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The EPN Consulting Newsletter No. 40 - Dec 2013   

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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
New Calls recently published
Have you tried the "EPN Consulting for SMEs" service yet?
EPN Consulting attended the ITS Conference
The EU's Economic Governance explained
European Semester 2014
Open Data: EU Satellite data freely available
1 Trillion EUR to invest in Europe's Future
Green Light for ERASMUS+
Making Europe's Cities Smarter
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Next Professional Events in Europe
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Welcome to the December 2013 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,100 selected professionals in Europe.

Great News in Europe: The EU 2014-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework was approved in November 2013. This generated a number of excellent consequences.

HORIZON 2020 is nearly there!
As we have mentioned many times in previous issues the new Research & Innovation programme, Horizon 2020, is going to be published on 11 Dec 2013 with lots of new calls in several disciplines: Transport, Smart Cities, Energy, Environment, ICT, Robotics, Social Sciences, Food & Agriculture, etc.

Horizon 2020 has a 70-Billion EUR budget allocated (79,401.83 Million EUR in today's prices) until 2020 which is part of the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) that was recently approved (below in this issue more details) under the "Competitiveness for Growth and Jobs" paragraph of the "Smart and Inclusive Growth" area.
The official announcement was made on 21 Nov 2013 and can be found here.

There are some events already planned in several countries to explain details of this new funding programme.
Calendars of these events per country and per themes are available here.

COSME is nearly there!
Good news for SMEs that now can enjoy a specific programme, COSME, aiming to ease the access to credit problems that small businesses currently face.
To foster SMEs Competitiveness the European Commission allocated 2.3 Billion EUR budget over the 2014-2020 period.
More details are available here.

More information will follow on the JAN 2014 issue of the EPN Consulting 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:


- 28 Jan 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the IMI-JU-10-2013 Call (single stage procedure)  


- 13 Mar 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the EUROSTARS programme 



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New Calls recently published  
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During last month the following new FP7 call was launched.


- 27 Nov 2013 -  FCH JU Call for Proposals 2013 Part II (deadline 27 Feb 2014)   


On 11 Dec 2013 HORIZON 2020 will be launched and many new calls in several disciplines will be available.

EPN Consulting is following closely the progress of this new 2014-2020 funding programme to better serve members and customers.

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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:
TSN 1) Transport & Logistics 
TSN 3) Environment & Energy 
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TSN 5) Buildings & Civil Infrastructures 
TSN 6) Food & Agriculture

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EPN Consulting attended the ITS Conference 2013  
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EPN Consulting attended the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Conference 2013 in Brussels on 02 Dec 2013.
It was an excellent opportunity to meet up with colleagues and peers as well as be informed on the European Commission (EC) priorities in this sector such as inter-modality, co-modality, dedicated portals to journey planning, etc.

EPN Consulting, widely recognised for its competence in the Transport field and in relation with the EC decisions, will stay constantly informed on technical and policy matters to exceed its public and private clients' expectations.

The EU's Economic Governance explained       

EU Brussels, 12 Nov 2013 - The lessons learned from the recent economic, financial and sovereign debt crisis have led to successive reforms of the EU's rules, introducing, among other things, new surveillance systems for budgetary and economic policies and a new budgetary timeline.

The new rules (introduced through the Six Pack, the Two Pack and the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance) are grounded in the European Semester, the EU's policy-making calendar.


This integrated system ensures that there are clearer rules, better coordination of national policies throughout the year, regular follow-up and swifter sanctions for breaching the rules. This helps Member States to deliver on their budgetary and reform commitments while making the Economic and Monetary Union as a whole more robust.


The following are the essential features of the new system:







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European Semester 2014: Strengthening the Recovery     
Brussels, 13 Nov 2013 - The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of this year's Annual Growth Survey (AGS), adopted by the Commission.

Its adoption kicks off the fourth European Semester of economic policy coordination in an environment where growth is beginning to return and Member States are making progress on correcting the imbalances that developed before the crisis.

That is why the Commission maintains its balanced strategy for growth and jobs, and its focus on five main priorities over the coming year:

  • Pursuing differentiated, growth-friendly fiscal consolidation

  • Restoring bank lending to the economy

  • Promoting growth and competitiveness for today and tomorrow

  • Tackling unemployment and the social consequences of the crisis

  • Modernising public administration

More information is available here.  
Open Data - EU Satellite Data to be freely available      
18 Nov 2013 - Satellite observations have become vital to our understanding of the environment.

From Dec 2013 the European Commission will provide FREE, FULL and OPEN access to a wealth of data gathered by Copernicus, Europe's Earth observation system.

