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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
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EPN Consulting helps you prepare sound proposals for EU grants
Environment: Bristol is European Green Capital 2015
EU Economy: 2013 Stability & Convergence programmes
EU Economy (2): Country-specific recommendations
EU Economy (3): Quarterly report on Euro area
Transport: New Passengers Rights Info Campaign
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Welcome to the July 2013 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter. received every month by over 2,000 selected professionals in Europe. This month we have some interesting facts to mention:

- 01 July - Croatia joins the EU family - more info in the "Website of the Month"

- 01 July - Lithuania takes over the EU Presidency - until 31 Dec 2013

- 01 July - New lower caps for mobile roaming (data downloads now 36% cheaper)  http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-611_en.htm

- 28 June - the Permanent Representatives Committee approved, on behalf of the Council, the deal reached with the European Parliament on the draft regulation laying down the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020 and the Inter-Institutional Agreement (IIA) on budgetary discipline and sound financial management.   More info here (PDF).

This positive result is going to have impacts also on Horizon 2020, the new Research & Innovation (R&I) programme due to start on 01 Jan 2014.

With regard to EC funding opportunities, we'd like to remind you of the Eco-Innovation initiative currently open. If you have some ideas concerning products,processes,methodologies  in one of the five areas funded (Materials Recycling, Sustainable Building Products, Food and Drink Sector, Water and Greening businesses) contact us and we will be happy to help you put together a great proposal. More info below in this newsletter.

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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:

- 02 July 2013 -
Deadline to submit proposals to the 76-G-ENT-CIP-13-C-N05S00 (European Design Innovation Platform) 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   


- 04 July 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to Exchange of New Entrepreneurs between the Federative Republic of Brazil and Europe (79-G-ENT-CIP-163-E-N01C07)  


- 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  


- 05 Sept 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the CIP-EIP-ECO-INNOVATION-2013 Call 


- 12 Sept 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ENIAC-2013-1 Call (for a 2-stage procedure) 


- 18 Sept 2013 - Deadline (2nd cut-off date) to submit proposals to the FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG (Marie Curie) call  


- 14 Oct 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the CELTIC-PLUS Autumn 2013 Call 


- 15 Oct 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-CDRP-Women-Innovators call  


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During last month the following new calls were launched.


- 28 June 2013 - Future Internet 2013 (FP7-2013-ICT-FI); Deadline 10 Dec 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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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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Environment - Bristol (UK) is European Green Capital 2015   
Brussels, 14 June 2013 - The UK city of Bristol has won the European Green Capital Award for 2015.

The award was presented by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at a ceremony in Nantes, France, which currently holds the title, on Friday evening.

Bristol received recognition for its investment plans in the areas of transport and energy, and especially for its commitment to act as a true role model for the green economy in Europe and beyond. Its communication and social media strategy were also highlighted as a real call to action for its citizens.

Commissioner Potočnik said: "Congratulations to Bristol for the example they are setting. We have much to learn from these efforts to improve the environment and quality of life for citizens, whilst creating new business opportunities, and I look forward to their year as European Green Capital. They will have numerous occasions to showcase their expertise and their creative approach to engaging with citizens and to developing a green economy".



The European Green Capital Award is an annual event to encourage cities to improve the quality of life by systematically taking the environment into account in urban planning and management. The Commission's proposed 7th Environmental Action Programme (EAP) underpins the initiative as a way of encouraging local authorities and citizens to make cities better places to live.

More information available here.
EU Economy - The 2013 Stability and Convergence programmes 
Brussels, 17 June 2013 - The document provides an overview of the 2013 Stability and Convergence Programmes (SCPs) in the context of the European Semester. Its focus is on the Member States' fiscal consolidation plans over 2012-2016.

It serves as background for the examination of the SCPs against the requirements of the Stability and Growth Pact - both the corrective and the preventive arm - and the principles for fiscal exit adopted by the Council.   It offers the opportunity for Member States to take an overall view of the fiscal plans, both at the EU or euro area level and at the Member States level.

Overall, the plans presented in the 2013 SCPs show that consolidation is set to continue, although its pace is expected to decelerate over time. This pattern of consolidation is consistent with a gradual correction of excessive deficits and is the result of frontloaded consolidation at the EU and EA level which resulted in significant consolidation efforts undertaken over 2010-2012 in many Member States.

Further consolidation, even if more gradual, is needed to progress on the path towards the Medium-Term Objectives (MTOs).


The full document (PDF) is available here.
EU Economy (2) - Country-specific Recommendations on Economic and Fiscal Policies  
Brussels, 21 June 2013 - The EU Council approved draft recommendations to 23 Member States on the economic policies set out in their national reform programmes, as well as draft opinions on each Member State's fiscal policies, as presented in their stability/convergence programmes.

The Council also approved a specific draft recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area member states, and draft conclusions on Croatia (which will join the EU on 01 July 2013).

More information (PDF) available here.
EU Economy (3) - Quarterly Report on the Euro Area   
Brussels, 27 June 2013 - Economic theory suggests that uncertainty has a detrimental effect on economic activity by giving agents the incentive to postpone investment, consumption and employment decisions until uncertainty is resolved, and by pushing up the cost of capital through increased risk premia.

To test the impact of uncertainty on activity in the Euro area, indicators of uncertainty for industry and consumers are derived from Business and Consumer Surveys (BCS). The indicators measure the divergence of business and consumer expectations about the economy and their finances. The underlying assumption is that the more economic agents disagree in their expectations, the higher the uncertainty in the economy. The impact of uncertainty is then estimated using fully specified investment and consumption models.

