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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
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EPN Consulting helps you prepare sound proposals for EU grants
EPN Consulting CEO held a University seminar on EU funding
Logistics: IRU adopted Loading Bay Guiidelines
Horizon2020: Focus on Mobility & Transport
EU Integration: FYROM
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Welcome to the May 2013 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter that is received by over 1,900 selected professionals in Europe.

First of all, remember that two popular calls are closing:
- Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) - 08 May 2013
- CIP ICT-PSP  - 14 May 2013

and one EACI tender under the IEE programme:
EACI/IEE/2013/003 "Managing and Developing the ELTIS portal and Supporting the Uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) - 16 May 2013

The EACI (Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation) is also going to launch the 2013 Eco-Innovation Call in the next days.

With 3.4 million jobs in eco-industries and a growing demand for environmental products and services, Europe has the potential to meet the environmental challenges of the future. The EU's Eco-innovation initiative was set up to tap this potential to the fullest by giving clever ideas and new environmentally-friendly solutions a chance to reach an EU-wide market. Eco-innovation boosts economic growth whilst protecting the environment.

Ecology goes hand in hand with innovation. Projects must be environmentally beneficial, innovative and economically viable in the medium to long-term. Eco-innovation funding is only there to help ideas get off the ground - the project must be able to carry on without EU funding.
The  Eco-Innovation European Information Day, though, is already scheduled in Brussels on the 27 May 2013. Attendance is free but registration is mandatory and can be done here.

Regarding these or other European calls, if you need help in finding partners and/or writing a good-quality proposal, EPN Consulting is happy to receive your requests and design a bespoke service for you.

If you need pure consultancy instead, EPN Consulting will carry out feasibility and viability studies that will include some intelligence on EU projects that have been already funded to catch ideas and adapt them to the Client's needs. This will ensure the design of cutting-edge solutions that avoid re-inventing the wheel with a much appreciated consequence of saving time and money.

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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring   
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The following calls for proposals are close to an end in the next 3 months: 


- 08 May 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the CIP IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe) 2013 Call  


- 14 May 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the CIP-ICT-PSP-2013-7 Call  


- 22 May 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the FCH-JU-2013-1 Call  


- 23 May 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ENIAC-2013-1 Call  


- 29 May 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-AAT-2013-RTD-HIGH-SPEED call  


- 06 June 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ARTEMIS-2013-1 Call   


- 13 June 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the 67-G-ENT-CIP-13-D-N03S02 (Sustainable Industry Low Carbon Scheme - SILC I - 2013) Call  


- 03 July 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the 70-G-ENT-CIP-13-B-N03S04 (Supporting the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products) Call   


- 22 Aug 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the 64-G-ENT-CIP-13-C-N04C02 (Clusters and entrepreneurship in support of emerging industries) Call - Second Stage (full proposal) 


- 23 Aug 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the 2013 MARCO POLO call 



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New Calls recently published  
European Projects


During last month the following new calls were launched.


- 03 May 201370-G-ENT-CIP-13-B-N03S04 (Supporting the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products) Call   (Deadline 03 July 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  for more information.

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EPN Consulting CEO, Stefano Mainero, held a University seminar on EU funding schemes for Enterprises             

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Last 08 Apr 2013 Dr Ing Stefano Mainero, EPN Consulting CEO, held an 8-hour seminar in Turin (Italy) on "European funding schemes for Enterprises" to young professionals attending a Master on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) organised by the faculty of Management Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino university.

The seminar described several funding schemes that are currently available to any kind and size of Enterprises including but, not limited to, the 7th Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, the Eurostars programme and their follow-ups in the new multi-annual schemes covering 2014-2020 (Horizon 2020, COSME, Eurostars2).

If some of you are interested in learning more on these topics to prepare your enterprise for new challenges and apply for some EU Grants, please contact us and we will be happy to help you succeed.


Logistics - IRU adopted Loading Bay Guidelines      
The IRU Goods Transport Council adopted guidelines on loading bay operations, with recommendations addressing current inefficiencies, through a voluntary code of conduct, contractual clarifications and optimal use of available IT applications.

