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Irish EU presidency: A breath of fresh Eire?
Ireland's second in command, or Tánaiste in Gaelic, said at the Council that the priorities for the Irish presidency were banking supervision, an agreement on the EU budget, and unemployment, especially amongst the youth. Areas of focus will include the Digital Agenda for Europe, the EU’s Single Market, multi- and bilateral trade agreements (such as EU-US Trade Agreement) and the banking union. With EU leaders failing to agree to an EU budget for 2014-2020 in November, the burden of pushing it through also falls on the Irish.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com

European Research Area (ERA) Fabric Map published
The First Edition of the ERA Fabric Map has been published. This ERA fabric map gives a snapshot of the ERA today. It looks at the division of responsibilities between EU and Member States, and at institutions and bodies involved in the European research system. Starting from the six ERA dimensions described in the ERA Green Paper, the report then looks where we are today, and which direction the future is taking, given the policy context of Europe 2020. Involvement of stakeholders in further building the ERA is looked at by analysing their involvement in a number of existing ERA instruments, using a taxonomy of stakeholder roles and functions. The report has been written as part of the FP7 project Forward Visions on the European Research Area (VERA). This first edition will be updated twice as part of the VERA project.
Source: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu 

Brussels expects EU-funded CCS demo projects before 2014
Two weeks after ArcelorMittal pulled out from the Ulcos low-emission steelmaking project in France, EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said new EU funding would be available for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects within 12 months.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com

Tracking exposure to environmental pollutants
Working to improve air quality is one of the areas in which the European Union has been most active by controlling emissions of harmful substances, improving fuel quality, and by integrating environmental protection requirements into the transport and energy sectors. Now the EU is funding its biggest investment in environmental health in a unique venture. Subjects will carry smartphones equipped with sensors to measure exposures to the environment, and their blood will be analysed to monitor molecular changes. One of the goals is to look for biomarker differences between people walking through areas with low air pollution and those exposed to urban fumes, in order to understand the triggers for conditions such as heart disease, lung cancer and asthma.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

Drive to integrate the gender dimension in science
Disparities in gender equality in science and innovation constitute a major issue as women in science are under-represented in almost all European countries. However, the European Commission has set up a number of initiatives to change this and encourage more women in science. These include 'Science in Society', which provides financial support to research organisations for establishing gender equality plans. Whilst the European Research Council (ERC) is working to inspire female talent to apply for grants. Likewise, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MCA) encourage women to work in research while also helping to address the balance between career and family life. Through this initiative, nearly 40 % of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellows funded so far under the EU's current research Framework Programme (FP7) are women.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

Search starts for next President of European Research Council
The European Commission has appointed seven experts to conduct the search for the next president of the European Research Council (ERC), the European Union's frontier science funding agency. The committee will be led by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and a former British science minister. The committee will make recommendations to the European Commission in time for the next ERC president to take up duties on 1 January 2014, as successor to the current president Helga Nowotny.
Source: http://europa.eu

Critical Raw Materials Innovation Network (CRM_InnoNet) launched
The EU project CRM_InnoNet intends to create an integrated community that will drive innovation in the field of Critical Raw Material substitution. The project will survey current EU initiatives in the field of substitution of Critical Raw Materials, produce a methodology for prioritisation of ‘threatened’ applications and deliver a Critical Raw Materials Substitution Roadmap. A Pole of Excellence will be created to provide a dynamic, open and proactive platform for the entire stakeholder community.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/

Notification System under Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 on European Standardisation
Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 on European standardisation requires the Commission to establish a notification system for all stakeholders in order to ensure proper consultation and market relevance prior to certain policy actions related to European standardisation. As a first step this webpage will deliver information as foreseen by the Regulation to notify stakeholders in five categories of policy actions related to European standardisation (Article 12) and to publish information on Commission Implementing Decisions after Formal Objections to harmonised standards (Article 11(2)).
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Unleashing Europe's entrepreneurial potential to bring back growth
To return to growth and higher levels of employment, Europe needs more entrepreneurs. With 4 million new jobs created every year, new companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), create the most new jobs in Europe. Therefore, European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani presented an action plan to support entrepreneurs and revolutionise entrepreneurial culture in Europe. The plan stresses the key role of education and training to nurture new generations of entrepreneurs, and includes specific measures to help budding entrepreneurs among young people, women, seniors, migrants, and the unemployed.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

Involvement in standard-setting makes small business stronger
European standards are integral to the internal market: They erase the confusion and inefficiency caused by divergent national standards and allow Member States to compete on a level playing field. In order to strengthen European standards, the European Commission welcomes small and medium-sized enterprises to offer their ideas and insights.
Small and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs, can now help shape the process of standardisation. Standards will be drawn up more quickly and transparently to advance a recent reform of the European standardization system.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/

