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Welcome to the January 2014 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter
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As expected, last 11 Dec 2013 HORIZON 2020, the new European funding programme, was published with a huge number of calls covering nearly every field of our life, from scientific & technical to social and environmental topics.
Over the 2014-2015 period, 15 Billion Euros of funding
have been allocated in order to stimulate the European economy growth.
More details in the section below.
On 01 Jan 2014 Greece assumed the EU Council Presidency and will hold it until 30 June 2014 when it will be handed over to Italy until the end of 2014.
It is now possible to follow activities and initiatives of the Greek presidency by visiting the relevant website: http://gr2014.eu/
On 01 Jan 2014 another good news for the EU: the Baltic country of Latvia became the 18th EU Member State adopting the Euro currency. Official communication was delivered on 31 Dec 2013: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-1307_en.htm
A specific website was prepared to inform Latvians about the currency change over: http://www.eiro.lv/en/sakums
If you would like to know more about Latvia, we have dedicated the entire "website of the month" section with some useful links.
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H2020, FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
New Calls recently published
HORIZON 2020As expected on 11 Dec 2013 the new Horizon 2020 calls were published.
There are 12 focus areas with the relevant 2014 budget allocated:
- Personalising Health and Care - 549 Million EUR
- Sustainable Food Security - 138 Million EUR
- Blue Growth: Unlocking the Potential of Seas and Oceans - 100 Million EUR
- Digital Security - 47 Million EUR
- Smart Cities and Communities - 92 Million EUR
- Competitive Low-Carbon Energy - 359 Million EUR
- Energy Efficiency - 98 Million EUR
- Mobility for Growth - 375 Million EUR
- Waste: a Resource to Re-cycle, Re-use and Recover Raw Materials - 73 Million EUR
- Water Innovation: Boosting its Value for Europe - 67 Million
- Overcoming the Crisis: New Ideas, Strategies and Governance Structures for Europe - 35 Million EUR
- Disaster-Resilience: Safeguarding and Securing Society, including adapting to Climate Change - 72 Million EUR
Besides, there are also funds for Industrial Leadership, Cross-Cutting Issues, Excellent Frontier Research and Science for Policy.
More details in this EC press release and on the EC Participant Portal.
The TEN-T Calls for Proposals (Multi-Annual and Annual), published on 11 Dec 2013, make 350 Million EUR available to fund European transport infrastructure projects in all Transport modes - Air, Rail, Road, and Maritime/inland waterways - plus Logistics and Intelligent Transport Systems, and all EU Member States.
The TEN-T Executive Agency organised an Info Day on 13 December 2013 where the content of each Call as well as the application procedure were explained by Agency and DG MOVE officials.
Projects proposals regarding Priority Projects, Motorways of the Sea (MoS), European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS), Air Traffic Management (ATM), Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) including the European Electronic Tolling System (EETS) must be submitted by 11 Mar 2014.
More details are available here.
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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:
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EPN Consulting attended the European H2020 Transport Info Day
The EPN Consulting CEO Dr Ing Stefano Mainero attended in Brussels the Transport Info day organised by the European Commission to introduce the Transport 2014-2015 work programme within Horizon 2020.
Being Horizon 2020 launched the week before it was a timely event to better understand topics and submission rules of this new funding framework. It was also a great opportunity to meet up with peers and discuss collaboration opportunities.
Presentations of the day are available here
Joint Committment to achieving ERA's goals reaffirmed
Brussels, 13 Dec 2013 - The European Commission and organisations representing key research organisations and research funding bodies reaffirmed their joint commitment to achieving the goals of the European Research Area (ERA)
They signed a Joint Declaration on continued and closer cooperation. The six research stakeholder organisations represented were the European Association of Research and Technological Organisations (EARTO), the European University Association (EUA), the League of European Research Universities (LERU), NordForsk, Science Europe and the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER).
More information is available here
The ERA Progress Report 2013 is available here
Eurobarometer Survey: How Green are European SMEs?
Brussels, 17 Dec 2013 - The European Commission published an extensive survey - the second of its kind - to understand the views and attitudes of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) towards three core environmental themes: green jobs
, resource efficiency
and green markets
The results show that in 2013, European SMEs added more green jobs, made improvements in resource efficiency and are contributing to the transition to a low-carbon economy.
It is estimated that in 2012 there were 20.3 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the European Union, representing 98% of all businesses and providing around 90 million jobs in the single market (IP/13/1156).
