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Welcome to the April 2012 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter that is received by hundreds of selected professionals in Europe.
As Spring has arrived Europeans will go out more often to enjoy some time outdoor therefore more journeys are likely to happen. That's why we dedicated a lot of space to transport including road safety.
As the economic climate seems to take longer to improve, the SMEs may have some problems in assuring a vital cash flow. Beyond the normal trading and business development activities, some funding would be beneficial. To raise awareness of the several sources of funding available, we invite you to read the EU Support Programmes for SMEs
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Transport Ministers back new core Transport Network (TEN-T)
Brussels, 22 March 2012 - Transport ministers today reached agreement on proposals to transform the existing patchwork of roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified European transport network.
The proposed Regulation for Guidelines for Trans-European Networks (TEN-T) will remove cross-border bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline cross-border transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the EU.
Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "This is a very significant step forwards. Transport is the lifeblood of the European economy. And if it does not flow smoothly, our economy will weaken and fail to grow. Ministers have today given strong political backing for plans to build the strategic transport connections necessary to fuel Europe's future economic growth."
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EU grants over 160 Million Euros to support key infrastructures projects
Brussels, 28 March 2012 - The European Commission announced today the projects selected to receive over €160 million in EU co-financing from the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme to continue improving transport infrastructure across the EU.
The 26 selected projects will use the EU's financial support to speed up the implementation of important priorities of the TEN-T Programme in order to contribute to delivering a safe, competitive and efficient transport infrastructure network.
Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, noted:
"Once more the European Commission makes significant funding available from its TEN-T programme to boost transport infrastructure in the European Union. I am very proud to give the green light today to these projects which will not only positively affect the lives of our citizens in the near future, but which will also widen the basis of the EU's future transport infrastructure for years to come."
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Road Safety: Progress in cutting EU road deaths falls to 2% in 2011
Brussels, 29 March 2012 - Progress in cutting road fatalities significantly slowed last year (to -2%) compared with a very promising EU-wide reduction throughout the last decade (on average -6%), according to new figures published today by the European Commission.
Worse still, some EU Member States, like Germany and Sweden, who have very strong safety records, now show a significant increase in deaths. In other Member States, like Poland and Belgium - already lagging behind in road safety - the number of deaths went up. The problem of motorcycles - where fatalities have still not fallen after more than a decade - still persists.
Vice-President Siim Kallas, with responsibility for transport, said:
"These figures are a wake-up call. This is the slowest decrease in road deaths in a decade. 85 people still die on Europe's roads every day. This is unacceptable. We will need to sharply intensify efforts at EU and national level to reach our goal of cutting road fatalities in half again by 2020. I am writing to ministers in all Member States to ask for information about national road safety enforcement plans for 2012. I want to be reassured that even in tough economic times this important work, which is so central to road safety, is not being scaled back. At EU level, I intend also to target specifically fatalities on motorcycles in 2012, we need to see the current trend reversed and these deaths start to fall."
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EC ITS Directive - Public Consultation on Road Safety
The objective of this public consultation is to collect the opinions of stakeholders and EU citizens on the provision, where possible, of road safety related minimum universal traffic information free of charge to users.
More precisely this questionnaire addresses issues related to the type of safety messages, the possible channels of communication, the geographical coverage, the expected impacts of such information.
The aim of the European Commission is to support the coordinated and coherent deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) within the EU and to set out the general conditions necessary for that purpose.
The outcome of this consultation will be discussed during a workshop to be organised in Brussels later this year.Consultation
period: 13 Mar 2012 - 05 June 2012
More details can be found here.
Eco-Innovation Action Plan
The Commission launched an Eco-Innovation Action Plan to expand the EU's focus from green technologies to all aspects of eco-innovation.
The Eco-innovation Action Plan develops actions under the Europe 2020 "Innovation Union" and "Resource Efficiency" flagships. It proposes measures to target eco-innovation specific barriers and drivers. The aim of the Plan is to deliver efficient solutions for environmental problems, improving European resource efficiency while opening new opportunities for business. Commissioner Janez Potočnik explains the reasoning and the key elements of the new plan.
Why is eco-innovation important for Europe?
