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EPN Consulting CEO attended the 2nd Experts roundtable of TIPS
EUP+FIN: EIB focuses on infrastructures, SMEs and Innovation
EUP+INN: Plants are talking back!
ENV+INN Sweden must keep innovating
EUP+ITS: Opening remarks at the 10th ITS European Congress
ENV+EUP+TRA: EC awarded funding to 19 European Actions for Urban Transport
EUP+ENV+TRA: Greener River Vessels inaugurated
EUP+TRA: Paving the way for more in Railways
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EUP+TRA: the Shift2Rail project
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Welcome to the July 2014 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,200 selected professionals in Europe.

As anticipated in the June 2014 issue, the current Presidency of the EU Council is Italian as of 01 July 2014 and will last until 31 Dec 2014. To understand the tasks of the Presidency you can read this page.

On 24 June 2014 in Copenhagen (2014 European Green Capital) it was announced the winner of the 2016 European Green Capital Award: it is Ljubljana (SLO) that will take over from Bristol (UK) awarded for the 2015.
The EC Press Release can be read here (PDF). 

July and August are traditionally dedicated to Summer holidays in Europe - although with some differences in each country - therefore we have listed the next Horizon 2020 calls deadlines until mid Sept 2014 in order that you could better plan the workload in your organisations. All deadlines can be found on the Events Section of the EPN Consulting website.

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Finally, we would like to remind you of a currently open EC Consultation on Combined Transport.
Combined Transport is promoted within the European Union (EU) through the Combined Transport Directive (Council Directive 92/106/EEC, hereafter referred to as "the CT Directive").  The CT Directive seeks to promote Combined Transport operations through liberalisation of road cabotage, the elimination of authorisation procedures for Combined Transport operations, as well as financial support through fiscal incentives for certain Combined Transport operations. In order to be eligible for the provisions within the CT Directive, the movement of goods must meet a number of criteria.
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EPN Consulting attended the 8th Italo-German Economic forum in Milan  

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Last 05 June 2014 EPN Consulting attended the 8th Italo-German Economic Forum organised in Milan by the Italo-German Chamber of Commerce thanks to the EPN Consulting member Wilhelm Determann (right hand pictured) who participated and invited the EPN Consulting CEO Stefano Mainero.

The forum was focused on "Political Regionalisation v Economic Globalisation: A new challenge for Europe? ".

There were challenging analyses made by a high-level panel from industry and university on how several countries regionalisations could affect their individual economies and the whole EU economy.

The programme was available in Italian and German only.
EPN Consulting CEO attended the 2nd Experts round table of the EC TIPS Project 

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Last 17 June 2014 in Brussels the EPN Consulting CEO Dr Ing Stefano Mainero attended the 2nd Advisory Board Round Table organised by the EC TIPS Project.

Some Transport projects were analysed to understand which and how much added value they could bring to the market in order to make the whole transport market grow and progress.

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EUP+FIN - EIB continues to focus on Infrastructures, SMEs, and Innovation         

04 June 2014 - The President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, and EIB Vice-President Dario Scannapieco met with Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan at the margin of EIBīs Board of Directors meeting in Rome in order to discuss priorities and joint initiatives for the upcoming Italian EU Presidency.
Both sides agreed to cooperate closely in order to tackle unemployment in Europe. They also emphasised that Europe needs modern and efficient infrastructure to support growth and strengthen its competitiveness.

President Hoyer stated: "The EIB Group, in close cooperation with the Italian Presidency, will keep up its momentum in investing in modern infrastructure in Europe. This is vital for the future of our continent, given the global competition". Loans worth up to EUR 2.9 billion were approved for infrastructure projects, including the upgrade and extension of the Scotia Gas Network's gas distribution (up to EUR 468 million) and up to EUR 213 million for the modernisation of the Rail Baltica line from Warsaw to the Lithuanian border.


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EUP+INN - New EU-funded Tech: Plants are talking back!

o6 June 2014 - Scientists in Spain, Italy and the UK have developed a way to monitor the effect of climate change and pollution on the environment, by creating a special kind of plant which have in-built sensors. The PLEASED project@pleasedfp7 (PLants Employed As SEnsing Devices) led by the Italian SME WLAB and part funded by the EU has developed 'talking plants' which act as environmental monitors.


Once inside the plant, the micro-sensors collect the plant's signals, analyse them, combine them with those of other plants nearby, and produce a clear analysis of the environment around it. In other words, the plant will tell you how it feels and why. 


