TecEuropa is the main course on EU funding in Galicia, organised by Fundación Galicia Europa and aimed at those public and private entities from Galicia region that are seeking specialisation in this field. Through this programme, they are provided with an overview of the different sources of EU funding and the intervention logic of the European Union through the different funds and programmes available. In addition, throughout its 19 editions, TecEuropa has created a network of technicians in Galicia that allows them to share experiences and knowledge, as well as to develop projects together.

Objectives

The Fundación Galicia Europa launched the specialization program in community funding TecEuropa in 2015 with a double objective:

  • To provide the technical staff of public and private entities from Galicia with an overview of the different sources of community funding and, above all, the opportunity to understand the logic of EU intervention through the different funds and programs available.
  • Create a network of technicians in Galicia to share experiences and knowledge, as well as to eventually develop joint projects.

Activities

Between the years 2015 and 2019, the TecEuropa programme celebrated nine face-to-face editions with an itinerary comprising:

  • A one-week stay in Brussels, where theoretical training on EU policies and the financial resources that support them is provided, complemented by visits to the EU institutions and contact with European officials.
  • Two days in Santiago de Compostela for practical training in the application and European project management.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, the programme adopted an online format, while maintaining its dual approach: theoretical and practical. Since then, ten more editions have been held.

Beneficiaries

Staff at the service of public, private and non-profit organisations in Galicia working on European projects or with Community funds in a broader sense. Some of the vacancies are reserved for the staff of the entities that are members of the FGE board of trustees: Xunta de Galicia, Axencia Galega de Innovación, Deputación de A Coruña, Deputación de Lugo, Consorcio da Zona Franca de Vigo and Abanca.

Since it was launched, TecEuropa has brought together more than 1,000 participants: almost 200 in the face-to-face editions and more than 800 in the online editions. The participation is very varied: regional public sector, city councils and provincial councils, social entities, universities, RTDI entities, clusters, etc. This variety allows linking different professional experiences and points of view on the use of European funds in Galicia.

Financing

In the face-to-face editions, the Fundación Galicia Europa offers a limited number of training places. Participants, selected on the basis of their organisational interest, experience and training, can apply for reimbursement of accommodation and living expenses in Brussels. Attendance to the activities of the course is free of charge.

In the online editions there is no limit to the number of participants and attendance is also free of charge. The only requirement to participate is to work for a Galician entity interested in European funds and projects. Our intention is to bring back the face-to-face experience this 2024, celebrating one of the two editions in a hybrid format, combining both modalities.

Balance

Following their participation in the TecEuropa program, attendees rated the experience positively for:

  • The opportunity to get first-hand information on the work of the European institutions.
  • The general overview offered on EU funding.
  • The contact established with people working in other entities from Galicia who develop European projects or manage community funds.
  • The possibility of sharing the experiences of different actors in different phases of the execution of the funds: managing authority, intermediates, beneficiaries…
  • The opportunity to reflect on public and private intervention when facing challenges in Galicia such as unemployment, demographic decline or the fight against climate change.

Transversal program to the areas of work of the FGE

TecEuropa responds to the main objective of the Fundación Galicia Europa as an instrumental entity dependent on the Xunta de Galicia: to promote the rapprochement between Galicia and Europe. It is also a transversal program to the areas of action of the FGE:

  • Defending Galician interests before the EU: the feedback obtained through the participants in TecEuropa is very valuable to contribute, for example, to the debate on the future of community budget from a Galician perspective.
  • Promotion of Galician participation in European projects: the creation of a network of professionals should serve to take advantage of each other’s experiences for the benefit of all, in order to design better projects and to achieve a greater impact of European funds in Galicia, both those of shared management (EIE) such as centralized management (H2020, Life, Erasmus +, etc.).
  • Information and training on the EU in Galicia: TecEuropa seeks to improve the skills of different professionals to participate in projects with a European dimension.
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TecEuropa 2024

TecEuropa classic edition (November)

On its 21st edition, TecEuropa will bring back the face-to-face experience that characterised the programme at the beginning. It will be held in a hybrid format and will take place between the 11th and the 15th of November.

Throughout the sessions, with the help of specialists and EU representatives, the participants will address the main European policies and identify the different funding opportunities offered by the current European financial framework. They will enjoy both lectures on current events and challenges faced by the European Union and more practical sessions, focusing on the different EU funding programmes. There will also be workshops on some calls for proposals with practical examples.

More information about this upcoming edition coming soon.

TecEuropa classic edition (May)

The 20th edition of TecEuropa will maintain the virtual format and will be held from the 28th of May to the 6th of June.

Throughout the sessions, with the help of specialists and EU representatives, the participants will address the main European policies and identify the different funding opportunities offered by the current European financial framework. They will enjoy both lectures on current events and challenges faced by the European Union and more practical sessions, focusing on the different EU funding programmes. There will also be workshops on some calls for proposals with practical examples.

More information about this upcoming edition here.

 

TecEuropa 2023

TecEuropa classic edition (November)

The 19th edition of TecEuropa was held from the 8th to the 17th of November 2023.

Over the course of four sessions, led by specialists and EU representatives, attendees discussed the main European policies and identified the different funding opportunities offered by the current European financial framework. The first day (Wednesday 8th) featured conferences on the current situation and challenges facing the European Union. On the 10th, 15th and 17th of June, the content was more practical, focusing on the different EU funding programmes. In addition, workshops on some calls for proposals with practical examples of proposals were held.

You can find more information about the 19th edition here.

TecEuropa classic (June)

The 18th edition of Teceuropa was held from the 14th to the 23rd of June 2023.

Over the course of four sessions, attendees learnt about the main European policies and identified the different funding opportunities offered by the current European financial framework with specialists and EU representatives. The first day (Wednesday 14th) featured lectures on the current situation and challenges faced by the European Union. On the 16th, 21st and 23rd of June, the content was more practical, focusing on the different EU funding programmes. In addition, workshops on some calls for proposals with practical examples of proposals were held.

You can find more information about the 18th edition here.