Consulta Europa

Bringing Europe Closer. Taking You to Europe

Established in 2009, Consulta Europa is a private territorial development agency based in Canary Islands and with an “antenna” office in Brussels. The company designs, tests and implements innovative strategies and practices for smart, social and sustainable development in synergy with European policies and targets. We strongly believe that an outermost region, as Canary Islands, with its specific challenges and opportunities represents a privileged laboratory for design and testing of a territorial development model to be replicated in Europe. On the other hand, we act as a catalyst among organizations based in Canary Islands with the mission of bringing them closer to the European dimension by involving them in European partnerships and projects.


  • A Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

    Even though approaching the world of EU funding is not a simple task, thanks to the guide published by the European Commission – with the title “A beginner’s guide to EU funding: an overview of EU funding opportunities in 2014–20” – understanding how both EU budget and EU funds work and are managed, becomes now a little bit easier.

    The guide, which was released at the beginning of this year in pdf format, focuses on the new EU budget and the new multiannual financial framework which runs from 2014 to 2020. Despite the fact that the guide is meant to give insight on how to apply for EU funding mostly to complete beginners – namely anybody who never applied before – it can also help people who do have prior experience of EU programmes and being in that sense useful for experienced users as well.

    Starting with the foreword of Mrs Kristalina Georgieva – European Commission Vice-President for Budget and Human Resources – the text then examines all the aspects of EU funding, ranging from the application procedure to transparency, accountability and control issues. Furthermore, it analyses all the funding alternatives and outline them according to the nature of the applicants, such as small and medium-sized enterprises, NGOs, young people, researchers, public bodies and so on. Finally, the glossary provided at the end of the text proves to be an extremely useful tool to get out of the complex EU code made of acronyms and abbreviations.

    You can have access to the guide following the link:

  • 14 Jan 2016



    The European Commission has adopted a series of cross-border cooperation programmes totalling €1 billion, supporting social and economic development in the regions on both sides of the EU's external borders. The funding comes under the ERDF and the ENI. Grants will be awarded through calls for proposals expected to be launched in the course of 2016 or early 2017.

    "This new funding will further contribute to a more integrated and sustainable regional development in the neighbouring border regions and to a more harmonious territorial cooperation on EU's external borders.'' said Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

    This type of cross border cooperation is an important element of the EU policy towards its neighbours. It will prioritise projects supporting sustainable development along the EU’s external borders, thus reducing differences in living standards and addressing common challenges across these borders. For each of the programmes, the participating countries have selected up to four priorities, such as SME development, culture, environment and climate change, fight against poverty, education and research, energy, accessibility, border management.

    The new package will finance projects in 30 countries: Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia in the east; Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia; EU Member States (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia) as well as Norway and Turkey.


  • 15 Jan 2016

    Boosting synergies among EU funding mechanisms


    The Commission services calls for taking advantage of the synergies between different Union funds. Synergies are about obtaining more impacts on competitiveness, jobs and growth in the EU by combining ESIF, Horizon 2020 and other EU instruments in a strategic and also cohesion-oriented manner.

    What are the opportunities?Horizon2020 will focus on: industrial leadership and tackling major societal challenges, maximizing the competitiveness impact of research and innovation and raising and spreading levels of excellence in R&I.

    It is foreseen that for certain types of actions (including the SME instrument) proposals that fulfil excellence criteria but cannot be supported by H2020 are awarded a “Seal of Excellence”. This seal might be taken up by national/regional programmes to facilitate access to project funding.

    Cohesion policy will focus on galvanizing smart specialization that will act as a capacity building instrument, based on learning mechanisms and the creation of critical skills in regions and Member states (Stairway to excellence) and partly fund R&I activities in a MS or region that can build on FP7 and H2020 projects.

    Find out more here.

  • 18 Jan 2016

    New networking tool available for H2020 proposers. Calls from SC topics related to ICT

    An online networking tool is now available to proposers to find potential partners for proposing a project under the Horizon 2020 funding programme, topics 'ICT for Health, Wellbeing and Demographic Change' (Societal Challenge 1 or SC1).

    This tool is limited to the topics of SC1 (Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing) in Horizon 2020 which:

    • Are listed under the calls that opened in October 2015 with a closing date in 2016.
    • Are ICT-centred (topics managed by DG CONNECT).

