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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
New Calls recently published
EPN Consulting helps you prepare sound proposals for EU grants
Mobile Telephony in the EU
RegioStars 2014 Award Finalists
How does the EU Legislative procedure work?
Sustainable Transport: VW goes Electric
Transport & Environment: the 2013 EU SUMP Award
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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.

Existing members and New members will be added to their relevant SubNet for FREE until 31 Dec 2013. From 2014 Premium and Ultimate members will continue to join SubNets for FREE, New Basic and Starter members will pay a small additional fee.  Details on the EPN Consulting Membership here.

More information will follow on the October 2013 Newsletter.

If you need pure consultancy, 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.

The EPN Consulting Training Courses are being redesigned to take into account of the incoming Horizon 2020. Visit our Section to be informed about the new Autumn/Winter 2013 offer.
However, if you intend to train your staff, please contact us and we will be happy to assess your requirements and design customised courses for your organisation (either private or public).

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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring   
European Projects


The following calls for proposals are close to an end in the next 3 months:


- 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   


- 23 Sept 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the "Network of Eco-Innovation Financiers" within the CIP programme 


- 09 Oct 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the  IMI-CALL-2013-9 (Innovative Medicines Initiative) 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   


- 17 Oct 2013 - Deadline to submit applications to become European Green Capital 2016 


- 22 Oct 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the SP1-JTI-CS-2013-02 (Clean Sky JTI) Call 


- 01 Nov 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the 2013 EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) Award  


- 10 Dec 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the Future Internet 2013 (FP7-2013-ICT-FI) Call


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New Calls recently published  
European Projects


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.
Visit the EU Projects Consultancy  for more information.

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If you would like to be regularly informed on EC activities relevant to your areas of interest, join EPN Consulting and become one of our valuable members. You will receive exclusive services and first-hand items of information as well as gain immense visibility on the European scenario.


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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.


That's why EPN Consulting is preparing new training courses to help you get prepared to grab the best opportunities for you.


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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?   

EU Often the EU citizens read/hear about the EU Legislative procedure, the European Commission and the European Parliament, but few know the procedural details such as the number and kind of steps needed.

The procedure is here explained with a useful Animation and with a PDF document.
Sustainable Transport - VW goes Electric at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show    

Volkswagen will give two new electric cars their public debut at the Frankfurt motor show this month: the e-Golf and e-Up 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.
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Next Professional Events happening in Europe
08-11 Sept 2013 - London (UK) - ICT+INN - PIMRC '13 - 24th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications 


09-11 Sept 2013 - Nice (FR) - EUP+ICT - ICT FOR SUSTANAIBLE PLACES - Annual International Conference and Exhibition organised by the RESILIENT EC project   


09-12 Sept 2013 - Acores (PT) - ICT+INN+ITS - EPIA 2013 - XVI Portuguese Conference on Artifical Intelligence 

09-12 Sept 2013 - Istanbul (TR) - ENE+ENV+INN+TRA - KCWS 2013 - The 6th Knowledge Cities World Summit  

09-12 Sept 2013 - Grenoble (FR) - ICT+INN+TEC - EMPC 2013 - European Microelectronics Packaging Conference 


09-13 Sept 2013 - Graz (AT) - ICT+INN+TEC - ON THE MOVE 2013 (Conferences and Workshops) 


10 Sept 2013 - Bradford (UK) - BIZ+CIV+ENE+ENV+ICT+ITS+TRA - BASE LEEDS CITY REGION 2013 - The Low-Carbon Built Environment and Infrastructure Event 




12-15 Sept 2013 - Ohrid (MK) - ICT+INN - 5th ICT INNOVATIONS Conference 2013 


16 Sept 2013 - Warsaw (PL) - ENE+ICT+TEC+TRA - CRM_InnoNET (Substitution of Critical Raw Materials) - Importance for European Industry 


16-17 Sept 2013 - Vienna (AT) - ICT - UMI Event - 3rd ANNUAL CLOUD AND SMART DATA SUMMIT 2013 


16-18 Sept 2013 - Amsterdam (NL) - ICT - CRITIS 2013 - 8th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security 


16-20 Sept 2013 - Barcelona (ES) - ICT - ECCS '13 - European Conference on Complex Systems 


17-18 Sept 2013 - Manchester (UK) - LEG+TEC+TRA - COLD COMFORT 2013 - The 22nd Annual Winter Maintenance Conference & Exhibition



18 Sept 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ENV+TRA - 4th SUSTAINABLE 2 WHEELS - Clean Air: It's your move! 

18-20 Sept 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ICT+LEG - DIGITAL ENLIGHTENMENT FORUM 2013 


19-20 Sept 2013 - Prague (CZ) - ENE+TRA - ETC 2013 - 11th European Transport Congress 


19-21 Sept 2013 - Bled (SI) - INN+TEC - ECo MaTech 2013 - European Conference on Materials & Technologies for sustainable growth 


19-22 Sept 2013 - Vilamoura (PT) - ICT+TEC - AAATE 2013 - 12th European Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe  


22-26 Sept 2013 - London (UK) - ICT+INN - ECOC 2013 - the largest European Optical Communication event 


22-27 Sept 2013 - Dubrovnik (HR) - ENE+ENV+INN+TEC - SDEWES 2013 - 8th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems 


23-24 Sept 2013 - Luton (UK) - ITS+TRA - BRT: CATALYST FOR URBAN ECONOMIC STIMULATION - Leveraging the Impact of Public Transport Infrastructure Investment 


24 Sept 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ICT+LEG - THE 4th ANNUAL COLLABORATIVE BORDER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2013 - Delivering Smart Borders 


24-26 Sept 2013 - Norrköping (SE) - EUP+ICT+LEG - AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) FORUM 2013 


24-27 Sept 2013 - Nice (FR) - ICT+LEG - WORLD e-ID CONGRESS 2013 - Identity Services for Government, Healthcare & Enterprise 


25 Sept 2013 - Stockholm (SE) - TRA - SCANDINAVIAN URBAN TRANSPORT - Developing Sustainable & Innovative Urban Transport Networks 


25-27 Sept 2013 - Nantes (FR) - ARD+ENE+ENV+FIN+ICT+ITS+LEG+TRA - 10th ECOCITY WORLD SUMMIT 2013 


26 Sept 2013 - Paris (FR) - ICT+INN+ITS+TRA - EUROPEAN MICROELECTRONICS SUMMIT - Semiconductors for Smart Infrastrctures and Transport 


26-27 Sept 2013 - Seville (ES) - BIZ+EUP+FIN+INN - CONCORDi 2013 - 4th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation 


26-27 Sept 2013 - Turin (IT) - ENE+ENV+ITS+TRA - SMART MOBILITY WORLD 


26-29 Sept 2013 - Augsburg (DE) - ENE - RENEXPO - 14th International Energy Fair and Conferences 


30 Sept - 02 Oct 2013 - Frankfurt (DE) - ITS+LEG+TRA - EUROPEAN TRANSPORT CONFERENCE 2013 


30 Sept - 04 Oct 2013 - Paris (FR) - ENE+TEC - EU PVSEC 2013 - 28th European PhotoVoltaic Solar Energy Conference (30 Sept-04 Oct) and Exhibition (01-03 Oct)  


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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 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
  • Health
  • Education and culture
  • Employment
  • Social policy
  • Environment
  • Vocational training
  • Transport
  • Civil protection
  • Climate change
  • Energy

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