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European Social Fund 2007-2013 Programme Closure Dates

A reminder of the final claim date for the 2007-2013 European Social Fund Programme.

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New European Structural and Investment Funds calls for projects

New European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) calls for projects have been launched on the government website.

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Building Better Opportunities now open for applications

Building Better Opportunities now open for applications

The Big Lottery Fund has launched its Building Better Opportunities Fund for local projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.

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Skills Funding Agency: The Register of Training Organisations Refresh

Skills Funding Agency: The Register of Training Organisations Refresh

Any organisation wanting to apply for European Social Fund (ESF) funding to Skills Funding Agency (SFA) will need to re-register.

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Have your say! NGOs involvement in the programming of EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020

The European Commission is conducting a survey on the implementation of the partnership principle and multilevel governance in the drafting of the national Operational Programmes of the European Structural Funds for the period 2014-2020.

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Building Better Opportunities – Programme Guide now available

Building Better Opportunities – Programme Guide now available

Building Better Opportunities brings together funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

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EU Regional GDP statistics published

EU Regional GDP statistics published

Eurostat (the statistical office of the EU) has published the GDP figures according to regions in 2013.

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Voluntary Sector Survey on engagement in the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020

Voluntary Sector Survey on engagement in the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020

To understand the sector’s relationship with the LEPs, NCVO is inviting voluntary organisations to take part in our survey to share your experiences of working with your Local Enterprise Partnership.

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EU news update

A tailored European Social Fund newsletter for the voluntary and community sector in England.

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Europe, Democracy and Citizenship in the 21st Century

The Workers’ Educational Association and the European Parliament Office in the UK have teamed up to offer an opportunity for adults who want to learn more about Europe and the European Union.

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Building Better Opportunities - new partnership requirements

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has created a summary of their partnership requirements for the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Programme.

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London voluntary organisations - Find ESF Partners

London voluntary organisations - Find ESF Partners

LVSC has set up an Expressions of Interest form to help organisations that are looking for partners to work on new European Social Fund (ESF) projects.

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New publication on social policy innovation

The European Commission has published a short publication on social innovation policy. It looks at the EU’s role, why social policy innovation is important, and who is involved in the process.

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Advocate Europe – challenge for innovative European projects

Advocate Europe – challenge for innovative European projects

"Advocate Europe" is an annual idea challenge for innovative European projects. They are looking for original and transnational project proposals from civil society actors that foster connection and cohesion in Europe.

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Greater Lincolnshire State of the Sector Survey

Greater Lincolnshire State of the Sector Survey

Involving Lincs are inviting views on the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Growth Programme and the role of the voluntary sector in the local economy.

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 European Funding Survey of the Voluntary Sector in the West of England

European Funding Survey of the Voluntary Sector in the West of England

The West of England Civil Society Partnership is inviting views on the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Growth Programme.

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European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme launched

The government has launched its first calls for projects for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 Programme.

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Rural Development Programme for England 2014-2020 – LEADER groups announced

The government has published new information on the LEADER Local Action Groups in England for the funding period 2014-2020.

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Rural Development Programme for England gets green light

The European Commission has approved the Rural Development Programme (RDP) for England for the funding period 2014-2020.

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LIFE Programme and NGOs – new publications available

LIFE Programme and NGOs – new publications available

There are two brochures about NGOs involvement in the LIFE programme now available online.

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Social Innovation Tournament – Call for proposals

Social Innovation Tournament – Call for proposals

For the last four years, the European Investment Bank Institute have awarded initiatives that have a social, ethical or environmental impact.

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2007-2013 European Social Fund Programme - key dates

The Department for Work and Pensions have published two Action Notes on final claim dates and on retention of key documents.

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Civil Society engagement in security research in Europe – new study

Civil Society engagement in security research in Europe – new study

Public concern is growing about a range of new security technologies such as biometric IDs, risk profiling and the use of surveillance ‘drones’. What is at stake with these and other technologies goes far beyond privacy and data protection to core questions around the feasibility, legitimacy and desirability of maximum security societies.

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Latest European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 news

The European Funding Network newsletter is a great way for you to stay updated on EU news, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the European Social Fund (ESF), and EU funding opportunities available for your organisation.

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ESF Annual Implementation Report 2013 published

ESF Annual Implementation Report 2013 published

The annual implementation report for how the European Social Fund was implemented in England in 2013 has been published.

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Skills Funding Agency - Register of training organisations is now open

Skills Funding Agency - Register of training organisations is now open

The Register of Training Organisations of the Skills Funding Agency is now open for applications until 23 January 2015 at 5pm.

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Social Enterprises in Europe - how does the UK compare with other member states?

This week, the European Commission published a comparative report on the role of social enterprises in EU countries.

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New tool for improved gender equality in the European Social Fund

New tool for improved gender equality in the European Social Fund

A new web tool has been launched to support the work of gender mainstreaming within the European Social Fund (ESF).

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European Commission adopts UK Partnership Agreement on the European Structural and Investment Funds

The European Commission has adopted the Partnership Agreement with the UK, which sets out the priorities and objectives for the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds until 2020.

