- Europe Day is celebrated on 9 May in honour of the Schuman Declaration.
- EU institutions open their doors to citizens and organise activities to commemorate this date.
- CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster celebrates this date as a project made possible by the COSME programme of the European Union.
Brussels, 06.05.2021- 9 May is Europe Day. It celebrates peace and unity on the continent. This commemoration coincides with the anniversary of the historic Schuman declaration, the French foreign minister in the 1950s, who set out his idea of a new form of political cooperation that would make war between European nations unthinkable in a speech in Paris in 1950.
The aim was to create a European institution to pool and manage coal and steel production. A year later, the treaty creating such an institution was signed. Schuman’s proposal is thus considered the beginning of what is today the European Union.
To celebrate this day, the institutions of the European Union open their doors to citizens in Brussels and Strasbourg at the beginning of May. EU representations in Europe and around the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages. Every year thousands of people attend visits, debates, concerts, and other events to celebrate the day and raise awareness of the EU.
The COSME project CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster commemorates this significant date as a milestone for a European community that has achieved numerous advances over the years. In this sense, CirCoAX wants to celebrate the work of the European Union in promoting and funding talent and innovation to build a better future, through international and interregional cross-border cooperation.
In support of these values, our project aims to create a common space for European fashion and textile SMEs and startups to scale their businesses and establish successful, circular, regenerative, and sustainable initiatives. Through the CirCoAX accelerator, we will offer both technical and financial assistance, as well as mentoring to these entrepreneurs. The accelerator will also allow us to share the long experience of some of our partners, more established entities in the fashion and sustainable textile sectors so that synergies can be created and a platform for sharing best practices can be created.
CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster is made possible thanks to the European Union, which co-finances 75% through its COSME programme by the European Commission.
Europe adds up. For this reason, we also work to create synergies with the other COSME projects and other European projects, as well as different associations and public and private entities that share, like us, the objective of a sustainable Europe.
For a united Europe, Happy Europe Day!
About CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster
CircularInnoBooster Fashion and Textile (F&T) is a COSME project of the European Union, with a 2-year duration and a budget of € 1,128,000. It is 75% co-financed by the European Union. Led by the IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), together with Texfor, Finnova Foundation, Circulab and The Circular Project with HumanNation, it seeks to transform the highly polluting fashion and textiles industries through innovation, fostering entrepreneurship and generating business models based on the circular economy. Therefore, it turns SMEs and start-ups into sustainable, circular, and regenerative companies.
CirCoAX LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/72083138/
COSME is the program for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.
Through this program, assistance is offered to SMEs to develop their business models, access financing and internationalize. Likewise, support is offered to public administrations to improve the business environment and facilitate economic growth in the European Union. During the 2014-2020 funding period, this program allocated 2.3 billion euros to support SMEs.
The Istituto Europeo di Design is an academic institution that operates in the fields of education, training, and research in the disciplines of design, fashion, visual communication, and management, covering professional, vocational, and business design training. IED has branches across Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), Italy (Milan, Rome, and 5 other cities), and Brazil (São Paolo, Rio de Janeiro). It operates across several EU and COSME countries through collaborations and agreements with institutions, business support organizations, professors, experts, and mentors with whom it has established relationships. IED draws on a broad network of connections in the F&T sector specifically for this project, drawing on R&D in the areas of fashion design, product design, interior design, visual arts, communications, and management.
FINNOVA is a foundation that works for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at the EU level. With headquarters in Brussels, it operates through collaborations and partnerships across EU countries. FINNOVA expertise in leading communication and dissemination activities for EU projects is coupled with strong proven experience in setting up businesses and entrepreneurial support programmes, like accelerators, incubators and selection and award/ceremonial events.
TEXFOR is the reference textile association in Spain with 400 members. Founded in November 2010 and located in Catalonia, it groups companies of the whole textile value chain, from yarns to fabrics including accessories, finishing processes, printing and dying for the apparel industry, home textiles, and technical/industrial applications. Texfor has specialization and experience, having worked on important EU-level expert committees: University and Vocational Training, Financial capacity building, Cross-Sectoral collaboration, R+D+I promotion, specialized services, and sustainability leadership focused on the circular economy.
CIRCULAB is a business design lab and studio specialised in developing transformation methodology, tools and programmes to help businesses develop circular and sustainable business models. CIRCULAB has designed a toolkit for implementing Circularity in businesses and operates across +23 countries (9 EU countries), supporting projects through +60 certified independent CE consultants, applying the Circ methodology and tools.
About The Circular Project co-designed with HumanNation
TCP is a Circular and Slow Fashion promotion firm that collaborates with experts in the field to offer a communication strategy, platform and expertise on circular value chains, applying a broad and systemic approach to Circular Economy, integrating social, ethical, environmental and economic approaches. It has a strong presence and connections to the sustainable fashion world through the Asociación Española para la Sostenibilidad, la Innovación y la Circularidad en Moda, Sannas (Triple Bottom Line Business Association) and a broad institutional and industrial network across Spain, Europe and South America.
For this project, The Circular Project works with HumanNation for the co-design and development of the project. HumanNation is a consulting firm specialised in the development of transformative and disruptive ecosystems of innovation and business: the ‘New Economy’. Based on the Fourth Economic Sector, systemic thinking and co-creation, it promotes awareness within organizations and ecosystems to respect planetary boundaries and social fabric, creating resilient economies at the local level, with a global perspective.