Copernicus already gathers and processes data from satellites. In the future it will expand to include six dedicated satellite missions, called Sentinels, to be launched from 2014 onwards. It is hoped that the freely available data will help further environmental understanding, allowing businesses, researchers, citizens and policy makers to integrate greater environmental knowledge into everything they do.

More information is available here
1 Trillion EUR to invest in Europe's Future: The EU Budget
19 Nov 2013 - The European Parliament voted in favour of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2014 to 2020.

The consent of the EP clears the way for the final approval by the Council in the coming weeks. Two and a half years of intense negotiations, since the Commission had tabled its proposals on 29 June 2011, have come to an end.

European Commission President Josť Manuel Barroso welcomed the vote:
"This is a great day for Europe. The European Parliament has given its final blessing to the European budget from 2014 until 2020, thus bringing successfully an end to long negotiations. Now, the Council can seal the deal shortly. The European Union will invest almost 1 trillion euros in growth and jobs between 2014 and 2020 [...]"

Among all, within this budget there are allocated the Research & Innovation programme HORIZON 2020, the COSME programme dedicated to SMEs and the CONNECTING EUROPE FACILITY (CEF) dedicated to infrastructures investments in Transport, ICT, Energy.


More information available here

The Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 - Frequently Asked Questions
Green Light for ERASMUS+: 14.7 Billion EUR available for Skills and Employability until 2020 
19 Nov 2013 - Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due to begin in January 2014, was approved by the European Parliament.

Aimed at boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems, the seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion  - 40% higher than current levels.

More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650 000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500 000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad.

Students planning a full Master's degree abroad, for which national grants or loans are seldom available, will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme run by the European Investment Fund.

Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.



More information and statistics available here
Making Europe's Cities Smarter  

26 Nov 2013 - At a conference hosted by the European Commission, city leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders discussed the actions outlined in the "Smart Cities Strategic Implementation Plan" and how to put them into practice. The Commission announced that it will launch an 'Invitation for Smart City and Community Commitments' in Spring 2014 to mobilise work on the action plan's priorities. The plan is part of Europe's fifth "Innovation Partnership".

The Commission intends to make available approximately EUR 200 million for Smart Cities and communities in the 2014-2015 budgets of the Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme, to accelerate progress and enlarge the scale of roll-out of smart cities solutions. There will also be possibilities to access the European Structural and Investment Funds.


The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) in Smart cities and communities focuses on those areas where ICT, energy and mobility overlap, and identifies the most effective, common approaches and solutions. European cities and regions are different from each other, but they also have many similar needs that can be tackled best through a common approach. This is where the Partnership can provide its added value.



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Next Professional Events happening in Europe
- 13 Dec 2013 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+TRA - 2013 TEN-T EA INFO DAY

16-17 Dec 2013 - Brussels (BE) - CIV+EUP+ICT+TEC+TRA - HORIZON 2020 - PPP INFO DAY

- 18 Dec 2013 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+TRA - HORIZON 2020 - TRANSPORT INFO DAY

- 13-14 Jan 2014 - Luxembourg - EUP+ICT - HORIZON 2020 INFO DAY ON ICT 23 AND ICT 24-ROBOTICS 


- 16 Jan 2014 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+INN - ERA-NET COFUND ACTIONS INFO DAY 

- 16 Jan 2014 - London (UK) - CIV+TRA - RUNWAYS UK - Airport Infrastructure for a Future Britain 


- 30-31 Jan 2014 - Pisa (IT) - EUP+ICT+INN - 2nd FET2020 Conference 


- 12-14 Feb 2014 - Turin (IT) - ICT - PDP 2014 - 22nd Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and network-based Processing 


- 17-18 Feb 2014 - Thessaloniki (GR) - BIZ+FIN - TheEconomist Event - THE GREEK-EU PRESIDENCY SUMMIT - THE SEA OF EUROPE: Routing The Map for Economic Growth 






- 26-27 Feb 2014 - Athens (GR) - EUP-SSH - ACHIEVING IMPACT 2014 - Socio-economic Sciences & Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020 


- 26-28 Feb 2014 - Wels (AT) - ENE - WORLD SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DAYS 2014 




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The Website of the Month: INNOVACCESS

This month we have chosen the INNOVACCESS, a European Network of National Intellectual Property Offices, which we think it could be useful to those of you that intend to take part in the new HORIZON 2020 calls while having your ideas and intellectual properties protected.

Following the initiative of the European Commission the European Network of National Intellectual Property (IP) Offices currently brings together IP offices from 30 European countries. The network particularly aims to streamline IP services for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) that are provided by the individual national offices to offer an improved IP service portfolio for SMEs in Europe. Making them recognize the importance of IP and enabling them to manage and safeguard their intellectual assets is key to ensuring innovation and competitiveness in Europe.



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