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The EPN Consulting Newsletter No. 63 - Nov 2015 

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H2020, FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
New Calls recently published
EUP+INN: EUR 200m more financing for SMEs in 2016-17
ENV+TRA: Oslo plans to ban cars by 2019
BIZ+ICT: London tops the list of most digital entrepreneur-friendly city
FIN+TRA: The True Cost of Mobility
EUP+FIN: No Roaming Charges as of 15 June 2017
ICT: How People are actually using IoT
INN+ITS+TRA: Human-driving v Self-driving Cars
INN+ITS+TRA: Police pulled over Google's car
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Welcome to the November 2015 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,400 selected professionals in Europe.

In the past weeks EPN Consulting have been very busy attending a number of events and reinforcing the company's focus on European Commission initiatives and Transport.  
The list starts with the 22-Oct conference held in Brussels on "Boosting Investments in Transport" and continues with the 04-Nov Stakeholders workshop on "ITS DIrective Priority Action "A" - The provision of EU-wide Multi-modal Travel Information Service" organised in Brussels by the EC.
On 05 Nov EPN Consulting attended the Horizon 2020 Transport Info Day and the 06 Nov the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities & Communities Info Day organised in Brussels by the EC.
This collection of events ended up in Brussels on the 10 Nov attending the "REETS Final Day", a project aiming to develop EETS (European Electronic Toll Service) compliant services in a cross-border regional area including 7 EU Member States and Switzerland.

European SMEs and Entrepreneurs may be aware of the  EUROPEAN SME WEEK starting on 16 Nov 2015 and from 18 to 20 Nov the 2015 SME Assembly will take place in Luxembourg.

For those SMEs interested in submitting a proposal to the SME Instrument we remind the cut-off date of 25 Nov 2015 for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 whereas the submission deadline of the Fast Track to Innovation Pilot specially dedicated to Industry is 01 Dec 2015.

SMEs and other organisations that intend to submit proposals to the Horizon 2020  2016 calls, first deadlines are set for mid January, so not much time to wait for.

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Horizon 2020 & other Calls shortly expiring   
European Projects
The following calls for proposals are close to an end in the next weeks: 
17 Nov 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ERC-2016-STG call (ERC STarting Grant)
25 Nov 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-1-2015 call - 4th cut-off date (SME Instrument Phase 1)

25 Nov 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-2-2015 call - 4th cut-off date (SME Instrument Phase 2)
01 Dec 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1 call - 3rd cut-off date (Fast Track to Innovation Pilot)
03 Dec 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to 19 topics of the H2020-BBI-PPP-2015-02 call (Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking)
First 2016 H2020 calls have 1st deadline in mid Jan 2016. In the next issue of this newsletter more details will be available.
18 Feb 2016 Deadline to submit proposals to the EUROSTARS call - 5th cut-off date
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New Calls recently published  
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Some new 2016 H2020 calls were officially opened. 

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EUP+INN - EUR 200 million more financing for SMEs in 2016-17 
19 Oct 2015 - In 2016-2017 there will be 44.2% more financing for SMEs under the SME-Instrument, in the new Horizon 2020 work-programme for Research and Innovation, adopted today 13 October by the European Commission.

The total budget of the SME Instrument for the two years is nearly € 740 million that should benefit over 2,000 highly innovative SMEs. ICT and Intelligent Transport Systems remain the biggest topics (€126 milllion and €118.8 for two years) with significant budget increases compared to the last work programme (+38 million and +43.97 million).

More information available here.

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ENV+TRA - Oslo plans to ban cars in city centre by 2019 
20 Oct 2015 - 
Cars are no longer welcome in downtown Oslo. The city plans to ban all cars from its city center by 2019, Reuters reports.

It will also build more than 35 miles of bike lanes by 2019 and invest heavily in public transport.

The permanent ban will affect the 350,000 or so car owners in the Norwegian capital. Oslo's car ban is the largest of its kind, says Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, an organization that supported New York City's Citi Bikes and advocates for car-free cities.

More information available here.
BIZ+ICT - London tops the list of most digital entrepreneur-friendly cities in Europe

22 Oct 2015 - At the ICT 2015 event in Lisbon, Nesta and the European Digital Forum think tank launched the European Digital City Index, an attempt to measure capital (and a few other) EU cities against a number of criteria set by 90+ digital entrepreneurs, policy researchers and academics.

The index finds that London, perhaps unsurprisingly, provides the best support for both startups and scale-ups. For both categories, cities like Stockholm, Amsterdam and Helsinki also understandably receive top marks.

More information available here.
FIN+TRA - The True Cost of Driving
25 Oct 2015 - 
A report published earlier this year confirms, in tremendous detail, a very basic fact of transportation that's widely disbelieved: Drivers don't come close to paying for the costs of the roads they use.

The report documents that the amount that road users pay through fuel taxes now accounts for less than half of what is spent to maintain and expand the road system.