SMEs are the backbone of the European economy and their contribution is essential for pursuing the goals of 'Europe 2020', the EU's strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
However, SMEs find it more difficult to comply with environmental legislation than large companies. A lack of expertise, lengthy approval procedures for new products and a lack of consumer demand are the main obstacles that prevent SMEs from entering the green markets. The aim of this Eurobarometer survey was to evaluate how European SMEs are faring in green jobs, resource efficiency and green markets, compared to a similar survey which took place in early 2012 (MEMO/12/218).
The survey included more than 11,000 SMEs in the 28 EU Member States, as well as Albania, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, the Republic of Serbia, Turkey, Israel and the USA.
More information is available here
Transport - EU Parliament committee paves the way for a Single European Rail Area
7 Dec 2013 - The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN)
of the reports on the six legislative proposals forming the "Fourth Railway Package".
Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for mobility and transport, said:
"The vote today is a milestone in view of the completion of the Single European Rail Area, made possible by the determination of committee members. This vote creates momentum for further progress in the Council under the Greek Presidency. Our final aim is to deliver better quality and more choice for more competitive rail services in Europe".
Rail is a vital part of the EU transport system, with a key role in addressing rising traffic demand, congestion, fuel security and decarbonisation.
The EC welcomed that the TRAN Committee
- endorsed the objectives of introducing competition on domestic commercial passenger services by 2019;
- maintains guarantees for an effective independence of the infrastructure manager in the exercise of all of its functions, while introducing greater flexibility for Member States - notably by reinforcing the role of national rail regulators;
- confirmed clear rules to ensure financial transparency within vertically integrated structures, which are essential to ensure an equal and non-discriminatory access to the network;
- confirmed that competitive tendering for public service contracts in rail should be a leading principle.
However, the Commission would have preferred a more limited possibility to award rail contracts directly - but will continue to work with co-legislators in order to achieve a more balanced approach.
More information is available here
Transport - the EC Urban Mobility Package
17 Dec 2013 -Cities are home to over 70% of the EU population and account for some 85% of the Union's GDP.
Most journeys begin and end in cities. In many urban areas, however, increasing demand for urban mobility has created a situation that is not sustainable: severe congestion, poor air quality, noise emissions and high levels of CO2 emissions. Urban congestion jeopardises EU goals for a competitive and resource-efficient transport system.
With the Urban Mobility Package, the Commission reinforces its supporting measures in the area of urban transport by:
- Sharing experiences, show-casing best practices, and fostering cooperation
- Providing targeted financial support
- Focusing Research & Innovation on delivering solutions for urban mobility challenges
- Involving the Member States and enhance international cooperation
More information on the Urban Mobility Package is here
and related Frequently Asked Questions are here
Six Things we learned about our Changing Climate in 2013
27 Dec 2013 - Despite many successful scientific discoveries, it's important to remember that, in terms of the long-term survival of both our species and all others on the planet, 2013 is remarkable for a much darker reason.
It's a year in which we've pushed the climate further than ever away from its natural state, learned more than ever about the dire consequences of doing so, and done as little as ever to stop it.
As GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions soar unabated and the ramifications become rapidly apparent, here's a rundown of what we learned about climate change in 2013:
- There are record levels of GHG in the atmosphere
- Global Warming may have appeared to slow down but it is an illusion
- An overwhelming majority of scientists agree that human activities are changing the climate
- Climate Change is already impacting your life
- There is not nearly enough being done to stop climate change
- There is one key formula to preventing catastrophic climate change
More information available here
Interview with the President of the European Central Bank
30 Dec 2013 - The European Central Bank website reported an interview of their President, Mr Mario Draghi, with Der Spiegel magazine about the current economic crisis.
One of the questions asked was:
SPIEGEL: The economic crisis in Europe is still threatening to blow up the euro. Growth is low, so unemployment in southern Europe is reaching record levels.
DRAGHI: The crisis has not been overcome, but there are many encouraging signs. The economy is recovering in many countries, the imbalances in European trade are declining and the budget deficits in the monetary union are falling. That's more than was expected a year ago.
It is a good reading describing facts and forecast about economy and politics in Europe when the 2014 was close to begin.
The whole interview is available here
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The Website of the Month: LATVIA (LV)
This month we have chosen some websites regarding Latvia to celebrate their joining the Eurozone on 1st Jan 2014.
officially the Republic of Latvia
), is a country
in the Baltic region
of Northern Europe
. It is bordered to the north by Estonia
, to the south by Lithuania
, to the east by Russia
, and to the southeast by Belarus
and by a maritime border to the west with Sweden
. With 2,008,700 inhabitantsand a territory of 64,589 km2it is one of the least populous and least densely populated countries of the European Union
. The capital of Latvia is Riga
. The official language is Latvian
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