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Local EU funding committees – Calls for Voluntary and Community Sector representatives

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are in the process of setting up their LEP area European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Committees.

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Big Lottery announces development funding to prepare voluntary organisations for new European Social Fund programme

Big Lottery announces development funding to prepare voluntary organisations for new European Social Fund programme

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £630,000 of Lottery funding to 36 organisations across England to raise awareness within the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector of the opportunities available through the new 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF) programme.

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Investment for jobs and growth: Promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities

The European Commission’s 6th Cohesion Report on ‘investment for jobs and growth in Europe - promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities’ was published back in in July 2014

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The Future of Local Enterprise Partnerships  - a new report

The Future of Local Enterprise Partnerships - a new report

A new report has been released by the Federation of Small Business and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies on the perspective of the small business on the future of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

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EU public procurement consultation in the UK

The Government has published a consultation document on the UK implementation of the new package of EU directives on public procurement.

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Work Programme Performance - September 2014

The latest statistics on the Work Programme were released on 18 September 2014.

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Evaluation of the Programme for Employment and Solidarity (PROGRESS) 2007-2013

The European Commission has published the external ex-post evaluation report of the Programme for Employment and Solidarity (PROGRESS) 2007-2013.

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New DWP Commissioning Strategy

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new Commissioning Strategy for Welfare to Work Services.

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Adult further education - how to measure outcomes

BIS has launched a consultation on outcome based measures for adult further education.

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NOMS CFO provision for the ESF 2014-2020 Operational Programme: Round 3

NOMS CFO provision for the ESF 2014-2020 Operational Programme: Round 3

An update on the National Offender Management Service Co-Financing Organisation (NOMS CFO) provision for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 Operational Programme.

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NOMS ESF calls for delivery partners to help offenders move towards employment.

Ixion Holdings, and Pact have agreed a partnership to bid for services under NOMS Round 3 provision for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 programme.

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TAEN Special publication: ESF Projects Successfully Engaging with the Over-50s

TAEN Special publication: ESF Projects Successfully Engaging with the Over-50s

TAEN, The Age and Employment network has compiled a good practice guide for providers who offer services for 50+ years old workers.

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Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe – latest news

Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe – latest news

The Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe (JIVE) project is a two year European transnational project led by Clinks in the UK, with partners working within the Criminal Justice System from Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Italy, Romania, and the Netherlands.

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European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme 2014-2020 Consultation Outcome

The government launched a consultation back in May 2014 on the draft operational programme for the European Regional Development Fund for England and has now published its response.

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Skills Funding Agency: Register of Training Organisations Now Open

Skills Funding Agency: Register of Training Organisations Now Open

The Register of Training Organisations of the Skills Funding Agency is now open for applications until Friday 26 September 2014 at 5pm.

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Update on the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme for England 2014-2020

Update on the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme for England 2014-2020

The government's partner update on the European Structural and Investment Funds aims to keep you up to date with the developments of the new programme 2014-2020

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Investing in people: EU funding for employment and social inclusion Social Europe guide

The European Commission has published its latest bi-annual publication (volume 7) on EU funding instruments dedicated to tackle social exclusion in the EU.

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Compact Awards 2014 - nominations now open

The Compact Awards highlight outstanding examples of partnership work between voluntary and community organisations and the statutory sector and recognise achievement as a result of the Compact way of working.

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European Social Fund Mainstreaming Leader Awards 2014

Information about the European Social Fund (ESF) Equal Opportunities and Mainstreaming Leader Awards 2014.

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6th 'Cohesion report' confirms more investment in social inclusion in 2014-2020 programme

The Commission has published its sixth Cohesion report on ‘Investment for jobs and growth. Promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities’.

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New EU Cohesion Policy open data platform launched

A new platform of information on EU cohesion policy is now available on the European Commission website.

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Cohesion policy: UK review of the balance of competences

The UK government has published its review of the balance of competences between the UK and the EU in the area of Cohesion policy. It gives an overview of its history, legal foundations and future options for reform.

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Smart Specialisation in England – new strategy

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published its draft submission to the European Commission on Smart Specialisation in England.

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EU Funding for environment, climate change and low carbon growth projects – presentations

EU Funding for environment, climate change and low carbon growth projects – presentations

The East of England Local Government Association (EELGA) arranged an event on 14 July on EU funding for projects relating to the environment, climate change and low carbon growth.

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South East LEP is calling for Voluntary sector views on EU funding 2014-2020

South East LEP is calling for Voluntary sector views on EU funding 2014-2020

South East Local Enterprise Partnership is gathering views from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to determine how to prioritise the new European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) 2014-2020 programme.

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Big Lottery Fund announces EU development funding for the voluntary sector

Big Lottery Fund announces EU development funding for the voluntary sector

The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new fund to help prepare voluntary organisations across England for the new European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) 2014-2020 programme.

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Big Lottery EU match – Building Better Opportunities

Big Lottery EU match – Building Better Opportunities

Subject to approval from the European Commission later this year, Big Lottery Fund is in talks to put up £260m of lottery funds against a similar figure from the 2014-2020 European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) Growth Programme in order to tackle social exclusion in England.

