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Welcome to the September 2013 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter
received every month by over 2,100 selected professionals in Europe
As you may imagine, fewer items of news were published during last month when the majority of Europeans were on holidays and the launch of Horizon 2020 is still under preparation. However, some of us worked on the preparation and submission of the Eco-Innovation
call closed on 05 Sept 2013.
For those who did it will receive results of the evaluation in March 2014 and those that will successfully be admitted to funding may expect to kick off their project by the 1st Semester 2014.
We are happy to remind you of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2013
that will take place in many European cities from 16 to 22 Sept 2013. This year's theme is: "Clear air: it's your move!
While writing this editorial already 1,172 cities have registered to this event. If your city hasn't shown interest yet, it is possible to do it here
EPN Consulting is working hard to expand its Professionals Network and the quality of services to its members. One of the new initiatives will concern the creation of Thematic SubNets dedicated to SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises).
When a minimum of 3 SME members belong to the same thematic area (i.e. Mechanics, ICT, Transport, Energy, Food, Agriculture,etc.), a new Thematic SubNet will be created with specific focus on that theme.
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More information will follow on the October 2013 Newsletter.
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New Calls recently published
During last month the following new calls were launched.
- 03 Sept 2013 - FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2013-2 (deadline 03 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.
In Dec 2013 HORIZON 2020 will be launched and EPN Consulting is following closely the progress of this new 2014-2020 funding programme to better serve members and customers.
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As many of you already know, the new Framework programme Horizon 2020 is due to start on 1st Jan 2014. It will have a more streamlined funding scheme and will focus on strategic areas that need Research & Innovation efforts as well as on SMEs.
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Mobile Telephony - 774% difference in phone call prices across the EU
Brussels, 06 Aug 2013 - Mobile users across the European Union face huge price differences for the same services.
The biggest price difference is in domestic mobile calls - a 774% difference between Lithuania, the cheapest country, and Netherlands, the most expensive.
These price differences cannot be explained by differences in quality, differences in the cost to provide the service, or by differences between countries in consumer purchasing power.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "As these numbers clearly show, the 28 national telecoms markets in Europe today are not benefitting consumers like a single market would. It is critical for the whole EU to move quickly to build a real single market to achieve a truly connected continent".
More information is available here
RegioStars 2014 Awards Finalists
Brussels, 06 Aug 2013 - The RegioStars Awards Jury announced the finalists for the RegioStars 2014 awards which honour Europe's most inspirational and innovative regional projects.
The RegioStars Awards Jury singled out 19 finalists
from 80 projects supported by EU Cohesion Funds on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.
The finalists comes from regions and cities in 17 Member States: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
They will be showcasing their projects before the awards jury, chaired by former Committee of the Regions President Luc Van den Brande, on 8 October during the 11th annual European Week of Regions and Cities - OPEN DAYS 2013. The winners will be chosen at the Award Ceremony presented by Commissioner Hahn in Brussels on 31 March 2014.
The 2014 Finalists are listed here
How does the EU Legislative procedure work?
Sustainable Transport - VW goes Electric at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
will give two new electric cars their public debut at the Frankfurt motor show
this month: the e-Golf
are powered purely by electric motors and production versions of both will go on sale in 2014.
The e-Golf is powered by a 114bhp electric motor that develops 199lb ft of torque from standstill. VW quotes a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds.Top speed restricted to 87mph and the car's maximum range is 118 miles.
More information is available here
Transport & Environment - EC launched the 2013 EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan award
Brussels, 02 Sept 2013 - The European Commission launched the EU's 2nd annual award for outstanding 'Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans' (SUMPs)
by regional and local authorities.
This year's award will focus on the 'Integration of economic, social, and environmental policy criteria
'. Plans will need to show an integrated and pragmatic approach addressing different, sometimes conflicting, policy issues. The winning authority will benefit from increased visibility of their plan on a European level and a prize of EUR 10,000 (£ 8,500 circa).
Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, said:
"This year's award will showcase plans that meet the major challenge for sustainable urban mobility planning at this time, namely balancing economic and social issues with environmental concerns in a pragmatic way. I am looking forward to hearing about the excellent plans that are taking shape across Europe".
Cities from the 28 EU Member States and the European Economic Area (EEA) are eligible to apply for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Award. It is not essential for the SUMP to have been fully implemented for it to be eligible.
- Duration - Applications can be submitted from 02 Sept to 01 Nov 2013 on http://dotherightmix.eu/
- Eligibility and Evaluation criteria can be found here.
More information is available here
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The Website of the Month: the Committee of the Regions
This month we have chosen the EU Committe of the Regions
as next 07-10 Oct 2013 it will organise in Brussels the 11th European Week of Regions and Cities
The Committee of the Regions: the regions' and local authorities' voice in the European project; 50% of EU citizens believe that their locally and regionally elected representatives are better able to represent them at the EU level.
The Committee of the Regions brings the EU closer to its citizens
Since 70% of EU legislation has a direct regional and local impact:
- EU citizens must be involved in the construction of the EU.
- The elected authorities closest to citizens should be able to communicate their views during the preparation of EU legislation.
Since its establishment in 1994, the CoR has worked to bring citizens closer to the European Union. In 2009, the Lisbon Treaty strengthened recognition of the Committee of the Regions' role.
Its 353 members - regional presidents, mayors or elected representatives of regions and cities:
- live and work in the regions or cities they come from,
- are in touch with their electorates' concerns,
- speak for their voters at the very heart of the EU decision-making and legislative process and keep them abreast of EU developments,
- host meetings and conferences of the Committee of the Regions in their regions or cities.
Since the Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, the Committee of the Regions has to be consulted throughout the legislative process involving the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union in the following areas:
- Economic and social cohesion
- Trans-European networks
- Education and culture
- Social policy
- Vocational training
- Civil protection
- Climate change
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