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ENV+INN - Sweden must keep innovating to maintain strong environmental records

11 June 2014 - Sweden has shown a longstanding commitment to the environment, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and nitrogen leaching. Renewables supply more than a third of its energy needs. Sweden has set itself tough targets for the future, however, and must continue to innovate if it is to meet them, according to a new OECD report.


The OECD's 3rd Environmental Performance Review of Sweden says the country will need to find new ways of making its environmental policies affordable to keep public support behind ambitious goals such as having zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and having a vehicle fleet free of fossil fuels by 2030.


Sweden is one of the few countries to have successfully used taxes to reduce environmental damage. This has encouraged eco-innovation and spurred the use of green technologies. Yet most of the country's advances in green taxes date back to a decade or more ago.


Sweden was one of the first countries to introduce a carbon tax but big differences in how carbon is priced across the economy have reduced the cost effectiveness of this policy. Much of the tax burden falls on households, small businesses and public services while sectors like farming, forestry, fishery and shipping enjoy exemptions. Power plants and large factories pay very little for what they emit.


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EUP+ITS -  Opening Remarks at the 10th ITS European Congress


16 June 2014 - [Speech] - When it comes to future transport and ITS policy, I am often asked two questions that I would also like to put to you today:
  • 1) Why is ITS relevant for Europe's transport system?
  • 2) What could, and what should, the EU be doing? Are we doing the right thing?


1) It is difficult not to be fascinated by new gadgets and the amazing technology and service opportunities that ITS promise. But we risk losing sight of what these new tools are supposed to achieve. I know myself that it's all too easy to be blinded by novelty.

Can ITS really prepare our transport system for meeting an ever growing demand for mobility? I think it can: but only if we stay focused on solutions and feasibility. [...]


Transport plays an essential role as the cornerstone of any country's economy and as the heart of its supply chain. We can see this well reflected in Finland's own ITS strategy. [...]


2) Traditionally, European ITS policy was focused on roads. Rightly so, because of the need to catch up with other transport modes and because of the many users and varying local needs. Pushing ahead with road ITS remains a major priority.

We remain fully committed to delivering on the workplan of the ambitious ITS directive. [...]


You will all be aware of progress made with the Public Safety Answering Point infrastructure that is needed for the proper handling of eCalls. Soon, eCall will be available for everyone in the EU, and will help us significantly in our work to halve European road deaths by 2020 and reduce the number of serious injuries. [...]


A major innovation of the ITS directive was its opening to other transport modes, fully in line with our integrated approach on "Connected mobility". [...]

More information available here

ENV+EUP+TRA - Urban Transport: EC awarded funding to 19 European Actions to get people to "do the right mix"

17 June 2014 - The European Commission announced 19 actions which will receive funding under the Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign 'Do the Right Mix' .
The selected actions will each receive up to €7,000 to support activities promoting greener and more sustainable ways of getting around town, such as design competitions and educational activities.

"Throughout this campaign, Europe has shown itself to be incredibly innovative in building a sustainable urban mobility culture", said European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for transport.

"All the various activities have shown that sustainable transport can be accessible to everyone. We hope that with this funding they can continue their excellent work at grassroots level".

The full list of winners: http://dotherightmix.eu/action/winners 

More information available here.
ENV+EUP+TRA - TEN-T: Greener River Vessel inaugurated  
EU19 June 2014 - The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) announced the inauguration of the "Eiger-Nordwand", the first inland waterway vessel to be retrofitted with pollution-reducing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) engines. This pilot vessel represents one of the milestones of the EU-supported "LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main-Danube" project, which is a series of studies and trials to assess the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a shipping fuel in the European inland waterway sector. It is a great technical accomplishment that paves the way for more clean fuels to be deployed on the entire transport supply chain along the inland waterway networks.
The inauguration of the Eiger-Nordwand is a key step in the realisation of the "LNG Masterplan" project, one of the biggest innovation projects financed through the TEN-T programme, which was selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call. It benefits from over €40 million of EU support and is implemented by a consortium of 33 companies and organisations from the public and private sectors across 12 EU Member States: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia.
More information available here.  
EUP+TRA - Railways: Paving the way for more Growth, more Efficiency and Service Quality in Europe  
EU19 June 2014 - The European Commission's bi-annual report on the European Rail Market shows while it is undeniable that rail is growing, more can still be done in terms of efficiency and service quality in several Member States. The Report also highlights that open competition and increased public tendering deliver better services for passengers and better value for taxpayers. Europe's railways absorb €36 billion of public subsidies a year (almost as much as they earn from fares).

