF Certification.

                      IDN and EMI is partners in the project “Nature to Nature” in Hungary. The project aim to create environmental friendly products from waste materials, among them chicken feathers. EMI is a state owned certificate and quality control company that will do testing of products in the project.

                      SP Fire Research

                      Trondheim2015 009SP Fire Research AS is a limited company, partly owned by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (70 %) and SINTEF (30 %). They are located south of Trondheim, Norway, and are Norway’s fire technical competence centre. Together with their Swedish division, SP Fire Research in Borås, they constitute one of the world’s largest research organizations on fire. SP Fire Research was founded in 1934, and for over 80 years they have worked for increased fire safety in the society.

                      EMI have similar facilities and fire testing. The visit to SP Fire Research gave both parties a chance to share its knowledge and experience within the field.

                      SINTEF Certification

                      Trondheim2015 075 - redigertSINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. They have leading expertise in the natural sciences and technology, environment, health and social science with over 2100 employees from more than 70 countries. SINTEF is an independent, not-for-profit research institute.

                      SINTEF Certification is the unit within SINTEF Building and Infrastructure that approves and certifies building/construction materials, structures and structural elements. They issue product documentation in the form of SINTEF Technical Approvals, European Technical Approvals (ETAs) and SINTEF Product Certificates. SINTEF Certification also issues special fire-related documentation.

                      EMI got the chance to learn about SINTEF Certification’s business and visit their state of the art laboratories.

                       


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                      The LV02 Cooperation Committee visit IDN office
                      29.08.2015
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                      The LV02 Cooperation Committee visit IDN office

                      20150828_150237On August 28th the LV02 Cooperation Committee came to the IDN office in Trondheim to learn more about the company and its projects.

                      The committee consists of members from different ministries and directorates in Latvia and Norway. IDN currently have three projects in Latvia that are under the National Climate Policy program. IDN introduced the company and our work within the fields of climate change and renewable energy, with a focus on the three projects in Latvia.

                      The committee visit to IDN was part of a three day program in the cities of Bergen, Aalesund and Trondheim.


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                      Ventspils High Technology Park and Aspired visit Trondheim
                      26.08.2015
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                      Ventspils High Technology Park and Aspired visit Trondheim

                      On August 25th IDN’s Latvian partners in the project Green Mission: Climate visited Trondheim. The intention for the trip was knowledge and experience sharing. Visits to the ZEB Center, ENOVA and Trondheim Science Park was part of the day.

                      The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB)

                      20150825_104637The aim of the ZEB-Centre is to develop competitive products and solutions for existing and new buildings that will lead to market penetration of buildings with zero greenhouse gas emissions related to their production, operation, and demolition. The centre encompass both residential, commercial, and public buildings.

                      The main concept of a zero emission building is that renewable energy sources produced or transformed at the building site have to compensate for CO2 emissions from operation of the building and for production, transport and demolition of all the building materials and components during the life cycle of the building.

                      ENOVA

                      Enova SF was established in 2001 in order to drive forward the changeover to more environmentally friendly consumption and generation of energy in Norway. They are a public enterprise that is owned by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy; they have around 60 employees and are based in Trondheim. Enova’s goal is to strengthen the work in converting energy consumption and generation into becoming more sustainable, while simultaneously improving supply security. In order to achieve this, they work closely with public and private enterprises in order to reduce energy consumption and simultaneously increase power generation from renewable sources.

                      One of the important topics of the day was the new web based platform called “The Energy Challenge” that ENOVA have created. This platform will be used in the Norwegian school system teaching pupils about climate change and environmental friendly solutions.

                      Trondheim Science Centre

                      20150825_152927Trondheim Science Centre is a science discovery centre for the promotion of science and technology among children and people of all ages. There are about 170 interactive installations. Their main goal is to promote science in such a way that school children chooses it as a subject in high school, college and university. This is done through experiments and hands on activities.

                      Promotion of Science and climate change is the main topic of our project with VHTP and Aspired, it was therefore very useful to see how this is done at the Science Centre in Trondheim.

                       

                       

                       


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                      Greening Polish Economy – new project launched in Poland!
                      22.08.2015
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                      Greening Polish Economy – new project launched in Poland!

                      tdf-cropINNOVATIVE PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR HIGH QUALITY GREEN PRODUCTS BASED ON RECYCLED TIRES

                      Used tires are not biodegradable, they are difficult to compact, occupying large space and they are also a very serious ecological problem, with the growing tendency. (Every year about 3.2 million tonnes of used tyres are generated in Euro Zone + Norway + Switzerland; in Poland 190 thousand tonnes is generated). The The main objective of the project is to apply innovative technology for the production process of high quality green products based on used tyres. The expected output of the project is mainly realisation of business opportunities of greening the European economy, what will be achieved by extending extising recycling process of used tires and introducing to new for company product: TDF (tire derived fuel) and improved product: steel cord. The will support most of all extension of the facility in Sławno by purchase and delivery new production line necessary to start-up production of TDF and improved steel cord and briquetting. IDN contribution is focused on business development – market research and CSR strategy developed for the company needs. Target group are suppliers of used tires and new customers. Indirectly it will influence partners also in Scandinavian markets and environmental stakeholders in the Sławno neighbourhood.

                      Vinderen has signed contract for implementation of the project in June 2015 and after summer we will be ready to take off !


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                      IDN partner in three projects in Ventspils, Latvia
                      01.07.2015
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                      IDN partner in three projects in Ventspils, Latvia


                      DemocenterIDN have become partner in three projects lead by the Foundation Ventspils High Technology Park (VHTP). The projects are related to renewable energy and environmental technology.

                       

                      The three projects:
                      Green Mission: Climate
                      New building of Science and Technology Museum “Kurzeme Demo Centre”
                      Regional strategy on reduction of green-house gas emissions from buildings


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                      Evaluation of Green Industry Innovation Programme in Poland completed
                      22.06.2015
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                      Evaluation of Green Industry Innovation Programme in Poland completed

                      Fotolia_4311904_Subscription_XXLThe proposals for Green Industry Programme ( EEA Grants funding line managed and implemented directly by Innovation Norway) have been submitted in May 2014 and they undergone a comprehensive evaluation, which was eventually finalized early 2015.

                      83 applications have been received within the set deadline and Innovation Norway have approved 28 projects for funding

                      IDN has been invited to participate in 3 proposals : with VAO ltd – IT company focused on implementing green processes, PROFIL ltd. – socially responsible metal sheets producer, who intended to introduce new technologies in the company with long history and last but not least – VINDEREN ltd. – leading company of the VINDEREN capital group heavily involved in the construction industry, which is entering new market with new green technologies.

