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Welcome to the October 2013 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter
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iCapital, the European Capital of Innovation Award
With the European Capital of Innovation Award, the European Commission wants to acknowledge the outstanding achievement of a city in building up an innovation eco-system, i.e. a system which links the citizens (People) with a built environment (Place) and public organizations and policy-makers (Public) through business (Private).
The contest is open until 03 Dec 2013, 5:00 p.m. (Brussels time). The award of EUR 500,000 will be given to the winning city to scale up its achievement.
An independent panel of experts will judge the applications on the basis of the following criteria:
- Innovative - Initiatives must be highly innovative in terms of concepts, processes and tools.
- Inspiring - Proposals should manage to attract talent, funding, investment and inspire citizens' involvement and engagement.
- Integrated - The proposal should target the entire innovation ecosystem and has to clearly highlight its links with the Europe 2020 goals.
- Interactive - The implemented action and the proposed scale-up should help facilitating the interactions between the different actors in the innovation ecosystem.
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During last month the following new calls were launched.
- 13 Sept 2013 - 105-G-ENT-CIP-13-C-N03C03 (European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance (deadline 05 Nov 2013)
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New Service: "EPN Consulting for SMEs"
EPN Consulting is working hard to expand its Professionals Network and the quality of services to its members.
That's why on 1st Oct 2013 it was launched the "EPN Consulting for SMEs" service that includes Six Thematic SubNets (TSN) dedicated to SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). They regard the following professional areas:
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TSN 1) Transport & Logistics
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Transport - Multi-modal Co-operation on Passenger Terminals to ensure Sustainable Mobility needed
Riga, 05 Sept 2013 - Speaking at the Smart Move Workshop on Passenger Terminals, the IRU publicly reiterated its demand for buses and coaches to have free and full access to terminal infrastructure, including that of other transport modes, to support the creation of an integrated, efficient and sustainable Europe-wide passenger transport network.
IRU Head of Passenger Transport Mr Oleg Kamberski, stressed, "Multimodal passenger transport terminals are an essential requirement in creating the truly integrated, seamless and sustainable European transport network that its citizens demand. Not only are buses and coaches routinely prevented from accessing the terminals of other modes, but in many European countries, bus and coach terminals simply do not exist. This situation is unacceptable to the millions of people that use buses and coaches every year".
Bus and coach access to all transport terminal infrastructure is crucial to ensure an attractive door-to-door transport solution for all passengers. European citizens must enjoy a seamless collective passenger transport service, which successfully competes with the performance and flexibility of the private car if private car users are to be encouraged to use more sustainable forms of mobility.
More information is available here.
Transport - towards Quality Waterway Transport
Brussels, 10 Sept 2013 - The Commission proposes a new action programme (NAIADES II) with measures that will improve the framework conditions for the inland waterway sector and will boost the economic and environmental performance of this transport mode.
The NAIADES I Action programme from 2006 listed over 30 actions to promote inland navigation. Many of these actions have now been finalised and the programme now needs to be updated. We need to refocus policy on the key issues of improving the economic and environmental performance of the sector.
Key facts and figures:
The top 5 biggest sea ports in the EU are all connected to inland waterways.
Every year, 140 billion tonne kilometres are transported over EU inland waterways.
There are over 230 inland ports in the TEN-T network, of which about 75 are part of the Core network. About 40 of these ports combine the status of inland and seaport.
The CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of a large inland waterway ship are only 1/3 of those of road transport.
Rotterdam, the largest sea port in the EU transferred in 2010 1/3 of all goods via inland waterways.
Europe's navigable inland waterways add up to 37,000 kilometres.
More information is available here
Communications - EC proposes major step forward for Telecoms Single Market
Brussels, 11 Sept 2013 - The European Commission adopted its most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform. Launched by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in his 2013 State of the Union speech, the "Connected Continent
" legislative package, when adopted, will reduce consumer charges, simplify red tape faced by companies, and bring a range of new rights for both users and service providers, so that Europe can once again be a global digital leader.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said: "Further substantial progress towards a European single market for telecoms is essential for Europe's strategic interests and economic progress. For the telecoms sector itself and for citizens who are frustrated that they do not have full and fair access to internet and mobile services. In brief:
EU-wide and roaming-free mobile plans;
Simpler rules to help companies invest more and expand across borders;
First-ever EU-wide protection of net neutrality;
Abolishing premiums for international phone calls within Europe
More information is available here
EIB continues strong support for SMEs in Europe
19 Sept 2013 - The EIB's Board of Directors approved loans worth up to EUR 2.6 billion for the benefit of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and mid-cap companies (up to 3,000 employees) in the European Union.
This brings total EIB support for European SMEs and mid-caps approved so far in 2013 to some EUR 12 billion compared to EUR 7.3 billion in the same period of 2012.
