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Month: January 2022

Protection System for large gatherings of People in Religious Sites

Religious sites are considered to be especially vulnerable to attacks due to their accessibility and the fact that there are usually limited security measures applied. In recent years, religious sites of different faiths were targeted by extremists. The feedback collected from religious institutions and authorities suggests that there is a growing concern about the security and a balance should be kept between security and preservation of the open nature of religious sites. Thus, the project is aimed at increasing the level of protection in places of worship by forming an outstanding cooperation of scientists, security experts and practitioners, public services and religious institutions (representing Catholic Church, Greek Orthodox Church and Jewish Community) towards preparing a comprehensive protection system.

The system will cover measures for increasing prevention, protection, deterring and responding to various types of terrorist threats and incidents that may occur in religious places, including attacks with CBRN agents. The measures will be comprised of a set of tailormade templates, tools, procedures, equipment, improvements in infrastructure according to “security in design” and protocols of cooperation with public services. The implementation of the system will be enhanced by preparing and initiating modular training including eLearning with VR, applicable in various types of education in religious structures; conducting large-scale exercises; and conducting EU-wide awareness-raising campaign aiming at faith-based leaders, worshipers and public in general.

The significant impact of the project at a European level appears achievable due to the fact of consulting the project idea with influential religious organizations and involving them in the consortium as well as receiving very positive feedback from international religious structures, that confirmed the relevance of the project and willingness to support the introduction of the system in all EU MS.

Virtual Teams press release

The COVID-19 pandemic enforces thousands of organizations in Europe and the world to work remotely. To make the transition as smooth as possible, those who lead remote teams need to have the skills needed to lead them effectively. Read the first press release of the project Virtual Team and find out more about the topic.

Project – Overview

The COVID 19 pandemic enforces thousands of organizations in Europe and the world to work remotely. This trend is growing faster than ever and shows no sign of slowing down. It’s the future of work with benefits for both employers and employees. Still, many organisations are struggling to apply good practices and routines to ensure productivity and wellbeing in their workforce during these challenging times. To make the transition as smooth as possible, those who lead remote teams need to have the skills needed to lead them effectively.

This project aims to help Leaders in Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to acknowledge the importance of digital skills and wellbeing practices in maintaining healthy and productive virtual teams.

Specific Objectives

  • Provide SMEs tools, techniques and practical tips to help Virtual Team.

  • Leaders lead effectively, communicate successfully and so increase the performance of their virtual/remote teams.

  • Equip HR Professionals to improve their people’s wellbeing by adjusting their policies and procedures. Improve the quality of work in virtual teams.

  • Leaders will be trained on prioritising team building, fostering close collaboration, setting clear direction and objectives and leveraging technology.

  •  professionals will be trained to familiarise themselves with the IT infrastructure and available digital tools to set appropriate teleworking policies in place.

Target Groups

  • Team Leaders and Managers, including in-company VET providers.

  • HR Professionals, including in-company VET providers External VET providers.

  • Partners with a background in psychology e.Partners with a background in management.

  • Partners with a background in Human Resource Management.

  • Partners with a background in technology.

  • E – Workers.


  • A toolkit for virtual team leaders, HR Professionals and managers.

  • In-service training    course    for    VET professionals.

  • MOOC on effective management of virtual teams.

Transnational Meetings

Kick off Meeting

The kick-off meeting of the project took place online on July 16th, 2021. The meeting started with a welcoming and a presentation of partners. The development plan of the project including deadlines of tasks and division of work between partners was presented and partners agreed upon all the upcoming activities.



2nd Meeting

The second transnational project meeting of the project took place online on November 8th 2021


Focus on children; Strengthening Policies in Sports and Leisure ACTIVitiEs

Sports plays a decisive role in children development, promoting important values, social inclusion and a healthier way of life. However, violence in sports remains an alarming phenomenon with limited implementation of policy measures tackling the issue. ACTIVE goal is to promote the embedding of child safeguarding policies by sports clubs, extra-curricular activities organisations as well as leisure and recreational clubs working with children. The projects aims at improving knowledge of sports organisations around the prevention of violence against children in the field of sports and at enhancing sports professionals’ skills in preventing violence cases against children in the field of sports. The project will attempt to tackle these by developing an online self-assessment tool, allowing sports and leisure clubs to identify and address gaps in terms of implementation of Child Protection Polices in their premises.