Below is a list of the projects in which UEAPME is involved at the moment.
SBS - Small Business Standards
SBS is a European non-profit association (aisbl) established with the support of the European Commission to represent European SMEs in the standard making process at European and international levels. The SBS goal is to represent and defend SME interests in the standardisation process at European and international level. Moreover, it aims at raising SME awareness about the benefits of standards and at encouraging them to get involved in the standardisation process.
SBS was created to meet the European Union’s aspiration to make the standardisation system as inclusive, transparent and open as possible. This aspiration is well enshrined in the European Regulation 1025/2012 on the European Standardisation System. Acknowledging shortcomings and challenges in the system, this fundamental piece of legislation recognises the necessary role of public authorities in supporting SMEs in the standard making process. This support is concretely presented by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry with a co-financing grant for the actions taken by SBS.
QA HiVET: Promoting and Implementing European Principles of Quality Assurance in Higher Vocational Education and Training
For several years the EU Institutions have stressed the importance of vocational education and training (VET) for the employability of (young) people and the economic competitiveness and growth as well as for promoting social cohesion. In many countries strategies to foster VET focus, however, largely on initial VET. Higher VET leading to qualifications on European Qualifications Framework levels 5 to 8, are often neglected or underestimated. Though Quali-ty Assurance mechanisms are in place in HiVET as well, there are no European reference guidelines, nor mechanisms uniformly defined at national levels. The absence of such com-mon QA guidelines has become evident during the implementation of national qualifications frameworks. As a consequence HiVET qualifications are often underrated, i.e. there is no parity of esteem between qualifications from the higher academic education and the HiVET.
The main objective of the QA HiVET is to promote parity of esteem between these two edu-cational pillars by defining “European Guidelines and Principles on Quality Assurance in Higher VET”. It should serve as a European reference for all HiVET providers and qualifica-tion awarding bodies. In order to strengthen the cooperation among these institutions, a “Eu-ropean Network on Quality Assurance in Higher VET” should be established that keeps the subject matter on the political agenda also beyond the project and develop the guidelines fur-ther.
A partnership of six organisations has been formed to meet the objectives of this project. Five national organisations from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Greece as well as UEAPME.
TOSCA (Total Operation Management for Safety Critical Activities) is concerned with the integration of industrial operations into a total performance management system so that concerns about safety, quality and productivity are addressed in an integrated way during life-cycle of a project or a product. The industrial domain of application regards process control industries (e.g., chemical industries, power generation, offshore oil & gas platforms, etc.) that may vary in size, regulatory and cultural aspects. TOSCA will examine vulnerabilities of the technical, human and organizational systems that may have an impact in safety, quality and productivity. Safety critical activities can be seen as ‘projects’ or ‘safety cases’ that must be examined from the perspectives of many stakeholders (e.g., different departments, subcontractors, regulatory authorities, etc) and decision-making at different organizational levels (e.g., top managers, supervisors and operators). A participative approach is required that should collect knowledge from the sharp-end operators and integrate it with formal descriptions of how the system works and how responses should be coordinated across the whole organisation. Furthermore, TOSCA should enhance the management of changes and provide a facility for testing out the effectiveness of the possible action plan devised.
The CloudingSMEs support action is a joint effort of SME Associations, SMEs and clouding computing experts, which will act as a catalyst for the accelerated and successful adoption of cloud computing by European SMEs. The project will undertake a comprehensive approach to cloud computing by SMEs, which will consider the needs of both the supply side (i.e. innovative ICT SMEs with expertise on cloud computing) and the demand side (i.e. use of the cloud by SMEs). The project will specify a vision for the optimal adoption and use of cloud computing within SME communities, along with a set of road maps to accomplish this vision.
East Invest 2
The East Invest 2 project, implemented by a consortium of UEAPME and Eurochambres, aims to increase the capacity of the SME associations in the EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine) to take an active role in promoting a conducive business environment. It will improve the participation of SMEs in the public private dialogue, supports the participation of SMEs in the DCFTA (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area) and facilitates long-term partnerships between Business Organisations as well as SMEs from the EU and the EaP countries.
The following activities are carried out in the framework of the project:
- Twinning between Business Support Organisations from the Eastern Partnership countries and the EU with a duration of max. 24 months
- BSO Academies for representatives of Business Support Organisations (BSO) from the Eastern Partnership Countries
- Short Term Exchange between EU and EaP Business Support Organisations
- SME Academies offering training directly to SMEs in the Eastern Partnership countries
- Public Private Dialogue National Action Plan for each of the Eastern Partnership countries
Contact: Doris Rabetge
The overall aim of the PROMISLingua Pilot project is the translation, localisation and implementation of the existing PROMIS® online service (at the moment available in English, German and Italian) in additional six languages and markets (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Greek, Romanian, Hungarian). The project aims at shortening the time-to-market of PROMIS® and delivering a cost-efficient and easy-to-use Internet based service for Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHE-Q) management via multilingual translation and innovative support services to SMEs.
