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Transport: UK introduced HGV levy for foreign hauliers
Transport: first EU Transport scoreboard published
ICT: New study identifies Europe's top ICT Hubs
EU Parliament: 5-year's work in figure
Safety: Lorries to be made safer for Cyclists
e-Transport: EU plans common plug for charging
How to drive new finance for Energy Efficiency Investments
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News from SBOING, our member for Greece
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Welcome to the May 2014 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,100 selected professionals in Europe.

During this month there will be a good number of deadlines regarding the submission of projects proposals to the Horizon 2020 calls (06 May, 07 May, 14 May, 20 May).
We also remind our readers of the 1st cut-off date (18 June 2014) regarding the submission of proposals to the SME Instrument call. If you have an innovative idea get in touch with us as soon as possible to be guided through a successful path.

To reinforce your passion for green mobility and clean environment, please note that:
  • the European Cycling Challenge (#ECC2014) will be ongoing for the entire month of May 2014. Participation is free
  • the European Sustainable Energy Week returns with its 9th edition on 23-27 June 2014
  • the European Mobility Week will return as usual next 16-22 Sept 2014. This year's theme is "Our streets, Our choice".  EPN Consulting is very keen on promoting this event on its website homepage across the entire year 
A fresh good news about a greener mobility: New cars meet CO2 target 2 years ahead of deadline.
Cars sold in 2013 were 4 % more efficient than the year before, according to provisional data. Average carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre have continued to fall, so in 2013 the European Union fleet already collectively met its legal target for 2015.

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Horizon 2020 & other Calls shortly expiring   
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The following calls for proposals are close to an end in the next weeks:




- 06 May 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-NMP-PILOTS-2014 call 

- 06 May 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-NMP-2014-two-stage call (Stage 1) 

- 06 May 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-NMP-CSA-2014 call 


- 07 May 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-LCE-2014-3 call 

- 07 May 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SCC-2014 call 


- 14 May 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INFRASUPP-2014-1 call 

- 16 May 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the EUROGIA 2020 call


- 20 May 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ERC-2014-CoG call  


- 23 May 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the KIC InnoEnergy Innovation Proposals 2014-1  



- 03 June 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EURO-SOCIETY-2014 call 

- 03 June 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-YOUNG-SOCIETY-2014 call 

- 03 June 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-REFLECTIVE-SOCIETY-2014 call 

- 05 June 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EE-2014-2-RIA call 

- 05 June 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EE-2014-4-PDA call 

- 05 June 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EE-2014-3-MarketUptake call 

- 18 June 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-1-2014 call (1st cut-off date)



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Transport - UK introduced HGV levy for foreign hauliers        

02 Apr 2014 - Foreign truck firms are being charged to use roads across the UK for the first time from 1st April with the introduction of the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) road-user levy

The new system is being rolled-out approximately a year ahead of schedule and introduces a charge that supports UK hauliers in competing with their international counterparts.


Currently, UK truck drivers commuting in Europe pay tolls and levies while delivering goods abroad, but foreign trucks operating in the UK have not been required to make a similar payment.


More information available here.
Official info from the UK Department for Transport available here.
Transport - The EC published first EU Transport Scoreboard 
10 Apr 2014 - The European Commission  published for the first time a scoreboard on transport in the EU. It compares Member State performance in 22 transport-related categories and highlights for most of these categories the five top and bottom performers.

The Netherlands and Germany top the scoreboard with high scores in 11 categories, followed by Sweden, the UK and Denmark.

The aim of this first EU Transport Scoreboard is to give a snapshot of the diversity of Member State performance in transport matters across Europe and to help Member States identify shortcomings and define priorities for investment and policies.


It brings together data from a variety of sources (such as Eurostat, the European Environment Agency, the World Bank and the OECD).


The Commission's intention is to refine the indicators in the years to come, in dialogue with Member States, industry and other stakeholders, and to track Member State progress over time.


More information available here.
ICT - New EC Study identified Europe's Top ICT Hubs

14 Apr 2014 - Wondering what makes an ICT hotspot? Take a look at Munich, London, Paris or smaller cities such as Darmstadt identified in a new EU Atlas of ICT hotspots.

This atlas shows where digital technologies thrive and examines the factors contributing to this success

Most of Europe's ICT activity takes place in 34 regions across 12 countries (listed in the Annex).


Key ingredients to success included access to top Universities and research centres and funding opportunities such as venture capital.


European Commission Vice-President @NeelieKroesEU said: "This is proof that digital success comes through a willingness to invest, an open mindset for innovation and planning. Europe needs to build these values today to be a global leader in technology".


The European ICT Poles of Excellence (EIPE) Project is being developed by the Joint Research Centre and DG Connect.