                      Out of these three submitted, last one, led by VINDEREN ltd. have been approved for funding. We are looking forward new project in Poland and sincerely regret that we will not get a chance to work with all Project Promoters.


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                      IDN joines “Nature to Nature” project in Hungary
                      19.06.2015
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                      IDN joines “Nature to Nature” project in Hungary


                      A Stolan  EMI (00000002)IDN have joined a team of partners in Hungary lead by BERN Constructions Ltd, located in Sìklos. The project seek to develop environmental friendly products for the building industry.

                      During the poultry processing, over 7-10 000 tons of waste, by-product appears, which mostly becomes compost or is burnt. Discovering the opportunities that the feather holds (good isolation, good structure built of polymers), the project will develop methods to allow secondary raw material production. In order to achieve this goal, through a research & development process, the project will create new ways and techniques for new product production.

                      Read more about the project her.


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                      Business Breakfast in Sofia
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                      Business Breakfast in Sofia

                      Sofia 26.02.2015In the framework of strengthening bilateral relations between Norwegian and Bulgarian companies local office of Innovation Norway initiated a study trip for Norwegian companies interested in the SEE market held on 27-28th of February in Sofia. Two most relevant points of the event were The International Forum and Exhibition for South East Europe – the biggest annual event within energy, innovation, technology, smart cities held in Sofia and in a Buiness Breakfast, organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Innovation Norway, hosted by Telenor Bulgaria.

                      Innovation Norway invited representatives of two GII projects realized in Bulgarian-Norwegian formula to give during the breakfast overall presentation of the progress and results of partnership achieved.

                      We had a number of interesting talks and meetings, discovering new opportunities in Bulgaria. Hopefully it will give a good starting point for further project development and new initiatives in that part of Europe.

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                      Site visit at GE Prison Production
                      21.03.2015
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                      Site visit at GE Prison Production

                      IMG_5659-tileContinuing the project work in Bulgaria, on the 14th of January 2015 we moved to Sofia, where the second Project Promoter – GE Prison Production is located.

                      The project owned by GE Prison is quite different from a private investment done by the stone processing plant of Cherkezov. Here there is one more, extremely important factor of the whole investment done from the Green Industry Innovation Funds – creating workplaces for prisoners and giving them educational bonus, which should certainly help with the process of reintegration of the society.

                      The goal of the project was to set up a complete production line for solar water heaters – workshop manufacturing the unit and assembling it with boilers and electronic supplies in order to deliver to the market there types of solar water heaters of different capacity.

                      The aim of the site visit was to review the assumption of the organization of the production process and plans for the operation of the workshop. GE Prison managers gladly listen to IDN recommendations ( Senior adviser at IDN, Leif Estensen has more than 30 years of experience in industry project development) , especially having in mind that the equipment was about to arrive in late January so the suggestions could be considered quite easily.

                      One of the very first remarks was to consider additional small scale investment related to flooring in the workshop building. Initially it was not covered by the Green Industry Innovation project, but in our opinion necessary to maintain safety and efficiency of daily operations. Soon after the visit, short recommendation was presented to GE Prison productions manager who approved it and new floor, fulfilling the industry requirements was in place before the equipment was installed.

                      Part of the workshop was also focused on presentation of the Lean production principles and guidance how the Lean practice could be implemented into the daily operation of the manufacture. Last but not least we discussed further project opportunities and develop two concepts related to other business area of GE Prison Production which could be presented in the next call of GII mechanism.

                      Based on the fact finding done during the site visit IDN will draft the report focusing the recommendations for the operation and environmental performance of the workshop, but also reviewing safety at work requirements set up by both national and European standards.

                       


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                      Site visit at Cherkezov ltd – project work in Bulgaria
                      21.03.2015
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                      Site visit at Cherkezov ltd – project work in Bulgaria

                      Project team One of the fist weeks in January part of the IDN staff spent in Bulgaria, we worked with two project promoter of Green Industry Innovation projects located in Bulgaria. Joined by Helge Rushfeldt and Erik Larsen, researchers coming of NTNU Mining Lab we visited Cherkezov’s ltd premises in Strumyani. The goal of the visit was to assess the environmental performance and operation of waste water treatment plant, which during the visit was actually installed by the specialist of Turkish provider. Other relevant area of observations was to seek for possible solutions of waste material products (stone sludge) what together with the increase of capacity gets to be more and more important problem. Based on the long term experience in marble processing industry IDN experts will also suggest improvements in production layout – especially storage, organization of the process, which still remains a challenge in the company, having in mind its grow and international expansions of the last years. Last but not least the experts’ team will suggest improvements to decrease environmental footprint of the facility.

                      The first version of the drafted research shall be ready in May 2015.

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                      Project in progres – Cherkezov ltd.


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                      Leif Estensen joining our SME support team
                      17.03.2015
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                      Leif Estensen joining our SME support team

                      We are glad to inform that Leif Estensen from March 15th is engaged by IDN as Senior Advisor in SME Development. Leif will mainly be involved in further project development in Norway, Sweden and Central & Eastern Europe.

                      Leif EstensenLeif have a Master of Science in Mechanical and Production Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), 1971-74, with specialization in Production Engineering and Material Technology. Head of the Norwegian User Group of Numerically Controlled Machine Tools (CNC) since 1990. Current position as Senior Advisor (80%) at SINTEF Technology and Society, Trondheim, Norway. Former positions at SINTEF, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Fraunhofer, UNDP, UNIDO.

                      Main project contributions:

                      Countries of work experiences: Norway, Sweden, India, Japan, USA, Germany, Zimbabwe and Macedonia.

                       


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                        Jana Lukacova joining our team of young experts
                        16.03.2015
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                        Jana Lukacova joining our team of young experts

                        We are glad to inform that Jana Lukacova from March 8th is engaged by IDN as Project Manager. Jana will mainly be in charge of our bioenergy projects in Slovakia, but also involved in further project development.

                        Jana LukacovaJana have a Master Degree in Economics and management of SMEs from the University of Matej Bel – Faculty of Economics. She is currently engaged as Project Manager at Intech Slovakia and in charge of preparation and execution of EEAgrants project in the Slovak energy sector, Internal quality auditing and Preparation of public procurement proposals. Her former egagements have been in Ind Consultant, Allexis s.r.o., Neulogy a.a. and Regional Advisory and Information Centre Presov. She have been in charge of complex business development consultancy (preparation of business plan, R&D project implementation management, coordination and problem solving of various business/project issues), evaluation of business ideas investment atractivity, preparation of analysis of the strategic development of selected R&D center of excellence in Slovakia, realization of technology audit (Projects, Academia & Business Partnerships, Organization) of selected Slovak universities and project preparation assistance related to the EU and national programmes aiming at R&D and Innovation support and development of knowledge society.


