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Employment, activity, equality, citizenship - development for all

AEIDL would like to contribute to helping citizens become actively involved in constructing a democratic Europe, open to the world, unified in its cultural diversity and benefiting from this diversity.

Established in the context of ELISE, the European network for the exchange of information on local employment, AEIDL is regularly involved in programmes, projects or missions involving, either directly or indirectly, employment, start-ups, socio-occupational integration, equal opportunities and citizenship.

Business start-ups in an urban or rural setting, the adaptation or development of business activities, the spreading of new technologies or new forms of work organisation, and interventions in support of young people, women, immigrants and other vulnerable groups are all topics with which the AEIDL team are familiar.

At the same time, AEIDL is also regularly involved in projects that aim to bring the concept of Europe closer to its citizens, encouraging interaction between citizens and civil society organisations and promoting dialogue between cultures.


#WeBuySocialEU is a project commissioned by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) to promote the use of social considerations in public procurement procedures. AEIDL is partnering with ICLEI.

The project has two main objectives:

The publication "Making socially responsible public procurement work – 71 good practice cases" is available here. 71 cases from 27 countries are presented in this collection, from 22 Member States plus 5 non-EU countries. As the application of SRPP varies across Member States, the cases range from entry-level/beginner level, through to intermediate and advanced. They address a diverse selection of products and services, as well as encompassing all aspects and phases of public procurement (including the pre and post-tendering phases) and a broad range of public buyers, ranging from local governments to central purchasing bodies and hospitals.

Sectors covered by this collection include: cleaning services; construction; food and catering services; furniture; gardening services; healthcare; information and communication technology; social services; textiles; plus transport, mobility and waste. You can read the individual fiches of the case studies, divided by sector, here.

Follow #WeBuySocialEU on social media to stay tuned! To know more, please contact Valentina Caimi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Partners: AEIDL and 11 other organisations across Europe
  • Duration: From July 2016

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Social Innovation Community (SIC) is a "network of networks" that builds on the work of Social Innovation Europe.

The network is financed by the European Commission (Horizon 2020) and managed by a consortium of 12 organisations across Europe, including AEIDL. It aims to reinforce and link the existing social innovation networks around the following themes: innovation in the public sector, digital social innovation, social economy, cities and regional development, collaborative economy, inclusive development and social innovation in the entrepreneurial sphere, and transversal social innovation areas.

  • Client: European Commission (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs)
  • Funding: DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Partners: Microfinance Centre (PL), Centre for Social Innovation (AT), Oxfam (IT), SPARK (NL), Adecco Training (IT), The Hague University of Applied Sciences (NL)
  • Duration: 01/2019 - 03/2021

Developing an innovative approach towards creating the appropriate ecosystem to support young migrants’ entrepreneurship through a combination of education and training, mentoring and access to finance is the aim of the Young Migrants Capacity Building (YMCB) project, lead by AEIDL.

Evidence shows that migrants are more likely to start businesses than their native-born peers (OECD, International Migration Outlook, 2011). For many migrants (both low and high-skilled), entrepreneurship is a strategy to overcome obstacles with regard to labour market integration and to upward social mobility.

Leading a consortium of seven partners, AEIDL started in January 2019 the implementation of the entrepreneurial Young Migrants Capacity Building (YMCB) project, funded by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs).

The project aims at creating a coordinated programme of action to provide young migrants with the means to develop their own business according to entrepreneurial knowledge made accessible through a journey of education and training, mentoring, networking and access to finances.

The approach will be tested in four target locations - Vienna (Austria), Brussels (Belgium), Florence (Italy), the Netherlands - with the aim to scaling up and replicating it in other territories. In addition, a Community of Practice of Young Migrant Entrepreneurs will be developed and enhanced within the project that will allow partners and organisations working with young migrants and targeted groups to exchange experience and lessons learned, improve their knowledge and scale up their good practices.

YMCB brings together seven partners actively working in the field of migrants’ entrepreneurship and business incubation for youth and social enterprises, more specifically the Microfinance Centre (Poland), the Centre for Social Innovation (Austria), Oxfam (Italy), SPARK (Netherlands), Adecco Training (Italy), The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands) and AEIDL.

  • Financing: Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)
  • Partners: 15 local organisations from 12 EU Member States and 5 EU-level partners
  • Duration: 2019-2022

AEIDL coordinates the cooperation between 15 partner organisations involved in MAX (Maximizing Migrants’ Contribution to Society), a European project that aims at changing public attitudes to migrants not only by seeking to convince rationally on the basis of facts and figures, but also acting on emotion through personal stories and face-to-face encounters between local citizens and newcomers.

Funded through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), MAX is bringing together 20 partners, that is 15 local organisations from 12 EU Member States (BE, CZ, DE, EE, EL, ES, FR, SI, IT, NL, PL and SE) and five EU-level partners, with the aim of strengthening - with innovative means and techniques - the existing fabric of networks and parties involved in providing a fairer and more accurate portrayal of migrants, focusing on the contribution they make to society, and providing the tools and guidelines to do so, in a flexible manner that can change over time according to needs.

AEIDL will lead and support its 15 local partner organisations to foster links between migrants and local citizens through models of local fora. Those are grassroots activities connecting third-countries nationals, local residents, public administration, organisations involved in migrant integration, local newspapers, and other stakeholders, to work on overcoming stereotypes and misconceptions and to analyse the evidence-based findings on the positive contribution of migrants to society in the European Union.

An award will be organised that will celebrate achievements by migrants and local citizens in various fields.

Research into the triggers of public opinion shifting in relations to migration, and the development of a frame for journalist training on solutions journalism in relations to reporting on migration will be two of the main axes of this initiative.

The project will be geared towards designing and implementing sustainable processes and tools, inspired by the concepts of social innovation and solutions journalism.

The BSI team intends to gather and share information about how the social aspects of the new public procurement directive 2014/24/EU can be implemented in practice across the EU member states.

If you think that a practice or call for tender you know meets some of the criteria below, please contact us.

  • Does the call foresee reserved contracts for economic operators whose aim is the social integration of disadvantaged workers?
  • Does the call include social considerations in award criteria?
  • Does the call include social considerations in contract performance clauses?
  • Does the call split the contract into small lots or envisage subcontracting, to allow social economy enterprises to bid?
  • Does the call include accessibility requirements?
  • Does the call use the best price-quality ratio as award criterion for social and health services?

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