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Posted on: November 1st, 2017 by IRL

MICRO ERASMUS+ Project Partners meet in Malaga

Micro Project Partners meeting in 2017 – Maria Pettit & Siobhan Kinahan (IRL – Project Leaders) with, Maynooth University, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

When: Thursday  January 25th, 2018 – 9:00 to Friday January 26th – 17:00

Where: Malaga, Spain

Micro-enterprises (less that 10 employees) represent the vast majority of businesses (more than 95%) and employ around one third of the total EU workforce.  Particularly in rural areas micro-enterprises are the main source of employment yet are the most exposed to the economic management and competitiveness challenges. Micro-enterprises tend to remain ‘local’ seldom operating outside their national boundaries. But technological advances are offering new opportunities.

The idea behind MICRO is to develop and deploy Open Educational Resources (open and widely available training content and modules) targeted at micro and craft type enterprises in rural areas to foster their chances of growth and access to EU single market opportunities.  Ultimately this will enhance micro and craft type enterprise competitiveness by leveraging underutilised EU opportunities and promoting participation in the EU Single Market.  Studies (SMEs Going Digital EU Working Document (2013) and ICT usage in enterprises Eurostat (2013) show that micro-enterprises’ competitiveness is limited by their slow adoption of ICT tools: The European Commission DG Enterprise in Identification of Future Skills, Needs in Micro Enterprise and Craft Type Enterprise Up to 2020 (2011) urgently calls for the ‘development of tools and skills training structures with special focus on micro and craft type enterprises’… to empower them to fully participate in the EU Single Market’.

This is the focus of the MICRO project: The development of accessible EU wide training materials combining the skills and knowledge of project partners.

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Irish Rural Link Information Briefing on Rural Services

Irish Rural Link held an information briefing on services in rural areas for TD’s and Senators in Buswells Hotel, Dublin on Thursday 26th October. Representatives from Local Link (New name for Rural Transport Programme), Meals on Wheels and Mental Health Ireland along with Irish Rural Link’s ‘Getting Citizens Online’ Coordinator and Local Public Banking were present on the day. The aim of the day was to inform Dáil members about the services these groups provide in rural areas, the challenges and opportunities for these services.

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3rd European Rural Parliament

The 3rd European Rural Parliament is about to take place – October 18-21 in The Netherlands.

You can join the event through live-streaming!

This will be available during plenary sessions at the following times:
Thursday October 19 – 9.00 – 10.30 CET
Friday October 20 – 8.45 – 13.00 CET

Saturday October 21 – 9.00 – 15.00 CET
Simply click on the following link to open the live streaming:
https://www.youtube.com/chann…/UCzhiOXPCQbv2wm2fO6zn5ow/live

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Irish Rural Link presented to the Oireachtas Finance Committee along with SBFIC Germany on the 12th October 2017 on a Local Public Banking Model in Ireland. The model proposed is similar to the German Sparkassen Model.

A copy of Seamus Boland’s (CEO Irish Rural Link) and Niclaus Bergmann (SBFIC) opening statements are available

Seamus Boland Opening Statement

Niclaus Bergmann Opening Statement

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Care and Solidarity in the Community,  Garden Party hosted by President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin on Friday 30th June.

President Michael D. Higgins Speech 30 June 2017

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Irish Rural Link Annual Conference 2017

Pictured Minister Denis Naughten with Speakers, Patricia Callan SFA, Christine Charlton LEO Westmeath, Harald Felzen Sparkassen SBFIC, Dr. Michael Brougham Enterprise Ireland, Michael Kenny NUIM and Micro Project. Also pictured Billy Murphy, Chair of Irish Rural Link and Pat Spillane Ambassador for Action Plan for Rural Development.

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