DIESIS's staff provides support from the identification of funding opportunities to the submission of the proposal. 

Our professionals can help you to develop a project with European added value aiming to exchange good practices or carry out research in your sectoral activity. DIESIS's staff will work closely with your organisation to analyse your global environment and select the appropriate European funding and desin the best proposal.


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GET UP - Gender Equality Training to overcome Unfair discrimination Practices in education and labour market. GET UP project aims to contribute to the definition of the knowledge, skills and competences and the drafting of the European Minimum Competences Standard framework on gender equality issues. The main priority of the project is to address the stereotyping of educational and career choices and to promote gender equality in education, training, career guidance and at the workplace.http://www.getupproject.eu/

3rdEurope project creates a strategic partnership among organisations dealing with Third Sector management and leadership in the European Countries. Its mission is to transform current training in Third Sector management into a quality leap to Entrepreneurial Third Sector Leadership. In particular, the contention of this project is that a new profession (Entrepreneurial Third Sector Leader) would be needed in order to reassert the vision and mission of Third Sector organisations through building pro-active capacity among managers at all levels to become entrepreneurial leaders, able to IDENTIFY, ADDRESS and EXPLOIT those emerging opportunities. The entrepreneurial Third Sector leader should be a new generation of leader who successfully guides their organization to balance the competing interests of service delivery, citizen representation and revenue generation.

The project proposed the creation of a slow tourism product targeted and adapted to the seniors travelling with their grandchildren traveling during the low season in Europe.

The tourism product will be based on the discovery of the local heritage, culture and on meetings with the local community, especially with other seniors and their grandchildren of the visited country, region, area. The seniors of the welcoming country will be part and integrated in the tourism product during specific moments that will aim to promote intangible heritage and local culture. Indeed, the project aims to promote the exchange between the seniors and their grandchildren but also between the seniors and children as “visitors” and as “locals”. Activities such as initiation to the local music, cooking class, dance or telling stories will be favored in order to promote and enhance the local culture and to facilitate the contact among the participants without requiring to many knowledge of the languages. Beside all these moments, the tourism product will also include touristic activities such as cultural visits, pedagogical visits for the children, open-air activities. For the children, the travel could include language courses. Facilitators and translators will assist to the pilot phase in order to facilitate the contact between the cultures and languages.

The project consortium had identified a gap in the area of Agriculture VET courses namely the setting up of a new European common professional qualification standard in Agricultural Management within the ECVET framework. AgroECVET2 is the 2nd phase of the project, as the project consortium has applied in 2013 under the Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation. Its aim is to extend the ToI project by now focusing on the accreditation of Agricultural Management within the ECVET Framework. Moreover, other objectives are to strengthen cooperation between the organisations taking part in this project; to promote coherence between EU and national transparency and recognition tools in the field of Agricultural Management ECVET; to test the implementation of innovative practices in the field of AgroECVET.

The FILM-SET Project objective is to promote a thematic tourist route where European cinema is the aim, based on experiential tourism that represents a huge value for film industry and culture heritage. The common driver is the combination of film story and outdoor filming locations. The emotional link that we human beings establish with our surroundings and recreate through our imagination is the starting point to produce an intense experience that allows visitors to integrate themselves into the local place that welcomes them. In this kind of tourism, visitors discover the lived places they watched in films trying to revive those movie historical, cultural and social experiences on the one hand and also discovering film industry with all its characteristics. So, this route tries to put into relation and value those specific places (locations and towns all representative of European culture and film industry) chosen by film industry to represent European heritage, atmosphere and idiosyncrasy, helping to improve European identity.

Work-related stress is considered a serious concern for employers, workers and safety representatives across all employment sectors in EU. The project partnership has identified the need for specific joint actions to explore the role of employers, workers and the safety representatives (Strategic Alliance) in managing and preventing work-related stress risks in national SMEs system. The network of National Social Partners, Research Centres and stakeholders will be committed to realize a comparative Handbook structured in three sections, with the general objective to increase the awareness and understanding of Strategic Alliance members. The involvement of National Social Partners (employers' associations and unions) and Research Centres may represent a key role in designing actions and instruments to implement all relevant EU Directives at national level and support the objectives of the "Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 14 – 20".

