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European air policy
The EU has been tackling air pollution since the 1970s. Steps like controlling emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and improving fuel quality have contributed to progress in this area, but the problem still remains. This is mainly as a result of human activities: the burning of fossil fuels and the dramatic rise in traffic on the roads, for instance. As a consequence, air pollution is cited as the main cause of lung conditions such as asthma (there are twice as many sufferers today compared to 30 years ago), and as the cause of over 350 000 premature deaths in the EU every year. Now, the European Commission is adopting a new strategy and has declared 2013 as the year of air, with new proposals on improving air quality across Europe.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
EU 2014-2020 budget approved: figures emerge on size of Horizon 2020
The leaders of the European Union's 27 member states have agreed a €960-billion spending plan for the Union's next budget cycle. The picture is becoming clearer on funds available for European research in the Horizon 2020 programme. Michael Jennings, spokesman for EU Research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, said that €71 billion of the overall budget is allocated to the Horizon 2020 programme. This represents a net increase on the €55 billion of its predecessor, the Seventh Framework Programme or FP7, as President Van Rompuy said in the European Council last week. But it is still well short of the European Commission's proposed budget for the programme of €80 billion.
Source: http://www.sciencebusiness.net
 
Professional qualifications: IMCO Committee backs report on labour mobility
On 23 January 2013, the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted the draft report on professional qualifications. The report serves as the basis of the Parliament's response to the European Commission's proposal to amend the current Directive governing the recognition of professional qualifications. The aim of this initiative is to streamline the recognition of qualifications throughout the EU, thereby making it easier for professionals to use their skills outside their home country. The new package also introduces a European Professional Card, which should further enhance professionals' mobility in the Single Market. A vote in plenary session is scheduled for May 2013.
Source: http://www.esba-europe.org
 
Advances in renewable energy
In recent years, the scope of renewable energy has gone beyond solar and wind power to encompass a myriad of sub-topics. To reflect this diversity, 23 innovative renewable energy demonstration projects in 16 EU Member States have been awarded EUR 1.2 billion. The projects cover areas such as bioenergy (including advanced biofuels), concentrated solar power and geothermal power, wind power, ocean energy and distributed renewable management (smart grids). It is hoped these projects will support the EU’s aims of generating 20 % of energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/
 
EU hails global deal on cutting mercury emissions
The European Commission has hailed a UN agreement that will establish the first global treaty to cut mercury pollution. Specific household items will be blacklisted and new controls on power plants and small-scale mines will be introduced. The agreement, reached among more than 140 countries, is legally binding and aims to phase out many products that use the toxic liquid metal such as batteries, thermometers and some fluorescent lamps. This will happen through the banning of global import and exports by 2020.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
 
EU launches clean fuel strategy
The European Commission announced an ambitious package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. Clean fuel is being held back by three main barriers: the high cost of vehicles, a low level of consumer acceptance, and the lack of recharging and refuelling stations. The Commission is therefore proposing a package of binding targets on Member States for a minimum level of infrastructure for clean fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and natural gas, as well as common EU wide standards for equipment needed.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/
 
61% of Europeans think that chemicals are now safer than 10 years ago
Five years after REACH entered into force, Europeans not only believe that the safety of chemical products has improved, but 65 % respondents also agree that products containing chemical substances have been tested properly in the EU.  That is one of the main results of the Eurobarometer on public's perception of chemicals and people's attitudes to their safety in Europe. Views on chemicals are divided on who currently has responsibility for ensuring the safety of chemical substances – most of the respondents (48 %) think this power is hold by the European authorities, 42 % believe that the manufactures are responsible for this issue and only 35 % is convinced that the safety is a matter of national authorities.
Link to Eurobarometer: http://ec.europa.eu
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
MEPs want stronger regulation on chemicals affecting hormones
The EU must take action to reduce human's exposure to suspected hormone-affecting endocrine disruptors. Current regulation should be closely examined with a view to updating or proposing new legislation by June 2015 at the latest, the European Parliament's Public Health Committee said in resolution approved on 23 January. Since hormone-related disorders have increased over the last 20 years, MEPs want a greater investment in research and call on the Commission to propose criteria to define and assess endocrine disruptors, based on international standards. While question marks remain, the committee says preventive action should be taken to protect human health, especially vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and infants.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
 
EU’s REACH chemical review flags small business fee cut
A European Commission’s review of the REACH regulation calls for a cut in charges to small businesses under the world's most far-reaching environmental law.
A European Commission source said that “Our main message will be that so far REACH is functioning well, but there is a need to reduce the impact on SMEs”. “It has been costly for them to fully implement REACH and the review will highlight the need to address this issue,” the source said, adding that the statute was essentially working well, and would not be changed by the review.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
 
