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EPN | European Projects Network https://europrojects.net/en Promoting Quality Project Management in Europe Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:05:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.5 https://i0.wp.com/europrojects.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/cropped-EPN-Logo-1.0.1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 EPN | European Projects Network https://europrojects.net/en 32 32 150748490 COREACT – How to Work Together for a Just Society https://europrojects.net/en/coreact-how-to-work-together-for-a-just-society/ https://europrojects.net/en/coreact-how-to-work-together-for-a-just-society/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:04:00 +0000 https://europrojects.net/?p=1001
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EPN supports this event organised by the no-profit association mafianeindanke e.V. in Berlin.




15-16 November 2019 – Berlin

Do the words anticorruption, anti-mafia, money laundering and transparency mean something to you?

Are you an activist in these fields? Or simply a human being, who wants to contribute reaching a fair and just society for all?

Well, then #COREACT is the place for you!

COREACTHow to work together for a just society, is an international conference that will take place in Berlin on the 15th and 16th of November. In these two days of interactive workshops, we will explore solution-oriented approaches to build a more just society together. We want to share experiences, innovative working methods and provide practical and useful tools to the participants for their own activities.


Your next steps

Here are the things you need to know before taking part of our event:

  • When: 15-16 November
  • Where: bUm – Raum für die engagierte Zivilgesellschaft, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 21, 10999 Berlin
  • Language: English
  • The event is free! But registration is required.

Register for free here

You can find more details in the invitation card here attached.

Complete agenda here. Our Facebook event.
Contact: coreact@mafianeindanke.de

We hope to see you in Berlin!
The team of mafianeindanke e.V.

COREACT - Roadmap

COREACT – Roadmap

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Study on the new Italian migration to Belgium https://europrojects.net/en/study-on-the-new-italian-migration-to-belgium/ https://europrojects.net/en/study-on-the-new-italian-migration-to-belgium/#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:44:37 +0000 https://europrojects.net/?p=834 With a view to setting a starting point in the understanding of migratory phenomena within Europe, EPN is currently conducting a study on the migration of Italian citizens to Belgium in recent years in collaboration with FILEF and ACLI Belgique.

The notion of new migration refers to the hypothesis for which the current migratory flow of Italian citizens who are moving to Belgium has very different and peculiar features compared to other flows preceding the economic crisis started in 2008.

The study aims both at

  1. exploring their different construals in relation to themselves; the notions of ‘migration’ and ‘migrant’; their family situation; their national identity; their relationships with members of their national group; their employment situation; their prospects for their future; and
  2. delineating the distinctive influence factors of this migratory flow which is characterized, among else, by an unprecedented easiness and economic affordability of mobility between European countries thanks to low-cost airlines; an increasing adaptation of bureaucratic procedures and political response for European nationals to changing country of residence; a fluid and stratified European identity.

Results are expected to be published by July 2019.


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The thistimeimvoting.eu campaign is on!!

EPN supports the effort of the European Parliament of promoting democratic engagement in the European elections of May 2019.

Read the reasons why voting is crucial for all of us, independently from any political party and ideology.

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‘Next Generation, Please!’ project Impact Study Report https://europrojects.net/en/europeyourhope/ https://europrojects.net/en/europeyourhope/#respond Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:34:37 +0000 https://europrojects.net/?p=597
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The European Projects Network has collaborated with Palais de Beaux-Arts “BOZAR” of Brussels on the evaluation of the Erasmus Plus ‘Next Generation, Please!‘ edition 2017-2018.

The evaluation has been completed on 15th November 2018 and resulted in the impact study report.

EPN thanks all the involved stakeholders — the young participants in Belgium and France, the leading organisation Palais de Beaux-Arts “BOZAR” (Belgium), the partner organisations Centre Pompidou (France), Institute Sainte Marie (Belgium), Lycée Rodin (France), Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy) and their respective coordinators, cultural workers and educators, the artists and politicians — for their full cooperation in the impact study.

Access the report of the impact study by clicking on the cover image:

NGP - Impact Study 2017-2018 - Report

NGP – Impact Study 2017-2018 – Report


Evaluation Team

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What Europe does for me https://europrojects.net/en/what-europe-does-for-me/ https://europrojects.net/en/what-europe-does-for-me/#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:36:01 +0000 https://europrojects.net/?p=532
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Do you want to know how the European Union affects your everyday life? How the EU is present in your town and region? What the EU policies are focused on? Check this out!