    Find more about the specific topics here.

  • ACQUEAU is getting ready for the Spring 2016 Open call Session


    ACQUEAU is the first cluster dedicated to financing water innovation. Acting as an intermediary between project participants and funding agencies, ACQUEAU's mission is to deliver the EUREKA ∑! label which facilitates access to national funding for participants.

    The strategy of ACQUEAU is based on water components & technological areas that combine to indicate technological needs and future project development requirements. Its main objectives are to tackle the challenges of:

    • Reducing the water footprint
    • Improving water resources management and accessibility
    • Managing with aging or insufficient infrastructures
    • Coping current social, financial and global issues facing the water sector

    Deadline for Project Outlines is 1st March 2016, Full Project Proposals are expected by the end of April 2016 and the labeling will take place mid-June. 

    To read and find more information about ACQUEAU, click here.

  • 11 Jan 2016

    Consulta Europa joins the Community "CIELO Laboral"

    CIELO is a community for the promotion of studies and research in the field of labour law and industrial relations. The aim of this community is to address the issues related to the labor market, industrial relations and social security in a person-oriented perspective. With an interdisciplinary research approach, it will deepen new issues, such as the great transformation of work, the role of industrial relations to address natural and environmental disasters, the right to work of workers suffering from a chronic illness, Industry 4.0 (depending on the development of technologies applied to production processes) and the sharing economy, among others. Individuals and organizations can join to contribute to the purpose of the advancement of the research in this field. 

    The CIELO community is based on an open access global platform, which represents a single space that gather sources, reflections, periodic windows ( journals , monographs , books, international events ) about laboral and occupational research. The goal of this community is to build an adequate critical mass of researchers and experts worldwide and from various disciplines. The ultimate aim is to address, in an innovative way and through the concentration of today limited financial resources, the great transformation that is occurring in the world of research and work.

    For this reason, the computer platform on which the Community is based functions as a hub of people and opportunities. This platform provides an open space where it is possible to build bridges between academia, social partners, institutions, foundations and institutions from all over the Spanish-speaking world. It will allow not only the exchange of ideas, information and documents of mutual interest, but also the creation of exchange programs and development of new research. Also, it will allow finding alternative sources of funding for national and international projects.

    The Community’s ambition is to become the main reference point of a free and independent research. It also wants to concentrate on a single initiative the plurality of projects being carried out today on issues related to labor and industrial relations, acting jointly and not as a mere aggregation and helping to create together the future of work.

    Consulta Europa is glad to join this network and to contribute with its expertise in the field of education and labour world to the research activities and projects carried out by this network.

    More info at the webpage of CIELO Laboral.

  • SEMINAR: Green bonds – a way to finance the cities of tomorrow?

    On 2 March, the city of Gothenburg organised a seminar at the Gothenburg european office in Brussels, regarding how green bonds can contribute to sustainable cities and explore further collaboration in a European context. There was a great occasion to learn about green bonds and the opportunities provided by them as well as listen to finance specialists’ opinion about this particular “green”sector. Moreover, the main point of the seminar was to highlight the fact that nowadays finance and environment are two closely related sectors. 

    Three speakers intervened during the seminar: Magnus Borelius, Head of Group Treasury in the City of Gothenburg, presenting the case of the city of Gothenburg. Eila Kreivi, Director and Head of Capital Markets Department at the EIB, represented the view of an institutional bank on green bonds while Christopher Flensborg, Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development Fixed Income and DCM Global, SEB, represented the view of a commercial bank.  

    Gothenburg is the first city in the world that issued a green bond, in 2013. Now, green bonds have become a tool for the city to reach its environmental and climate goals. After the successful example of this Swedish city there is a significantly increasing interest for green bonds. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is one of the major players in climate finance ; 54% of green bonds were issued by EIB and just in 2015 this institutional bank issued approximately 4,3USD billion green bond. However, not only institutional banks are interested in green bonds but also commercial like SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken), a bank that is trying to point out the importance of showing in public the results of these green bonds in order to attract more and more investors. 

  • SME instrument : funding of 45 SME’s under Phase 2

    On February 18th , European Commission announced that 45 innovative companies from 19 countries have been selected in the latest round of Horizon2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 and will receive more than €48 millions. Specifically, there are 30 approved projects, each of them will receive a grant between €0.5 and €2.5 million in order to bring their product to the market. However, it should be mentioned that for projects related to health the grant will be approximately 5 millions. 

