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Report from consultation on research infrastructures in Horizon 2020
The EC has published an assessment report for the recent consultation on topics for future activities in Horizon 2020 for integrating and opening existing national research infrastructures. The report includes an annex that lists all the topics that were graded with high potential and with merit. The consultation ran from July to October 2012.
Report: http://ec.europa.eu
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
EC develops interactive map of research infrastructures
The EC has produced an interactive map with the locations of European research infrastructures (RIs) that are accessible to all researchers in Europe. The map shows the location of FP7 funded RIs that provide transnational access to researchers. The map has a number of features such as listing all the RIs in a particular country, or filtering the RIs by eight research domains: energy; engineering; environmental sciences; information communication technologies; life sciences; material sciences and analytical facilities; physical sciences and astronomy; and social sciences and humanities. Each entry on the map highlights the lead organisation and a summary of the RI project, including a description of the RI, research domain, EU contribution, project duration and project website.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Member states showcase dual education schemes 
Five EU member states with successful apprenticeship systems have united to share knowledge with others countries, in view of new European Commission proposals to promote the schemes as a way to address youth unemployment. Business federations of Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland held a conference to brainstorm on how best to present and transpose successful apprenticeship systems to other EU states. With youth unemployment soaring across Europe, the apprenticeship - or dual education - model is seen as an efficient way of bringing youngsters closer to the job market by building their skills.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
 
EU to ban pesticides linked to bee decline         
In March, European Union countries failed to reach a consensus on whether three neonicotinoid insecticides – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – should be banned from use on crops attractive to bees. The European Commission will go ahead with temporary restrictions on insecticides linked to declining bee populations after member states were unable to reach a qualified majority decision on the proposal.
Source: http://www.publicserviceeurope.com
 
Smarter rules for safer food
The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain. The package of measures provide a modernised and simplified, more risked-based approach to the protection of health and more efficient control tools to ensure the effective application of the rules guiding the operation of the food chain. The current body of EU legislation covering the food chain consists of almost 70 pieces of legislation. The new package of reform will cut this down to 5 pieces of legislation.
Source: http://europa.eu
 
Parliament report flags major changes to EU biofuels proposal
The European Parliament report about the EU’s proposal for addressing the problem of indirect land use change (ILUC) in its biofuels policy will propose the application of unique ‘factors’ to account for differences in biofuels performance. These would recognise the specific indirect greenhouse gas emissions estimated to occur due to displaced agricultural cultivation from crops grown for fuel. The report says that the EU’s proposed 5% cap on biofuels’ share of the transport mix by 2020 should differentiate between the best and worst performers, when greenhouse gas calcuations are taken into account.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
 
Environment MEPs approve new rules for achieving cleaner cars
The EP Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has approved new rules for making it possible for the EU to meet an ambitious target for cleaner cars by 2020. CO2 emissions will need to come down from 130g CO2/km in 2015 to 95g CO2/km by 2020. This is important as one fifth of all CO2 emissions in Europe comes from cars, while emissions from road transport increased by 26% between 1990 and 2008. The proposal approved this week sets out the concrete steps needed to achieve the 2020 target.
Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu
 
Charting Europe's nanotechnology 'roadmap'
NANOfutures is dedicated to fostering a shared vision and strategy on the future of nanotechnology. NANOfutures is a European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) bringing together industry, research institutions and universities, NGOs, financial institutions, civil society and policymakers at regional, national and European levels, acting as a kind of ‘nano-hub’ for Europe.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
BIO-TIC partnering platform
The BIO-TIC partnering platform, an integral part of the EU-funded BIO-TIC project, helps building and enlarging personal network of contacts within the European bioeconomy.
It offers access to comprehensive information on several thousands of organisations in the European bioeconomy, experts and their expertise, current funding programmes and projects, new offers, requests, products and services, relevant events in the bioeconomy sector, job opportunities and more.
Source: www.industrial-biotechnology.eu
 
Multiannual financial framework 2014-2020
"EU Member States have sent very positive signals that could trigger the start of the final round of negotiations on the next financial period (MFF 2014-2020) between the Member States and the European Parliament". This is what EU Commissioner for the Budget Janusz Lewandowski stated at the outcome of the General Affairs Council (GAC) in Luxembourg. In its oral conclusions to the meeting, the Irish Presidency expressed the Council's willingness to discuss various issues of crucial importance to the European Parliament such as future flexibility of the EU budget, a mid-term review of the financial framework, the unity of the budget and own resources.
Source: http://europa.eu
 
Commission publishes strategic report 2013 on cohesion policy
On 18 April 2013, the European Commission released its strategic report on the implementation of the EU's Cohesion policy in the period 2007-2013. Compiling the 27 national strategic reports presented at the end of 2012, the report depicts the accelerated implementation of the cohesion programmes and the progress towards the objectives set for 2015.
Report: http://ec.europa.eu
Source: http://europa.eu  
 
