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According to the European Commission, one in six people in the European Union has a disability that ranges from mild to severe, making around 80 million who are often prevented from taking part fully in society and the economy because of environmental and attitudinal barriers. In order to tackle these issues, the Commission recognises sport and physical activity as being extremely valuable in the context of social inclusion and integration for people with physical and mental health disabilities.

We interviewed INSPORT+ project to learn more about how different local actors use sport to help with social inclusion. The project is co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme and its goal is to develop a network of partner organisations across Europe involved in promoting social inclusion for people with mental health problems and mental disabilities.

According to the FUSIONS report of the European Commission of 2016, around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU. Because of this, member states and EU stakeholders are looking for every opportunity to prevent food waste and strengthen sustainability of the food system, even at local level. This month, FEDRA interviewed YourLocal, a Danish start up fighting against food waste at local and national level.

FEDRA is happy to announce a partnership with Itinari. One of FEDRA’s most important priority is to promote European regional assets as FEDRA highly values the importance of creating bottom-up project to support and revitalise growth and competitiveness in the European regions. This also includes travel and tourism which are also part of FEDRA’s key ecosystems.

The partnership is the explicit result of two young organisations working together. One at European level and the other at local level. In particular with travel and tourism these are also part of FEDRA’s key ecosystems. 

Refrion srl (www.refrion.comis a centre of excellence for innovation located in Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, north-east of Italy. Since its foundation dated about 14 years ago, it has shown impressive and costant growth and has already achieved important goals in technological innovation and environmental sustainability fields.

According to its CEO, Daniele Stolfo, continuous investments in most advanced and latest generation products and customers’ satisfaction are of paramount importance for such outstanding perfomance. Group’s plants are strategically placed in north-east of Italy and Austria which make up the so-called “Cooling district”. It is considered the heart of modern Europe gathering the highest concentration of companies operating in air heating and cooling sector.

Paniculata is a Spanish fashion brand created by Gabriela Rose in 2013. During her years in college, Gabriela, a fashion, and graphic design graduate, learned everything she needed in order to create, launch and grow her business by herself. It all started with a collection of denim shirts, “My Angel”. And so kind was her angel, that Gabriela’s first line evolved into the brand which now covers accessories, menswear, and children’s clothes. Despite her success, Gabriela wants to own a brand which is exclusive, unique, and environmentally-friendly. In 2014, Paniculata included in its portfolio men’s clothes made out of organic cotton materials. After 3 years on the market, the Spanish brand keeps its core target, women aged between 25 and 50, with exquisite taste in clothes, but tries to cater to the needs of a more diverse audience. What all the customers need to have in common is just the desire to wear something different, something original, in one word, handmade.

Christine Foueillassa was working as a saleswoman for a caterer when she decided to quit her job and start studying to become a pastry chef and make her dreams a reality. 

C-tec Leasing is a Brussels-based company providing bikes and electric two-wheelers to enterprises and institutions. It is young, sustainable and really competitive, just as FEDRA loves it. We have asked them to tell us a bit more about their adventure, and as we followed their story, we found out a lot of information precious to all those who wish to launch themselves into the business world.

 

As a child, David Pasquiet has dreamt of nothing else but preparing gourmet delicacies. His lifelong wish has turned into reality, as David is now one of the most skilled creators of "exquisite flavours".