NewEcoSmart: Co-designing Social Innovation Methods and Mapping Skills for Progress

In the first months of 2024, NewEcoSmart project has seen important progress in many activities and implementation programme is in full swing. In fact, the first two activities of the second work-package, as well as the related reports, have been finalised, and the third will be completed shortly. These are, respectively, Cross-border competence assessment (T2.1) and National legislations on green and digital transition compared with EU policies (T2.2).

The first action, the Cross-border competence assessment, was basically a survey, carried out in the different areas of the three pilot sites of the countries involved in the consortium, Spain, Portugal and Italy. This first survey was aimed at investigating the level of green, digital, and entrepreneurial skills among the over45 workers and SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) in the habitat sector in these areas. This activity made it possible to better investigate the needs of the sector in terms of the double digital and green transition, highlighting the gaps of companies and the workforce on these issues. The surveys, as well as the analysis, were conducted separately between the three countries and, in turn, divided between companies and workers within the same country. Thus, the processing of the collected information sought to understand common trends between countries and groups, as well as the most significant divergences.

The second action that has been completed is research on the degree to which the (three) national legal systems have transposed European directives and regulations on green and digital transition. This activity made it possible to bring out important features, related to the legislative and administrative framework, of the three partner countries, providing regulatory references, as well as their evolution and most recent developments. In fact, an in-depth study of the regulatory framework is an essential element to fully understand both the limitations and the opportunities to be confronted in the attempt to implement innovative solutions.

Therefore, the third activity of the second Work-package is currently underway: the research and collection of Best practices on green, digital and entrepreneurial skills in the Habitat sector. These virtuous examples and practices will in fact constitute the models to be referred to in the co-development of innovative solutions for the sector in the next months.

Therefore, these first steps are crucial for the entire project because they constitute an initial study phase that will be indispensable in the subsequent co-creation and implementation. From the results of the three actions described so far, the Digital, green and entrepreneurial skills status and roadmap will be elaborated.
Thus, this Deliverable 2.1 will include: results of surveys, digital needs and priorities both on individual and business, challenges, needs and opportunities found for new business models in rural areas, collection of national legislation compared with the European policies, collection of best practices.

Great news are coming, stay tuned!

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