EU businesses need to adapt to the pressures of high resource prices and scarce materials. Many of our firms will need to become more competitive, improving their energy and resource efficiency. Eco-innovation in particular can offer many new business opportunities. It also reduces the risk of environmental pollution. In fact this is a business sector that is already growing rapidly: EU eco-industries are already bigger than the European automotive industry and are often world leaders.
Eco-innovation needs to permeate all sectors of the economy, from construction to the chemical industry, if we are to face up to the challenge of sustainability. There will be tremendous competitiveness benefits too, if we provide the solutions that everybody is looking forward to
More information can be found here
CIP Eco-Innovation Information Day
Next 08 May 2012 in Brussels there will be the information day regarding the Eco-Innovation call for proposals.
The European Info Day 2012 will give essential information and advice on how to develop a good project proposal and apply successfully. It also offers the chance to find project partners from across Europe, exchange views and share expertise.
More information can be found here
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EPN Consulting attended the Business 2012 Event
Last 19 and 20 March 2012
EPN Consulting attended the Business 2012 event organised in London at the O2 Arena and it was the first of its kind.
There were over 200 exhibitors and seminars providers to give information, hints&tips to be successful in Business in the UK and abroad. Interviews to special entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and James Caan made the event particularly interesting.
IEE 2012 - 5 weeks to the deadline
We would like to remind our readers that there are only 9 weeks (including Easter) left to prepare and submit a good quality proposal within the Intelligent Energy Europe 2012 call
Some 72 Million Euros of funding have been allocated to the promotion and dissemination of best practice in the following fields:
- Energy Efficiency (SAVE) - 15 Million Euros
- Energy use in Transport (STEER) - 12.5 Million Euros
- Renewable Energy Sources (ALTENER) - 12 Million Euros
- Integrated Initiatives - 32.5 Million Euros
Activities of Research and Implementation will NOT be funded.
When planning activities with your consortium partners please note that beyond Easter period, 1st May is holiday in many European countries. Besides, 25th April is holiday in Italy and 7th May is Bank Holiday in the UK. And the 8th May is the deadline for submission!
Not many days left ...
If you need any help on discussing and identifying innovative ideas, building up consortia, writing the proposal, designing a suitable budget, etc. please get in touch
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Article from EPN Consulting Members:
HODOS Consulting from Belgium
Plain English Makes You Look Smarter!
It's scientifically proven - people who read simply-written text think the author is more intelligent.
Daniel Oppenheimer, an associate professor at Princeton University, has published a paper on five experiments to check how complexity of writing correlated with the reader's view of the writer's intelligence.
The results, surprisingly, show that readers of complex text think the authors are less, not more, intelligent.
In Experiment 1, for example, he took graduate school admission essays and created a complex version. He substituted every noun, verb and adjective with the longest entry in the Microsoft Word 2000 thesaurus. He used a similar process to create a 'medium complexity' version. He tested all three versions with readers, and asked them to rate the author's intelligence.
He writes, 'The results of Experiment 1 suggest that, contrary to prevailing wisdom, increasing the complexity of a text does not cause an essay's author to seem more intelligent. In fact, the opposite appears to be true.'
The findings fly in the face of writers' assumptions. Oppenheimer said that 110 undergraduates at Stanford University were polled about their writing habits. Four out of five said they made their writing more complex to make them appear smarter. Nearly two-thirds said they used a thesaurus to find more complex words to give an impression that their writing is 'more valid' and they are more intelligent.
The opposite is proven to be true. Write clearly and simply, and your readers will think you're smarter.
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The Website of the Month: Climate Change Adaptation Support Tool
This month EPN Consulting has chosen the EC site about the Climate Change Adaptation Support Tool.
The aim of the Adaptation Support Tool is to assist users in developing climate change adaptation policies by providing guidance, links to relevant sources and dedicated tools.
The tool is based on the policy cycle. The cycle highlights that climate change adaptation is an iterative process. The steps of this cycle can be re-considered periodically in order to ensure that adaptation decisions are based on up-to-date data, knowledge and policies. This iterative process will also allow monitoring and timely assessment of successes and failures and encourage adaptive learning. In its design the Adaptation Support Tool borrows from the UKCIP Adaptation Wizard and various risk assessment frameworks.
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