More information available here.
EUP+FIN - No Roaming Charges as of 15 June 2017
27 Oct 2015 - The European Commission welcomed the vote by the European Parliament's plenary to adopt the agreement reached in June to end roaming charges by 15 June 2017 and to set net neutrality rules for the first time in EU law.

This is not only about money; this is about bringing down barriers in the Digital Single Market. This achievement is a first step towards a Telecoms Single Market. More work will need to be done to overcome national silos and address challenges such as spectrum coordination. 

More information available here.
ICT - How People are actually using the Internet of Things (IoT)
28 Oct 2015 - In these early days of the Internet of Things (IoT), much of the focus has been on industrial applications, such as improving operations with autonomous machines, or stand-alone consumer products, like a Fitbit.

But from our research, we're seeing a more human-centric category of IoT activity starting to emerge. It's less about automation and more about personal augmentation; less about individual devices and more about "living services" that let people program and connect smart devices however they want.

More information available here.
INN+ITS+TRA - Human-driving Cars are more likely to hurt other Humans than Self-driving Cars.    However.... 

29 Oct 2015 - With autonomous vehicle operators now required to report their crashes, we finally have some data to compare robot drivers to human drivers when it comes to road safety. Here's one good argument for a robot-driving future: Human drivers are more likely to get in crashes that hurt or kill other humans.

The study puts it this way: "The overall severity of crash-related injuries involving self-driving vehicles has been lower than for conventional vehicles".

More information available here.
INN+ITS+TRA - .... Police pulled over Google's driverless car for driving too slowly

13 Nov 2015 - Police in California have pulled over one of Google's self-driving cars after it was driving far slower than the speed limit. An officer in Mountain View, California, near Google's headquarters, stopped one of the company's prototype vehicles after it was holding up traffic by driving 24 mph in a 35 mph area.

The car, which as California laws require, had a human available to take control even when driving themselves, pulled over and was not given a fine, Google said. The Mountain View Police Department said the vehicle was, in fact, driving lawfully.

The incident is the latest interesting development as Google's self-driving cars run millions of miles worth of trials. The cars have been developed to drive extremely cautiously, which means they have an exemplary safety record.

More information available here.
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Next Professional Events happening in Europe
16-17 Nov 2015 - Brussels (BE) - BIZ+FIN - ENTERPRISE 2020 SUMMIT - The Future of Europe
16-22 Nov 2015 - Europe - BIZ+EUP+FIN - EUROPEAN SME WEEK
17 Nov 2015 - Stuttgart (DE) - TEC+TRA - SAE 2015 - Electric Powertrain Technologies Symposium
17-19 Nov 2015 - London (UK) - INN - 5th GLOBAL INNOVATION FORUM
17-19 Nov 2015 - Barcelona (ES) - ICT+ENE+ITS+TRA - SMART CITY EXPO 2015
17-19 Nov 2015 - Hamburg (DE) - BIZ+TEC+TRA - INTERMODAL EUROPE 2015
17-19 Nov 2015 - Paris (FR) - TEC+TRA - RAIL TECH CONFERENCES
18-19 Nov 2015 - London (UK) - ICT - IOT 2015 - Internet of Things World Forum
18-20 Nov 2015 - Luxembourg - EUP+LEG - SME ASSEMBLY
19 Nov 2015 - Rugby (UK) -  BIZ+FIN+TEC - IOM (Institute of Operations Management) ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015
19-20 Nov 2015 - Brussels (BE) - ITS+TRA - POLIS Conference  
23-24 Nov 2015 - Luxembourg - EUP+INN+TEC MANUFUTURE 2015
25-26 Nov 2015 - London (UK) - TEC+TRA - HIGHWAYS UK - Roads for a Modern Britain
30 Nov 2015 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+TRA - 2015 CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) TRANSPORT INFO DAY
30 Nov 2015 - Birmingham (UK) - TRA - RAIL LOGISTICS 2015
30 Nov - 01 Dec 2015 - Glasgow (UK) - ITS+TRA - SMARTER TRAFFIC FOR FUTURE CITIES
01-04 Dec 2015 - Brussels (BE) - ENE+ENV+TEC+TRA - EEVC 2015 - European Electric Vehicle Congress
02-03 Dec 2015 - London (UK) - ICT+TRA - TRANSEC 2015 - Transport Security Expo
03 Dec 2015 - Brussels (BE) - LEG+TRA - European UITP Conference on PUBLIC SERVICE CONTRACTS
07-10 Dec 2015 - Brussels - INN - 7th EUROPEAN INNOVATION SUMMIT 
10 Dec 2015 - Brussels (BE) - ICT+LEG - 6th Annual European DATA PROTECTION  & PRIVACY Conference

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The Website of the Month: ROME2RIO Journey Planner

In the EU there are currently more than 100 multi-modal transport information service that still show fragmented development of infoservices.

A useful and easy-to-use solution is provided by Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, that is organising the world's transport information. They offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location.

Rome2rio has developed an extensive, purpose built, unique repository of train, bus and ferry routes. Thousands of transport operators are represented in their database, making it the largest online repository of surface transport routes anywhere online.

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