The new ProEFP project wants to explore how employee participation and collective bargaining support each other. In the aftermath of the economic crisis, the project wants to revitalise the nexus between statutory rules and collectively agreed rules to boost employee participation in European companies. It will do it going through the current EU acquis in the field of information, consultation and participation rights of employees and exploring how changes in collective bargaining national systems have impacted a correct implementation of these rights at national and European level. The focus is therefore on the legal tools which set a clear nexus between collective bargaining and information, consultation and participation rights.

Coaching is introduced as a way of supporting young people with the aim to increase their participation within the projects in community and society. To increase the quality and support of Youth Exchanges and Youth Initiative projects in the frame of the Youth in Action programme by supporting and facilitating experienced workers of projects in improving their coaching competences. The objectives are: develop skills, knowledge and attitudes in order to coach individuals and teams; aim competences, tools and approaches to empower individuals and teams to efficiently achieve results; share best practices, case studies; provide information and resources to learn more about coaching; understand coaching and mentoring as one of the approaches for personal and organisational development; reflect on the competences and skills needed to be a good coach; gain understanding on coaching process. 


Social Keys For Social Entrepreneurship is an Erasmus + project aiming at developing and testing in different European countries (Italy, Greece and Poland) a shared design of common competence standards according to learning outcomes (by utilising the competences/ skills/ knowledge approach by the European Qualification Framework) and at implementing a shared design of a coherent common VET curricula and transnational learning.

The project carries out research on qualifications and the quality of work and services in personal care and household services. Supports a stakeholder dialogue between organisations active in personal care household services through a partnership representative of the variety of workers and services employers in PHS. This dialogue aims to promote quality of both services and jobs (working conditions and qualifications) in the services covered by the project. The project can also lead to creating more quality jobs and encourage the movement of workers from the black or grey economy to the formal economy, and better protecting vulnerable people. The project addresses 5 related issues and how they influence the quality of work and services: working conditions, coordination of services for person-centred care, professional qualifications, quality of life for services users and workers, impact of the economic and financial crisis on the quality of jobs and services. 


BESPAT (Best European Policies, Analysis and Transference in PHS) is a PROGRESS project aiming at identifying and exchanging Good Practices all over Europe regarding the policies and actions in the sector of Personal and Household Services. The general objective of the Project is to identify and exchange Good Practices regarding the policies and actions in the sector of Personal and Household Services carried out by local, regional or national Governments of the countries involved in the project as a way to define a Policies and Actions Proposal to encourage the efficiency of these services and to contribute trough the creation of new jobs to the objectives of European 2020 Strategy.The project will define a Policies and Actions Proposal to be carried out by governments in order to improve the efficiency of the PHS Sector. To facilitate the adoption of this Proposal, the project will define an Implementation Methodology to follow. The results of the research and analysis will be gathered in the publication PHS Research and Proposals Guide. There will be a wide dissemination of this Guide, in order to guarantee the transference of the results of the project and, therefore, contribute to the introduction of policies and actions to increase the efficiency in the PHS Sector.


EIforFM (Employmee Involvement in Facility Management Enterprises) is a PROGRESS Project whose aim is to  promote activities designed to explore and prepare the establishment of a European Society (SE) or a European Cooperative Society (SCE) in the service sector, and in particular with the involvement of companies active in the field of Facility Management (FM). The specific focus will be on the necessary arrangement to establish structures and procedures for workers information, consultation and participation in the context of such new European Society or a European Cooperative Society. A specific focus, given the nature of the partner organizations involved (companies established in five different countries and all engaged in the sector of Facility Management, that representing both cooperatives and private companies) will be on legislation and practice in worker cooperatives, and on the implementation of the related European directives.


The project aims at establishing and testing a strategy for cooperation between public and private funding for the development of specific local/regional financial tools supporting social enterprises. A model/guideline for cooperation at EU level will be elaborated, involving ethical financing players, representatives of the beneficiaries and public authorities, and it will then be tested at local level in two regions, Puglia in Italy and Västra Götaland in Sweden.

