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Welcome to the April 2013 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter that is received by over 1,800 selected professionals in Europe.
This month the editorial is focused on the ICT world.
First of all, please remember the FP7 ICT-11 call
is going to close very soon (16 Apr 2013) and the CIP ICT-PSP call
pretty soon (14 May 2013).
There is an open consultation on Directions for ICT-driven public sector innovation at European Union level Research and innovation in Horizon 2020.
The answers will help prepare Horizon 2020 forthcoming Work Programmes. All the interested stakeholders: national administrations, businesses, researchers, innovators, academia and interested users can provide their ideas on research and innovation activities at the EU level.
Your contribution can be provided here
by 15 Apr 2013
If you are interested in saying your opinion on the future spectrum demands for wireless broadband in Europe
be advised there is currently an open consultation
(deadline 29 Apr 2013
) launched by the the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG)
, a high-level advisory group to the Commission.
Finally, it is highly interesting to see how ICT and Transport get intertwined thanks to a couple of specific EC-funded projects: EVITA
We suggest you the following good reading: "Hello Car, what is the password?
Talking about European projects
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New Calls recently published
During last month the following new calls were launched.
- 05 Mar 2013 - ENIAC-2013-1 (deadline 23 May 2013 and 12 Sept 2013)
UPDATED DEADLINES OF OPEN CALLS
- 15 Apr 2013
(instead of 12 Mar 2013) - FP7-ICT-2013-C
- 29 May 2013
(instead of 29 Mar 2013) - FP7-AAT-2013-RTD-HIGH-SPEED
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EPN Consulting helps you prepare sound FP7 and CIP projects proposals! Book your place to learn how to improve your chances of success!
EPN Consulting organises "INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN PROJECTS" Courses to help you understand strengths and weaknesses of your ideas and how they can fit in the relevant Calls of interest. Theses courses are very flexible (No. of Students, Course Duration and Course Locations) to help you get the best out of it.
Learning now topics and funding schemes of the FP7 and CIP frameworks will set up the right mindset to understand the new Horizon 2020 framework due to start on 1st Jan 2014. Hurry up!
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EPN Consulting is part of the Advisory Board of the EC-funded TIPS Project
EPN Consulting CEO
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of the TIPS
TIPS is a Support Action funded by the European Commission to enhance the capacity of EU transport projects to transform research results into innovative products and services.
TIPS will select the best way for each individual R&D project (focusing notably on just completed and still ongoing FP6 and FP7 projects) to bring its R&D results to the market. As a starting point it is necessary to understand where the projects lie on the exploitation pathway and to offer tailor-made services to them.
TIPS will analyse successful exploitation strategies in completed projects and develop good practices to help ongoing transport projects exploit their research results:
- Analysing the research framework of finished and ongoing national and EU-funded projects;
- Developing best practice guidelines and innovation methodologies;
- Promoting the exploitation of R&D results and market uptake of innovative products and services to transport project partners;
- Supporting completed and ongoing EU-funded research projects to develop sound action plans for the use and dissemination of results;
- Creating a supporting project environment and tools that are sustainable.
was also identified as one of the relevant European networks able to disseminate
the project results.
More information on the project is available here
EPN Consulting enhances its interest in Road Safety
Last 06 March 2013 EPN Consulting took part in the 6th Annual ASECAP Road Safety Conference organised at the European Parliament in Brussels on "Deploying Road Safety Priorities in the EU: the Role of Road Infrastructure Operators".
The event format comprised a political discussion on the implementation of EU road safety policy as well as an illustration of real-life road safety deployments on ASECAP motorways.
It was good to see that many efforts undertaken by European Road Infrastructures Operators have been successful in reducing the number of accidents and casualties toward the Vision Zero wished by the EU. This has been possible thanks to the installation and management of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) solutions
ASECAP is the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures, whose members' networks today span about 45,000 kms of motorways, bridges and tunnels across 21 countries.
ASECAP's purpose is to defend and develop the system of motorways and road infrastructures in Europe applying tolls as a means to ensure the financing of their construction, maintenance and operation.
More information on this event and presentations shown is available here
EPN Consulting attended the iMobility Forum Workshop on "Automation in Road Transport"
Last 07 March 2013 EPN Consulting attended the workshop on "Automation in Road Transport" organised in Brussels by the iMobility Forum.
Automation will play an important role in realising the societal challenges and policy objectives for mobility and Transport. Applications like platooning, temporary auto-pilot, hazards detection and intelligent lane assignment all highly depend on new emerging technologies and know-how in areas such as sensors, HMI, communication and user acceptance but also on new policies and regulations. This event was a fantastic opportunity to share information and best practice within this challenging field.
