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European Center for Quality Ltd., Bulgaria


European Center for Quality Ltd is a consultancy company, founded in Sofia in 2001. The company is specialized in:

  • Development, management and coordination of EU funded projects;
  • Development and implementation of Quality Management Systems in accordance with internationally recognized standards for quality.

Since its establishment, European Center for Quality Ltd has built a strong track record in coordinating and participating in a number of projects and initiatives on a European and international level and in advising clients on a variety of EU programmes and projects.

ECQ has developed and implemented Quality Management Systems in a large number of companies under the following international standards: IS0 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, SA 8000.

The main fields of interest of the company include: regional development, increasing SME competitiveness, energy efficiency, education and vocational training, intercultural communication. European Center for Quality Ltd has rich experience in implementing projects under various European programmes: Lifelong Learning Programme (Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig sub-programmes), INTERREG and Cross-border cooperation, Intelligent Energy Europe, etc.


Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain


TECNALIA is the largest private Research, Development and Innovation (R+D+i) group in Spain and one of the leading ones in Europe. It is an applied research centre of international excellence with strong links to the business world, and its mission is to act as a natural ally of companies operating in its markets, with a view to enhancing their innovative capacity using technology as a tool of competitiveness. TECNALIA promotes and develops domestic and international partnerships and projects in markets and technology with other centres and firms with proven leadership abilities, and takes part in excellence networks in its strategic areas:

  • a staff of about 1,450 people with different backgrounds;
  • participation in 35 New Technology-based Firms.

The operating business model of TECNALIA is based on Business Units of a sectoral nature. In them, market orientation and specialization are our identifying traits. Those Business Units, made up of multi-disciplinary teams which optimize our offer to different strategic sectors. This enables us to achieve a more all-round, more specialised and excellent proposal for the business base and for the administrations. Business Units are integrated into 5 Divisions: Sustainable development; Industry and Transport; Information and Communication Technology; Health; Innovation and Society.


Multidisziplinäres Institut für Europa-Forschung Graz, Austria


The Multidisciplinary European Research Institute Graz (MERIG), founded in 2003, aims to link researchers and institutions from diverse areas in order to pursue and support common research, development, intermediation and education activities. MERIG is organised as a private, non-profit association (NPO) of researchers which currently has 14 members.

The core fields of expertise deal with social, cultural, political, ecological and economic issues in addition to more general topics connected to internal and external relations within the European Union. A main field of interest are education and training systems in Europe, in particular vocational education and training. Thereby the specific focus lies on the improvement of vocational education in general and specifically of management and soft skills in small and micro enterprises.

Members of the Multidisciplinary European Research Institute Graz have extensive experience in evaluating applications, projects and products in a multitude of different projects and programme lines including acting as evaluators for regional and national agencies (i.e. OeAD, LLP Austrian National Agency) and on European level for the EACEA and other European Commission agencies.


Fast Track into Information Technology, Ireland


FIT Ltd is a registered charity funded by the ICT industry and government.  Its objective is the progression of people within disadvantaged communities and their integration into mainstream society through access to training in ICT. Its methodology is building collaborations between industry, government (agencies) and local communities.

FIT instigates initiatives to support disadvantaged people gain in-demand ICT skills and to overcome the digital divide; develops curricula, assessment selection procedures, and training initiatives.  It makes agreements with national training and education providers and local development organizations to run FIT courses.

FIT has a Board made up of senior figures from the ICT industry (e.g., AOL, Siemens, SAP, IBM, Microsoft, PayPal etc) and a Curriculum Subgroup made up of industry experts and vocational training experts which research, review and approve new marked led curricula.


Timan s.r.o., Slovakia


Timan Ltd. was established in 1992 and since that time Timan has turned into a respectful company with three divisions providing Trainings, Consulting Services and International projects. Its training services consist of public and customized in-company courses. Trainings are focused on the development of managerial and soft-skills of managers and specialists from various sectors. In addition, we provide development programs for salesmen and customer relation specialists.

Timan operates in three branches throughout the Slovakia. With the team of 13 internal consultants, trainers and psychologists we support the high quality and effectiveness of our services. In addition, we cooperate with more than 40 external trainers to serve our customers and provide services of highest quality.



Chamber Of Commerce and Industry Vratsa, Bulgaria


The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vratsa is aprivate body governed by public law.  It was established in the autumn of year 1991 and is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of 15 members. 

Since September 1999 CCI-Vratsa has become the Host structure of the Euro Info Centre BG808, replaced 2008 with Enterprise Europe Network.  Since 2009 it’s hosting Info Centre Europe Direct Vratsa and since July 2002 - the Vratsa branch of the National Centre for Vocational Training.

CCI-Vratsa is based on the principles of voluntary participation and membership, autonomy and self-financing. It works in close cooperation with local, regional and national authorities and other non-government organizations as well as with NGOs and CCIs from abroad.

The structure of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Vratsa, with its regional offices in North-West Bulgaria, the towns of Lom, Berkovitsa and Botevgrad comprises more than 1000 companies – both private and state owned.

CCI-Vratsa is a NGO which maintains, promotes and represents the interest of its members while contributing to the development of the international economic cooperation. We strive to support, promote, represent and protect the economic interests of our members and to establish ethical relations in business.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication
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