MESSE is an INTERREG IVC project seeking to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies for economic growth and quality of social entrepreneurs in Europe. DIESIS carried out a research in all nine project regions (Veneto Region/Italy, Region of Attica/Greece, Hannover/Germany, Andalusia/Spain, Romania, Hampshire/UK, Sofia/Bulgaria, Hungary, East Sweden Region/ Sweden) on the features of social entrepreneurship (legal information, funding, marketplaces, education and networks and/or umbrella organisations).


AGROECVET project aims to activate and implement ECVET in the European agricultural sector. Such a system would encourage mobility amongst employees and would encourage exchanges of best practices. Increased European mobility would result in a better skilled and highly experienced workforce rendering positive results for the competitiveness of the EU's agricultural sector. The project brings together various actors within the field of education and the agricultural industry. The project partners include VET providers, enterprises, social partners and non-profit associations operating in the agricultural sector, and also public authorities having legislative competence on agriculture and on VET. It is expected enhance mobility of agricultural workers; generating new opportunities for farmers to take up training programs, attend training periods abroad, and pursue new opportunities.


A4I was a European project that aimed at enhancing the services and assistance to third-country nationals provided by organisations of the civil society establishing a trade union / social enterprises transnational network providing services and facilities for integration of third country nationals. In particular, the project set up a trade union/social enterprises transnational network for ‘assistance for integration’ (A4I) of third-country nationals and a pilot action based on transnational partnership between trade unions and their associations of migrants located in 6 countries. The A4I project addresses as well the issue of entrepreneurship as a means of integration. For that reason, organisations of the social economy were associated to the project. Representatives of associations of social enterprises took part in all phases of the project enriching integration facilities with element that may be of use to migrant entrepreneurs or migrants who wish to start an enterprise. More precisely, within the context of A4I Project, DIESIS supported the work of ISCOS CISL to better fulfil its tasks in the development of the research and trainings of the A4I project, bringing the Social economy perspective. 


The "Facility Management" constitutes an important economic sector in European countries, with a significant occupational relevance. In this sector, qualifications are often not clearly defined in terms of learning outcomes but also frequently regulated, in terms of access to the training and qualification opportunities, in a way that, in fact, is very limiting as regards mobility beyond the VET systems "borders". The concrete implementation and use of the ECVET principles allows, as demonstrated by several previous LdVToI and DoI project (cfr., Highlight the Competences, Certified VET Safety Trainers, etc.) that transparency and recognition of learning outcomes and qualifications can be ensured beyond these VET systems "borders". Thus, this project aims to put in transparency and recognise the learning outcomes characterizing facility management professions, applying and implementing European tools and frameworks EQF and ECVET, through the preparation, organization and ensuring of transfer of methods, guidelines and associated tools aiming at the implementation and use of ECVET principles experimented within the LdVToI and DoI project which have concretely started the ECVET process.


The project intends apply and ensure the people working or learning in tourism sector the possibility to obtain the recognition of learning outcomes characterizing the "heritage interpretation" activities and the qualification of "European Heritage Interpreter". The project aims to apply the principles of the European Qualification Framework - EQF and of the European System of Credits for Vocational Education and Training - ECVET for the benefit of such persons, defining and formalising at European level the characteristic learning outcomes and the qualification in order to permit acquisition, transparency, evaluation, accreditation and certification of them through the borders of territories, sectors and VET systems.

TransCSR aims at the transparency and acknowledgement of CSR skills in the tourism sector of at least six European countries using the tools of the ECVET system (European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training) and the EQF (European Qualification Framework).  As a result of the project transparency on the basis of the ECVET system will ultimately valorise all kind of professional CSR qualifications on the labour market on local, regional, national and European level. Obstacles to mobility of tourism professionals are therefore removed, employability increases, and the shortage of skilled professionals in regards to CSR declines.

