PROCEED-best examples of projects aiming to improve the environmental performance of SMEs

Еuropean Commission as part of their activities, recently promoted best examples of projects aiming to improve the environmental performance of SMEs, chosen based on the quality of the initiatives, their effectiveness and transferability to other areas, as well as to ensure a variety of types of projects. They show what is being done at both national and regional levels in EU Member States and further afield.

Project PROCEED was one of the promoted best practices. Project is coordinated by the Arad Chamber of Commerce of Romania, involving 15 different organizations from 12 countries, in which Foundation for Management and Industrial Research takes a part, as representative organization from Macedonia.

The concept of this project is to exploit the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) to create a steady communication network for environmental research results and practices originating in Central and Eastern European countries. The project is therefore targeted to support, expand and improve the work of public and private researchers from Central and Eastern European countries.

The expected results are mainly an improved uptake of environmental research results leading to better synergies with existing networks and projects supporting the coordination of Environmental research activities in Europe. Among the main activities, several brokering events in Central and Eastern Europe, Italy, Greece and Denmark are taking place and improved environmental support services for SMEs, to be provided via EEN member organisations, are being developed in order to facilitate the access of SMEs to environmental research outputs and new projects. For this purpose a dedicated social network has been created and is accessible from the PROCEED website.

Get a mentor – Mentoree applicaton form

new-MENTOR project announces call for applications for female enterpreneurs interested in receiving guidance and mentoring support for their new business.

The main target group of the new-Mentor project are the women entrepreneurs of all ages, coming from all parts of the country which are involved in running SMEs between start-up and growth phase and which are in a need for external guidance and skills for overcoming the many challenges they encounter as entrepreneurs.
Mentoree application form


Call for applications for mentors for women entrepreneurs in Macedonia

  The new-MENTOR project focuses on the setting up of a national network of mentors for women entrepreneurs in Macedonia aimed towards supporting the female entrepreneurship development and ensuring that newly-established women entrepreneurs can sustain their activity throughout the first years of their businesses. 

new_mentor-LOGO_greyStrategic objective of the project is to support the development of female entrepreneurship in the country taking into account the distinctive nature of women-led businesses. The project is targeted to support the women entrepreneurs through the national network of mentors as a part of the European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs.


Interested applicants for mentors can download the application from here.

Kick off meeting for the FP7 project PROCEED in Arad, Romania

Kick off meeting for the FP7 project PROCEED was organized in the Arad Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Arad, Romania, in the last week of January 2011, where the Foundation M.I.R. participated as one of the project partners. The PROmotion and coordination of environmental research in Central and Eastern Europe for a sustainable Development with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network PROCEED project focuses on the communication and dissemination of environmental research results and practices originating in Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) towards industry, policy makers and public and private research centers (including Academia), with aim to enhance the uptake of research results and foster the participation of CEEC in EU – funded research projects through S&T cooperation with other European partners.


The specific research sectors on which PROCEED will focus are Air Pollution, Chemical pollution, Environmental Technologies.  The project partnership covers 9 CEEC (6 new Member States and 3 Associated countries) and 3 EU-15 Member states. All 12 project countries are represented by at least one partner member of the Enterprise Europe Network, which will be the main communication channel in the project, with its 600 members present in all European countries and beyond (China and USA) and an extended network of contacts and partners.

The project is founded within the FP7 Cooperation Programe topic Environment.

GREEN 3-day centralised training

A three-day centralised training session for EEN staff involved in the GREEN project took place in Venice, Italy from 29th November to 1st December at Unioncamere del Veneto premises. During the training session renowned experts trained EEN GREEN staff in topics regarding 1st level environmental services for SMEs, including hot stuff such as EMAS, ISO14000, LCA and so on. At least two EEN officers from each partner organisation were attending the sessions.


A workshop addressing a more general public was organised too, as well as a management meeting to check the state-of-the-art of the GREEN project and the next steps to be done.