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October

The Evens Prize for Intercultural Education 2009 goes to UK and Portugal30.10.2009

The Evens Prize for Intercultural Education 2009 goes to UK and Portugal

The sixth Evens Prize was awarded to the British Film Institute and the University of Minho. The Prize was presented during the second European congress on medial literacy in Bellaria, Italy. For this year, the Evens Foundation...more >
Business Panel on future innovation policy29.10.2009

Business Panel on future innovation policy

DG Enterprise has established a business panel to provide inputs from a business perspective on priorities for future EU innovation policy.more >
Špidla: 'Social innovation' needed to restart economy26.10.2009

Špidla: 'Social innovation' needed to restart economy

Squeezed by the economic crisis, Europe's labour markets can find new dynamism through social innovation, said Vladimir Špidla, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities (© text: euractiv).more >
European Commission launches reflection on a Digital Single Market for Creative Content Online26.10.2009

European Commission launches reflection on a Digital Single Market for Creative Content Online

The European Commission published a reflection paper on the challenge of creating a European Digital Single Market for creative content like books, music, films or video games. According to Commission studies, a truly Single...more >
More women in European tech companies23.10.2009

More women in European tech companies

Efforts to attract more women into the information and communications (ICT) industries – an important sector for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) – are gathering pace across Europe, as European tech companies commit to...more >
Innovate to inspire: How can we empower the next generation?23.10.2009

Innovate to inspire: How can we empower the next generation?

Innovation is at our fingertips in our homes, schools and offices. But it’s often hard to grasp. EJC’s latest conference in a series on innovation featured passionate presentations and thoughtful responses to a host of next...more >
Incendies21.10.2009

Incendies

En cette année européenne de la créativité et de l’innovation, le Théâtre de Namur est heureux de présenter l’événement du Festival d’Avignon 2009. Une histoire bouleversante de famille, de guerre et de secrets par un des plus...more >
EU to tackle digital book copyright in 201021.10.2009

EU to tackle digital book copyright in 2010

The European Commission will establish "simple and cost-efficient rights clearance systems" on the digitisation of published works and their availability on the Internet, it announced this week (© text: euractiv).more >
Luxinnovation célèbre 25 ans au service de l’innovation et de la recherche au Luxembourg21.10.2009

Luxinnovation célèbre 25 ans au service de l’innovation et de la recherche au Luxembourg

Le 12 octobre 2009, Luxinnovation, l’agence nationale pour la promotion de l’innovation et de la recherche, a célébré 25 années au service des entrepreneurs et chercheurs au cours d’une soirée qui a mis à l’honneur l’innovation...more >
Languages through Lenses - Vote online for your favourite video20.10.2009

Languages through Lenses - Vote online for your favourite video

The European Commission is organising a special video competition in the framework of Prix Europa, Europe's largest and most renowned competition festival for television, radio and the emerging media. The aim of the competition...more >
Business group wants tax breaks for innovative start-ups19.10.2009

Business group wants tax breaks for innovative start-ups

Europe's chronic shortage of finance for young innovative companies will cause it to fall further behind global competitors, according to a business lobby group which wants governments to back entrepreneurs through tax incentives...more >
Art Competition “I Dream Therefore I Am”19.10.2009

Art Competition “I Dream Therefore I Am”

Ten Eritrean artists received a prize for the best art works in the official award ceremony on Friday, 2 October, finalizing the Art Competition “I Dream Therefore I Am”. more >
EU health chief warns against national budget cuts19.10.2009

EU health chief warns against national budget cuts

Health services across Europe will come under increasing pressure during the financial crisis, according to European Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, who is urging health ministers not to slash public spending on health...more >
6th Brussels Debate: Cultural diversity as a basis for creativity and innovation?16.10.2009

6th Brussels Debate: Cultural diversity as a basis for creativity and innovation?

The role of cultural diversity as a basis for creativity and innovation was discussed on Thursday 15 October in the sixth Brussels Debate organised in the framework of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009. The...more >
Solar power16.10.2009

Solar power

The EU is an uncontested world leader in solar power, but the fledgling technology relies heavily on public support schemes to bring down costs. Nevertheless, political leaders are now eyeing innovative large-scale projects to...more >
Winner of the Cultural Policy Research Award 2009 announced at opening of ENCATC Annual Conference16.10.2009

Winner of the Cultural Policy Research Award 2009 announced at opening of ENCATC Annual Conference

An international jury will announce the winner of the 6th Cultural Policy Research Award 2009 (CPRA) on 22 October in the context of ENCATC’s 17th Annual Conference in Barcelona. This joint initiative of the European Cultural...more >
Videos, reports and twitter from the European Culture Forum15.10.2009

Videos, reports and twitter from the European Culture Forum

Following on from our past successes of blogging and videoing from European cultural events we are bringing you more from the European Culture Forum in Brussels, 28-30 September. LabforCulture teamed up with Culture Action Europe...more >
UDiTE Awards 200915.10.2009

UDiTE Awards 2009

The annual UDiTE ‘Knowledge Sharing’ Awards Event was launched in Brussels on Monday 5 October. UDiTE Awards 2009. The event attracted an internationally diverse crowd including European chief executives, senior managers,...more >
Creativity, Innovation, Digital Culture & Citizens Participation in the Construction of Europe14.10.2009

Creativity, Innovation, Digital Culture & Citizens Participation in the Construction of Europe

The European Conference "Creativity, Innovation, Digital Culture & Citizens Participation in the Construction of Europe" is organised by the Association ARTECHMEDIA and will take part in in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain,...more >
Journalism prize - who will scoop the top honours?14.10.2009

Journalism prize - who will scoop the top honours?