    By November  25th 2015, when was the deadline for phase 2, 1090 projects were submitted by SMEs. Britain’s SMEs proved to be the most successful since 16% of the selected SMEs were british; specifically 7 companies will receive the significant amount of €10 millions. 

    SME Instrument is a part of the european programme Horizon 2020 and helps SMEs with strong growth potential and the ambition to become world-market leaders by funding them and offering world-class business support and mentoring. Since the launch of the programme on 1 January 2014, 356 SMEs have been selected under Phase 2 of the SME Instrument.

  • EU’s transport challenge


    The European Environment Agency published an article about the importance of  making some changes related to transport’s decarbonisation. While the transport sector contributes significantly to society and the economy it also can cause substantial adverse impacts on the environment, global climate and human health. The above-mentioned institution additionally, published a new report that analyses the evolution of the transport sector; the positive and negative changes in transport nowadays. 

    Transport has a great impact on environment in many different ways. That’s exactly the reason why technological solutions and behavioural change are needed. The EU has implemented any projects to encourage greater use of environmentally friendly transport modes, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and boost decarbonisation. Some improvements have been noticed although passenger transport is not growing as expected. 

    EU is trying to find out more ways to strengthen this specific sector; investments in infrastructure,  measures to promote more environmentally friendly transport models, innovation such as intelligent transport systems, new business models and autonomous vehicles etc may increase the future efficiency of the transport system and improve the quality of our environment.

  • INEA signs energy research grant agreements worth €455 million

    Two calls for proposals launched during 2015 by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) have resulted in the selection of 51 projects. Consequently, 51 projects in the field of energy research and innovation will receive nearly €455 million EU funding to advance the use of sustainable energy sources, as well as provide combined energy, transport and ICT solutions for smart cities and communities.

    It should be noted that INEA manages approximately €3.8 billion of total €5.9 billion that have been earmarked for energy research in Horizon 2020. 

    When it comes to the selected projects, these are projects that cover a wide range of R&I fields; for instance the project “PROMOTION” will receive the significant contribution of €39 million in order to develop and demonstrate key technologies to overcome the barriers for linking off-shore wind parks with on-shore grids whereas the EU will fund the project “ Sun-to-Liquid” , which is related to alternative fuels, with €4,5million.

  • Announcement Climate-KIC Startup Accelerator Italy for startups and business projects of low carbon economy
    The Climate-KIC Startup Accelerator is a program that supports the creation of new innovative companies in the Climate-KIC, the largest public-private partnership on mitigation and adaptation to climate change. This partnership consists of enterprises, academic institutions and public entities with more than 200 European partners. Climate-KIC is one of Knowledge and Innovation Communities launched by the EIT, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
    The Climate-KIC Italy Startup Accelerator program is promoted in Italy by Aster, a consortium of the Emilia-Romagna region for innovation and industrial research and partners Climate-KIC.
    To whom this is addressed
    The program is open to holders of ideas and / or entrepreneurial projects and to start-ups that are already active in the field of low-carbon economy. Moreover, eligible to participate in the program are the residents and / or domiciled in Italian territory and startups, which are registered and / or operating in Italy and established after 1/1/2012.
    What offers this program
    The program consists of three autonomous and distinct phases:
    Stage 1: Fundamentals / Business Model Definition (for business ventures and start-ups)
    Stage 2: Business Model Validation (for business ventures and start-ups)
    Stage 3: Preparation for Investment Readiness (for startups already established)
    The first deadline for the program is April 15 for the Stage 1 - Fundamentals / Business Model Definition.
    The objective of Stage 1 is to support up to a maximum of 12 business ideas and startups in the preparation of a business plan taking into account each one's essential aspects.
    Duration: April - June 2016
    Offered services:
    • Coaching for the development of the business idea;
    • 2 days of training on issues related to starting a business activity;
    • 4 days of specialist advice for the development / sale of your product / service;
    • assistance on intellectual property protection and on the easy finance instruments, networking activities;
    reimbursement of expenses for a maximum of 1,000 euro for each project / company selected. The reimbursement will cover travel expenses and services related to the development of the project and will be paid to natural persons (one for project / company team), who have done at least 2 days of training and coaching
    Results: drafting a business idea in written form. The document template will be provided by Aster.
    Although the three stages are independent, participation in Stage 1 of the program leads to the award of additional points in the evaluation phase for access to Stage 2.
    By participating to the three phases of the program you can receive up to 30,000 Euros between contributions and expert advice.
  • Citizens' Award for environment: vote for your favorite project LIFE
    You are being asked to vote for your favourite environmental project from the winners of the Best LIFE Projects 2015. A total of 25 projects have been shortlisted – 24 Best LIFE Environment projects, plus one LIFE Information & Communication project with an environmental theme. These have been meticulously selected by environmental experts according to rigorous criteria. 
    The winner of this public vote will be revealed at the LIFE Environment Best Project Awards, which take place from 18:20-20:00 on Tuesday 31 May 2016 at EU Green Week in Brussels.
    Deadline for submitting responses to the survey: 05/30/2016.