BENISI project seeks to build a Europe-wide network of networks of incubators for social innovation. This network will proactively identify at least 300 social innovations that are identified with high potential for scaling successfully, and ensure the delivery of necessary support services to those social innovations. The project is led by I-propeller and the partnership includes DIESIS, several Hubs (Milan, Vienna, Amsterdam, Bucharest, London, Stockholm) the European Regional Authorities Development Agency (EURADA), Cariplo Foundation and the European Network of Foundations of Social Economy (PEFONDES). DIESIS is in charge of leading the WP5 – scaling up strategies. It will also take a specific role in looking after the scaling strategies of social enterprises and NGOs.

COMETA Evolution was an LLP project whose aim was to develop and test an agreement based upon ECVET for mutual acknowledgment of credits among partner organisations. COMETA focused on geographical mobility (between partner countries and within regions in the same country) but also on professional mobility between different professional profiles of the social sector, i.e. from child care to elderly or disabled care. It identified a set of soft skills common to a cluster of social profession and development of tools and means for mutual recognition. DIESIS was a partner in the project and carried out research and dissemination activities.


“Health Tourism: An ECVET process to put in transparency and recognise across Europe the learning outcomes and the qualifications of the professional figures in the health tourism sector” (2012-2014)
ECVET - HEALTH-TOURISM project aims to put in transparency and recognise across Europe the learning outcomes and the qualifications of the professional figures in the health tourism sector. Its activities enhance the mobility of health tourism professionals, contributing to the emergence of generally accepted qualifications and training standards. The partnership consists of VET providers, enterprises and non-profit associations operating in several EU countries (BE, HU, IT, RO and SL). http://www.ecvet-healthtourism.eu/


The main purpose of the project is to provide support to public authorities in the Czech Republic in implementing social entrepreneurship by the means of TESSEA (Thematic network for Social entrepreneurship) activities based on sharing experience and knowledge with transnational partners. Project objectives are the transfer of know-how from the partners, its application for the Czech public administration, dissemination of know-how among TESSEA members and providing support to TESSEA members and to the Club of Social Entrepreneurs.

The project is led by P3 – People, Planet, Profit, o.p.s., a Czech NGO focused on social entrepreneurship. Other partners are FISE from Poland and Network for Europe from UK.

The project is funded from the Operational programme Human Resources and Employment and the State budget of the Czech Republic.


SEN project seeks to build the capacity of the actors who form part of the ESF system to achieve the objectives of the ESF and of the Europe 2020 strategy. More specifically it seeks to equip them to promote and implement projects involving social entrepreneurship, social enterprises and the social economy. The partners comprise ESF Managing Authorities and intermediate bodies from nine EU Member States and regions (PL, UK – England and Scotland, IT – Trentino and Lombardy, BE Flanders, CZ, GR, CY, SE and FI), together with representative or service organisations from the social economy. DIESIS acts as project facilitator. www.socialeconomy.pl


The aim of the project is to explore social business as a possible ground for sustainable inclusive and yet innovative and profitable growth on the ground of social dialogue, from which all the community can benefit. The main output of the project will be a study aiming at deepening knowledge about social market economy, social business and social enterprises, mapping labour and employment conditions in social market economy, social business and social enterprises and identifying present and possible paths to social dialogue. The partnership, coordinated by DIESIS, includes both employer and trade union organization, and both at national and at European level.


SCEr project intends to provide a contribution in terms of knowledge and awareness on the phenomenon of the European Cooperative Societies and in particular on the role that employee involvement plays in the transnationalisation of the activities in the specific 'cooperative'. Updated information on the implementation of the SCE legislation will be spread among the partner organisations and a wider public involved in the on-going debate. The project brings together partners of different nature: employers' organisations, confederations of cooperatives, research centres and trade unions, both from European level and national level (France, Italy, Spain). DIESIS as Lead applicant manages all the different activities foreseen within the project.