To benchmark the results of the estimation against alternative measures of uncertainty, the BCS indicators are compared with a widely used indicator of Policy Uncertainty. A key finding of the analysis is that uncertainty has a significant negative impact on both investment and consumption. The effect of uncertainty on economic activity also appears to have increased since the crisis.

More information (PDF) is available here.
Transport - New Passengers Rights Information Campaign   
Brussels, 25 June 2013 - For the first time, millions of holiday-makers travelling in the EU this summer will be protected by comprehensive passenger rights - whether travelling by air or rail, and now also by ship, bus and coach. But research shows that two-thirds of passengers are not aware of their rights.


For this reason, the EC launched a new campaign to inform the many people gearing up to travel this summer about their passenger rights, and how to claim them if needed.

From 25 to 28 June, launch events took place in Brussels (BE), Athens-Piraeus (GR) and Sofia (BG) and an air passenger rights information day held in Warsaw (PL).


Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Mobility and Transport, said: "For millions of Europeans, holidays are a time to have a well-deserved rest, and the vast majority will travel without any problem. But sometimes things do go wrong. This summer for the first time, holiday-makers can travel across Europe - from London to Lisbon or Ljubljana - knowing they are covered by passenger rights under EU law wherever and however they travel. But passengers need to know their rights to be able to use their rights. This campaign will put more information in their hands".

More information available here.
ECO-INNOVATION - Analysis and Reporting on the results achieved by the CIP Eco-Innovation Market Replication Projects 
In the last issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter we mentioned the opportunity of taking part in the Eco-Innovation call launched in May 2013 and open until 05 Sept 2013.

The funding scheme (up to 50% of direct costs) is dedicated to five areas such as i) Materials Recycling, ii) Sustainable Building Products, iii) Food and Drink Sector, iv) Water, v) Greening businesses.

To better understand the benefits of this programme, please read this document.

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Next Professional Events happening in Europe
- 01-02 July 2013 - Cambridge (UK) - ICT - THE 5th FUTURE OF WIRELESS International Conference - Everything will be connected
- 01-02 July 2013 - Rome (IT) - EUP+ITS+TRA - "CAAR 2013 - Cooperative day of Adaptive trAvel infoRmation" and "Transport Information Systems and Security Research"

- 03-05 July 2013 - Lisbon (PT) - ICT+INN - FUTURE NETWORK AND MOBILE SUMMIT 2013
- 03-05 July 2013 - Batumi (Georgia) - ICT - BLACKSEACOM 2013 - 1st International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking

- 03-06 July 2013 - Athens (GR) - ICTIC-EpsMsO 2013 - 5th International Conference on Experiments/Process/System Modelling/Simulation/Optimisation

- 04 July 2013 - London (UK) - BIZ+LEG - UK PUBLIC SECTOR SUPPLIER SUMMIT 2013

- 08-10 July 2013 - London (UK) - BIZ+INN+LEG+PRO - TRIPLE HELIX INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013 - University, Industry, Governement

- 09 July 2013 - Brussels (BE) - TRA - CAR SHARE AND URBAN MOBILITY Conference

- 11 July 2013 - London (UK) - BIZ+CIV+ENE+ENV+ICT+ITS+TRA - BASE LONDON 2013 - The Low-Carbon Built Environment and Infrastructure Event

- 19-21 July 2013 - Berlin (DE) - TRA - PUBLIC TRANSPORT & INTERIORS - International Trade Fair

- 21-26 July 2013 - Nice (FR) - ICT+INN - COLLA 2013 - The 3rd International Conference on Advanced Collaborative Networks, Systems and Applications 




- 29-31 July 2013 - Reykjavik (Iceland) - ICT+INN - OPTICS 2013 - 4th International Conference on Optical Communication Systems



- 26-27 Aug 2013 - Toulouse (FR) - ICT - EWiLi '13 - the 3rd Embedded Operations Systems Workshop 


- 26-29 Aug 2013 - Prague (CZ) - ICT - DEXA 2013 


- 27-30 Aug 2013 - Kraków (PL) - ICT - AVSS 2013 - 10th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-based Surveillance



- 02-06 Sept 2013 - Palic (Serbia) - ICT+PRO - SENZATIONS 2013 - 8th Summer School on Applications of IoT and Wireless Sensor Networks  


- 03-05 Sept 2013 - Lille (FR) - ENE+ICT+TEC+TRA - EPE '13 ECCE Europe - 15th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications 


- 04-06 Sept 2013 - Stockholm (SE) - INN+TRA - hEART 2013 - 2nd Symposium of the European Association for Research in Transportation 

- 04-06 Sept 2013 - Porto (PT) - TRA - EWGT 2013 - 16th Euro Working Group on Transportation 

- 04-06 Sept 2013 - Graz (AT) - ICT - I-KNOW 2013 - 13th  International Conference on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Technologies 

- 04-07 Sept 2013 - Hamburg (DE) - CIV+INN - FUTURE OF CITIES FORUM -  A Forum for Regenerative Urban Development



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The Website of the Month: Croatia in the EU
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This month we have chosen this important event: Croatia has become the 28th country of the European Union!

To better understand what Croatia is like and what is going to be in the EU, we have gathered some websites that will provide you with useful information.

- Government of the Republic of Croatia: http://www.vlada.hr/en

- Croatia in the EU (DG Enlargement): http://www.croatia-in-the-eu.eu/

- Croatia within the EU in figures (Eurostat): http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/1-25062013-AP/EN/1-25062013-AP-EN.PDF

- Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure: http://www.mppi.hr/default.aspx?id=7397

- Croatian National Tourist Board: http://croatia.hr/en-GB/Homepage



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