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Experts for Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups: Call for expressions of interest
The European Commission is widening its search for experts from all fields to participate in shaping the agenda of Horizon 2020, the European Union's future funding programme for research and innovation. The experts of the advisory groups will provide high quality and timely advice for the preparation of the Horizon 2020 calls for project proposals.
To reach the broadest range of individuals and actors with profiles suited to contribute to the European Union's vision and objectives for Horizon 2020, including striving for a large proportion of newcomers, and to gain consistent and consolidated advice of high quality, the Commission is calling for expressions of interest with the aim of creating lists of high level experts that will participate in each of these groups.
Deadline: 6 March 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
COST Call for Research Networks
COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for research networks and use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives.
The Open Call follows a two-stage process whereby applicants, after registering, submit a preliminary proposal by a set collection date. This preliminary proposal provides an overview of the proposed Action's goal and its foreseen impact. After assessment, approximately 80 of these preliminary proposals are selected for the second phase. Successful applicants are then invited to submit a full proposal.
Deadline: 29 March 2013
Source: http://www.cost.eu
 
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Call for Proposals
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking published its 6th annual call for proposals. The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.
Deadline: 22 May 2013
Source:  http://ec.europa.eu
 
ERC Proof of Concept Grant Call
The ERC Proof of Concept Grant provides additional funding to ERC frontier research grant holders to establish proof of concept, identify a development path and an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) strategy for ideas arising from an ERC funded project. The objective is to provide funds to enable ERC funded ideas to be brought to a pre-demonstration stage where potential opportunities for exploitation have been identified.
Deadline: 3 Octobre 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu  
 
New EU call for researchers
A selection procedure for fixed-term positions has been launched to set up a database of over 3000 successful candidates with a research background. They will be placed on a reserve list and called for interview according to the needs of the services. The selection is aimed at researchers in the following areas: natural sciences, quantitative sciences, human and social sciences, agricultural, environmental and earth sciences, health sciences.
Deadline: 1 March 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Roadmap: Joint Technology Initiative in the field of Bio-based industries
Fostering the  development  of  a strong and globally competitive  bio-based industry in Europe contributes to (1) smart growth by driving innovation for the development of knowledge-intensive biobased  products and processes, (2)  sustainable growth,  as  the move towards renewable resources (including biowaste/bioresidues) and eco-efficient processes is to result in greening the industrial production, and (3) inclusive growth, as growing use of land and water to produce raw materials for an expanding market of bio-based products will lead to new and additional job opportunities in rural and coastal areas. Additional jobs will  also  be created  based on new activities related to industrial processing of renewable resources, e.g. in biorefineries and in other industrial areas.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Roadmap: Public-Private Partnership on Fuel Cell and Hydrogen in Horizon 2020
In 2008 the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a Public Private Partnership between the European Commission, the industry and  the  research communities, was established through the  Council Regulation (EC)521/2008. Its objective was to significantly accelerate the market introduction of the fuel cell and hydrogen technologies,  in order to realise their potential as an instrument  to achieve a  lower  carbon energy system. Since then, the FCH JU  has proven to be  a  useful partnership for  programming  and implementing European research on fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. With the 7th Framework Programme coming to an end and Horizon 2020 expected to start in early 2014, the question is posed whether the FCH JU should be continued.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Communication on the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) under Horizon 2020
Metrological research and innovation can contribute to other flagship initiatives such as "Resource efficient Europe”, “An industrial policy for the globalisation  era” and “A digital agenda for Europe”, e.g. by developing innovative solutions for the management of natural resources, by supporting the  standardisation process that enables global trade opportunities for new products and services or by allowing the  efficient testing of communication satellites. The EURAMET research and innovation strategy is a response to the EUROPE 2020 strategy and stakeholders needs. It builds on the experience of the successful Art. 185 EMRP under FP7.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu   
 
Roadmap: Eurostars 2
This roadmap describes the preparation of a decision under the ordinary legislative procedure (ex "codecision") by the European Parliament and Council under Art. 185 TFEU for a follow-up to the Eurostars Joint Programme. Eurostars is a research and innovation programme that finances R&D performing SMEs building on the EUREKA programme and is implemented by the EUREKA Secretariat.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
World Sustainable Energy Days
27 February – 1 March 2013
Wels, Austria
Source: http://www.wsed.at/en/service/home/
 
EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration
4-8 March 2013
Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://www.globalsciencecollaboration.org
 
6th Forum for the Future of Agriculture
5 March 3013
Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://www.forumforagriculture.com/
 
6th International Conference on Industrial Biotechnology and Bio-based Plastics
10-12 April 2013
Cologne, Germany
Source:
http://www.biowerkstoff-kongress.de/
 
CLIB International Conference 2013
17-18 April 2013
Düsseldorf, Germany
Source: http://www.clib2021.de
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