S-DEED project wants to analyse and point out factors of success resulting from social dialogue practices that have provided answers to these three main challenges within a context of economic democracy. Nonetheless, its aim goes beyond the collection of good practices, as it also aims to spread good practices to a larger public, together with a set of conclusions selecting factors of success and policy options. In particular, the project wants to offer social partners and local administrations inputs on how to improve the quality of human capital in their area improving employability, encouraging entrepreneurship or making their companies better equipped to a sustainable development in highly competitive markets. The partnership is composed by trade unions, business representative organisations, research institutes and technical organisations both at EU and national level (Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom). DIESIS cooperates in the coordination of the studies and is in charge of the Monitoring and Evaluation System (EMS).

The SUPERHUB project aims at realizing a new services mobility framework supporting an integrated and eco-efficient use of multi-modal mobility systems in an urban setting.

SUPERHUB provides a user-centric, integrated approach to multi-modal smart urban mobility systems, through an open platform able to consider in real time various mobility offers and provide a set of mobility services able to address user needs, promote user participation and to foster environmental friendly and energy–efficient behavioural changes. Moreover, the take-up of virtuous behaviours, characterized by a reduced environmental footprint, is also facilitated by the SUPERHUB open platform matchmaking and negotiation capabilities between (public-private) providers and consumers of mobility offers and by the use of persuasive technologies to achieve wide adoption of results. The partnerships includes public and private actors from many EU countries (IT, UK, FI, ES, CZ, FR, BE). Diesis is in charge of the coordination of the Advisory Board, as well as the dissemination and exploitation of results and activities.


The project partners (VET providers, enterprises and non profit associations operating in the field of nature-based tourism) work together to put in transparency and recognise the learning outcomes characterising the nature-based tourism professions, applying and implementing the European tools and frameworks EQF and ECVET. This project brings together partners from Italy, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Latvia and Spain.

DIESIS is responsible for WP 8 with focus on dissemination. DIESIS is involved in different activities and in the dissemination of results.

SD.COOP.COMM was the first project aiming at exploring industrial relations and promoting social dialogue involving trade unions and consumer's and retailers' cooperatives in the European Union. The project enjoyed a large and qualified partnership composed by Trade unions federations, Trade unions, Co-operative representative organisations and Technical Organisations from several EU Countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia). DIESIS was in charge of the organisation of the studies, as well as providing research and technical assistance.


The project aimed to boost active women in SMEs and innovative practices for the promotion of the figure of the co-entrepreneur woman in European SMEs and in industrial relations. The project brought together key stakeholders and experts on this theme such as trade unions, research centres, social economy organisations at European and national level (Italy, Spain, France). The partnership analysed national collective agreements focusing on three components: 1) innovative forms of access to leadership positions 2) training 3 ) and the reconciliation of private / professional life. Partners conducted a cross-national study (including best practices, recommendations) on "Active women in SMEs: promoting women co-entrepreneur role in SMEs".


The network, composed by ESF managing autorities of different EU countries and regions (PL, CZ, IT Lombardy, BE Flanders, FI, UK England, SE), facilitated exchanges of experiences and knowledge at European level between countries that have already implemented a clear policy toward the sector of social economy and the new countries operating in this field. The network's goal was to focus on the instruments - known and widespread in advanced countries - which needed to be developed and improved.

The network was also an opportunity to develop common solutions and recommendations at the EU level in the fields of finance, public procurement and Public Social Partnerships, social services of general interest, social franchising and social added value.

DIESIS conducted a preparatory study, acted as network facilitator and redacted the network final publication "A better future - Results of the BFSE network".


The project verified in which terms the information and consultation of employees enhanced social dialogue in SMEs in the aftermath of the crisis in order to encourage the spreading of innovative practices. More specifically, the project realised a study based on specific companies' cases in Europe. The partnership was composed by 27 organisations from 10 EU Countries and 4 EU umbrella organisations. Diesis supported the management of the project and was in charge of the evaluation, organisation of transnational activities and events.

The aim of the European project 'Access to Rights and Civil Dialogue for All' was to examine how European Union (EU) citizens residing in an EU member State other than their own participate in the democratic life of their country of residence and of the EU as a whole. Furthermore, the project aimed at increasing the information available to European citizens residing in a member state other than their own, provide them with incentives to vote and stand in municipal and European elections, and raise awareness about fundamental rights and the fight against racism and xenophobia. Moreover, as the presence of women in key political decision-making positions is often low, the project seeks to address the cross-cutting issue of the need to strengthen the participation of women's associations of EU citizens residing in member states other than their own.