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                          Torkel Ystgaard joining the IDN Innovation Support Team
                          19.02.2015
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                          Torkel Ystgaard joining the IDN Innovation Support Team

                          Torkel YstgårdWe are glad to inform that Torkel Ystgaard from March 1st is engaged by IDN as Special Advisor within Innovation Support Systems. He will strengthening our advisory support in ongoing innovation projects and take part in developing new projects, especially in Central & Eastern Europe and CIS countries.

                          Mr Torkel Ystgaard is a 62 years of age engineer with profound knowledge and experience from several development and leadership positions in the Norwegian innovation ecosystem.

                          His long work experience include developing new technology in Norwegian R&D institutions, management of food processing industry, executive positions in the mass media sector and in several private and public institutions supporting innovation.

                          Mr Ystgaard has devoted a large part of his career to regional development and has been instrumental in designing and implementing several successful programs for regional economic growth in Norway. He invented the Norwegian Technology Incubator Program, and the very successful network of rural innovation centers called “Næringshager” (literally “Business Gardens”).

                          In addition to his work in Norway Mr.Ystgaard has been active internationally as well. In cooperation with various Norwegian governmental entities, he has designed and implemented aid financed programs for support of innovation and economic growth in countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Ukraine, Latvia and Moldova.

                          Mr. Ystgaard is retired from his position as Executive Vice President of the Norwegian state owned corporation Siva. (The Industrial Development Corporation of Norway).


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                            iHUB Kiev officialy opened Nov 18th 2014
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                            iHUB Kiev officialy opened Nov 18th 2014

                            Seed Forum Kiev and the formal opening of iHUB Kiev as a part of the program of the official visit of the Prime Minister of Norway to Ukraine. IHUB being opened by the Norwegian Minister for EU and EEA affairs, Mr. Vidar Helgesen.
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                              Successful TREND Project Introductory Workshop
                              21.10.2014
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                              Successful TREND Project Introductory Workshop

                              IDN has been invited to participate as the partner in the two year project Training for Renewable Energy Network Development – TREND within  ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS. The project is implemented project is a regional initiative to support the development of the renewable energy workshoppotential of the Drava River Croatia-Hungary-Slovenia Cross Border Region by the training of local SMEs, NGOs, municipality opinion leaders and students. IDN will contribute with best practices models and experiences gained from its projects  and participate in developing four e-learning modules (biomass to energy, renewable energy technology, energy efficiency, project management) to establish  an international learning management system and educate target groups. Intorductory workshop was held on 17th October 2014, in Nagykanizsa, Hungary, where the project and the partners from were presented,  as well as the  E-learning  Competency Tool-Kit.

                               


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                              Final of the Small Grant Scheme in Mazovia
                              06.10.2014
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                              Final of the Small Grant Scheme in Mazovia

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                              Stig Ørnvall from TFoU sharing experiences of Trøndelag

                              Small Grant Scheme addressed to partnerships of SME’s and research institutes was prepared and implemented by a consortia of IDN and  Trondelag Forskning og Utvikling in the framework of systematic project of the regional authorities of Mazovia.

                              In the call ogranized in June 2014,  41 applications were submitted – 20 of them were awarded by the Evaluation Comitee with Small Grants  of 20 000 PLN ( approx. 40 000 NOK). Applications submitted in the call were quite various – we had both technical projects ( ref. ex. development of new qualities of construction glue or feasiblity study of the infrared based monitoring system) and marketing/business development ones.

                              IMG_9911zmIn order to sum up the achivements of the applicatnts, but also to create a space for a discussion and to present Norwegian practices of supporting joined industry/research projects an awarding ceremony accompanied by an expert’s panel was held on the 30th of September 2014.  Hosted by the Skylight scraper the heart of Warsaw, the event had been a pleasant evenig for the awarded applicants and invited guest.


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                              Successful PAZEWAIA promotion event in Botosani
                              23.09.2014
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                              Successful PAZEWAIA promotion event in Botosani

                              At Sept 23rd of 2014 a PAZEWAIA promotion event was organized by the Ecological Group for Cooperation (GEC Bucovina) and kindly hosted by The Botosani Environmental Protection Agency. The PAZEWAIA concept including Industrial Symbiosis and Cleaner Production approaches was presentend by professor Christian Theodorescu to local environmental experts and high school students at a study program for ecology and environmental issues. All participants participated activly in identifying waste sources to be converted into valuable resources. In the follow up these info together with info from the national database for company spesific waste sources will be used.

                              PAZEWAIA Botosani


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                              Successful PAZEWAIA workshop in Suceava
                              22.09.2014
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                              Successful PAZEWAIA workshop in Suceava

                              At Sept 22nd 2014 the first PAZEWAIA Industrial Symbiosis Workshop was organized by the Ecological Group for Cooperation (GEC Bucovina) and kindly hosted by The Suceava Environmental Protection Agency . 48 companies and institutions participated. 47 available resources  and 20 matches where identified. The project team will prepare the filled in form further and follow up the opportunities with each company/institutions.

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                              Prominent visit to new Biomass Logistic Centre (BLC) in Zilina in Slovakia
                              21.09.2014
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                              Prominent visit to new Biomass Logistic Centre (BLC) in Zilina in Slovakia

                              At 18.9.2014 the BLC project at in Zilina region in Slovakia was visited by the Norwegian ambassador Inga Magistad, Innovation Norway representatives Tore Lasse Bye and Øyvind Halvorsen and Slovak Contracting Authorities.

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                              Busy summer in Warsaw !
                              29.07.2014
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                              Busy summer in Warsaw !

                              Summer has been very occupied time for us – in June and July IDN Warsaw Office worked with 2 projects realized for the Marshall’s Office of Mazovia.

                              Most of all IDN, supported by the TFoU, has been an Operator of the call for proposal addressed to partnerships of SME’s and research institutions. We have received over 40 applications, 20 of which will be awarded with the small grant for realisation of the joined research project supporting innovative solutions in various fields.

                              In addition, our experts worked with business/ innovation support institutions of Mazovia ( innovative service providers, tto’s clusters, science parks) to jointly develop with them ( and for them) a framework of the strategy of BSI network and possible business model. We hope that both of our projects will be a step forward in increasing innovativeness of the region.


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                              Romania –Norway development of bilateral relations
                              22.07.2014
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                              Romania –Norway development of bilateral relations

                              Project “Romania –Norway development of bilateral relations”  was develop during the  Applicants Call II – April 2014,  Fund for Bilateral Relations at National Level, Measure I: Support for travel.

                              The purpose of the Fund for Bilateral Relations at National Level is to support various bilateral cooperation initiatives between entities in Romania and entities in Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway (hereinafter called donor state). Actions aiming at strengthening the cooperation with the Council of Europe are also encouraged.