Contact: Lorenzo Accardo
The PEGASE project aims to strengthen the capacity of 11 Crafts and SME organisations members of UEAPME in 7 “new” Member States and in 2 candidate countries by supporting their active participation in the European Social Dialogue.
The main achievement should be a) a clearer understanding of procedures and decision making process in the EU Social Dialogue by national organisations, b) tailor made information for small and micro enterprises and c) higher capacity to formulate the interests of small and micro enterprises in the ESD agenda.
Please visit www.ueapme.com/pegase/ for more information.
"RACE networkRFID" project
Race networkRFID is designed to become a federating platform to the benefit of all European Stakeholders in the development, adoption and usage of RFID.
The network considers its mission is to creates opportunities and increases the competitiveness of European Member States in the area of RFID thought leadership, development and implementation. At the same time it will position RFID technology within the mainstream of information and communications technology (ICT).
Contact: Lorenzo Accardo
"EuroApprenticeship" aims to increase the mobility of apprentices in Europe. It will create a “network of mobility networks” to link expertise and resources, spread coverage and develop services, in particular through a web-based platform. The goal of the project is to make placement abroad a realistic and feasible option for apprentices and other young persons in alternate vocational education and training (VET) in all EU Member States. Besides the network and the web platform, which is online as of today, project partners will provide a “toolbox” of best practices, set up a “European Observatory on Learning Mobility in VET” and promote apprentices’ mobility by increasing its visibility and by creating a label. The project, which is led by our French member APCMA under the political coordination of UEAPME, is co-funded by the Commission and is scheduled to run until December 2012.
STARTENT- Fostering Business-University Partnerships for Entrepreneurship Education in Europe
The STARTENT project aims to contribute to develop the entrepreneurial culture of young people, and to improve entrepreneurship education in Europe. The success key of the project is the collaboration between representatives from the academia and from the business sector, which will share and combine their perspective and experience on how to make entrepreneurship education more effective in Europe. With a comprehensive set of actions, the STARTENT project addresses young people in general, would-be entrepreneurs, new entrepreneurs and academic and non-academic entrepreneurship educators. The project is co-funded by the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry under the call “Entrepreneurial culture of young people and entrepreneurship education”.
The main goal of RFID-ROI-SME is to boost the adoption of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology by wide SME communities, while at the same time creating business opportunities for innovative RFID solution providers within the EU. The aim is to demonstrate tangible benefits of RFID technology across many different sectors and business cases. These benefits will then be disseminated to wider SME communities in the form of case studies, best practices and blueprints. To this end, the project will integrate, deploy organize and coordinate 8 RFID pilots in 6 European countries (including 1 international pilot) covering different sectors.
SME Master Plus project
The project SME (Skilled-Mobile-European) MASTER Plus aims at implementing the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) in the formal training programmes of a Master Craftsperson in order to foster transparency and mobility in vocational education and training. The project covers four occupational fields, namely bakery, floristry, hairdressing and woodworking and will provide a learning outcome oriented description or so called “ECVET toolbox” of the master craftsperson qualification in five EU member states. The project partners are notably from Germany, France, Slovenia, Norway and Austria. The project has a duration of three years and runs until the end of 2011.
Project FLABEL (Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life) on nutritional labelling
This project is coordinated by EUFIC (European Council on Food Information). The aim of the project is to determine how food labels can help in understanding the role played by different foodstuffs in determining our health and well-being, as well as to give advice on a balanced diet. The project, which will last for 3 years, started in September 2008.
ASPIRE - Advanced Sensors and lightweight Programmable middleware for Innovative Rfid Enterprise applications
As of January 2008 UEAPME is a partner in ASPIRE, an EU founded research project that aims at making RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Devices) a less expensive and more accessible technology for SMEs.
The project will develop new software solutions for RFID that will be distributed to SMEs under open source and royalty free conditions. This will considerably lower the total cost of ownership of RFID for SMEs as they will no longer have to bear the costs for acquiring licences of software proprietary systems for RFID.
ASPIRE will develop its software adapted to typical SME-scenarios in the following sectors:
- Metallurgy and Machines
A detailed description of the project can be found here.