Who’s behind this tool?
This tool was developed as part of the Europeanisation project which was initiated by emcra GmbH. Seven organisations from Germany, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary and Croatia combined their expertise to create the online self-assessment tool.
Four of them are experienced in the Europeanisation process and six are experienced in organisational development. All of them offer educational and training activities and share an interest in facilitating the Europeanisation process of their members or clients. All partners hold the view, based on experience, that opening up towards Europe improves the offer and performance of educational organisations. Under the coordination of emcra GmbH, the partners have participated equally in all project activities.
Details of the individual organisations are provided below.
emcra - Europa aktiv nutzen
emcra GmbH is a leading consulting and training company within the field of public, national and European funding and project management. emcra GmbH also supports the organisational development of organisations eager to “Europeanise” themselves.
Since 2002 emcra GmbH has indeed accompanied the Europeanisation process of public institutions, enterprises, foundations and associations and supported the development of their internationalisation strategies.
emcra GmbH is also a registered provider of education and is active in the sectors of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Adult Education. emcra raises the competencies of qualified professionals to succeed in national and European projects. Moreover, emcra offers training sessions on organisational development which apply the concept of “Institutional Readiness”.
The EU-Fundraising Association e.V. (EUFA) is a European oriented organisation that actively promotes European exchange. Registered as a non-profit organisation in 2010, the association is a fast growing network of more than 100 individuals and organisations.
One of the EUFA’s main concerns is European integration and the strengthening of European citizenship. Through its work, the EUFA seeks to encourage individuals and organisations to think and work in European terms. The EUFA, therefore, actively supports the professionalisation of European cooperation between stakeholders.
To this end, the EUFA helps to develop common quality standards for EU occupational activities. Amongst others, the EUFA is a certifying authority for seminars in the field of EU funding and EU projects and is co-author and initiator of the “Code of Ethics” for EU project management, developed together with 8 European partners from 8 countries.
The EUFA also conducts its own European projects and participates in European consortia.
European Center for Quality
European Center for Quality Ltd. (ECQ) is a consulting company founded in 2001. The company specialises in two spheres: the development and management of projects under different EU programmes and the development and implementation of international standards for quality management.
The company cooperates closely with foreign partners, including educational institutions and universities, qualification centres, non-governmental organisations, consulting companies, etc.
ECQ is experienced in training SME managers and employees in the application of different quality standards. Since it was established, ECQ Ltd. has also developed, implemented and/or supported the realisation of projects for more than 70 enterprises, more than 13 municipal projects and over 15 projects under the EU education programmes.
The Institute for Postgraduate Studies
The Institute for Postgraduate Studies (IPS) in Sofia was founded in 1990. The Institute operates as a division of the University for National and World Economy.
It delivers postgraduate training and vocational qualifications to 1100 Bulgarian and foreign students annually, spread between the seven training centres: the International Business Centre, the Politics and Law Centre; the Finance Accounting and Control Centre; the Management Skills Development Centre; the Quality Management Centre; the International Projects Centre and the Vocational Training Centre.
The IPS works with top and middle level managers in private and public sectors, entrepreneurs, public administration officers and experts in different social sectors, as well as individual learners.
The IPS has also participated in more than 30 EU projects as a coordinator or partner.
The Cyprus Project Management Society
The Cyprus Project Management Society (CPMS) is a non-profit organisation established in 2008 with the objective of promoting international project management standards, techniques and certifications in Cyprus and introducing the benefits that come with applying a project management culture to companies and to society in general.
The CPMS is the national association in Cyprus of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the most renowned project management federation of over 60 Member Associations (MAs) worldwide.
Furthermore, the CPMS has been an active partner in EU projects since 2012, contributing with its expertise in project management and planning, financial management and business standards (ISO). CPMS is also a multiplier for the Cypriot education and training sector.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Csongrád County
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Csongrád County (CSMKIK) encompasses nearly 1,500 enterprises from the fields of trade, industry, service and crafts, which together represent nearly 60% of the county’s economic power.
The role of the Chamber is to help its members by improving the entrepreneurial environment, providing economic analyses and forecasts, facilitating business relationships, coordinating vocational training and recommending and providing consultation about taxation and legal and other matters.
Furthermore, the Chamber hosts an Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) office and is thus connected to about 600 offices within the network (available in more than 50 countries) which are aimed at the internationalisation and Europeanisation of SMEs (particularly young enterprises).
Since 2011 the Chamber has also taken part in 13 EU projects.
German Association - Organisation of the Danube Swabians
The Organisation of the Danube Swabians is the Croatian member association of the German Association (GA). Founded in 1992, it has subsequently grown to be the biggest organisation in Croatia that represents the Austrian and German minority who have been settled in this area for centuries.
The German Association has been a member of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) since 2011, an umbrella organisation which represents the civil society of the autochthones, national minorities and regional or minority languages in Europe, and which is also a member of the Working Group of German minorities in Europe.
With its expertise and its experience in projects for minorities, GA was in charge of horizontal issues in the project “Europeanisation”, testing, for example, the validity of the online tool in the light of principles of non-discrimination.