The Commission adopted its in-depth report on the railway sector - the Rail Market Monitoring Survey (RMMS). The report confirms that passenger railways have experienced tremendous growth rates since the mid-nineties in countries like the UK (+70%), Sweden (+42%), France (+37%) and Belgium (+26%) and highlights the importance of high-speed services that represent a quarter of all traffic in the EU. International passenger traffic is growing and the main European railway groups are not purely traditional State-owned public monopolies anymore but more and more international railway groups with more than a quarter of their turnover generated outside their home country. Railway freight is also growing and is now generating almost half of its traffic from cross-border services. New entrants in the sector are employing some 120,000 persons and already have a 21% market share of passenger rail and a 28% of rail freight.
More information available here.  
EUP - The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument 1st cut-off date was a success (considering the number of submissions)   
19 June 2014 - The first applications are in, and the first results for the European Commission's Horizon 2020 SME Instrument have surpassed expectations! The first cut-off date has just passed on 18 June 2014, and 2 666 proposals have been submitted.


The Open Disruptive Innovation (ODI) scheme attracted the most proposals (885), followed by low carbon energy systems (372), nanotechnologies (305) and eco-innovation/raw materials (241). The general expected success rate for applications in this cut-off date is of 6.2%.

Italy led the number of applications (436), with Spain as a close second (420), followed by the United Kingdom (232), Germany (188), France (167) and Hungary (166).
The majority of SMEs applied individually, and most consortia were of two SMEs.

The EASME plans to have evaluated the proposals by the end of July 2014. 


Next cut-off dates are:

- for Phase 1:  24 Sept 2014

- for Phase 2:  09 Oct 2014  

More information available here

EUP+TRA - Virtually Connected Train Convoys to help solve  Europe's Transport Problems - the Shift2Rail project
EU 04 July 2014 - Interview with Andy Doherty, vice-chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Council and Director of railways system engineering at Network Rail, the UK rail network operator.

What benefits do you foresee from Shift2Rail? 'Shift2Rail will undoubtedly allow rail transport to become more attractive to millions of European passengers and freight users. It will boost the competitiveness of the European rail industry in a world of ever-fiercer industrial competition. [...]

What types of innovative infrastructure do you envisage to reduce costs and improve performance?
'The infrastructure programme funded by the joint undertaking will cover a series of areas. One focus area will be on innovations for track, switches and crossings, and the underlying structure. Due to the increased funding and focus of Shift2Rail, we will be able to improve existing systems and, in addition, seek to develop radically new designs that will dramatically enhance the railway capability. We will also look at bridges and tunnels, focusing on developing solutions and techniques that will reduce the massive cost burden these generally old railway assets place on infrastructure managers. [...] 

What specific innovations do you think will have an impact on the growth of rail freight and passenger transportation? How will Shift2Railconcretely improve the customer experience? 'Shift2Rail will lead research into the concept of virtual train convoys, whereby trains can be coupled and uncoupled without actually making a physical connection. This could potentially radically enhance capacity, providing users with a higher level of service while reducing fleet use. [...]


What are the new technologies you will fund in the domain of high-speed rail? Can you give some precise details? 

'Shift2Rail will cover all sectors of the railway from high-speed and mainline through to suburban, urban and freight. Thanks to the engineering and resources capacity of the members of UNIFE, Shift2Rail will develop the trains of the future that use advanced materials, innovative traction equipment, clever mechatronic (combining mechanical and electronic properties) suspension systems, so as to reduce weight and track damage, thereby allowing higher speed with greater energy efficiency and at a lower cost to the railway system.'


What is the benefit of funding research into rail technology as part of a public-private partnership?

'Shift2Rail is a massive opportunity for the railway industry. The use of a European Commission public-private partnership enables focused research and innovation in the rail sector, and follows the initiatives launched in aerospace and other sectors. It is a break from the past; there is for the first time a project at EU level with a long-term commitment from private companies to really bring forward new technologies that will be applied to rail solutions on the market. [...]


How will Shift2Rail's activities contribute to the EU's goal of a 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2020?

'As I said earlier, railways will become yet more energy efficient, but most importantly making the railways more attractive and increasing their capacity will significantly reduce high energy usage in other more polluting transport sectors, as a shift to rail will reduce overall energy usage.'



