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Green Week: good air quality for all
On 4-5-6 June EuCheMS attended the Green Week, a major event organised by the European Commission every year in Brussels. The theme of this year was air quality and the panels discussed a wide range of subjects, in particular:
  • the relation between air quality, climate change and human health
  • pollutants substances such as black carbon, nitrogen, ammonia and their effects on health and environment
  • the role of economic sectors such as transport, energy and agriculture on air quality
  • research’s needs in the framework of the research agenda for air quality.
The Green Week was opened by the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik. He stated that the challenge of our time is to decoupling economic growth and resource use. He highlighted that air pollution is a societal cost and a heavy burden on Member States’ health budget. For this reason, good air quality is an investment for a healthy and productive society.
Source: http://greenweek2013.eu/
 
Agreement on the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive
Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, congratulated the European Parliament and the Council on having reached agreement on one of the priorities of the Single Market Act I. The modernisation of the Directive on professional qualifications is an important measure in our strategy to relaunch the European economy. Two main changes are included in the revised Directive which will encourage and simplify the mobility of professionals. First, the European Professional Card – an electronic certificate – will significantly improve the procedures for recognition of qualifications. For temporary mobility, the card will replace the existing declaration procedures and allow professionals to provide their services without other formalities regarding their qualifications. The second main innovation concerns the introduction of new possibilities for automatic recognition through common training frameworks and tests.
Source: http://europa.eu/
 
SusChem: ready and set for Horizon 2020
The message from the SusChem Stakeholder event that took place in Brussels mid May is that the Technology Platform is already working to engage with Horizon 2020. Over the past year SusChem stakeholders have been contributing to the development and launch of a range of exciting European initiatives that can help stimulate competitiveness, growth and jobs in the European Union. Prof. Ulrich Schubert, EuCheMS President, and Fréderique Backaert, from the European Young Chemists' Network, took part to a panel debate entitled “Crossing the Innovation Valley of Death in the EU – Reality or Fiction?". Prof. Schubert stated, amongst other, that the innovation gap should not be considered as a "valley of death" but as an opportunity and that chemists should work together to provide to chemistry a better image in the future.
Source: http://suschem.blogspot.be
 
The nano regulation debate
At the Environment Council meeting France and Belgium joined the European Member states in their belief that amending the REACH annexes to include nanomaterials is insufficient and that a new regulation for nanomaterials should be contemplated. The disagreement remains though, as the European Commission’s REACH and nanomaterials reviews claim that a new specific regulation is not necessary. Instead, it will be issuing a consultation on its impact assessment of the potential REACH annexes amendments. These amendments should be decided by December 2013. The EU member states are adamant that this will be inadequate to identify and deal with the risks of nanomaterials. The issue is being debated throughout Europe.
Source: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/
 
Still room for improvement to ensure €70B Horizon 2020 delivers on innovation objectives
Improved support for technology start-ups and better systems for handling research outputs are needed to maximise returns on Horizon 2020, according to a new study looking into how the €70 billion research programme is shaping up. Research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has personally pledged to reduce the bureaucracy that is synonymous with EU research programmes on more than one occasion, promising simpler reimbursement rules, simpler overall objectives and simpler forms. However, more is needed if Horizon 2020 is to deliver on one of the central objectives, which is to involve more SMEs in carrying out R&D and get them acting as conduits for translating research and pushing innovation through to the market.
Source: http://www.sciencebusiness.net
 
89 scientists join call for EU action on hormone-disrupting chemicals
Eighty-nine leading public health scientists from around the world have signed the 2013 Berlaymont Declaration on endocrine disruptors. The declaration explains that the Europe-wide rate of increase in endocrine-related diseases cannot be explained by genetics or lifestyle choices alone. A major problem is that for many endocrine disrupting effects, internationally agreed and validated test methods do not exist, although scientific tools and laboratory methods are available.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
Energy intensive industries benefitting from ETS
Many of the energy intensive industries resisting changes to the European Union's emissions trading system (ETS) are making profit from the system as it currently stands, according to an analysis conducted for the European Commission. According to the analysis, the steel, cement, refining, lime, glass, ceramics and pulp sectors all generated a profit within the system by being over-allocated emission allowances in the scheme. The only industry sector which used less allowances that it was given for free by the EU was the heat and power sector. This is the sector that has been pushing for a fix to the ETS system through the delay of allowances in the next ETS period (so-called ‘backloading'). The proposal is currently stalled in the European Parliament and Council after MEPs voted to reject it in April.  
Source: http://www.europeanvoice.com
 
EU moves again on financial disclosure of extractives industries
Amid a crackdown on tax avoidance, the European Union has backed new rules requiring the extractive industries to disclose payments made to governments on a country-by-country basis. Ministers backed the rules in Brussels following opposition from EU countries with strong interests in the oil and gas sector. The revision of the Transparency Directive requires European extractive and logging companies to present a more detailed picture of the payments they make to governments on an individual country basis rather than a global total. This goes beyond a recent revision of the Accounting Directive in that it requires all EU listed companies to disclose their payments. The Parliament approved the rules during the June Plenary session by voting for amendments to the transparency and accounting directives.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
Nano and advanced materials for cultural heritage
21 June 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Following up the Review of REACH - Workshop
27 June 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/
 
Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF 2014)
21-26 June 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
5th International workshop on patents and its relation with R&D and Innovation
19 – 20 September 2013, Seville, Spain
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
CONCORDi-2013: 4th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation
26 – 27 September 2013, Seville, Spain
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

 

Funding to bring environmental solutions to market
The European Commission has launched a call for proposals of EUR 31.5 million for the best 45 eco-innovation projects. Businesses throughout Europe can put in their proposals for bringing novel environmental solutions to the market in the following areas:
  • material recycling
  • water
  • sustainable building products
  • green business
  • food and drink sector
The call is primarily targeted at private businesses, mainly SMEs that have developed an innovative green product, process or service, but are experiencing difficulties in launching it on the market.
Deadline: 5 September 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/
 
European metrology research programme: early stage researcher mobility grants
The aim of the Early-Stage Researcher Mobility Grant is to “to increase the capability of the European metrology researcher community” and additionally to “ensure sustainability of cooperation between the national metrology institute (NMI) and designated institute (DI)” of the EMRP. An Early-Stage Researcher Mobility Grant provides financial support for a researcher with fewer than 4 years experience, employed by an NMI or DI from an EU Member State or FP7 associated countries, to undertake research activities relevant to the JRP objectives.
Deadline: 15 October 2013
Source: http://www.emrponline.eu/
 
Erasmus for young entrepreneurs
This call for proposals aims to select Intermediary Organisations, active in business support, to manage the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme locally. These organisations will recruit and assist entrepreneurs to participate in the programme by organising the exchanges abroad. These exchanges enable new or would-be entrepreneurs to work alongside experienced entrepreneurs in another EU or CIP participating country. Entrepreneurs thereby acquire new skills, enrich their experiences and broaden their network, which enhances entrepreneurship, as well as fosters internationalisation and competitiveness of potential start-ups and participating SMEs.
Deadline: 9 July 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/
 
‘Youth in Action’ programme: partnerships
This call for proposals aims at supporting partnerships with regional or local public bodies or other stakeholders active in the youth sector at European level in order to develop over the long-term projects which combine various measures of the Youth in Action Programme.
This mechanism aims at encouraging synergies and cooperation between the European Commission – via the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – and the different actors working in the field of youth by pooling resources and practices with a view to maximising the impact of the Programme and to reaching out to a higher number of beneficiaries.
Deadline: 5 September 2013
Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/
 
‘Youth in Action’ programme: support to youth workers' mobility
The purpose of this call for proposals is to support youth workers’ mobility and exchanges with a view to promoting the acquisition of new skills and competences
By promoting long-term transnational learning experiences for youth workers, this action will also aim at strengthening the capacities of the structures involved in the project, which will benefit from the experience and new perspective brought by a youth worker from a different background. This call provides grants to projects.
Deadline: 10 September 2013
Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/
Consultation on methodology for Commission Decision determining the list of sectors and subsectors deemed exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage
As of 2013, the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) Directive has introduced a harmonised approach to free allocation of allowances to European industry. Industrial sectors deemed exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage will receive higher share of free allowances compared to non-exposed sectors. The objective of the consultation is to provide stakeholders a possibility to provide their views on these assumptions, and on the more general issues on this subject.
Deadline: 30 August 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/
 
Consultation on the review of the European waste management targets
The targets review project has been commissioned by DG Environment at the European Commission. The project is aimed at identifying the issues and proposing possible solutions to the targets in the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. The basis for the review of the targets is twofold: on the one hand it is to respond to the review clauses set out in the Directives and, on the other, to bring these targets in line with the Commission’s ambitions of promoting resource efficiency as detailed in the Roadmap on Resource Efficiency, the aspirations for which have been included as part of the Commission’s proposal for a 7th Environmental Action Programme.
Deadline: 10 September 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu 
 
Consultation on the new EU occupational safety and health policy framework
The main purpose of this consultation is to gather insights and contributions from the public further to results of the evaluation of the European strategy on safety and health at work 2007-2012. This should help identify current and future challenges in the occupational safety and health area, and identify solutions to address these challenges.
Deadline: 26 August 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu 
 
Roadmap: implementing rules for Article 26(3) of regulation on the provision of food information to consumers
The initiative aims at establishing implementing rules, as requested by Article 26(3) of Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers, which will apply in the case where the origin or provenance is given voluntarily on the label of a food, while its primary ingredient has a different origin or provenance. The Commission has to adopt implementing acts by 13 December 2013 following impact assessments that shall consider the feasibility and costs of the options for implementing the rules of origin labelling with respect to place of birth, rearing and slaughter of an animal. This is subject to another roadmap (not yet published).
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Roadmap: delegated act(s) on the detailed rules for a unique identifier for medicinal products for human use, and its verification
The falsification of medicinal products is a growing concern in the European Union. This initiative aims at increasing the protection of public health by preventing the entry of falsified medicines into the legal supply chain.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
3rd European Energy Conference (E2C 2013)
27-30 October 2013, Budapest, Hungary
The deadline for abstract submission is 15 July 2013
Source: http://www.e2c2013.hu
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