More information available here


The European Parliament  2009-2014: 5 years' work in figures 
15 Apr 2014 - The "At a glance" infographic aims to give a succinct picture of some of the activities undertaken by the European Parliament over the most recent term, from July 2009 to date

The EU Parliament adopts its positions by voting in plenary session on legislative and budgetary texts, as well as on own initiative reports and other resolutions.


EP committees prepare the ground, with detailed consideration of draft legislation and public hearings on key issues. Oral and written questions can be asked to the other institutions.


The Parliament also devotes considerable energy to working with Member States' national parliaments, often in joint meetings on specific policies.


More information available here.
The infographic in PDF can be found here.    
Safety - Lorries to be made safer for Cyclists
16 Apr 2014 - Life-saving improvements to the design of lorries could see a large reduction in the death toll for cyclists and pedestrians on Britain's roads, after a landmark European vote approved a change to safety rules

Length restrictions on lorries currently force manufacturers to build driver cabs that are short and flat-fronted in order to maximise capacity at the rear. This means cabs have small windows, large blind-spots and no crash protection.


The European Parliament voted to approve new design laws which will relax length limits on lorries, on condition that manufacturers build cabs with larger windows, a crumple zone, and a rounded front to ensure anyone struck by the lorry is pushed to the side rather than dragged under the wheels.

More information available here
e-Transport - EU plans common plug for e-vehicles charging 

22 Apr 2014 - The European Parliament has given final approval for measures aimed at increasing the infrastructure in place for low emission vehicles across the continent.


Among the measures agreed upon by MEPs on 15 Apr 2014 were plans to put in place common standards for alternative refuelling points - including a common plug for recharging electric vehicles.


Following the vote by the European Parliament, the new rules should be formally adopted by Council later this year. 


More information available here
Energy Efficiency - How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments  
In late 2013, the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) was jointly convened by the European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) to bring together their experience to address the need to increase the scale of energy efficiency investments across the EU.

While energy efficiency investments in buildings have been taking place for decades, the EU today finds itself in a place where these investments have become strategically important due to the high level of energy imports required by the EU bloc (55% in 2012 and costing EUR 400bn), rising energy prices and the need to increase ambition in tackling climate change in 2030.

A number of the policies and markets which guide energy efficiency investments are still relatively new and will take time to have their full impact.


More information available here.
Documentation in PDF can be found here.
Have your say on Future Emerging Technologies (FET)   
EU 02 May 2014 - The aim of the public consultation is to identify promising and potentially game-changing directions for future research in any technological domain.

Vice-President of the European Commission @NeelieKroesEU, responsible for the Digital Agenda, said: "From protecting the environment to curing disease - the choices and investments we make today will make a difference to the jobs and lives we enjoy tomorrow. Researchers and entrepreneurs, innovators, creators or interested bystanders - whoever you are, I hope you will take this opportunity to take part in determining Europe's future".


The consultation is organised as a series of discussions, in which contributors can suggest ideas for a new FET Proactive initiative or discuss the 9 research topics identified in the previous consultation to determine whether they are still relevant today.


The ideas collected via the public consultation will contribute to future FET work programmes, notably the next one (2016-17). This participative process has already been used to draft the current work programme (2014-15).


More information available here.
News from SBOING, the EPN Consulting Member from Greece  

Sboing logoWe are delighted to publish three exciting achievements of SBOING, our member from Greece. 

News No. 1

SBOING was presented (Dec 2013) as an example of "HiTech FEM" investment opportunity at MIT Sloan by professors Mark Esposito and Terence Tse.


Dr. Mark Esposito is a contemporary author, researcher and professor, in the field of Economic Strategy, Sustainability and Economic Development of Cities, Regions and Nations http://www.mark-esposito.com/
Dr. Terence Tse is an Associate Professor of Finance at the London campus of ESCP Europe Business School. He has lectured executives and post-graduate level students in top business schools. He is currently Head of Competitiveness Studies at i7 Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness, an academic think-tank based in Paris and London http://terencetse.com/biography-of-dr-tse/


News No. 2  

SBOING won the 15,000 EUR award of the LDA Competition with the sbCliMate app, an add-on to sbNavi™, the SBOING navigator!  [30 Apr 2014]  

The app provides a real-time and 3-day prediction info-layer to the SBOING navigator for ambient temperature, fire probability, fire zones, atmospheric pollution (PM10 and PM2.5 indices), UV levels and Ozone density, derived from Earth-observation satellite data.


The LDA project (http://www.ldathens.eu) aims at implementing on a large scale, and in a real life test bed, innovative mobile services based on COPERNICUS (The European Earth Observation Programme, former GMES, http://www.copernicus.eu) and GNSS (The Global Navigation Satellite System, http://www.gsa.europa.eu) in the region of Attica, Greece.  Article in Greek below  




News No. 3
The SBOING patent has been granted in China! [08 Apr 2014]

So far, the international SBOING patent for "improved routing through crowdsourcing" has been granted in the USA, EU, Australia and China and is still pending in India and Israel.