                              The Ministry of European Funds plays the role of National Focal Point. The National Focal Point has the general responsibility to reach the objectives of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2009-2014, as well as to implement them in Romania. The National Focal Point is also responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Programme RO 01 Technical Assistance and Fund for Bilateral Relations at National Level,

                               

                              The main objective of the  project “Romania –Norway  development of bilateral relations”  are strengthening bilateral cooperation between Romania and Norway,

                               

                              The specific objectives of the project Romania –Norway development of bilateral relations” are:

                              –        strengthening the good relations of cooperation and partnership with other similar organizations in the field of children and youth at risk

                              –        promoting social justice, democracy for children and youth at risk,

                              –        developing partnership to strengthen the foundations of present and future collaboration that will lead to improved knowledge and mutual understanding and sharing the results of the activities of each participant as well as the identification and realization of common projects ideas and concepts.

                              –        -identify common concepts and realization of projects.

                               

                              Activities develop during the project ”Romania –Norway development of bilateral relations” are:

                               

                              I. Preparatory activities for the preparation of the project:

                              Preparatory activities for the preparation of the project:

                               

                               

                               

                              II. Activities of the project.

                              –        • Achieving mobility of the project in 2014 June  22-26, 2014,  in IDN headquarters,   on  Oscars gate 27,0352 Oslo, Norway.

                               

                              III. Activities after completing mobility

                               

                              Closing  article  of the  project “Romania –Norway  development of bilateral relations”.

                               

                              Within the  project “Romania –Norway  development of bilateral relations”,  the main goal  was accomplished,  by strengthening bilateral cooperation between Romania and Norway, respectively achieving the mobility of the implementing project team  in  Norway, to establish a future project objectives and activities in the field of children and youth in at risk.

                              During mobility June 22 to 26, 2014 , were achieved the  expected results of the project “Romania Norway development of bilateral relations”, as follows:

                              –        establishing  bilateral cooperation between Romania ANTFCR   and Norway IDN

                              –        presentation of the ROMANIA- NORWAY funders.

                              –        establishing themes and future projects in the field of children and youth at risk;

                              –        exchange of experience and best practices for the children and youth at risk;

                              –        shaping a future project objectives and activities funded in the project and young children at risk.

                               

                              The project results contributed by the individual activities of each partner, to strengthening bilateral relations through exchange of experience and best practices of children and youth at risk and the close-knit interpersonal and collaboration between the two entities.

                              Also, the activities proposed for the project “Romania Norway development of bilateral relations”, contributed to achieving Priority area program by performing specific movement of Romanian project  team in Norway in order to establish connections and strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of children and youth at risk .

                               

                              Conclusions:

                               

                              Project “Romania Norway development of bilateral relations”, was completed by obtaining the expected results, being a successful project – was carried out bilateral cooperation Romania – Norway, were  achieved the objectives and activities proposed and also was  drafted partnership agreement between Romania ANTFCR and Norway IDN.

                               

                              Project “Romania –Norway development of bilateral relations“,  was develop during the  Applicants Call II – April 2014,  Fund for Bilateral Relations at National Level, Measure I: Support for travel.

                               


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                                Participation in NGO mobility project in Romania
                                18.06.2014
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                                Participation in NGO mobility project in Romania

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                                The NGO Fund is part of the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. Through the EEA and Norway Grants, the donor countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

                                The general objective of the NGO Fund is “Strengthening civil society development and increasing contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.

                                The Programme Operator in Romania is the Civil Society Development Foundation (FDSC) in partnership with the Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation and the Resource Centre for Roma Communities.

                                THE PROJECT SCOPE 

                                The purpose of this mobility project is to develop the partnership by creating , strengthening bases for present and future collaborations to identify common concepts and realization of common projects.

                                The project will lead to the overall objective of the NGO Fund implementation in Romania of “Strengthening civil society development and increasing contribution to social justice , democracy and sustainable development ” through partnerships and programs will cater for jointly by partners ANTFCR and  IDN program that will help general objectives of grants European Economic Area ( EEA ) The project will define common ACTV following topics :

                                PARTNER DESCRIPTION, INFO ABOUT ACTIVITIES

                                Norway Partner : International Development Norway, acronim: IDN,
                                Address: Pb. 1273 Sluppen, 7462 Trondheim, Norway
                                City:Trondheim, Norway
                                Website: www.id-norway.com

                                IDN Research is a part of IDN capital group, Norwegian knowledge driven companies which are heavily involved in projects in Central Eastern Europe.  IDN AS as a first company established within IDN Group and is a spin-out from SINTEF foundation, the largest contract research institute in Scandinavia.

                                At present the group consists four companies of IDN Invest as a mother company of IDN AS, and IDN Research.

                                Those are working globally, with ongoing projects in Serbia, Poland, Romania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan and Cuba.

                                The goal is to contribute to each stage of the projects, from design, development and management, through realization to accomplishments, in order to connect and accelerate international opportunities within innovation networks, technology transfer  and commercialization of technology, development policies & strategies.

                                IDN Research conduct  activities in the field of research and technology transfer with the  objective to conduct research and development, including basic research, industrial research,  experimental development and  disseminate results through publications, education , and technology transfer activities.

                                Human resources are shared in the IDN group, which means that IDN Research use pan-European networks of experts, having the office in Norway, Poland and Serbia and a number of ongoing projects in other CEE Countries.

                                IDN Group has been involved in number of projects dealing with the topic of social and humanitarian field; Youth entrepreneurship and education, especially in a connection with innovation and commercialization of work performed by young researchers.

                                 

                                Romanian Partner: The National Association of Christian Young Women of Romania, whose acronym is national YWCA of ROMANIA (Asociatia Nationala a Tinerelor Femei Crestine din Romania (ANTFCR).

                                Address: Fabrica de Chibrituri street, no. 34,  ap.2, sector  5, Bucharest
                                Website: ywca.ro

                                The National Association Of Christian Young Women of Romaniais a non-governmental, charitable, non-profit and apolitical organization who started in October 24th 1996 by the work of the Organizing Committee who then create the ANTFCR by the decision of the founders in the General Meeting in May 10th, 1997; it obtained a court ruling no.167/1997 in Targoviste public meeting Court in 7th October 1997.

                                National Association of Young Christian Women in Romania is affiliated since 1999 to the World Young Women’s Christian Association-World YWCA.

                                World YWCA.  Is a global movement of 25 million women and girls working for justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and the environment in 125 countries.                                     Also at European level is also a member of Young Women Christian Association. (European Association of Christian young women).

                                In Romania, YWCA is a member of the National Network of of  Women NGOs , of the Regional Pact for Employment and Social Inclusion Bucharest Ilfov.