This project was developed in 5 different countries, examining the living conditions of the larger EU migrant's communities in each country.

In order to meet these goals, a comparative study was undertaken. The study is a comparison of national studies that were conducted in the member states involved in the project. Each of these national studies focused on a specific migrant community: Portuguese migrants living in France, Polish migrants living in Belgium, Bulgarian migrants living in Greece and Romanian migrants living in Italy and Spain.

In this context, Diesis was in charge of the coordination of the comparative study and of the drafting of the Training curricula based on specific workshop on participative democracy for associations of EU citizens residing in another Member State than their own. Furthermore, Diesis was in charge of the Evaluation and Monitoring System (EMS).

Promoted by Legacoop Servizi, the main goal of this project was to establish a concrete plan to create a ECS among companies from 3 countries (France, Spain, Italy) in the service sector. Activities resulted in a public European seminar and four national workshops, in the production of training modules and studies to improve the level of information, consultation and participation of employees, particularly by improving the implementation of European Directive 2002/14 and Directive 2005/56. Diesis supervised the research and organised transnational activities.

The project aimed at supporting the inclusion of employee financial participation (EFP) in the EU policy agenda in response to the most pressing EU challenges. A large partnership identified best practices to improve policy making and policy implementation while at the same time monitoring and reporting on Member State progresses in promoting EFP. The project established a network that promotes Financial Participation of Employees and spreads knowledge of European policies, mechanism of PRO EFP. Documents related to this issue are online (www.proefp.eu) and available to a large public. A series of 9 national workshops as well as 3 day conferences called "the week of Financial Participation" have been held. The project involved key EU and national stakeholders, social partners and institutions to promote a culture of social dialogue, partnership in a context of economic democracy. To this end the project directly contributed to the implementation of the Open Method of Co-ordination (OMC). DIESIS was the project coordinator.


The project focused on entrepreneurial restructuring and anticipation in worker and social cooperatives and other employee-owned enterprises (cooperativisation of enterprises in crisis, entrepreneurial projects linked to the modernisation of the products or processes, R&D, foresight initiatives etc). Countries involved in the project were Italy, Spain and France. The project was led by CECOP with the support of DIESIS and Soficatra. Its main result was a book on "Beyond the Crisis: Cooperatives, Work, Finance. Generating Wealth for the Long Term".

The project aimed at implementing at EU level the concept of corporate social responsibility in companies working in the tourism sector, based on a common methodology and communication strategy. Furthermore, it encouraged sharing financial tools and best practices for responsible tourism and competitive SMEs.

This project brought together several organizations working in the field of responsible tourism, namely CISET (Italy), Kate (Germany), Cospe (Italy), Diesis (Belgium), CISV (Italy) and Quidamtur (Spain).

The project VALID-INFO focused on some specific types of competences/skills based on non-formal and informal training such as "ethic" competences and "relational" competences.

Its main aim was to transfer and adapt a set of standards (model) for validation of non-formal and informal learning from other Member states to the Communauté Française de Belgique (CFWB) and to create a a guide for the recognition and the certification of the competences acquired by non-formal and informal training. The partnership included training institutes from Italy, Germany, Belgium and Poland. It was coordinated by PLS with the support of DIESIS, which also handled the evaluation and drafting of the final guide (a vademecum containing "Guidelines, advices, instruments and paths for the mapping, evaluation and valorisation of competences gained through non-formal and informal learning").


The purpose of ONE was to create a flexible and free of charge software environment allowing the formation of contract agreements in order to supply complex and integrated services as a virtual organisation (or coalition). The consortium included research centres, universities, IT SMEs, facility management companies from different countries (IT, UK, IE, ES, BE, RO, CH). DIESIS together with Italian and French Cooperatives adapted the business negotiation model to the needs of co-operative enterprises and made an "on line" test and disseminated the tool in the co-operative world.