Commission proposes to improve application of workers' rights to free movement
The European Commission has proposed measures to ensure the better application of EU law on people's right to work in another Member State and so make it easier for people to exercise their rights in practice. Currently there is a persistent problem with public and private employers' lack of awareness of EU rules, regardless of whether the national legislation is compliant or not. The proposal aims to overcome these obstacles and to help to prevent discrimination against workers on the basis of nationality by proposing practical solutions.
Source: http://europa.eu
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EU launches the second edition of the Women Innovators Prize
The European Commission has launched the second edition of the Women Innovators Prize to reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. The Prize aims to raise awareness of the need for more female entrepreneurs and to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps.
The contest is open to all women who have founded or co-founded their company and who have at some point of their careers benefitted from the EU's research framework programmes or the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.
Deadline:15 October 2013. 
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Indicative timeline for ERC calls in 2014
The ERC has published a provisional schedule for its next round of calls. During 2014, there will be calls for the established Starting/Consolidator and Advanced Grants together with the Proof of Concept calls. 
- Starting Grant (2-7 years post PhD)
Publication: 1st quarter of 2014Deadline: 2nd quarter 2014
- Consolidator Grant (7-12 years post PhD)
Publication & deadline: 2nd quarter of 2014
- Advanced Grant (established senior researchers)
Publication & deadline: 4th quarter of 2014
- Normal schedule for Proof of Concept grants (one call with two deadlines in 2014). Although no final decision has yet been taken by the EU, the ERC Scientific Council provides, without any commitment, this provisional information for the convenience of the scientific community.
- No further calls for Synergy grants in 2013 and 2014 
Source: http://erc.europa.eu
 
CIP Call: building and implementing strategic roadmaps of demand-side policy measures to boost demand for industrial innovations
This call for proposals invites applicants to develop and implement strategic roadmaps of demand-side policy measures with the objective to increase the market uptake of innovations in any market or sector. Demand-side policies are sets of public measures which could support the improvement of conditions for the uptake of innovations or which improve the articulation of demand in order to spur innovations and allow their diffusion. The roadmaps will become an integral and very visible part of the horizontal action plan for demand-side innovation.
Deadline: 9 July 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
CIP EIP sustainable industry low carbon scheme - SILC I - 2013
Under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP) of the European Commission, a call has been published called Sustainable Industry Low Carbon Scheme SILC 1. The SILC (Sustainable Industry Low Carbon) initiative aims to help sectors to achieve specific GHG emission intensity reductions in order to maintain their competitiveness. The SILC scheme is intended as a practical, industry-based initiative at EU level which identifies, develops and deploys both technological and non-technological innovation measures. It is foreseen that the EU will co-finance up to 75% of the costs of the industry-led projects respectively.
Deadline: 13 June 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Opening up education – a proposal for an European initiative to enhance education and skills development through new technologies
At a time where our societies are digital, European education and training systems are still unable to integrate ICT in their mainstream practices. There is currently an enormous gap between the embedded use of ICT in all facets of our lives and its use at schools.
The main problem this initiative will address is that Europe is not fully reaping the potential offered by new technologies and the upsurge of digital content across the globe to improve the efficiency, accessibility and equity of its education, training and learning systems. This implies digital skill gaps and shortages, an increasing digital divide, an inefficient use of resources in education and training systems and the lack of exploitation of opportunities coming from new phenomena like OER, with a negative impact on European innovation capacities and leadership.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Erasmus for young entrepreneurs: benefits for 3200 small business
More than 1600 exchanges have so far been organised under the Erasmus for Young entrepreneurs programme and some 3200 businesses have been created or expanded.
Since 2009, funded by the European Commission, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs enables new entrepreneurs – be they "would-be" entrepreneurs armed with a coherent business plan or entrepreneurs who started their own business in the last three years – to gain valuable skills and experience in a business in another country participating in the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP)1.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

Improving access to finance for SMEs: key to economic recovery
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will drive the recovery in Europe, but they need improved and easy access to finance. Over the last few years the European Commission has been constantly working to improve their situation. This commitment is reiterated in a joint European Commission/European Investment Bank (EIB) Group report. At a time when the situation remains difficult, the EIB Group's support for SMEs reached €13 billion in 2012. In addition, with a budget of €1.1 billion, Commission-funded guarantees helped to mobilise loans worth more than €13 billion, boosting nearly 220 000 small businesses across Europe.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 

Sustainable Industry Forum 2013 "Treating Waste as a Resource"
27 May 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
SMEs and Standardisation: European Conference
28 May 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://www.cencenelec.eu
 
Youth employment and seniors
30 May 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
2013 Green Week: Cleaner Air for All
4-7 June 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
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