                                ANTFCR programmes had the following directions of activities:

                                1. PROGRAMS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL INCLUSION,
                                2. HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS,
                                3. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS,
                                4. SOCIAL ASSINNCE AND HUMANITARIAN  PROGRAMS.

                                 

                                MOBILITY RESULTS

                                The mobility take place in BUCHAREST, ROMANIA on April 27 to April 30, 2014. All activities was develop in the  office of the National Young Women  Christian  Association of Romania, Asociatia Nationala a Tinerelor Femei Crestine din Romania (ANTFCR).

                                During the mobility IDN was reprezentated by  Mrs Katarzyna Kazimierczuk Project  Director and  Mrs. Tatjana.Volarev Senior Adviser

                                The mobility will get the following concrete results:

                                – Strengthening bilateral relations through development cooperation, exchanges, increase mutual knowledge and understanding on the concrete realities of Romania and Norway on the following topics:

                                – Achieving a sustainable partnership with partners , IDN by mutual knowledge of each partner of the joint areas of activity and the results obtained so far ;

                                – Formalizing the partnership by signing a partnership agreement drafting .

                                Results mobility and proposed activities during mobility and subsequent projects will help strengthen bilateral relations from the perspective of developing cooperation between Romania – ANTFCR and  Norway IDN through exchanges, increase mutual knowledge and understanding between the concrete realities of Romania and Norway Community established the following topics and also in order to apply under the NGO Fund round 2, one project will be submitted for the one component of : component 2, social justice, subcomponent 2.3 Tackling social inequalities , poverty and exclusion or component 4 Services and social base.

                                – Develop a plan for disseminating the results of future mobility and projects results of which will be deposited in the round 2 of the NGO Fund .

                                Strengthening the capacity of communication between ANTFCR and IDN partner by establishing of means of communication used in the partnership ( by e -mail , telephone or other means of direct communication on the internet, skype massenger , facebook etc)

                                Also in this program will develop a mobile sustainable partnership with both partners  through knowledge of mutual, common areas of activity and results

                                 

                                REFERENCE TO THE ONG FUND

                                The NGO Fund is part of the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. Through the EEA and Norway Grants, the donor countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

                                The general objective of the NGO Fund is “Strengthening civil society development and increasing contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.”

                                The Programme Operator in Romania is the Civil Society Development Foundation  in partnership with the Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation and the Resource Centre for Roma Communities.

                                The NGO Fund in Romania supports the activities of non-governmental organisations by organising grant schemes under the following 5 Components:

                                1. ENGAGE, having as sub-components:

                                1.1. Participation in decision-making and community engagement

                                1.2. Volunteering

                                1.3 Encouraging democratic values

                                2. SOCIAL JUSTICE, having as sub-components:

                                2.1. Rural interethnic communities development

                                2.2  Fighting social inequalities, poverty and exclusion

                                3. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

                                4. WELFARE AND BASIC SERVICES

                                5. NGO CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT. NETWORKS AND COALITIONS, having as sub-components:

                                5.1.Support for coalitions and networks at regional and national level and think tanks

                                5.2.Support for initiatives that contribute to an enabling environment for NGOs in Romania and strengthen the overall sector representation

                                5.3. Strengthening membership and volunteer base of organisations and increase participation of members/volunteers in organisation activities

                                As part of the NGO Fund, Funds for Bilateral Relations  aim to increase cooperation among entities from Romania and respectively donor states, to improve knowledge and mutual understanding and to share results.

                                Measure a. Partnership building – search for partners for donor partnership projects prior to or during the preparation of a project application, the development of such partnerships and the preparation of an application for a donor partnership project

                                 

                                DISCUSSIONS / CONCLUSIONS

                                The mobility have  achieved his goal to develop the partnership by creating , strengthening bases for present and future collaborations that will lead to improved knowledge and mutual understanding and sharing the results of each participant’s activities and to identify common concepts and realization of project throught component 4 4. WELFARE AND BASIC SERVICES


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                                  Astana Economic Forum 22-24.5.2014
                                  26.05.2014
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                                  Astana Economic Forum 22-24.5.2014

                                  Invited by National Agency for Technological Development (NATD) in Kazhakstan,  IDN participated at Astana Economic Forum this year and gave a speech at the IX INNOVATION CONGRESS. A continuation of the cooperation agreement bewtween NATD and IDN about running the Kazhak-Norwegian Technology Cooperation Cetre was signed. At the same signing ceremony similar cooperation agreements was signed with USA, France, Germany, Belarus, South-Korea and China.

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                                  Kick off meetings in Bulgaria
                                  15.05.2014
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                                  Kick off meetings in Bulgaria

                                  cherkezov13-16th of May was a very busy bulgarian week for us! IDN representatives partcipated in kick-off meeting of projects funded by the first call of Green Industry Innovation Programme (GII). We started with the visit to Cherkezov ltd, located 120 km form Sofia, which is a marble and limestone producer. GII is going to invest in the waste water treatment facilities for the company. Within a project we are also going to tackle production waste management in order to increase efficiency and cost effectiveness of the resources use.

                                  Second Project Promoter – GE prison production is a state owned company which plans to construct production workshop in places of detention in Sofia, where solar panel collectors for environmentally friendly manufacturing of heating and hot water with be produced and assembled. This investment has the great meaning both for the environment and for local job creation of this very vulnerable group.
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                                  Green Innovation in Poland – deadline (28th of May) is coming close!
                                  15.05.2014
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                                  Green Innovation in Poland – deadline (28th of May) is coming close!

                                  Poland is a third country, apart from Romania and Bulgaria, where the Green Industry Innovation Programme starts.
                                  The objective of the Programme area is to increase competitiveness of green enterprises, including greening of existing industries, green innovation and green entrepreneurship. All supported projects aim at improving the environmental performance of the successful Project Promoter/enterprise. No specific economic sector has priority.
                                  Activities to be supported are development, implementation, investment and training related to environmentally friendly technologies, production processes, innovative green products and services, reduction and re-use of waste, initiatives related to energy efficiency and more use of renewable energy in business operations, as well as increased resource efficiency through system and process innovation in the business operations.
                                  IDN is a partner is a number of proposal – so we keep the fingers crossed for our joined projecs as the deadline is very close ! More information can be found at http://www.norwaygrants-greeninnovation.no/en/Bulgaria/Poland/ or at our Polish office.