The IRU Loading Bay Guidelines consist of three recommendations:

  • a voluntary code of conduct, with best behavioural practices to adopt in case a conflict arises between the driver and ramps' personnel;
  • the integration of specific clauses in transport contracts, clarifying the each party's responsibilities in loading and unloading, as well as the monitoring of waiting times;
  • the use of IT applications enabling transport operators, where feasible, to book loading and unloading slots and providing visibility for shippers and carriers on availability of loading bays, labour and warehouse schedules
More information available here.
HORIZON 2020 - The new EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation - a focus on Mobility and Transport 
Brussels, 11 April 2013 - An interesting speech was made by Mire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN on Horizon 2020 and the Mobility & Transport topics. Below some excerpts.

[...] Horizon 2020 will provide huge scope for the transport sector to boost its research and innovation capacity, so I would also like to highlight some of the opportunities in this area. [...]

[...] The other societal challenges are also very relevant to transport. For example, Europe wants to achieve a 60% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2050. Transport accounts for as much as a quarter of current emissions.

We also want to halve the use of conventionally-fuelled cars in cities and achieve virtually CO2-free city logistics in major urban centres by 2030.

We cannot achieve these goals without radical changes in the transport sector - and that is why transport is one of the six main societal challenges tackled under Horizon 2020. [...] 

[...] I want the transport industry to be a leading player in Horizon 2020. As the backbone of an integrated, mobile economy, and with a major role to play in tackling many of our societal challenges, I would not settle for anything less!

Horizon 2020 will address transport as an integrated system. But it will not ignore the specifics of the different modes of transport, particularly where we need to achieve technological breakthroughs. Actions will focus on four areas:

  • Resource-efficient transport;

  • Better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security (this is where we expect a cross-over between transport modes);

  • Global leadership for the European transport industry; 

  • Forward-looking activities to feed into future policy making.

[...] With the demand for mobility increasing world wide - the number of cars in the world will almost double by 2030, for example - these priorities respond to a global need for greater sustainability. [...] 

The entire speech transcript is available here.
EU Integration - in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Reforms continue despite political tensions 
Brussels, 16 Apr 2013 - The report highlights the importance of the implementation of the political agreement of 1st March 2013 by which the recent political crisis was overcome

"Progress has been made over the last six months. The challenge is now to maintain that momentum, so that full use can be made of the existing opportunities. To that end the political agreement of 1 March should be fully implemented, including on the Committee of Inquiry, the cross-party Memorandum of Understanding on fulfilling the country's strategic goal of EU membership and resuming dialogue with the journalists", said EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fle.

More info is available here.
EGNOS & GALILEO - Agreement on financing and governance of the European satellite navigation systems
Brussels, 17 Apr 2013 - The member states' Permanent Representatives endorsed the compromise reached
between the Council and the European Parliament in their negotiations on a new financial  and governance framework for the European satellite navigation systems (EGNOS and
Galileo) for the period covered by the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020.

In order to enter into force, the draft regulation stills needs to be formally approved by the Parliament and the Council. However, as the amount to be allocated to the EU's satellite navigation programmes depends on the outcome of the ongoing negotiations with the European Parliament on the next MFF, the final adoption of the draft regulation can only take place once there is a decision on the MFF.

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Next Professional Events happening in Europe
- 06 May 2013 - Early May Bank Holiday in England

- 06 May 2013 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+TRA - 5th EUROPEAN ROAD SAFETY DAY - Pedestrian Safety: Vulnerable Road Users in Urban Areas

- 08-10 May 2013 - Dublin (IE) - ICT - 2013 FUTURE INTERNET ASSEMBLY

- 09-10 May 2013 - Vilnius (LT) - TRA - TRANSBALTICA 2013 - 8th International Scientific Conference

- 14 May 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ENE+ENV+TEC - EURELECTRIC CONFERENCE - Powering Innovation, Empowering Utilities!
- 14 May 2013 - Leuven (BE) - ICT+TRA - CDC 2013 - Understanding Urban Cycling: a Data Challenge - a pre-AGILE Conference Workshop

- 14-15 May 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ENE+INN+TEC - THE EUROPEAN SMART GRID CONFERENCE 2013 - Facilitating the Successful Delivery of the Smart Grid in Europe

