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Dear Subscriber, Happy 2015!
Welcome to the January 2015 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,400 selected professionals in Europe.
We would like to congratulate Lithuania
on joining the Eurozone
on holding the EU Presidency
until 30 June 2015. The Latvian presidency's priorities and programme are described here
In Dec 2014 the RegioStars Awards 2015
were launched by the EC Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy. The Award Categories for 2015 are:
- SMART GROWTH: Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy
- SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society
- INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion
- CITYSTAR: Transforming cities for future challenges
Applications should be sent by 28 Feb 2015 by the regional or local Managing Authority, or with the endorsement of this Managing Authority. The selected finalists will be informed by the end of May 2015. The Award ceremony itself will take place in Brussels during the OPEN DAYS on 13 Oct 2015.
IN Dec 2014 and Jan 2015 tens of new Horizon 2020 calls for proposals were published covering virtually every business and RTD area. As each of them has got their deadline we invite you to visit the EPN Consulting Events Section
or directly the EC Participant Portal
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By the way, also in 2015 the popular SME Instrument
tool is confirmed to allow creative and innovative SMEs to get funds to exploit their ideas.
The last cut-off date (17 Dec 2014) received 2,992 proposals: 2,363 for Phase 1 and 629 for Phase 2.
Next cut-off date is 18 Mar 2015 for both phases.
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list of acronyms featuring topics introduced
To create a consistent link between the EPN Consulting Newsletter and the EPN Consulting Events Section as well as to facilitate the newsletter reading by immediately recognising the kind of article topic, we have imported the list of acronyms from the Events section of our website.
ARD - Architecture & Design, BIO - Biology & Chemistry, BIZ - Business & Commercial, CIV - Civil Engineering, ENE - Energy, ENV - Environment, EUP - European Projects and affairs, FIN - Economics & Finance, ICT - ICT & Communications, INN - Research & Innovation, ITS - Intelligent Transport Systems, LEG - Legal Issues, Intellectual Property Rights, PRO - Professional services, Consultancy, Training Courses, TEC - Technology and Mechanics, TRA - Transport & Planning
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ENV+ICT - Agriculture is doing more with IoT Innovation than most other Industries
07 Dec 2014 - Venture capitalists invested a record amount in agriculture and food startups in the third quarter of 2014, totaling $269 million across 41 deals.
Despite great investor interest in agriculture technology, it's a little known fact that farming has been, and continues to be, among the most fertile laboratories for Internet of Things (IoT) innovation and large-scale adoption for productivity, pest control, conservation and continual value.
More info available here
ENV+FIN - A clearer picture of Climate-related Development Finance
15 Dec 2014 - The world will need more and better targeted financing to meet the challenges of global development post-2015. This means taking important decisions not only on what qualifies as Official Development Assistance (ODA), but also on how those flows can be most strategically used.
The Ministers of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) discussed it at the DAC High Level Meeting to redefine the terms for determining what qualifies as ODA.
More information available here.
Watch the video describing the treatment of multi-lateral climate-related flows in DAC statistics here.
BIZ+FIN+TRA - China wants to make Greek port "New European Gate for Asian Imports"
19 Dec 2014 - Greece's plans to turn Piraeus port in the main trade gateway into Europe received a shot in the arm in mid Dec 2014 after China pledged to upgrade the entire train network linking it to central Europe and significantly reduce the cost and time needed to transport goods.
More information available here.
ICT+ITS+TRA - Smarter Cars exploit the power of light
07 Jan 2015 - At this year's International CES, in Las Vegas, NV, USA, several of the world's major automotive manufacturers have been showing off a range of photonics-related enhancements to cars.
Invariably, these developments are claimed to improve driving experience - whether by human gesture interaction for routing and vehicle management, semi-autonomous driving, laser and OLED-based lighting or integrated camera systems that improve control and safety.
More information available here.
TRA - Bristol secures Government funding to test New Green Bus technology
Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport, announced that Bristol will receive funding to purchase a number of new hybrid buses which can switch from diesel to electric automatically in low emission zones.
The 'geo-fence' technology works by automatically switching diesel-electric hybrid vehicles to zero emissions once it enters a specific GPS location within the city. The trigger zones will be set on the areas with poorer air quality and Bristol City Council will use the data collected to evaluate the benefits for the city environment along with their the operational impacts for the bus service.
More information available here
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The Website of the Month: INTERNET ARCHIVE
To make you start this year with a lighter mood, this month we have chosen the Internet Archive, where you can find websites, games, videos, etc. that were published at the beginning of Internet, now pretty entirely forgotten. There are 435 billion webpages saved!
It is a great experience to see how the Internet has evolved in the last 20+ years. Enjoy yourself!
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