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                                    Bulgaria – Green Industry Innovation Programme
                                    05.12.2012
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                                    Bulgaria – Green Industry Innovation Programme

                                    On 4 December 2012, the €13.7 million programme on green industry innovation was launched in Bulgaria under the Norway Grants 2009-2014. The programme promotes the development of green entrepreneurship, creation of green jobs and the greening of the country’s economy. Program site : www.norwaygrants-greeninnovation.no

                                    Our presentations at the Launch Event:

                                    IDN presentation EEA GII Sofia 04.12.2012 v2


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                                      Completion of the project in eco-innovation methods
                                      04.01.2012
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                                      Completion of the project in eco-innovation methods

                                      Completion of the project: “Development of methods for transfer of technology in environmental protection in the region of Mazovia”

                                      The project mapped current practice and developed technology transfer models for the conservation and environmental engineering, by identifying the current status of methods used to transfer technology fromuniversities and R & D to industry and economy, and the identification of needsfor the development, adaptation, modernization and implementation oftechnology.

                                      As a result of the project to research the potential and possibilities ofimplementation of technology into the economy, and the expectations of scientists and representatives of the economy in terms of technology transfer.

                                      With the results of work carried out and compared them with the results of similarstudies carried out in Norway, it became possible to develop effective methods of technology transfer, which will be able to find a practical application. The project ended in November 2011.

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                                      Project WEEEZO completed
                                      04.01.2012
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                                      Project WEEEZO completed

                                      Completion of the project: “The Polish-Norwegian partnership for the transfer of knowledge in the field of managing waste electrical and electronic equipment in Poland, with particular reference to Mazovia and Silesia”

                                      The genesis of the project entailed the involvement of the Institute of Mechanized Construction and Rock Mining in the issues of waste electrical and electronic equipment. Based on the experience gave birth to the concept of the projectWEEEZO. With support from has granted the Norwegian Financial Mechanism in 2009, started the project. The project ended in December 2011. During the project include:

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                                      POLEKO 2011
                                      12.12.2011
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                                      POLEKO 2011

                                      Between 22nd and 25th of November International Development Norway went to Poznań to take part in International Trade Fair of Environmental Protection – POLEKO 2011.

                                      IDN participated in Brokerage Event Eco-Match 2011 during which we had 6 meetings with variety of companies interested in our offer. The Event was organized very well, with lots of companies and professional attitude which provide great chances for cooperation.

                                      At the same day as Eco-Match 2011 we took part in Norway Day Conference, during which we were speakers in third session. Our presentation titled: “Collection and recycling of electronic waste – experience from Norway and Poland” stood out and generated great interest. Even though the assembly hall in which The Norway Day Conference was placed was big, there were no free sits. Besides that during POLEKO 2011 IDN was actively promoting itself by visiting stands. Many companies that were approached reacted positively on our offer.


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                                      Establishing Clusters in Serbia – project finale
                                      21.08.2011
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                                      Establishing Clusters in Serbia – project finale

                                      Finalized and published the “Guidelines for establishing Clusters in the Republic of Serbia”

                                      The Guidelines for establishing Clusters in the Republic of Serbia” (hereinafter: the Guidelines), included the overall legal framework, step by step in forming a cluster, necessary legal instruments, issues related to liability, confidentiality, intellectual property rights, dispute resolution, legal forms and experiences from other European legal systems (Italy, Norway, Great Britain, Spain, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia), conclusions and recommendations for the clusters as well as for the public sector/policy creators and legislators.

                                      The Guidelines were prepared within the project Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion (SECEP) and published on the web site of the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development – Serbian Clusters


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                                      “Meat-Waste Treatment Solutions” submitted to Embassy of Norway
                                      10.08.2011
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                                      “Meat-Waste Treatment Solutions” submitted to Embassy of Norway

                                      Project proposal “Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector” submitted to the Norwegian Embassy in Serbia

                                      The project “Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector”is proposed in order to facilitate follow up of the activities initiated during the visit of the Serbian business delegation (led by President Tadic, Minister of Trade and Director of Serbian Chamber of Commerce, to Oslo in May 2010), and the need expressed by Serbian side to upgrade its waste treatment technologies.

                                      The overall goal of the project is to contribute to increasing the maturity level of the Serbian meat processing industry and increase competitiveness for better positioning on the international market, in accordance with international requirements within targeted industry.

                                      Project partners are: International Development Norway, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Serbia and Association “Inno Focus”, Serbia. The following are defined as target groups: Serbian companies in meat processing industry; Local authorities, Norwegian companies, technology providers in waste management solutions i.e. required products/services/processes.

                                      Project proposal “Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector” submitted to the Norwegian Embassy in Serbia

                                      The project “Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector”is proposed in order to facilitate follow up of the activities initiated during the visit of the Serbian business delegation (led by President Tadic, Minister of Trade and Director of Serbian Chamber of Commerce, to Oslo in May 2010), and the need expressed by Serbian side to upgrade its waste treatment technologies.

                                      The overall goal of the project is to contribute to increasing the maturity level of the Serbian meat processing industry and increase competitiveness for better positioning on the international market, in accordance with international requirements within targeted industry.

                                      Project partners are: International Development Norway, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Serbia and Association “Inno Focus”, Serbia

                                      The following are defined as target groups: Serbian companies in meat processing industry; Local authorities, Norwegian companies, technology providers in waste management solutions i.e. required products/services/processes.

                                      Project proposal “Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector” submitted to the Norwegian Embassy in Serbia

                                      The project “Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector”is proposed in order to facilitate follow up of the activities initiated during the visit of the Serbian business delegation (led by President Tadic, Minister of Trade and Director of Serbian Chamber of Commerce, to Oslo in May 2010), and the need expressed by Serbian side to upgrade its waste treatment technologies.

                                      The overall goal of the project is to contribute to increasing the maturity level of the Serbian meat processing industry and increase competitiveness for better positioning on the international market, in accordance with international requirements within targeted industry.

                                      Project partners are: International Development Norway, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Serbia and Association “Inno Focus”, Serbia

                                      The following are defined as target groups: Serbian companies in meat processing industry; Local authorities, Norwegian companies, technology providers in waste management solutions i.e. required products/services/processes.

                                      Project proposal “Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector” submitted to the Norwegian Embassy in Serbia

                                      The project “Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector”is proposed in order to facilitate follow up of the activities initiated during the visit of the Serbian business delegation (led by President Tadic, Minister of Trade and Director of Serbian Chamber of Commerce, to Oslo in May 2010), and the need expressed by Serbian side to upgrade its waste treatment technologies.

                                      The overall goal of the project is to contribute to increasing the maturity level of the Serbian meat processing industry and increase competitiveness for better positioning on the international market, in accordance with international requirements within targeted industry.

                                      Project partners are: International Development Norway, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Serbia and Association “Inno Focus”, Serbia

                                      The following are defined as target groups: Serbian companies in meat processing industry; Local authorities, Norwegian companies, technology providers in waste management solutions i.e. required products/services/processes.


