NES team meets in Gijón for a Transnational Project Meeting.

The partners on NewEcoSmart (NES) project met on January 30th and 31st, for their transnational project meeting hosted by CTIC, in Gijon, Spain.

Starting the first day of the meeting, CETEM warmly welcomed the Consortium to the second face-to-face meeting and made an overview of the agenda, highlighting the key points to be discussed.

To set the tone for the collaborative efforts, CTIC took the opportunity to introduce themselves and shed light on their diverse areas of expertise. This brief presentation served as a comprehensive introduction, fostering a deeper understanding among NES partners about the valuable contributions each entity brings to the project.

CEIPES carried over and did a presentation of WP2 – Co-design of NewEcoSmart social innovation methods and map of skills, focusing on the results of the surveys on competences per pilot and the comparison of three pilots’ sites (Italy, Portugal, and Spain). The next steps on the workshops with experts, the national legislation comparisons, and the best practices also took place.

CTIC continue the works, with a presentation on WP3 – Digital enablers for uptaking NewEcoSmart innovation ecosystem, previewing the latest version of the digital and circular framework. Emphasis was placed on the roadmap that users will receive, improving communication and user engagement. SHINE complemented this slot with ideas on the design, development and implementation of business skills and training to support the development of green and digital skills.

UNINA provided a detailed overview of progress in WP4, presenting three pilots – Pacentro and Majella Madre, ADELO area and Ayuntamiento de Yecla. The application of the SCIROCOO Exchange Maturity self-assessment tool to NewEcoSmart and its results marked a crucial phase in evaluating the project’s effectiveness.

The second half of the meeting was organised on the CTIC RuralTech, another space of this organisation, located in Valle de Peón, and that works as a research and development centre focused on the rural areas, aiming to improve the skills and competences of companies and rural areas, at the same time that also improves the quality of life in these areas.

In this beautiful space, CETEM then took the stage to present WP5 – Ecosystem Evolution, outlining general objectives, tasks, deliverables, and milestones.

The second day began with CETEM focussing on WP1, highlighting key points in the management of the consortium and internal communication.

SHINE then led the discussion on WP6 – Communication, outreach and sustainability, elucidating strategies for the dissemination and communication of the project. Stakeholder engagement was centre stage, leading to a productive division of the Consortium by country to assess stakeholder matrices.

To conclude the meeting, AMUEBLA presented the sustainability tasks and outlined the progress made.

Gijon transnational project meeting came to be a crucial moment, providing a platform for in-depth discussions on the project’s progress and charting the course for future actions. The collaborative efforts demonstrated during this meeting underlined the commitment of the NES partners to the success of the project and its wider impact on sustainability initiatives.

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