EPN Consulting congratulates SBOING on continuously demonstrating its commitment to Hi-Tech Excellence at international levels.  


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Next Professional Events happening in Europe
- 07 May 2014 - Istanbul (TR) - BIZ+FIN - FT Conference - FT TURKEY SUMMIT 2014 


- 07-09 May 2014 - Florence (IT) - TRA - ECOMM 2014 - 18th European Conference on Mobility Management 


- 08-11 May 2014 - Verona (IT) - TEC+TRA - ASPHALTICA 2014 - International Asphalting Industry Exhibition, Equipment, Technnologies and Road Safety 

- 08-11 May 2014 - Verona (IT) - TEC+TRA - SAMOTER 2014 - 29th International Triennial Earth-moving and Building Machinery Exhibition 


- 09 May 2014 - Athens (GR) - EUP+ITS+TRA - EUROPEAN ROAD SAFETY DAY 2014 - "Safe and Smart Infrastructures" 


- 13-14 May 2014 - Amsterdam (NL) - ENE+ICT+TRA - SMART CITY event 201413-14 May 2014 - London (UK) - ICT - OVUM INDUSTRY CONGRESS 2014  


- 14-15 May 2014 - Brussels (BE) - BIZ+LEG - EUROPEAN BUSINESS SUMMIT 2014 


- 15-16 May 2014 - Gothenburg (SE) - TRA - ESPO 2014 - The European Sea Ports Conference 


- 17-22 May 2014 - Salzburg (AT) - ENV+EUP+FIN+ICT+INN - MIND THE GAP! - Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Inclusive Growth 


- 18-19 May 2014 - Muenich (DE) - TRA - mobil.TUM 2014 - International Scientific Conference on Mobility and Transport 


- 19-20 May 2014 - Brussels (BE) - EUP - EUROPEAN TERRITORIAL COOPERATION Annual Event 


- 20-22 May 2014 - London (UK) - CIV+ENE - CITE 2014 - The Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition 

- 20-22 May 2014 - London (UK) - CIV+TRA - INFRARAIL 2014 - 10th International Railway Infrastructure Exhibition 


- 21 May 2014 - Glasgow (UK) - TRA - 2014 STAR (Scottish Transport Applications and Research) Conference 


- 21-22 May 2014 - London (UK) - ENE+ENV - WORLD WASTE TO ENERGY  CITY SUMMIT 


- 21-23 May 2014 - Leipzig (DE) - ITS+TRA - INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT FORUM 2014 

- 21-23 May 2014 - Vienna (AT) - INN+ITS+TRA - REAL CORP 2014 - Clever Solutions for Smart Cities 


- 22-25 May 2014 - EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2014


 - 27-29 May 2014 - The Algarve (PT) - CIV+ENV+ICT+TEC - URBAN WATER 2014 - 2nd International Conference on Design, Construction, Maintenance, Monitoring and Control of Urban Water Systems

- 28-30 May 2014 - The Algarve (PT) - TRA - URBAN TRANSPORT 2014 - 20th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment


- 01-03 June 2014 - Stuttgart (DE) - ITS+TRA - 7th CITIES FOR MOBILITY INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS 2014  


- 04-05 June 2014 - Birmingham (UK) - TRA - LOGISTICS LINK LIVE 

- 04-05 June 2014 - London (UK) - BIZ+ICT - MOBILE FIRST 2014: from BYOX to the Mobile Enterprise


- 05 June 2014 - London (UK) - CIV+ITS+TRA - FUTURE HIGHWAYS 2014 


- 05-06 June 2014 - Vienna (AT) - ITS - European Conference on HUMAN-CENTRED DESIGN FOR INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS 


- 09-11 June 2014 - Santander (ES) - TRA - CIT 2014 - 11th Transport Engineering Conference 


- 10-11 June 2014 - London (UK) - CIV+TRA - PARKEX 2014 

- 10-11 June 2014 - Rome (IT) - ENE+ITS+TRA - CITYTECH 2014 - Rome Edition 

- 10-11 June 2014 - Vienna (AT) - BIZ+ENE+ICT+LEG+TRA - SMARTER CITIES 2014 


- 10-12 June 2014 - Paris (FR) - TRA - TRANSPORTS PUBLICS 2014 - The European Mobility Exhibition 



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TAFTIE is the European Association of leading national innovation agencies. Its Members (28 organisations from 25 European countries) make a major contribution to strengthening Europe's economic performance by supporting product, process and services innovation by implementing their countries' national and -many times- international Research, Development and Innovation Programmes.
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