EU budget future

Members of EU Parliament agree on rules for future regional and cohesion funding

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New rules for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Funds (CF) were approved on 14 February 2019 by the Regional Development Committee and will be applied in the context of the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027. The updated rules aim to strengthen the EU’s economic, social and territorial cohesion policy. They will cover all regions, with special focus on less developed communities, urban and outermost regions and, as rapporteur Andrea Cozzolino highlighted, “for the first time, a minimum of 5% could also be allocated to small villages and rural areas which were hit hard by the crisis.”

Countries Minimum % of resources at national level for

“smarter Europe”

Minimum % of resources at national level for

“greener Europe”

More developed regions

(GDP per capita above 100% of average EU GDP)

50% 30%
Transitions regions

(GDP per capita between 75-100% of average EU GDP)

40% 30%
Less developed regions

(GDP per capita below 75% of average EU GDP)

30% 30%

Members of EU Parliament said that the significant part of the ERDF should be spent on smart growth and the green economy, while the Cohesion Funds should continue to focus on investment in environmental and transport infrastructure. Regions should spend at least 30% to 50% of the funding received on a smart, innovative Europe and, on the fight against climate change and for the circular economy, every region has to invest at least 30% to achieve these crucial goals. More information can be found here.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cover all regions, concentrate most money on vulnerable areas
  • Focus more on sustainable urban development and accommodate special needs of outermost regions
  • Increase funding dedicated to climate objectives
STARTS Residencies

STARTS Residencies

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STARTS (Science, Technology & the Arts) is an initiative of the European Commission, launched under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Its purpose is to support collaborations between artists, scientists, engineers and researchers to develop more creative, inclusive, and sustainable technologies. STARTS aims to profit from the creativity and the critical thinking of artists to reflect on novel uses of technology and allow technology to be more seamlessly integrated into society.

The STARTS Residencies programme aims to support and fund artistic residencies that bring original artistic contributions to technology-based projects. The starts residencies days will take place from March 27 to March 28 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The entrance is free. This event aims to showcase the results of this artistic residency programme, during two days the audience will be invited to:

  • Discover the residency projects and preliminary results, presented by the artists and the researchers involved in the second wave of residencies
  • Learn more about the art-tech journeys of the winners of the first call
  • Participate in an interactive performance
  • Reflect on participative design
  • Get inspired by heads of institutions and communities’ thoughts on art&tech collaborations
  • Attend the official announcement of the 2019 laureates

More information here.

SERN is looking for a Junior Communication Officer!

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Startup Europe Regions Network is looking for a new talent to our unit to perform functions as a Junior Communication Officer.

Who are we looking for?

Highly motivated, detail-oriented and team spirited Junior Communication Officer to create and implement communication strategies. As our association expands, we are looking for someone who can promote our network, interact with the public and establish productive relationships with key stakeholders and policymakers. He/she will act as a key contact for our members and will be involved in increasing the visibility of the network online, including website content planning and social media activities. Ability to embrace a diversity of tasks is essential.

Are you able to demonstrate experience in….?

  • Communicating across various channels including face-to-face, with the ability to engage new members, startup association or SMEs
  • Working with European funded projects, including an ability to act as a spokesperson
  • Web service administration and social media knowledge, strong familiarity with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Managing data and databases of contacts (procuring, monitoring, evaluating and extracting data)
  • Strong understanding of and ability to navigate confidently on web-based technologies
  • Content creation for blogs and newsletters
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English and French (interview will include a test)
  • Ability to work flexibly, including occasional international short-term travels
  • Being an active internet user knowledge of relevant technology and services (CMS, Social media, Google Analytics…)

What will be your responsibilities?

  • Support and promote SERN’s goals, including message development, social media content creation and media outreach
  • Implement and manage email and social media marketing campaigns using different platforms
  • Build and maintain relationships with SERN members, journalists, bloggers, investors and customer audiences that will help advance our network
  • Manage EU projects where SERN is involved as partners and contribute to EU proposals preparation.
  • Engage new members, establish contact with association and other relevant stakeholders in Brussels and beyond.
  • Keep abreast of new social media sites, web technologies, and digital marketing trends; implement these new technologies in developing campaigns and update current campaigns to include new information
  • Regularly contribute to reporting activities, ensuring accurate recording of data
  • Co-organise events, meetings and large-scale conferences


  • Knowledge of the Brussels startups ecosystem
  • Knowledge and understanding of data protection and GDPR
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese language
  • Basic or intermediate knowledge of Photoshop and video editing would be a plus
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Marketing & Communication

Sounds good?

If so, send your CV in English till 04/03/2019, to If you pass the first selection phase, we will contact you! We are curious to discover your talent!


More information about the position is available here