In November 2018 the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) launched the new interactive and multilingual website “What Europe does for me”. Aimed at increasing citizens’ participation in view of the 2019 parliamentary elections, the website offers a series of short notes and other material focusing on what the European Union does and the impact it has on us all, both in our everyday lives and our local areas.

what-europe-does.for.me.eu portal homepage

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Essential Glossary for European Project Managers (part 1) https://europrojects.net/en/essential-glossary-for-european-project-managers-part-1/ https://europrojects.net/en/essential-glossary-for-european-project-managers-part-1/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:14:05 +0000 https://europrojects.net/?p=568
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A clear (non-exhaustive) Glossary for European Project Managers

As International Project Managers in Europe — or as we call them, European Project Managers — know very well, a good deal of their job is interpreting the guidelines provided by the European Commission and its bodies on how to manage at best European funding.

Despite its renowned technicality, the European Commission does not seem to have provided upstream a clear unambiguous technical vocabulary to its various Directorate-Generals for implementing the funding programmes of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. As a result, each funding programme uses the same terms — such as applicant, action, activity — with more or less slightly different meanings. Adding this to the 23 translations that each word that is officially printed by the European Commission needs to go through, you can immagine the mess.

Far from criticizing the EU professionals, we know that developing a technical language for such a big sub-culture is no easy task and needs time. That is why we also propose to solve the problem from the bottom.

EPN aims at developing a common framework for all stakeholders of European Projects by defining the most recurrent — and problematic — technical terms of the European funding programmes with the purpose of promoting the principle of transparency.

This is only the fist part of a long list of terms that we are cross-checking between the different programmes and against our own experience in European Project Management. We plan to draw up a unique glossary with definitions and propositions that we plan to publish and offer to professionals and non-professionals across Europe. To do this, our reference point and touchstone will be the ISO 21500:2012 ‘Guidance on project management’ publication.

Contribute to the following list by proposing terms, definitions, funding programme and related resources in the comments of this post!

  • Achievement / Result / Output / Outcome / Output / Impact / Benefit
  • (Key) Action / Strand / Pillar / Measure / Call / Guide(-lines)
  • Applicant / Leader / Partner / Associate (~ Organisation-s) + Consortium
  • Deliverable
  • Event / Exchange / Meeting / Activity
  • Forum / Platform
  • Objective (General ~, Specific ~) / Goal / Target
  • Problem / Issue
  • Stakeholder / Participant / Participating organisation / (Direct / Indirect ~) Target / Beneficiary / User / Audience

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Collaborative Project Management approach (CPM) development https://europrojects.net/en/collaborative-project-management-approach-cpm-development/ https://europrojects.net/en/collaborative-project-management-approach-cpm-development/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 12:41:17 +0000 https://europrojects.net/?p=471
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The Collaborative Project Management approach (CPM) is a new comprehensive method of management of projects of social value that the founding members of the European Project Network association (EPN) have been developing over the years with a view to raise the quality of projects in terms of impact and ethics.

The need for developing a new approach to management of projects in the social field — meaning, projects that aim at having a direct positive impact on the quality of sentient life — emerged in the practice of managing projects developed in relation to the policies of the European Union. In the experience of the conceivers, the lack of transparency and horizontal responsabilisation of all stakeholders in the implementation of European co-funded projects represents the main cause of immeasurable waste of public resources.

In view of that, the development and dissemination of this project management method aims at having a positive impact on society in its purpose of empowering all citizens and civil society players in developing their own projects in a collaborative way and in accordance with high ethical standards and strong human values.

EPN - CPM - Collaborative Project Management approach
EPN – CPM – Collaborative Project Management approach

Expected Results

The Project provides only for the development of intellectual outputs without taking into account their dissemination. The outputs are intended primarily to be useful to the involved Project Managers that develop them.

The results of the development of CPM consist of three aspects.

  • A precise theoretical infrastructure in the form of encoded natural language.
  • A consequent concept design in the form of graphs and algorithms.
  • A resulting practical set of graphical and digital tools for actual use.

The envisaged outputs of the Project are the following.

  • A series of six manuals explaining the six processes of the method in detail.
  • A series of interactive and non-interactive graphical representations that can be printed and used for managing projects.
  • A database containing up-to-date information on the European funding programmes and their call for proposals and tenders.
  • A software consistent with the SaaS (Software as a Service) usage model.


Consistently with the purpose of the Project, implementation requires the collaboration of several experienced and inexperienced Project Managers on actual European projects over the duration of each project. The participating Project Managers need to apply the method and tools in their daily work so to develop the envisaged outputs through work-based learning and adaptation.

