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First In2C stakeholders focus group held in Larissa, Greece, by TCG

The Regional Department of Central and Western Thessaly of TCG organized the 1st meeting of the focus group with the participation of stakeholders in the "Evaluation of educational material of the European project In2C- Integration of Third Country Nationals in the construction sector", on Thursday 28.05.2020, 17.00, in Larissa, on TCG premises.

The participants analyzed and discussed extensively the educational material created for labor legislation as well as hygiene and safety, aiming at facilitating and encouraging the timely and effective integration of Third Party Nationals in the labor market of the construction sector, within the European project In2C and their experience was used by adopting the conclusions of the discussion.

Decentralized Network (DN): a personal data management system for the In2C Project

Decentralized Network (DN): a personal data management system for the In2C Project

The In2C Project partnership unanimously approves the DN for the protection of personal data of the participants in the In2C Project according to the European GDPR.

The proposal, prepared and presented by DOCUMENTA at the 2nd Consortium Meeting in Madrid, was definitively approved by the partnership at the last Skype meeting on April 24.

The approved final document -Decentralized Network. Description & Management Guidelines- responds to the need to collect the evidences demanded in the AMIF Management Guide, respecting the mandatory guidelines of the new European GDPR; the paper is structured in three different blocks:

  • Decentralized Network: Description and main characteristics
  • Management Guidelines.
  • Annexes

The first block includes the philosophy and characteristics of the DN, with special emphasis on aspects such as the responsibility of each partner with respect to their own Database, the non-transfer and centralization of data at a European level, the partners as structural nodes of the network, and the need to generate trust and reciprocity between the partners to create Social Capital in the Network.

The second block details the operational aspects for the creation of the Database: minimum information, collection of evidence, etc.

Finally, the annexes provide the necessary templates for its application.

All the information and evidence collected during the implementation of the In2C Project will be available to the AMIF Authority and the Project Coordinator under the agreed conditions.

Via teleconference the 3rd In2C consortium meeting

Via teleconference the 3rd In2C consortium meeting

The third meeting of the nine partners of the European project "In2C - Integration of third country nationals in the construction sector" was held via teleconference on 12 and 13 March 2020, instead of Cyprus, as originally planned, due to measures received in all partner countries in order to restrict mobility and avoid coronavirus spread.

Besides TCG – Regional Department of Central & Western Thessaly (Greece) the representatives involved were: DIMITRA (Greece), Municipality of Larissa (Greece), Fundacion Laboral de la construccion (Spain), Documenta (Spain), Federation of the Building Contractors Associations of Cyprus (Cyprus), Mediterranean Management Centre (Cyprus), Folkuniversitetet (Sweden).

During the two-day teleconference, project planning issues were discussed for the next period and a review of the work done so far, the tasks and responsibilities delegated between the involved partners for the stakeholders, the implementation of a third-country nationals training program, awareness raising activities and identification of participants, developing of skills online assessment tool, mobilizing employers to actively integrate employees in their workforce.

The In2C project continues with the planned activities at a good pace.

The In2C project continues with the planned activities at a good pace.

The strong commitment of the partnership, and the application of ICTs to online work, allow important advances in the development of the Work Packages (WPs) of the In2C Project.

Faced with the problems generated by the pandemic situation caused by COVID-19 that affect all the countries of our partnership, the In2C Project, building on the potential and opportunities offered by ICTs, has launched a system of periodic online meetings , to promote coordination and collaboration between partners, the correct execution of the activities of the different WPs designed, as well as the achievement and production of the respective objectives, outcomes and deliverables.

The last two online meetings were held on March 12 and 13 (to replace the 3rd Consortium Meeting planned in Nicosia (Cyprus)), and on April 24, 2020, with the active participation of the majority of partners, at through tools like Zoom and Skype.

During the meetings, in addition to discussing the different aspects of financial and administrative management, there have been substantial advances in the WP2 (Awareness raising activities and identification of key stakeholders participants), and WP4 (In2C Training Package for TCNs); and the first activities of WP5 (In2C E-platform / E-tools) and WP6 (In2C SKILLS ONLINE ASSESSMENT TOOL (SOnAT) have started.

At the next meeting, “a priori” on May 27, in addition to monitoring ongoing activities, we will focus on WP7 (Mobilizing employers to actively promote TCNs integration in their workforce), and will analyze the different proposals to create the In2C virtual network / communication e-platform for matching TCNs with employers in Construction Sector.

Dissemination event held by TCG for the integration of Trird Country Nationals

Dissemination event held by TCG for the integration of Trird Country Nationals

A dissemination event, in order to present the European project “In2C - Integration of third country nationals in the construction sector” was implemented by the Technical Chamber of Greece – Regional Department of Central and Western Thessaly, in Larissa, on Monday 21 October 2019. The project, co-funded by the European Union, from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020, aims to facilitate the timely and effective integration of Third Country Nationals into the construction labor market.

The president, Nikos Papageorgiou, in his inaugural address said:

“It is a great honor for me to be at the helm of TCG-CWT at this time. We are charting a new European course. This project is a huge success for TCG, as it now becomes an interlocutor of the European Commission and helps shape the EU's policies. It is the first time in the history of TCG across Greece that it is involved in a European project.

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