EIB President Werner Hoyer stated: "The positive development of our support for European SMEs and midcap companies underlines our strong commitment to contributing to the creation of jobs and growth in the EU. We will stay focused on this target and will continue to adapt our instruments to market needs".
More information is available here
EC frontloads 200 Million EUR of Horizon 2020 Budget
20 Sept 2013 - The European Commission's 2014 draft budget has been amended to give increased funding to
Erasmus+, COSME and Horizon 2020.
The additional funds will be frontloaded for the 2014 and 2015 period as part of the annual budgetary procedure for specific policy objectives.
The COSME program will have its budget increased by 30 million euro in 2014, while the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation will receive 200 million Euros more in 2014.
Janusz Lewandowski, the EU budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski stated that "2014 will be the first year of the new MFF (Multiannual Financial Framework) and I want the EU budget to boost troubled economies from day one".
The larger investment in research and innovation by the commission is stated as being for the objective of bringing jobs, especially for the young.
More information is available here
EC signs €4 million grant for Sustainable Urban Mobility
30 Sept 2013 - The European Commission signed a grant agreement worth €4 million with a consortium of 14 European research institutes, associations and consulting companies - including 10 SMEs - for a three-year project known as "CIVITAS Capital
Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, said: "This grant demonstrates the continued commitment of the EU to Sustainable Urban Mobility. CIVITAS is one of the most important EU initiatives in this field, and will deliver tangible results. We need to develop further the urban dimension of our transport policy. To that end, the Commission will present a comprehensive urban mobility package later this year".
More information is available here
Transport - SuperHighway: A14 to become Britain's first Internet-Connected Road
02 Oct 2013 - The A14, one of the UK's most congested highways, connecting the busy container port at Felixstowe (East of England) to Birmingham, is to become Britain's first Internet-connected road in a pilot project that could pave the way for everything from tolls to self-driving cars
A network of sensors will be placed along a 50-mile (80-km) stretch of the A14 in a collaboration between British Telecom, the Department for Transport and the Cambridge start-up Neul, creating a Smart Road which can monitor traffic by sending signals to and from mobile phones in moving vehicles.
The technology, which sends signals over the white spaces between television channels instead of mobile phone networks, could even pave the way for government systems to automatically control car speeds.
More information is available here
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Welcome to a new EPN Consulting Member: CAUTION YOUR BLAST from London (UK)
We are delighted to welcome Caution Your Blast from London (UK) to the EPN Consulting Network.
Caution Your Blast (CYB), led by Ben Stewart, helps navigate and innovate across management, design and delivery for digital products and services. CYB prefers to work on products and services that are developed for social good.
CYB's attention is on the changing ways people communicate and behave within the digital revolution and new hyper-networked societies.
Main areas of expertise are Management of creative and technical software projects, Digital solution design for web and mobile applications, Enterprise and consumer markets, High security and high performance cloud based applications.
CYB is proud of the Product design and management of the award winning 'Commuter' iPhone app. Providing multi-modal real-time public transport planning and monitoring.
In addition, CYB provided Product solution design & management for the Guardian News & Media iPad subscriptions as well as management ofthe Guardian News and Media Interactive team - responsible for building the team that went on to win the 2012 Data Journalism Awards.
Next Professional Events happening in Europe
10-11 Oct 2013 - Amsterdam (NL) - TRA - UMI Event - 2nd EUROPEAN PORT & SHIPPING CONFERENCE
10-11 Oct 2013 - Nice (FR) - ENE+INN+TRA
- PLUGBOAT 2013 - World Electric Boat Summit
15 Oct 2013 - Paris (FR) - BIZ+FIN+TRA - TheEconomist Event - THE FUTURE OF AEROSPACE - Exploring the Next Generation of Civilian and Military Flight
15-17 Oct 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ICT+INN+TEC+TRA - METEOROLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - WORLD EXPO 2013
16 Oct 2013 - London (UK) - LEG - LGPN (Local Government Procurement Network) SHOWCASE 2013 - Delivering Value through Innovation
16 Oct 2013 - Brussels (BE) - BIZ+FIN+ICT - THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS