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                                      Signed Memorandum of Understanding with SBAN
                                      05.07.2011
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                                      Signed Memorandum of Understanding with SBAN

                                      Signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Association Serbian Business Angels network (SBAN) in Serbia

                                      The purpose of this MoU is to establish and regulate the cooperation between IDN and SBAN in order to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of common goals and development and implementation of joint projects. The first initiative within the mutual cooperation under this MoU will be engagement of the IDN on to support SBAN in identifying, contacting and selecting relevant Scandinavian ICT companies.The purpose of this MoU is to establish and regulate the cooperation between IDN and SBAN in order to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of common goals and development and implementation of joint projects. The first initiative within the mutual cooperation under this MoU will be engagement of the IDN on to support SBAN in identifying, contacting and selecting relevant Scandinavian ICT companies.


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                                      Assistance to discharged Defense Personnel project assessment finale
                                      21.06.2011
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                                      Assistance to discharged Defense Personnel project assessment finale

                                      Finalized assessment on the economic, security and social impact of the “Project for Assistance to discharged Defense Personnel within the Scope of Defense Sector Reform in Serbia” for the whole project period 2006-2010

                                      The study intends to assess the project achievements in terms of the following measurable outputs and outcomes:

                                       

                                      Finalized assessment on the economic, security and social impact of the “Project for Assistance to discharged Defense Personnel within the Scope of Defense Sector Reform in Serbia” for the whole project period 2006-2010

                                      The study intends to assess the project achievements in terms of the following measurable outputs and outcomes:


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                                      Workshops to the preparation of proposals for the Ministry of Economy
                                      21.06.2011
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                                      Workshops to the preparation of proposals for the Ministry of Economy

                                       

                                      Workshops to the clusters related to the preparation of project proposals for the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development Call for Projects in Serbia

                                       

                                      IDN staff delivered two workshops to the clusters related to the preparation of project proposals for the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development Call for Projects in Serbia

                                      (Program for development of innovative clusters in Serbia), within the project Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion (SECEP). 

                                      Workshops to the clusters related to the preparation of project proposals for the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development Call for Projects in Serbia

                                       

                                      IDN staff delivered two workshops to the clusters related to the preparation of project proposals for the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development Call for Projects in Serbia

                                      (Program for development of innovative clusters in Serbia), within the project Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion (SECEP).

                                      Workshops to the clusters related to the preparation of project proposals for the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development Call for Projects in Serbia

                                      IDN staff delivered two workshops to the clusters related to the preparation of project proposals for the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development Call for Projects in Serbia

                                      (Program for development of innovative clusters in Serbia), within the project Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion (SECEP).


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                                      IDN in consortium with Inno Focus is awarded two contracts with OECD
                                      21.06.2011
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                                      IDN in consortium with Inno Focus is awarded two contracts with OECD

                                       

                                      IDN (lead partner) in consortium with Inno Focus is awarded two contracts with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD, both to be implemented in Serbia

                                       

                                      The first project, “The SME Policy Index”,  will compile the evaluation of the SME Policy and the elaboration of the Small Business Act (SBA) Report for Serbia. The SME Policy Index covers ten policy dimensions of the SBA: Rewarding entrepreneurship and thriving family business; “Second chance” Bankruptcy rules; “Think Small First” principle;  Responsive public administration; Adapted Public procurement and State Aid;  Timely payments in commercial transactions/Access to Finance; Benefiting from a Single Market; Skills upgrading and innovation;  Environment and SMEs and  SMEs and access to markets.

                                      The second project,  “Local Development Capacity Assessment in EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries in the Western Balkans”,  will map and assess the capacity of local actors in Kragujevac region in Serbia  in the following thematic areas: employment and skills development; entrepreneurship and enterprise creation and growth; and social inclusion; as well as in the overarching area of strategy and policy design and delivery. 

                                      IDN (lead partner) in consortium with Inno Focus is awarded two contracts with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD, both to be implemented in Serbia

                                       

                                      The first project, “The SME Policy Index”,  will compile the evaluation of the SME Policy and the elaboration of the Small Business Act (SBA) Report for Serbia. The SME Policy Index covers ten policy dimensions of the SBA: Rewarding entrepreneurship and thriving family business; “Second chance” Bankruptcy rules; “Think Small First” principle;  Responsive public administration; Adapted Public procurement and State Aid;  Timely payments in commercial transactions/Access to Finance; Benefiting from a Single Market; Skills upgrading and innovation;  Environment and SMEs and  SMEs and access to markets.

                                      The second project,  “Local Development Capacity Assessment in EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries in the Western Balkans”,  will map and assess the capacity of local actors in Kragujevac region in Serbia  in the following thematic areas: employment and skills development; entrepreneurship and enterprise creation and growth; and social inclusion; as well as in the overarching area of strategy and policy design and delivery.


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                                      Norway Environmental Technology Transfer project closing conference
                                      21.06.2011
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                                      Norway Environmental Technology Transfer project closing conference

                                       

                                      Closing conference in Mid Norway Environmental Technology Transfer Project

                                       

                                      In the framework of EEA financed project – Development the methods of technology transfer in the field of environmental protection in the Mazovia region which IDN performs in Warsaw on behalf of LEN and NTNU  AS, the final conference was held on the 13 of June in in the historical Warsaw Filters, in the Central  Department of Municipal Supply and Sewage Works Urban Water and Sewage Companies. The conference was dedicated to the issues of  water and waste water management in the agglomeration of Warsaw,  especially the need of modernization and challenges in the system.

                                      The conference was addressed to the group of professionals from the universities, self-governmental units and companies executing waste water investment project in Warsaw agglomeration. IDN together with the Project Owner gave the summary of Polish-Norwegian cooperation within the project and presented Norwegian cases recognized as success stories in the field of environmental protection.

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                                      Closing conference in Mid Norway Environmental Technology Transfer Project

                                       

                                      In the framework of EEA financed project – Development the methods of technology transfer in the field of environmental protection in the Mazovia region which IDN performs in Warsaw on behalf of LEN and NTNU  AS, the final conference was held on the 13 of June in in the historical Warsaw Filters, in the Central  Department of Municipal Supply and Sewage Works Urban Water and Sewage Companies. The conference was dedicated to the issues of  water and waste water management in the agglomeration of Warsaw,  especially the need of modernization and challenges in the system.

                                      The conference was addressed to the group of professionals from the universities, self-governmental units and companies executing waste water investment project in Warsaw agglomeration. IDN together with the Project Owner gave the summary of Polish-Norwegian cooperation within the project and presented Norwegian cases recognized as success stories in the field of environmental protection.

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                                      International Development Norway workshop in Warsaw
                                      21.05.2011
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                                      International Development Norway workshop in Warsaw

                                       

                                      First International Development Norway workshop held in Warsaw

                                       

                                      IDN offices and projects are spread around Central Eastern Europe so not very often we benefit from the chance to work together and share experiences.