The basic methods and tools of CPM will be provided to the participating Project Managers after their formal acceptance of the terms and conditions of use and confidentiality. The production of the outputs will be supervised by the Project Management Team.


Project Manager








If you wish to support the Collaborative Project Management approach (CPM) development project please get in contact with us through the contact form.

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Project Designing Lab for Secondary School Pupils https://europrojects.net/en/project-designing-lab-for-secondary-school-pupils/ https://europrojects.net/en/project-designing-lab-for-secondary-school-pupils/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2018 12:02:03 +0000 https://europrojects.net/?p=592
Project Designing Lab for Secondary School Pupils video sample

EPN has developed an education tool for promoting the participation of young generations to the policies of the European Union called “Project Designing Lab for Secondary School Pupils“.

The tool has been developed in collaboration with the vocational school Istituto Tecnico Commerciale “Antonio Pacinotti” di Pisa (Italy) which is engaged in empowering its pupils in playing an active role in the European projects of the school.

Thanks to the Lab, the participating students benefit from a higher awareness of the opportunities that the European Union offers them during and after their studies and they become proactive stakeholders in the process of project designing, a skill that will be useful for the rest of their lives.

The Lab consists of six modules over a period of three months in which the students of a school develop a project proposal under an action of the Erasmus Plus programme of their own choice and under the supervision of their educators and experienced Project Managers and Agents.

Once again, the Collaborative Project Management approach (CPM) is the working tool through which EPN promotes an ethical and collaborative view of developing European projects.

We invite all schools that are interested in engaging their own pupils in the development of their European funded projects to get in contact with us and benefit from the “Project Designing Lab for Secondary School Pupils“.


Educational tool for engaging secondary school pupils in the designing process of an Erasmus Plus project. The need for this tool stems from an issue that is widely shared by project managers, which is involving the beneficiaries of a project in the development of the project itself.

In the case of schools, involving the young beneficiaries (pupils) of an international project in its design is a key criterium in the evaluation of the project proposal that is scarcely considered by applicant schools. This implies an outflow of resources for developing project proposals that are not rooted in real needs of the beneficiaries and that, thus, achieve low evaluation scores. Subsequently, this tool aims at helping schools that apply for European funds to tackle this problem so as to improve the quality of their project proposals.

The conception of this tool is based on the values of civic participation and social empowerment of the youth.

This Lab aims at delivering the very basic information and working methods and tools about European co-funded projects to small groups of secondary school pupils. The expected learning outcomes are meant to trigger an engaging, creative, and collaborative process of Project Designing of an Erasmus+ project proposal on the part of pupils that would ideally lead to their autonomous and collaborative self-government in pursuing European funding with and for their school.

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EXPLORE Project https://europrojects.net/en/explore-project/ https://europrojects.net/en/explore-project/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:12:57 +0000 https://europrojects.net/?p=581
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Video-report of the Transnational Activity of the EXPLORE project | Barcelona 2018

EXPLORE is a project developed by Accademia Europea di Firenze in collaboration with Nexes Interculturals de Joves per Europa to promote quality management of Erasmus Plus exchange projects for students of VET (Vocational Education and Training) schools.

The project allowed five European Project Managers and educators to develop relations with future partner organisations in the region of Catalonia (Spain) to increase the number of life-changing exchanges for students to go abroad for a work experience in their professional field.

EXPLORE Project – Barcelona 2018 – Video Report

Project Charter



  • Arvin ESLAMI
  • Claudio FERRI
  • Elena PARRA
  • Manuela NOSTRO
  • Maria del Carmen LLERENA DEL CASTILLO


  • Maria Couto ESCUDERO
  • Michéle FOEGE
  • Julka BOJKO
  • Marta PISZCZEK
  • Nien BOOTS

Visited organisations

  • Akademie Überlingen
  • Associació Alba
  • Centre de Recursos per a les Associacions Juvenils de Barcelona (CRAJ)
  • Centre Europa Jove
  • Chroma
  • Connectum
  • Direcció General de Joventut de la Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Fundació Barcelona Formació Professional
  • ILUNION Hotels
  • Institut Can Vilumara
  • Institut Joan Pelegrí
  • Xarxa FP

Organisations represented by the participants

  • Istituto Tecnico Commerciale “Antonio Pacinotti” di Pisa (school)
  • Istituto Statale di Istruzione Superiore “Guglielmo Marconi” di Viareggio (school)
  • Istituto di Istruzione Superiore “Guglielmo Marconi” di Civitavecchia (school)
  • Istituto Tecnico Commerciale e per Geometri “Enrico Fermi” di Pontedera (school)

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