16-17 Oct 2013 - Warsaw (PL) - ENE - RENEXPO POLAND - 3rd Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
16-18 Oct 2013 - Tallinn (EE) - CIV+EUP+ITS+LEG+TRA - 2013 TEN-T DAYS
16-18 Oct 2013 - Bologna (IT) - ICT+INN+LEG - SMART CITY EXHIBITION 2013 - Communication, Quality and Development in Smart Cities
16-19 Oct 2013 - Bologna (IT) - CIV+ICT
- FORUM SAIE 2013 - Better Buildings & Smart Cities
17 Oct 2013 - Kortrijk (BE) - TRA - 8th IRU European Bus and Coach Forum - European Group Tourism by Coach: Driving Seniors' and out of season Tourism
17-18 Oct 2013 - Moscow (RU) - TRA - NEXT STATION 2013 - Linking Railways and Society
17-18 Oct 2013 - Sofia (BG) - BIZ+FIN - TheEconomist Event - THE EU-BALKAN SUMMIT: Paving the Way to Recovery and Growth
17-18 Oct 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ICT+LEG - SAFER INTERNET FORUM 2013
18 Oct 2013 - Marne-la-Vallee (Paris, FR) - BIZ+FIN+ENE+ICT+ITS+TRA - GREENCITY INVESTMENT FORUM
18-23 Oct 2013 - Kortrijk (BE) - BIZ+ITS+TRA - BUSWORLD KORTRIJK 2013
22 Oct 2013 - London (UK) - BIZ+ENE+FIN - FT Conference - THE FT RENEWABLE ENERGY SUMMIT
22-23 Oct 2013 - Athens (GR) - ENE+EUP+LEG - ECOPOL Conference - Accelerating Eco-Innnovation Policies
23 Oct 2013 - Freiburg (DE) - BIZ+ENE+TEC - SOLAR SUMMIT 2013 - 6th International Conference on Highlights and Trends in Solar Energy
23-24 Oct 2013 - Hamburg (DE) - ICT - CC (Critical Communications) EXPO
23-25 Oct 2013 - Zaragoza (ES) - ITS+TRA - ECITL 2013 - 6th European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics
27-30 Oct 2013 - Budapest (HU) - ENE - E2C 2013 - 3rd European Energy Conference
28-30 Oct 2013 - Nantes (FR) - BIZ+ICT - 2013 NEM (Network and Electronic Media) SUMMIT - Implementing Future Media Internet towards New Horizons
28-31 Oct 2013 - Turin (IT) - BIO+BIZ+FIN+INN - SCIENCE AND THE FUTURE - Economic Growth and Physical Constraints
28-31 Oct 2013 - Montbéliar-Belfort (FR) - ICT - LISE 13 - Workshop on LOCATION-BASED SERVICES FOR INDOOR SMART ENVIRONMENTS
29 Oct 2013 - London (UK) - CIV+ENE+ENV+ICT+TEC+TRA - TheEconomist Event - THE INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT: FUTURE CITIES - Smart Solutions, Connections and Networks
30-31 Oct 2013 - Istanbul (TR) - BIZ+FIN+ENE+ENV - TheEconomist Event - EUROPEAN ENERGY SUMMIT - New Thinking on Energy Production, Distribution and Consumption
31 Oct - 02 Nov 2013 - Moscow (RU) - BIZ+ICT+INN+TEC - OPEN INNOVATIONS 2013
04-05 Nov 2013 - Epsom (UK) - ARD+BIZ+INN - SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 2013 - Collaboration, Co-Creation, New Business Models
04-06 Nov 2013 - Budapest (HU) - ENE+ENV+ICT - GREEN ELECTRONICS 2013
04-06 Nov 2013 - Lille (FR) - ENE+EUP+LEG - 3rd WATER FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - Climate Change Impacts on Water Security and Safety
04-07 Nov 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ENV - CORDEX 2013 - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REGIONAL CLIMATE
05 Nov 2013 - Madrid (ES) - TRA - UITP Workshop - EASIER, FASTER, CHEAPER, APPROACH TO MOBILITY PLANNING SURVEYS
05-07 Nov 2013 - Muenich (DE) - ENE+ENV+ICT+TRA - EUROPEAN SPACE SOLUTIONS - Discover what Space brings to your Life
05-07 Nov 2013 - Tampere (FI) - ITS+TEC+TRA - ITST 2013 -13th International Conference on ITS Telecommunications
06-07 Nov 2013 - London (UK) - ENE+ENV+TRA - IET Event - HEVC 2013 - 4th Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference
06-08 Nov 2013 - Vilnius (LT) - EUP+ICT - ICT 2013: CREATE, CONNECT, GROW
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The Website of the Month: GPP 2020, Procurement for a Low-Carbon Economy
This month we have chosen the GPP 2020, Procurement for a Low-Carbon Economy.
In line with the special attention EPN Consulting devotes to Sustainable Mobility, Low-Carbon Economy and Europe 2020 goals, GPP 2020 aims to mainstream low-carbon procurement across Europe in support of the EU's goals to achieve a 20% reduction in GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions, a 20% increase in the share of renewable energy and a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020.
To this end, GPP 2020 will implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders, which will directly result in substantial CO2 savings. Moreover, GPP 2020 is running a capacity building programme that includes trainings and exchange.
GPP 2020 low-carbon tenders need to take potential energy and CO2 reductions into consideration straight from the beginning of the development of the tender. An initial calculation informs decision makers and procurers of the savings that can be achieved. Once the tender is awarded, all GPP 2020 low-carbon tenders are monitored and their impact is assessed by calculating the amount of energy and CO2 savings the tender achieved. For legal reasons, the methodology cannot be applied during the award phase.
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