More information on this event and presentations shown is available here
Unlocking the potential of business services for jobs and growth: New High Level Group set up
Brussels, 14 March 2013 - The European Commission set up a new High Level Group (HLG) to examine the challenges facing the business services sector and the obstacles to a well-functioning single market in this field.
In particular the HLG should make policy recommendations and help policy-makers to identify ways to improve the level of productivity and innovation of business services.
Business services employ 21 million people in the EU in more than 4 million enterprises and have an untapped potential to contribute to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth. They encompass a varied selection of sectors ranging from technical services (e.g. engineering and architecture, IT) to other professional services such as legal services, accounting, employment services and facility management (e.g. cleaning, catering, security services).
As the borderline between services and goods becomes less clearly defined, barriers to trade in services are directly hampering trade in goods to an increasing degree. Moreover, business services are crucial to industrial competitiveness and innovation and they are particularly relevant for SMEs, who rely more on purchasing services from the market than from large companies.
More info available here
Boosting Investment in the European Neighbourhood
Brussels, 18 Mar 2013 - Energy and Transport sectors in the countries of the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood will be a key focus of new EU funding approved by the European Commission.
The Commission decided to allocate EUR 200 million to the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) with the objective of leveraging investments from EU development banks.
Combining the EU grants with the loans from the development banks will allow a more competitive financing structures for many large projects in the countries of the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood.
The planned investments will target energy and transport projects establishing infrastructure interconnections between the EU and neighbouring countries and among neighbouring countries themselves, as well as projects addressing common climate change challenges and promoting growth and small businesses.
Projects funded in 2012 covered a wide range of initiatives and sectors, among others, a Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Facility in the Southern Neighbourhood, the modernisation of border crossing points in Armenia, support for the electrical transport network in Morocco as well as for a Green for Growth Fund, which will provide refinancing via local financial institutions for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energies to SMEs and households in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries.
More info is available here
Digital Agenda - Global Tech Sector measures its Carbon Footprint
Brussels, 18 Mar 2013 - The European Commission is working with 27 of the world's leading tech companies and associations to measure their carbon footprint arising from the production, transport and sales of ICT goods, networks and services. According to a study recently published, 10 measurement tools and standards pilot-tested by the organisations are comparable. The aim is to have a common measurement framework in order to get a clearer picture, and eventually a reduction, of CO2
emissions.Every minute of the day, 48 hours of new video content is uploaded onto YouTube, 700,000 Facebook users share content, Google receives over 2 million search queries and 200 million emails are sent, not to mention tweets, blogs, etc. Given that a single search query may produce from a few tenths of a gram to a few grams of CO2 emissions depending on the type of energy used to power the relevant devices, CO2 emissions in this regard can be substantial. Currently calculations of these emissions, notably from industry, vary significantly and are highly dependent on the different methods used
ICT products and services are currently responsible for 8 to 10% of the EU's electricity consumption and up to 4% of its carbon emissions. Measuring the environmental effect of the ICT-sector in a transparent way is essential in helping to use global energy resources sustainably.
More info is available here
Eurocities members compete for Green Capital 2015 award
Last 25 March 2013 Bristol
(UK) and Ljubljana
(SI) - all members of EUROCITIES - were shortlisted for the European Green Capital 2015 title.
These cities already have a strong track record when it comes to the Green Capital: Nantes is the current title holder while Copenhagen will take over next year.
Since its inception in 2010, the European title has been awarded to four EUROCITIES members, including the first title holder, Stockholm, in 2010 and Hamburg in 2011.
The award recognises the role of local authorities in improving the environment.
By highlighting the achievements of specific cities, showcasing and promoting the exchange of best practice, the European Commission, behind the initiative, hopes to spur on other European cities to follow suit.
The four finalists for the 2015 award were selected out of eight applicants. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Nantes in June 2013.
More info on the European Green Capital award is available here
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The Website of the Month: EUROVELO
This month EPN Consulting has chosen EuroVelo, the European Cycle Route Network.
EUROVELO is an EC-funded project under the preparatory action of Sustainable Tourism. The project was initiated and is managed by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF).
The EUROVELO Network consists of 14 long-distance routes and, when completed (by 2020), it will cover over 70,000 kms of routes.
One of the many benefits of cycle tourism is that typically has very little impact on the Environment and when travelling from/to the chosen cycle trip is made by Public Transport that impact is ever smaller.
Cycling is also one of the best and pleasant ways of keeping ourselves healthy and fit.
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