On 10th July 2014 the SIFOR project partnership gathered in Bucharest, for a dissemination seminar aimed at local stakeholders. The objective of the event was to present the initial project outcomes, the results of the research carried out by UNIMORE and the measures the Regione Emilia Romagna intend to put in place to formalise the profile of “valorizer”, a re-use centre manager.
Representatives from Social Enterprises were invited to the meeting in order to illustrate obstacles and opportunities of the re-use business in Romania.
After a presentation on the overall project’s objectives given by the project coordinator, Barbara Bovelacci from Associazione Orius, the floor was given to Mrs. Serenella Sandri, who is in charge of the Vocational Training programmes of the Italian region Emilia Romagna. Her intervention focused on existing qualifications on waste management and the need to adapt and complement them with a more tailored profile for jobs in the field of waste prevention and re-use. The work is still in progress and at, the moment, they have identified business processes related to the management system/service in the area of planning systems and construction materials.
Then it was the turn of Luca Galloni from UNIMORE to present his survey on the “preparation for re-use” operations in textiles, WEEE and bulky items with a specific focus to the situation in Emilia Romagna. The research investigates why so little re-use and preparation for re-use activities are in place in such a well developed and industrialised region. The answer can be found principally in the lack of precise definitions for “End of Waste” criteria. One of the main findings of the study is that according to the cost/benefit analysis there is room for profitable business in textiles (collection, sorting and sales) while for bulky items there are not always sustainable margins and the WEEE is a more complex field which is still being analysed
Elisabeth Diaz from Trinijove, Spain highlighted the similarities between the Catalunian and Emilia Romagna vocational training qualification structure. Catalunia has recently reviewed some 700 profiles and integrated new skills and new elements in the training to adapt them to the local situation. Some 40% of the workforce in the region do not have specific certifications but, on the other hand, possesses the needed skills to perform the job. Authorities are presently working on how to certify these competences in one way or another. Trinijove is part of the process and will be helping the authorities to identify new areas where specific professional profiles can be created after a process covering qualification analysis, definition of competences, standardisation of processes and qualifications’ recognition.
The point of view of social enterprises was brought up by Raluca Ouriaghli, one of the founding associate of Ateliere Fara Frontiere (AFF) a social firm specialized in the collection, refurbishment and recycling of ICT appliances. Besides, AFF has developed activities in the area of trash design (production of bags, wallets and other accessories from publicity banners) and other environmental services. Raluca gave an overview on AFF’s education projects and training activities tailored to people from disadvantaged groups. She explained how through the collection and refurbishment of computers, AFF is able to supply local communities and education centres with equipment which would be otherwise unaffordable.
Daniela Mihaita, from Pestalozzi Foundation, responsible for the project’s evaluation, talked about the overall Romanian situation regarding waste management and the transposition of the European Directives at national level. In particular she stressed the fact that the poor performance of the country in terms of selective collection leaves a lot of opportunities for social enterprises to complement what local authorities are doing especially at local and community level.