                                      As IDN was established almost exactly 1 year ago so we have met to sum up the activities and discuss further directions for the company development. Most of our successful projects are financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUROPEAID and EEA schemes so certainly we will put even more effort in order to build our success in this market segments. We aim to strengthen our local networks in different countries and also focus on building up local presence in Belgrade and Warsaw.

                                      Hopefully, when we meet next year, there will be even more successful stories to share! 

                                      First International Development Norway workshop held in Warsaw

                                      IDN offices and projects are spread around Central Eastern Europe so not very often we benefit from the chance to work together and share experiences.

                                      As IDN was established almost exactly 1 year ago so we have met to sum up the activities and discuss further directions for the company development. Most of our successful projects are financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUROPEAID and EEA schemes so certainly we will put even more effort in order to build our success in this market segments. We aim to strengthen our local networks in different countries and also focus on building up local presence in Belgrade and Warsaw.

                                      Hopefully, when we meet next year, there will be even more successful stories to share!


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                                      Established association Inno Focus in Serbia
                                      21.04.2011
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                                      Established association Inno Focus in Serbia

                                      Established association Inno Focus in Serbia

                                       

                                      Association “INNO FOCUS” is non-governmental and non-profit association established with the aim to achieve objectives in the areas of innovation, knowledge and technology transfer and business development. One of the founders of the association is IDN.


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                                      Workshops in Mid Norway Environmental Technology Transfer Project
                                      21.04.2011
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                                      Workshops in Mid Norway Environmental Technology Transfer Project

                                      Regional workshops in Mid Norway Environmental Technology Transfer Project

                                       

                                      5 regional workshops took place in different locations in Mazovia during the springtime 2011. Workshops as the educational package addressed to the local level of universities and self-governmental units consists one of the main tasks to be performed in EEA financed project – Development the methods of technology transfer in the field of environmental protection in the Mazovia.

                                      IDN on behalf of LEN and TTO NTNU AS represented Norwegian partners in the project with the presentation giving an overview of the technology transfer eco-system in Norway, with the special focus on Trøndelag.

                                      Agenda of each workshop addressed the main topics in the Project – Commercialization of technologies and support system, Waste and waste water treatment management, Renewable energy sources, Energy conservation and passive housing, Available financial schemes for investments in environment. All together workshops in Radom, Siedlce, Ciechanów, Ostrołęka, Płock gathered the attention of more than 700 participants.


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                                      The “Manual for Project Preparation” prepared and presented
                                      21.04.2011
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                                      The “Manual for Project Preparation” prepared and presented

                                       

                                      The “Manual for Project Preparation” prepared and presented

                                       

                                      The detailed “Manual for Project Preparation” prepared and presented at the workshop delivered to the clusters and Regional Development Agencies in Serbia within the project Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion (SECEP) – Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with project RSEDP2Serbia. The Manual was prepared in a way to serve the needs and to be applicable within different calls for proposals. 

                                      The “Manual for Project Preparation” prepared and presented

                                       

                                      The detailed “Manual for Project Preparation” prepared and presented at the workshop delivered to the clusters and Regional Development Agencies in Serbia within the project Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion (SECEP) – Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with project RSEDP2Serbia. The Manual was prepared in a way to serve the needs and to be applicable within different calls for proposals.


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                                      Finalized assessment and evaluation of business innovation support organizations in Serbia within the project Improved Competitiveness and Innovation in Serbia
                                      21.03.2011
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                                      Finalized assessment and evaluation of business innovation support organizations in Serbia within the project Improved Competitiveness and Innovation in Serbia

                                      IDN staff was involved in assessment and evaluation of business innovation support organizations to deliver business and innovation support, planning and coordination of associated capacity building activities and assessment of their impact.


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                                      Training Programme finalized
                                      21.12.2010
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                                      Training Programme finalized

                                      Training Programme finalized (December 2010)

                                       

                                      The Project objective was to raise the entrepreneurial capacities and business skills of selected participants, redundant military personnel to integrate into socio-economic life. The Training Program package consists of the methodology, trainer’s manual, complete teaching material, training master plan and licensed trainers. In total 171 participants was trained. The training was realized within NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Project for Assistance to Discharged Defence Personnel in the Republic of Serbia.


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                                      POLEKO 2010
                                      25.11.2010
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                                      POLEKO 2010

                                      IDN took part in POLEKO 2010 fair in Poznań.

                                      The Stand was placed in Norwegian part of exhibition and was visited by many. IDN staff presented the on-going projects of the company and searched for new opportunities for future collaboration.

                                      Beside the information Stand, IDN staff took part in panels and presentations as both spectators and speakers.


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                                      Renovation methodology for public houses in Lithuanian Municipalities
                                      21.06.2010
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                                      Renovation methodology for public houses in Lithuanian Municipalities

                                      Sustainable renovation methodology for public houses in Lithuanian Municipalities of Ukmerges and Kazlu Rudos

                                       

                                      The project financed from EEA scheme in Lithuania involved SINTEF Byggforsk experts to share knowledge and experience on energy saving in buildings issues.

                                      15 representatives of Lithuanian municipalities came to Trondheim for a seminar hosted  by SINTEF. 2 days seminar was divided into the theoretical part with the wide spectrum of invited experts presentation and a site visit in Grong School, which was recently renovated with passive buildings components. Next step in the project shall be to work out the recommendation for the methodology which could be used in public facilities renovation in Lithuania.


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                                      Share of experiences – Fjell and Krosno
                                      21.05.2010
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                                      Share of experiences – Fjell and Krosno

                                      IDN was invited as an advisor into a collaboration project between Fjell Commune and Municipality of Krosno, which is located in southern Poland. The topic of joined project financed under EEA scheme in Poland is health prevention and protection among the young population in Krosno.

                                      The seminar for Krosno representatives took place in Fjell on 26-28 of May 2010. IDN supported the cooperation process and also was appointed to be responsible on behalf of Fjell Commune for preparing an assessment report for the project in Krosno, which shall be delivered in October.


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                                      International Development Norway AS established
                                      20.04.2010
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                                      International Development Norway AS established

                                      Today International Development Norway AS (IDN) established was established as a spin-out company from SINTEF.

                                      SINTEF have a strategy to focus more on research and has therefore outsourced the implementation of most of their development projects in Central and Eastern Europe to IDN.

                                      IDN want to be a driving force in development and implementation of private sector projects in transition economies and developing countries. Focus areas are general business development, innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization of technology. An important component of most projects is the identification & establishment of matchmaking opportunities between local and Norwegian companies.

                                      IDN is located at Pirsenteret in Trondheim, an innovation center with more than 100 companies and 3000 employees.


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