A Portuguese partner joined our network !

We are glad to inform you that CEC network has a new Portuguese partner Ensinus based in Lisbon. 

ENSINUS ( is the managing body of a group of business organizations entirely dedicated to education at all levels, from pre-school education to higher education, including vocational and professional education.

Higher Education Institutions

ISG – Business & Economics School --

INP – Instituto Superior de Novas Profissões --

Pre-school, Vocational and Professional Education Institutions

Colégio de Alfragide --

Externato Marquês de Pombal

Externato Álvares Cabral --

Escola de Comércio de Lisboa --

Escola de Comércio do Porto --

Instituto de Educação Técnica --

Escola Profissional de Estudos Técnicos --

Instituto Nacional de aprendizagem e Ensino --

They have several European Projects going on – research and mobility as well. Their community (students and families, professors and staff) share the values of the international cooperation.

The contact person is Mrs Elisabete Lourenço,  Coordinator of the International Relations Service  mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Strood Community Project replaces HITC

HITC, our English partner is replaced since 1StOctober 2016 by STROOD COMMUNITY PROJECT (SCP), which you will find a presentation below. Paul Robinson is the CEO.


Strood Community Project is a charity and a limited company, standard structure for an NGO in United Kingdom. Their social solidarity enterprise (Strood Community Enterprise) operates two social shops.

The association counts 7 employees led by Paul Robinson and 40 volunteers. The enterprise works with 9 employees and 30 volunteers.


The motto of the association is "'Help our Neighbours to transform their Live'" and to do this offers a series of services such as assistance to employment, work with young people and elderly, housing, debt mediation, computer skills, supply of emergency food, defending victims interests facing justice...

The two social stores they opened are also an opportunity for vulnerable people to acquire employment skills. SCP also organizes free festive days for families not having the opportunity to go on holiday.


SCP differs from other organizations because it deals with people in a systemic way by taking all the needs of the person in charge. Each issue impacting on the other, there is no point to solve one without address them all.


SCP is a member of ADVICE UK, advice service and of CMA, association for independent debt advice providers. SCP was involved in many European projects. Paul Robinson meanwhile is active within CEC since 2000.

5th edition of the “DoyourMOB” event

The 5th edition of the “DoyourMOB” event  organised by Scuola Centrale Formazione (SCF) will take place on 15th and 16th November 2016 at the Fondazione Luigi Clerici in Milan.

On 15th of November 2016, SCF will present of the Erasmus+ KA2 European project "Tech4Learning - digital technologies to boost learning" outputs. This project has for aim the use of digital and mobile technologies in apprenticeship.

On 16th of November SCF will organise a work conference "The International Competences: Tools & Techniques of Valorisation" dedicated to the transnational and learning mobility with a specific focus on international competences.

CEC will be present at these meetings.

For further information do not hesitate to contact Francesca Drago (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - (+39 3929932857).

You will find in annexe the programme presentation.


The Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) is based on the LEADER approach and concern 4 funds: European Regional Development Fund - ERDF, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EARFD) the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for the period 2014-2020.

It seems that CLLD approach will become the best way to beneficiate from Structural Funds.

What is meant by CCLD?

  • Focuses on specific sub-regional areas;
  • Is community led, by local action groups composed of representatives of local public and private socio-economic interest;
  • Is carried out through integrated and multi-sectorial are-based local development strategies designed taking into consideration local needs and potential, includes innovative feature in the local context, networking and where appropriate, co-operation.

In summary and after CEC talked with a Commission Official, if your organisation is not integrated in such CCLD or at least in a “Local Action Group”, it will be nearly impossible to be eligible for submitting proposals in the 4 funds of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds).

For more information please see in attachment the description of the CLLD.

A new Member for our network!

We are pleased to announce that a new Member has joined our network. Here's a brief overview:

The association « Convergences Emploi Cergy » created in 1996 by the Communes of the Cergy-pontoise agglomeration (in the Val d’Oise, North of Paris) is designed to work for economic and social recovery of people most in need, including those without employment for more than a year.

To meet this mission, « Convergences Emploi Cergy », carries a Local Plan for Insertion and Employment (PLIE) created at the initiative of local authorities and whose governance is ensured by their elected representatives. The main function of the PLIE is to organize pathways of professional integration into employment for long term unemployed, minimum social benefits beneficiaries, youth low or or not qualified, disabled workers... with a very strong accompaniment. PLIE contributes to the management of unutilized human resources of the territory and facilitates recruitment for employers.

The association is working with an average of 800 participants per year.

Additional information