The project focused on the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion. It aimed at promoting awareness of the OMC, discuss its impact in the three participating countries (BE, BG and RO) and explore ways to strengthen it. The project was coordinated by PLS with the support of DIESIS, which also realised the evaluation and the final publication ("Social Inclusion and the Open Method of Coordination: Issues and Prospects").

SCEW was a transnational cooperation project aiming at promoting the exchange of information and good practices aimed at creating favourable conditions for setting up information, consultation and participation structures within social cooperatives. The project, led by the Polish organization NAUWC (National Auditing Union of Workers' Co-operatives) had as partners both in Eastern (PL, BG, CZ) and Western (IT, FR) countries in order to favour transfer of knowledge. European cooperative organisations and trade unions provided a relevant contribution. Diesis contribution, in support of the project leader, consisted in the coordination of the final publication and the evaluation of good practices.

This project had the specific objective to recommend to companies relevant practices and tools aiming at promoting diversity in companies, considering national and/or regional particularities including the way CSR is perceived in the companies of their country/region.

The project associates several types of partners coming from Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Romania. The project was coordinated by PLS with the support of DIESIS for what concern the Italian and Spanish partners. Furthermore DIESIS was in charge of the evaluation.


The project was conceived in the framework of the implementation of European directives concerning information, consultation and participation of workers, in particular the Directive 2002/14 and Directive 2005/56. It focused on improving the level of information, consultation and employee involvement in worker cooperatives. Through various activities - such as a European conference, three national training and information workshops and an Internet portal - the project aimed also at promoting exchanges to facilitate and foster the creation of new European Cooperative Societies. It involved partners from Italy, France and Spain. DIESIS coordinated the project with Legacoop.

The project "RES en Coopérative" was conceived in the light of the French government decision to promote the setting up of new legal and financial instruments boosting the transfer of businesses. The project was divided in 4 actions: Action 1-Permanent implementation of the Proficiency, Intelligence and Documentation Center (national action); Action 2- Promotion of the Transnational Workgroup, in collaboration with the European Confederation of Co-operatives and Worker-Owned Enterprises (CECOP) (transnational action); Action 3 – Employees information and awareness-raising concerning the employee buy-out in co-operative as employment solution (national action); Action 4 : national and European Communication about "RES en Coopérative" (transnational action). The transnational Working group contributed to the improvement of mutual knowledge concerning business' transfer and recovering into co-operative companies in the European context. The partnership was composed by CGSCOP (French Federation of Workers' Co-operatives), European Confederation of Co-operatives and Worker-Owned Enterprises (CECOP), DIESIS, Confesal, Coceta as well as national French and Spanish trade unions. Transnational exchanges highlighted the added value that transformation in cooperatives and worker-owned enterprises can provide to employees jobs progress. In this framework, a guide of good transnational practices (En, It, Es) was realised by Diesis.

The project aimed at analysing the role of WISEs (work integration social enterprises) in promoting social inclusion and the relevance and role they play within National Action Plans (NAPs) for inclusion, NAPs for employment and Structural funds Operational Programmes (Ops). It involved 8 countries (Austria, Belgium Finland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania and Spain) and several European networks (CECOP, EAPN, EMES). DIESIS coordinated the Progress project led by CGM. 8 cross-cutting national reports and European guidelines "A WISE way of working - Work Integration Social Enterprises and their role in European Policies - Guidelines for European policy makers were published at the end of the project (www.wiseproject.eu).

The main goal of this project was to contribute to initiate a social dialogue at the European level on active ageing between trade unions and social partners of the social economy. The project involved European and national partners from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy (CGIL, CISL and LEGACOOP) and Spain (CGIL, CISL, ICOSI, LEGACOOP, PODKREPA,) and had the support of CECOP and ETUC. DIESIS coordinates the project AGEIN promoted by CONFESAL and contributed in the final publication "Social dialogue as a tool to fight against age discrimination in employment".

