A new milestone for PRACSIS: ISO 20121 certification for sustainable events

On 3 September 2021, Bureau Veritas granted PRACSIS the ISO 20121 certification for sustainable events– a first in Belgium!

This certification marks the successful outcome of an audit process which demonstrated the quality of PRACSIS’ working processes. It marks culmination of PRACSIS’s long-term commitment to environmental, social and economic best practices.

The ISO 20121 certification establishes that PRACSIS is committed to setting clear sustainability targets, creating action plans, monitoring and measuring KPIs, and pursuing continual improvement.

In a nutshell, ISO 20121 is applicable to any organisation involved with all types of events, including conferences, congresses, exhibitions, competitions, training sessions, ceremonies, etc. It is as relevant for small conference meetings as large-scale events. ISO 20121 demonstrates in a globally recognised manner, that consistent standards are respected when implementing and upholding core sustainability principles.

For more information on the ISO 20121 certification please check https://www.iso.org/iso-20121-sustainable-events.html or send us an email at sustainability@pracsis.be

Pracsis supports second all digital #EURegionsWeek

In October, Pracsis helped organize and run—for the second time—the EU Week of Regions. This was the 19th edition of the Committee of the Regions’ flagship event and the second time that it was held entirely online, due to the pandemic.

Pracsis planned and facilitated 56 virtual sessions that took place over just four days! That meant a lot of events run in parallel, each packed with their own interactive features and media: breakout rooms, language interpretation, slideshows, videos, and live polling.

Over 1500 people participated in Pracsis’s 56 sessions. They included European, national, regional and local government officials and politicians; representatives of private companies, financial institutions and European and national associations; academics, researchers; plus other members of the public that wanted their voices heard.

The Committee of the Regions has another multi-session online conference coming up in November, EuroPCom 2021, “the largest annual meeting point for experts in the field of public communication.” This year, Pracsis built the registration platform for the event—sign up by clicking the link below!


New events contract for the European Committee of the Regions

In June, Pracsis organized the first two events of its new contract with the European Committee of the Regions. The first, “Gender Parity in Politics,” was planned as a webinar, but the second “EuroPCom 2020″—one of CoR’s annual flagship events—was originally scheduled as a physical conference. Coronavirus restrictions meant that Pracsis had to shift everything online.

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Pracsis and EY continue support for product safety testing in Europe

Since the spring of 2019, Pracsis together with EY, has been helping run a Commission initiative on product safety called CASP. CASP stands for Coordinated Activities for the Safety of Products. The purpose of the initiative is to enable cooperation between authorities in EU and EEA countries responsible for market surveillance and the safety of products.  

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Pracsis expands its digital services to meet challenges of the pandemic

Pracsis had to adjust quickly to COVID-19 confinement measures. And as an events company, this came as a particular challenge. Almost overnight, Pracsis had to retool its operations to continue delivering quality event services to its clients. Bidding adieu to physical gatherings, the team worked incredibly hard to research, train, and transition to online video conferencing.

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Pracsis wins bid for second phase of Sustainable Energy Investment Forums

Pracsis has won a four-year framework contract to support energy efficiency investment in the EU through the organisation of public conferences, roundtables, and webinars. The contract, issued by EASME, is the second phase of Sustainable Energy Investment Forums, the successful three-year project led by Pracsis that resulted in the organisation of 58 events in 14 EU member states. Read More…

International IP Stakeholders Meeting

On 27 March, Pracsis organized the International IP Stakeholders Meeting in Brussels for the European Commission to discuss critical intellectual property issues facing EU SMEs doing business in foreign countries. Supporting these SMEs and ensuring that their IP is protected when they operate internationally is crucial for the EU’s economy. Read More…

SEI Forums, the past six months

On 11 June, Pracsis organised the 35th(!) and final event of its SEI Forums contract with the European Commision (EASME). The event took place in Sofia and was a continuation of the successful regional conference on financing energy efficiency in Central and South-Eastern Europe held in Sofia in June 2018. Read More…

CASP kicks off

In April, Pracsis and Ernst & Young organized seven kickoff meetings in Brussels for their new framework contract on consumer product safety, managed by CHAFEA, the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency of the European Commission. Read More…

PRACSIS continues event support for energy efficiency financing across Europe

PRACSIS had a busy end of year, organising five events in five different countries for Sustainable Energy Investment Forums, the European Commission programme that aims to boost financing for energy efficiency in EU member states. Read More…