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Welcome to the March 2013 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter that is received by over 1,700 selected professionals in Europe
As you know the economic situation in Europe is still not satisfactory and a few days ago also the UK - which is not in the Eurozone - was downgraded from AAA to Aa1
The economic crisis, started in 2008, is being lasting for much a longer period than expected and some questions come to everybody's mind.
As a matter of fact, on 19 Feb 2013 Mr Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the European Commission and member of the Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro made a speech:
Closely related to this, some days earlier there were problems in the European Council about agreeing on the Multiannual Financial Framework budget, which we described more in details below in this newsletter.
After some debates on the 08 Feb 2013 the European Council reached the agreement on the MFF
, which lays down the EU's budgetary priorities for the years 2014-2020. This is a good news as it has a direct impact on the budget allocation to R&I activities envisaged in the Horizon 2020
In February 2013 some new calls for proposals were launched and the most popular are ARTEMIS and LIFE+ 2013. In May 2013 it is expected the publication of the Eco-Innovation call, whereas on the 08 May 2013 the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) call will close.
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EC Tenders & Grants shortly expiring
New Calls recently published
During last month the following new calls were launched.
- 19 Feb 2013 - LIFE+ 2013 (deadline 25 June 2013)
If you would like to be advised on how to prepare and submit project proposals within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and/or other Programmes (i.e. Competitiveness and Innovation Programme-CIP), EPN Consulting is the right consultancy to choose. Visit the EU Projects Consultancy
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EUROSTARS call for proposals closes on 04 April 2013
aims to stimulate R&D performing SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding.
It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets. More than 70% of the applicants of the Eurostars projects are R&D SMEs and SMEs.
There are some eligibility criteria to comply with in order to apply in the Eurostars Programme. This is a summary of the different criteria:
- The project must meet the EUREKA criteria: it can address any technology but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.
- The leading SME must be a R&D performing SME
- All the SMEs must fulfill the EU-adopted definition of an SME
- The leading SME must be based in Eurostars member state
- There has to be at least one other participant from a Eurostars country
- The R&D performing SMEs must undertake 50% of total project cost
- No partner or country is performing more than 75% of project total cost
- The project duration is <= 3 years
- Market introduction is foreseen within 2 years after project end
If you are an SME with at least 10% of your turnover generated by R&D activities, you could apply.
Although the EC intends to continue with this initiative in 2014 with Eurostars2
(as published in the EPN Newsletter No. 30), please note that this is the only call for proposal for 2013.
More information is available here
The 2013 CIVITAS FORUM will be in Brest (France)
The 11th edition of the annual CIVITAS FORUM Conference will take place between 30 Sept and 02 Oct 2013 in Brest, the main metropolitan centre of Western Brittany.
The CIVITAS FORUM 2013 is an event that will continue its mission of supporting cities to introduce ambitious transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility. The Brest conference will be the 11th edition of the forum, placing this city alongside several quarters of Europe including Vitoria-Gasteiz, Funchal, Malmö, Krakow, Bologna, Kaunas, Burgos, Nantes, Rotterdam and Graz.
Although the series started in 2003, this will be the first time ever that the annual CIVITAS forum is hosted by a non-demonstration city, eager to present its achievements in terms of sustainable urban mobility to the CIVITAS community.
More information on this event is available here
More information on the CIVITAS Initiative is available here
EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) Negotiations
The deal reached at the European Council limits the
maximum possible expenditure for a European Union of 28 Member States (Croatia is expected to join the EU on
01 July 2013) to EUR 959.99 Billion (this and all other figures are given in 2011 prices) in commitments, corresponding to 1.0% of the EU's Gross National Income (GNI).
This means that the overall expenditure ceiling has been reduced by 3.4% in real terms, compared to the current MFF (2007-2013). This is to reflect the consolidation of public finances at national level.
Why is this important?
This is the first time that the overall expenditure limit of a MFF has been reduced compared to the previous MFF. The ceiling for overall payments
has been set at EUR 908.40 Billion
, compared to EUR 942.78 Billion in the MFF 2007-2013.- 08 February 2013:
Conclusions of the European Council (Multiannual Financial Framework) (EUCO 37/13
- 15 February 2013:
Herman Van Rompuy President of the European Council: A budget for the future (PCE EUCO 40/13
The budget of the next multiannual programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) for Research and Innovation (R&I) depends on these decisions!
The 10 things
you need to know to follow the MFF negotiations.
The 2 tracks of the MFF negotiations are explained here
The rules for the adoption of the MFF package are available here
An interesting animation of the MFF negotiating box is available here
More info and figures regarding the 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 MFF budgets are available here
R&I: President Barroso announces creation of a Science and Technology Advisory Council
Brussels, 27 Feb 2013 - The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, announced the creation of a Science and Technology Advisory Council. This informal advisory body held its first meeting today in Brussels.
President Barroso said: "Science and innovation are key drivers for European competitiveness, economic growth and the creation of new jobs. This Advisory Council will focus on science and technology related topics that are of cross-cutting nature, with a clear societal dimension. It will identify the issues of value where science, research and innovation can contribute to support future development in Europe".
The Science and Technology Advisory Council is an independent and informal group of outstanding science and technology experts from academia, business and civil society, covering a broad range of disciplines and uniting expertise from across the European Research Area.
The main aim of the Council is to provide advice directly to the President on how to create the proper environment for innovation by shaping a European society that embraces science, technology and engineering. In particular, the Council will advise on the opportunities and risks stemming from scientific and technological progress. It will also advise on how to communicate these in order to foster an informed societal debate and ensure that Europe does not "miss the boat" and remains a global leader in cutting-edge technologies.
More info is available here
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The Website of the Month: EPIA
This month EPN Consulting has chosen the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).
EPIA is the most powerful voice of photovoltaics (PV) in Europe with Members active along the whole solar PV value chain: from silicon, cells and module production to systems development and PV electricity generation as well as marketing and sales. EPIA's mission is to give its global membership a distinct and effective voice in the European market, especially in the EU.
To carry out its mission, EPIA:
- Represents its Members towards European policymakers and moves the debate on issues related to the PV industry and renewable energy in general
- Develops targeted business intelligence on markets, industry and technologies, keeping its Members and external stakeholders informed and up-to-date on the PV industry
- Communicates the benefits of PV to key stakeholders - including EU decision makers & opinion leaders, the PV sector and the general public
- Organises Thematic Working Groups (WG) supporting EPIA activities and reflecting its Members' interests: Policy WG; Communications WG; Sustainable Development WG; National Associations Task Force
- The association also takes part in several European Projects addressing issues of strategic importance for the growth of the whole PV industry
Finally, EPIA benefits from strong Partnerships and Alliances: EPIA is a founding Member of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), and PV CYCLE. EPIA is also Member of the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA-PVPS) and the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES). It coordinates the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform and develops partnerships at national level with national associations and agencies.
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