The project reached the objective to set up a joint monitoring committee made up of ETUC and CECOP in order to: 1) Identify, monitor and follow up the establishment of SCEs and the implementation of their structure of information, consultation and participation of workers, 2) Supervise the practices related to information, consultation and participation of workers in national worker cooperatives in the European union at large; 3) draft and disseminate a systematic study of systems of information, consultation and participation of workers in worker cooperatives in different member States in application of Directive 2002/14/CE. 4) draft and disseminate a study of best practices in worker cooperatives concerning the existing systems of information, consultation and participation of workers, training systems aimed at promoting them. The final publication "The involvement of workers in worker cooperatives, social cooperatives and other worker-owned enterprises in Europe" was published in several EU languages.

DIESIS collaborated in the project led by CECOP with the support of ETUC. It also contributed to the formulation and dissemination of a common ETUC-CECOP opinion defining the standards of worker information, consultation and participation within SCEs.

This project aimed to enhance the active participation, involvement and contribution of women to the growth and development of the Palestinian economy and society through the provision of an integrated training program that combines personal empowerment, vocational training and skill enhancement. Further, the project strove to promote the cause of peace in the region by fostering the sharing of practical knowledge and experience and direct economic cooperation between Palestinian, Israeli and Italian women. DIESIS provided support and training to Israeli and Palestinian organisations.

The project, funded by DG Employment, with the participation of ANCST LEGACOOP, CGSCOP, CONFESAL, COCETA and CECOP, aimed at preparing the implementation of the regulation on the creation of the European Cooperative Society. It involved the main workers' cooperative organisations in Europe and its umbrella body CECOP. DIESIS supported Legacoop in the coordination of the project.

The project, which joined together local partners such as the "Maison de l'Emploi et de la Formation de Cherbourg" in France and INFORCOOP in Italy and transnational networks (CECOP, RETIS and DIESIS), aimed to collect good practices from the European Employment Strategy to facilitate their transfer and implementation to new member States.

The project was funded under the Call for Proposals VP/2005/011. The project coordinator was REIIES (Réseau Européen d'Initiatives et d'Intégration Economique et Sociale).

The project aimed to create a support for professionals who work in the field of adult education (and mainly with parents of children in early ages) by helping parents in the exercise of "Active Citizenship" for the promotion of children rights.

Coordinated by CO & SO (territorial consortium CGM), the project involves the creation of training/teaching modules for trainers professionals in the field of promoting active citizenship among children and youngsters. DIESIS provided expertise at EU level and organised a transnational workshop.

The goal of the project Work without borders was twofold: firstly, facilitate the matching between labour demand of specialized nurses in Italian northern regions and job supply of Polish nurses and, secondly, promote exchanges between Italian and Polish cooperative organizations (CGM and ZLSP respectively). The latter through the transfer of good practices from Italian to Polish partners that join ZLSP and operate in the social and health care sector. In particular, training, consultancy, and tutorship activities have been addressed to Polish cooperative managers. DIESIS coordinated the transnational work. The methodology adopted has been that of the twin-practice, according to which an Italian consortium or cooperative "adopts" a Polish cooperative or cooperative group.

The project, coordinated by Inforcoop in the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci programme, foresaw the identification of the key skills of the manager of small and medium-size co-operatives and the set up of on-line training modules. It involved partners from Italy, Sweden and France. DIESIS coordinated the transnational work.

The project, coordinated by CECOP in collaboration with ENSIE and EMES in the framework of the EU programme on the fight against social exclusion, analysed different models and good practices of work integration in 12 EU countries. 12 national papers were published and several dissemination seminars were organised. DIESIS supported the transnational coordination.

The project, coordinated by Inforcoop involves as partners DIESIS, IFGT Adapep (French training institute) and the Czech Federation of Co-operatives. It analysed the skills of the "planner of EU projects" , created flexible training modules and tested a virtual community of Eu project planners from different Member States.

The project, funded by DG Environment and coordinated by DIESIS, involved 9 countries (Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, UK, France, Greece, Denmark, Spain, Germany). The project aimed at developing social enterprises in the recycling sector. A research and a broad dissemination of social enterprises good practices aimed at sensibilising public and private actors on the role and potential of social enterprises in the recycling sector and at identifying new forms of partnerships and joint-ventures among local authorities, social and private enterprises.