Innovation survey: Highest proportions of innovative enterprises in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium
Among the EU27 Member States, the highest proportions of enterprises with innovation activity were recorded in Germany (79% of enterprises), Luxembourg (68%), Belgium (61%), Portugal, Sweden and Ireland (all 60%), and the lowest in Bulgaria (27%), Poland (28%), Latvia (30%), Romania and Hungary (both 31%). This information, which comes from the Community Innovation Survey 2012, covering the EU27 Member States, Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey is published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Innovation activity in this survey focuses on product and process innovation as well as organisational and marketing innovation. The survey contains a broad set of indicators on innovation activities of enterprises and provides for the first time information on skills and creativity.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
FP7 Environment 2013 - Water Innovation & Demonstration Projects Call
The main objective of research for the environment under FP7 is to promote the sustainable management of both the man-made and the natural environment and its resources. To this end, increased knowledge on the interaction between the climate, the biosphere, ecosystems and human activities is sought and new environmentally-friendly technologies, tools and services are developed.
Deadline: 4 April 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

FP7 ICT Future Emerging Technologies Call (FET Open)
Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) fosters exploratory research to open up new avenues across the full breadth of future information and communication technologies (ICT). It supports new and alternative ideas, concepts or paradigms of risky or nonconventional nature. FET aims to go beyond the conventional boundaries of ICT and ventures into uncharted areas, often inspired by and in close collaboration with other scientific disciplines. FET-Open is a light, topic-agnostic and deadline free scheme specifically designed to be open and continuously responsive to novel and fragile ideas that challenge current thinking, whenever they arise and wherever they come from. It aims at foundational breakthroughs that can open radically new directions for information and communication technologies in the future. FET-Open also aims to increase the role of young researchers and high-tech research intensive SMEs in its cooperative research to further enhance their disruptive innovation potential and to unlock longer-term scientific and industrial leadership.
Source:  http://cordis.europa.eu

CIP Intelligent Energy Europe Call
The objective of the Intelligent Energy - Europe II Programme (“IEE II”) is to contribute to secure, sustainable and competitively priced energy for Europe. Funding under the IEE programme is available for different types of actions furthering the EU's efforts towards clean and sustainable energy. The main areas covered are energy efficiency, new and renewable resources and energy in transport as well as integrated initiatives which combine several of these or address more than one economic sector at the same time. The IEE funds three different types of activities: projects pioneering sustainable energy ideas in practice; products and services procured to meet the needs of the European Commission and/or the EACI; and the project development assistance facilities to mobilise funds for investments in sustainable energy at local level.
Deadline: 8 May 2013
Source:
http://ec.europa.eu/   
NANOfutures Roadmap Release
The online consultation of the NANOfutures Integrated Industrial and Research Roadmap, released in July 2012, has been extended into 1st Quarter of 2013. The Roadmap (2013-2025) includes a detailed implementation plan focusing on actions up to 2020 and is well aligned to Horizon 2020 goals: Boosting Industrial Leadership in different sectors, while addressing Societal Challenges of our time. Your feedback will be helpful to improve and refine the roadmap together with the European Commission.
Deadline: 1st Quarter of 2013
Source: http://www.nanofutures.info/survey

Aspartame: EFSA consults on its first full risk assessment
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has today launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame. To carry out this full risk assessment, EFSA has undertaken an in-depth review of peer-reviewed scientific and other literature on aspartame and its breakdown products, including new human studies.
Deadline: 15 February 2013
Source:
http://www.efsa.europa.eu

Communication on energy technologies and innovation
As part of the preparation of this Communication, the present consultation seeks the opinion from all relevant stakeholders. Its purpose is to consult on possible options for a European energy technologies policy and to receive feedback and additional ideas on this proposal. A public consultation by means of this online questionnaire offers the opportunity to all interested stakeholders to express their views in the preparation stage of the Communication.
Deadline: 15 March 2013
Source:
http://ec.europa.eu

Unconventional fossil fuels (e.g. shale gas) in Europe
Exploration and production of natural gas and oil within Europe has in the past been mainly focused on conventional resources. Whilst opportunities for this type of domestic extraction are becoming increasingly limited, technological progress is opening up new possibilities to extract unconventional fossil fuels such as shale gas, tight gas, coal bed methane, tight oil or shale oil, from geological formations which were previously too complex or too expensive to extract. The European Commission aims to ensure that developments of unconventional fossil fuels are carried out with proper health, climate and environmental safeguards in place and under maximum legal clarity and predictability for both citizens and operators, as well as to ensure that the potential economic and energy security benefits of such developments can be reaped. This internet-based consultation is part of the European Commission's efforts to consult with relevant stakeholders and with the public on this topic.
Deadline: 23 March 2013
Source:
http://ec.europa.eu

Public consultation on the protection of business and research know-how
Keeping valuable information secret is often the only or the most effective way that companies have to protect their intellectual property (such as the results of their research and innovation efforts). Although patents play a decisive role in this area, there are limitations as to what can be patented. New business solutions, marketing data and many incremental technological improvements, for example, are not patentable. Concerns regarding the effectiveness of the legal protection against the misappropriation of trade secrets in the Internal Market are already being voiced. In view of these concerns, the European Commission has decided to analyse the current situation in the Union in more detail and to collect views with regard to the protection of business and research know-how in the Union.
Deadline: 8 March 2013
Source:
http://ec.europa.eu
 
Conference “Innovation in practice, what can we learn for key enabling technologies?” 
 28 January 2013
Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
World Sustainable Energy Days
February 27, 2013 - March 1, 2013
Wels, Austria
Source: http://cordis.europa.eu 
 
European Conference "SMEs and Standardisation"
28 May 2013
Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
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