SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

Social Innovation Plus – Competence Centres (SI PLUS)

Starting in May, 2021, SDA will be a part of an international consortium implementing the project Social Innovation Plus - Competence Centres (SI PLUS). The project is led by Lechner, Reiter & Riesenfelder Social Research OG – Austria. Project partners are Foundation for the Technical Development of the Industry – Hungary and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family – Slovakia. Associated partners are Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy – Hungary, Ministry for Social Policy and Integration, Baden Württemberg – Germany, Slovenian Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Police and European Network of Social Integration Enterprises.

SI PLUS aim is to provide professional support services to social innovation in public policy on employment and the labour market. It intends to establish national competence centres in four countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Slovakia in order to support ESF Managing Authorities in planning and implementing subsidy programs for boosting SI, as well as social innovators in order to benefit from these programs.

The project builds on the previous cooperation of the partners in the Danube Transnational Programme (Interreg), which aimed to promote economic, social, and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region through policy integration.

SI PLUS includes institutions from countries with diverse levels of economic development and different experiences of social innovation.

The project’s duration is 24 months.

The project is funded by the EUROPEAN COMMISSION, European Social Fund and European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation.

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