The annual prize for excellence in journalism will be awarded by the European Parliament next Thursday, 15 October. There are four prizes up for grabs divided between the print media, radio, TV and the internet. They will be...more >
Accelerating the uptake of innovation in ‘lead markets’14.10.2009

Accelerating the uptake of innovation in ‘lead markets’

A number of EU-funded public-procurement networks will soon help public organisations acquire the latest cutting-edge goods and services on offer in lead markets; thereby serving citizens, stimulating innovation, tackling...more >
A woman to woman approach to foster entrepreneurship13.10.2009

A woman to woman approach to foster entrepreneurship

More women are needed in business. Last week, 130 successful European businesswomen are kicking off a campaign to encourage more women to become entrepreneurs and start their own companies. Appointed by Commissioner Vladimír...more >
Creative Cities and OPENCities13.10.2009

Creative Cities and OPENCities

In the 1st week of October, the British Council Brussels ran two separate but associated events to advertise the British Council-led Creative Cities and OPENCities projects. These events coincided with the cultural bonanza of...more >
2009 Special Olympics Football in the Park - Imagine Inclusion13.10.2009

2009 Special Olympics Football in the Park - Imagine Inclusion

Special Olympics Belgium footballers participated in the fifth edition of the event in Parc Léopold in Brussels, on October 6. more >
First European Innovation Summit 13-14 October 200912.10.2009

First European Innovation Summit 13-14 October 2009

Often quoted and criticised, Europe is still pursuing its way towards the accomplishment of the goal set out in the 2000 Lisbon Strategy: Making the European Union the most competitive, knowledge based economy in the world and...more >
EU promotes smart metering in fight against global warming12.10.2009

EU promotes smart metering in fight against global warming

The European Commission is calling on member states to support the rollout of technologies to boost energy efficiency, estimating that household energy bills would drop by 10% thanks to smart metering devices. However, no common...more >
Alain Beneteau : «L’innovation n’est pas uniquement technologique»08.10.2009

Alain Beneteau : «L’innovation n’est pas uniquement technologique»

Le vice-président (PS) de la région Midi-Pyrénées estime que l’Etat et les régions doivent mettre en place des moyens pour faire bénéficier des fonds structurels aux PME. Comment mettre en place les fonds européens au service de...more >
StrangerFestival expert meeting 200908.10.2009

StrangerFestival expert meeting 2009

Eighty experts from different international industries are invited to participate in the StrangerFestival expert meeting. It is a working conference for policymakers, cultural institutions, media-makers and educational...more >
Social entrepreneurship: new ways of working, future trends and opportunities?08.10.2009

Social entrepreneurship: new ways of working, future trends and opportunities?

LabforCulture starts the autumn with a feature on Social entrepreneurship. Following on from the review of the financial crisis and the cultural sector, we wanted to focus on new trends in working practices, applicable in and out...more >
Creativity and innovation at the Open Days07.10.2009

Creativity and innovation at the Open Days

In the space of just six years the OPEN DAYS have become a key event at which cities and regions have provided practical evidence of their capacity for creating growth and jobs, implementing European Union cohesion policy in such...more >
BE CREATIVE!07.10.2009

BE CREATIVE!

Höhepunkt im EU-Jahr „Kreativität und Innovation“ ist das Festival „BE CREATIVE! vom 9. – 10. Oktober 2009 im Wiener Museumsquartier. 35 Kunst-, Kultur- und Kreativschmieden lassen sich dabei zwei Tage lang über die Schulter...more >
European House for Culture launched in Brussels06.10.2009

European House for Culture launched in Brussels

On 27 September 2009, at the Flagey in Brussels, the European House for Culture, an initiative of the EuropeanFestivals Association (EFA) was publically presented. More than 100 invited guests attended the official launchof...more >
Multilingualism: realising our creative potential06.10.2009

Multilingualism: realising our creative potential

A recent study on the contribution of language learning to creativity explores whether languages influence creativity and speaking different languages makes us more inventive. more >
ICT Competitiveness05.10.2009

ICT Competitiveness

A significant part of future goods and services are as yet unknown, but the main driving force behind their development will be Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), such as nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics including...more >
02.10.2009

"Culture is this continent's driving force": Wim Wenders closing the European Culture Forum

After three intensive days of discussion, workshops and experience sharing, the closing words of the European Culture Forum went to Wim Wenders, in a speech delivered by Marion Döring, Director of the European Film Academy. more >
Artistic creativity celebrated in Brussels for 3 days and 1 night01.10.2009

Artistic creativity celebrated in Brussels for 3 days and 1 night

The well-established artistic festivals NUIT BLANCHE and BRXLBRAVO in Brussels are organised this year in partnership with the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009 (EYCI2009). NUIT BLANCHE will give public access to...more >