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Next Professional Events happening in Europe

- 09 July 2014 - Brussels (BE) - ENE+ENV+EUP+ITS+TRA - SMART CITIES, SMART EUROPE -  Putting our Energy into Innovation and Sustainability 


- 09-12 July 2014 - Athens (GR) - ICT - 6th IC-SCCE - International Conference from Scientific Computing to Computational Engineering 


- 30-31 July 2014 - London (UK) - ICT - IC5E 2014 - International Conference on e-Business, e-Commerce, e-Management, e-Learning and e-Governance


- 13-15 Aug 2014 - Luton (UK) - ICTINTECH 2014 - 4th International Conference on the Innovative Computing Technology  


- 16-18 Aug 2014 - Luton (UK) - ICT - FGCT2014 - 3rd International Conference on Future Generation Communication Technologies 


- 20-22 Aug 2014 - Paris (FR) - ICT - CSS 2014 - the 6th International  Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security



- 01-05 Sept 2014 - Muenich (DE) - ICT- DEXA 2014 


- 02-05 Sept 2014 - Miedzyzdroje (PL) - EUP+ICT - MMAR 2014 - 19th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 


- 07-10 Sept 2014 - Warsaw (PL) - ICT - ABC:MI - 10th Workshop on Agent-Based Computing: from Model to Implementation 


- 10-11 Sept 2014 - Bergen (NO) - CIV+TEC+TRA - FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY IN TUNNELS 2014 


- 16-19 Sept 2014 - Aix-les-Bains (FR) - CIV+ENE+ENV - EUROSUN 2014 - International Conference on Solar Energy and Buildings


- 16-22 Sept 2014 - ENE+ENV+EUP+ITS+TRA - EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2014 - Our Streets, Our Choice


- 17-18 Sept 2014 - Porto (PT) - ENE+ENV+TEC - HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT - EUROPE 2014

- 17-18 Sept 2014 - Birmingham (UK) - TRA - IET Event - RCM 2014 - Railway Condition Monitoring 

- 17-18 Sept 2014 - London (UK) - ICT - IET Event - AHT 2014 - Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Low Resources Settings


- 18-19 Sept 2014 - Amsterdam (NL) - BIZ+TRA - 3rd EUROPEAN PORTS & SHIPPING CONFERENCE 2014


- 22-24 Sept 2014 - Marseille (FR) - BIZ+ICT+INN - M2M INNOVATION WORLD CONGRESS - Smart Services for Vertical Markets


- 22-25 Sept 2014 - Marseille (FR) - BIZ+ICT+INN - WORLD SMART WEEK 2014 - The Trusted Technologies & Mobile Services Summer Forum


- 22-26 Sept 2014 - Amsterdam (NL) - BIZ+ENE+TEC - EU PVSEC 2014 - 29th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition


- 23-25 Sept 2014 - Warsaw (PL) - ENE - RENEXPO POLAND - 4th International Trade Fair and Conferences for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency


- 23-26 Sept 2014 - Casablanca (Morocco) - ENV+EUP+ITS+LEG+TRA - CIVITAS FORUM 2014


- 24-25 Sept 2014 - Naples (IT) - ENE+TEC - IET Event - RPG 2014 - 3rd Renewable Power Generation Conference 


- 30 Sept - 01 Oct 2014 - Manchester (UK) - EUP+LEG+TRA - TISPOL CONFERENCE 2014 - Road Safety in Europe, Achieving the 2020 Target 



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The Website of the Month: New ISO Standard to measure Cities

This month we have chosen the new ISO Standard (37120:2014) designed to measure and compare cities performance.

A landmark ISO standard outlining key measurements for evaluating a city's service delivery and quality of life has just been published. Its use will help city managers, politicians, researchers, business leaders, planners, designers and other professionals to focus on key issues, and put in place policies for more livable, tolerant, sustainable, resilient, economically attractive and prosperous cities.
ISO 37120:2014 can be used by any city, municipality or local government wishing to measure its performance in a comparable and verifiable manner, irrespective of size and location or level of development. 

ISO 37120:2014 is the first ISO standard for city indicators. It is being developed as part of an integrated suite of standards for sustainable development in communities.

The standard was launched on 15 May 2014 during a global cities summit organized by the Global City Indicators Facility, one of the organizations involved in its development.

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