- 14-16 May 2013 - Nuernberg  (DE) - BIZ+ICT - SENSOR+TEST 2013 - The Measurement Fair
- 14-16 May 2013 - Milan (IT) - ICT+INN - FOTONICA 2013 (in Italian)


- 15 May 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ENE+ENV+TEC - 6th EHPA (European Heat Pump Association) FORUM

- 15-16 May 2013 - Brussels (BE) - BIZ+FIN+LEG - EUROPEAN BUSINESS SUMMIT - Unlocking Industrial Opportunities: An EU Strategy for Competitiveness?

- 16-17 May 2013 - Belgrade (Serbia) - CIV+EUP+ITS+TRA - SUTP 2013 - International Conference on Sustainable Urban & Transport Planning

- 21-24 May 2013 - L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (ES) - CIV+TEC - CONSTRUMAT 2013 - The International Construction Trade Show
- 21-24 May 2013 - Izmir (TR) - BIZ+FIN+INN - INSME 2013 - 9th International Network for SMEs Annual Meeting - "The Governance of Innovation: Building an Innovative Eco-System for SMEs"

- 22 May 2013 - Derby (UK) - CIV+TEC - HIGHWAYS MAINTENANCE 2013 - The 15th Annual Surveyor Conference & Exhibition

- 22-23 May 2013 - Lille (FR) - ICT+TEC - MCM ITP 2013 - Materials and Components for Missiles, Innovation and Technology Partnership

- 22-24 May 2013 - Leipzig (DE) - FIN+TRA - 2013 INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT FORUM SUMMIT - Funding Transport

- 23-24 May 2013 - Venice (IT) - ENE+EUP+LEG+TEC - GIE ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013
- 23-24 May 2013 - Prague (CZ) - ENE+ENV+EUP+ICT+ITS+TRA - 14th EUROPEAN FORUM ON ECO-INNOVATION - Delivering Innovative Solutions for Mobility, Energy and ICT in Cities

- 23-25 May 2013 - Athens (GR) - CIV+ENE+ENV+ICT+INN+ITS+TEC+TRA - THE HYBRID CITY II: Subtle rEvolution - Conferenc, Workshops, Exhibition, Parallel Events

- 26-28 May 2013 - Dubrovnik (HR) - ITS+LEG+TRA - 41st ASECAP DAYS - Promoting Sustainable Growth - The Role of the Toll Roads

- 26-30 May 2013 - Geneva (CH) - TRA - 60th UITP World Congress and Exhibition

- 27 May 2013 - Spring Bank Holiday in England

- 27 May 2013 - Brussels (BE) - BIZ+ENV+EUP - 2013 ECO-INNOVATION Call - European Information Day


- 28-29 May 2013 - Amsterdam (NL) - BIZ+INN+PRO - UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY INTERACTION 2013 - International Conference


- 29-31 May 2013 - Kos (GR) - ENV+TRA - URBAN TRANSPORT 2013 - 19th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment
- 29-31 May 2013 - Gvle (SE) - CIV+TRA - EPOMM 2013 - European Conference on Mobility Management
- 29-31 May 2013 - Istanbul (TR) - ITS+TRA - INTERTRAFFIC 2013
- 29-31 May 2013 - London (UK) - ICT+INN - UDMS Conference 2013 by the Urban Data Management Society

- 30 May - 01 June 2013 - Pula (HR) - BIZ+FIN+LEG - ECONOMICS IN CRISIS - The 6th International Conference on "The Changing Economic Landscape: Issues, Implications and Policy Options"

- 31 May - 02 June 2013 - Bonn (DE) - ENV+EUP+LEG - RESILIENT CITIES 2013 - 4th Global Forum on Urban Resilience & Adaptation


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The Website of the Month: Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013

Due to its high importance, this month EPN Consulting has chosen not a website but The Global Status Report on ROAD SAFETY 2013 published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).  


The Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world's population. The report indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year. Only 28 countries, covering 7% of the world's population, have comprehensive road safety laws on five key risk factors: drinking and driving, speeding, and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints.  

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