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European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 roundtable including presentations

The European Funding Network (EFN) Advisory group held a roundtable event bringing together key voluntary, community and social enterprise sector representatives with the managing authorities of the new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014-2020 programme.

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New State Aid Guidance on the General Block Exemption Regulation

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published new guidance following recent state aid modernisation.

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Rural Development Programme for England: outline of new programme

An update on the Rural Development Programme for England (RDP) has been posted on the government website. The RDP is worth £3.5bn over seven years from 2014-2020 and funding will start in 2015.

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European Regional Development Fund - Strategic Environmental Assessment Consultation

The government is holding a consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the 2014 - 2020 England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Operational Programme.

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Skills Show seeking European Social Fund exhibitors

Skills Show seeking European Social Fund exhibitors

Applications are now open for your organisation to apply to be a European Social Fund Skills Exhibitor at the World Skills Show UK from 13-15 November 2014.

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ESF projects awarded at Adults Learners’ Week National Awards 2014.

ESF projects awarded at Adults Learners’ Week National Awards 2014.

The Adults Learners’ Week National Awards 2014, supported by the European Social Fund, took place last week to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning.

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Lottery match set to open up major European funding opportunities for voluntary sector

Lottery match set to open up major European funding opportunities for voluntary sector

Big Lottery Fund is in advanced talks to match over £260 million of Lottery funding with money from Europe in a move that will open up new funding opportunities for the sector, Big Lottery Fund chief executive, Dawn Austwick, told delegates today at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ conference, Evolve.

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One East Midlands consultation on social inclusion for D2N2 LEP.

One East Midlands consultation on social inclusion for D2N2 LEP.

One East Midlands has been tasked by Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Local Enterprise Partnership to develop a Social inclusion and anti-poverty Framework to support potential proposals for the European Structural and Investment Funds and the Big Lottery ‘opt-in’ from 2014-2020.

One East Midlands consultation on social inclusion for D2N2 LEP. - Read More…

European Social Fund information is moving

Did you know that the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) information on the European Social Fund (ESF) in England is moving from its current address www.dwp.gov.uk/esf to the www.gov.uk address?

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New Community-led Local Development Guidance

In the new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme from 2014-2020, there will be an opportunity to use community-led local development (CLLD).

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European Social Fund and Social Innovation

Voluntary sector organisations often provide solutions to their local communities by innovative means. The EU has been supporting social innovation over the past years through the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Progress programme. However there will be even more scope to use funding in support of social policy innovation in the new European Social Fund (ESF) programme for 2014-2020.

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Consultation on Europe 2020 Strategy

Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy: towards a post-crisis growth strategy for Europe

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Consultation on the European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme 2014-2020

The government has today published a consultation on the English Operational Programme of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) from 2014-2020.

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UK Partnership Agreement on the European Structural and Investment Funds

The UK government has published the Partnership Agreement on the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.

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£490 million to help young people find jobs

The European Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) is a fund that aims to help young people aged 15-24 years in regions experiencing youth unemployment rates above 25% to find work.

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EU Structural funds LEP allocations

The government has reannounced the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocations to the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

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Consultation on the European Social Fund Operational Programme 2014-2020

The government has launched a public consultation on the European Social Fund (ESF) Operational Programme for England 2014-2020.

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NOMS seeks expressions of interest for ESF contracts

NOMS seeks expressions of interest for ESF contracts

The NOMS Co-Financing Organisation (CFO) is seeking prime providers for the European Social Fund 2014-2020 Operational Programme.

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Government audit of the EU - calls for evidence

The final semester of the UK government’s review into the balance of competences between the UK and the UK has been launched.

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EU Manifesto, Towards a more open Europe

NCVO has set out its vision for reform and renewal in Europe through its manifesto, Towards a More Open Europe. Elections to the European Parliament will take place on 22 May.

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Assessment of progress towards the Europe 2020 social inclusion objectives

Europe 2020 is the EU's long-term growth and jobs plan, built on five targets to be met by 2020. One of its targets is to ensure 20 million fewer people are at risk of poverty or social exclusion and its overall objective is for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

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National Consortium of Social Enterprises – Sign up

National Consortium of Social Enterprises – Sign up

A partnership between 3SC, Social Firms UK and Social Enterprise UK, funded by NOMS CFO has set up the National Consortium of Social Enterprises (NCSE).

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New EU rules on Public Procurement

New EU rules on public procurement will come into force on 17 April 2014.

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The Work Programme: how is it performing?

New statistics have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions on the performance of the Work Programme form June 2011 to the end of December 2013.

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Skills Funding Agency - how it works with the European Social Fund

Skills Funding Agency - how it works with the European Social Fund

There is an updated guidance on the government website on how the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) works with the European Social Fund (ESF).

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120 measures to cut red tape on EU funding

The Commission has adopted its Final Simplification Scoreboard: over 120 measures to simplify the EU funding rules.

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Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 update

See below some useful links to find out what’s in store for the Rural Development Programme (RDP) in 2014-2020.

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