  • First call for proposals of the INTERREG Atlantic space
    The first call for proposals of the INTERREG Atlantic space has been published! The programme will contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion, by fostering cooperation activities between the Atlantic regions of France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
    This call is addressed to projects from the above mentioned countries, which should be developed according to the type of actions the Programme wants to support and will have to be focused on delivering transnational, tangible and sustainable results and territorial and economic impact across the Atlantic Area.
    Applicants are invited to submit Expressions of Interest online until  31/05/2016,  12.00 noon (GMT). The selection of these expressions of interest will happen on September. 
    For further information, click here
  • April 26: the opening of the second call for the Interreg program Central Europe
    The interregional cooperation program Central Europe is funded by the European  Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the European Territorial Cooperation, which aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in Europe and to reduce the gap between the levels of development of the various regions during the period  2014-2020
    The program will finance cross-border cooperation actions for the benefit of the regions and cities of Central Europe by about 90 million euro from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
    The funds of the call will be available for project proposals in all program priorities and objectives. This second call is organized in a one-step procedure and closes June 23, 2016. The financing decision should be taken by the Programme Monitoring Committee in early 2017.
  • A path towards digitization of European industry
    The European Commission today presented a package of measures to support and link national initiatives that aim to the digitization of the industry and related services in all sectors and to stimulate investment through networks and strategic partnerships.
    Commission also proposed concrete measures to accelerate the development of common technical standards in the priority sectors, such as 5G communications networks or cybersecurity, and to modernize public services.
    As part of today's plans, the Commission set up a European cloud that as a first goal, will provide to 1.7 million researchers and 70 million professionals of science and technology a virtual environment for the storage, management, analysis and the re-use of large volumes of research data.Several EU Member States have already voted strategies to support the digitization, but a comprehensive approach at European level is crucial to avoid fragmentation of the markets and benefit from the digital evolution as for example the internet of things.
    As part of this approach, the Commission will:
    • contribute to the coordination of national and regional initiatives in the field of digitization by maintaining an ongoing dialogue at European level with all parties involved. A governance framework will be established by Member States and industry; concentrate the investments in private-public partnerships and encourage EU strongly appeal to the opportunities offered by the EU investment plan, by Structural Funds and by the European Investment.
    • concentrate the investments in private-public partnerships and encourage EU strongly appeal to the opportunities offered by the EU investment plan, by Structural Funds and by the European Investment.
    • establish pilot projects on a large scale to enhance the internet of things, advanced production processes and technologies in areas such as smart cities, home automation, connected cars or mobile health;
    • adopt the necessary legislation to future needs that will facilitate the free flow of data and clarify the ownership of the data generated by sensors and smart devices. 
    The Commission also intends to review the rules on the safety and reliability of autonomous systems;presenting a European Agenda for skills that contribute to equip citizens with the skills needed for jobs in the digital era.


    Application for the first Atlantic Project Awards are now open until the 15th July 2016. These awards are under the Atlantic Action Plan and concern 4 categories:

    • Entrepreneurship & innovation

    • Atlantic Marine and coastal environment

    • Accessibility and connectivity

    • Sustainability

    Each of the above mentioned categories will receive an award (one winner per category). Moreover, there will be a special award for the category of « international cooperation »

    The Atlantic Project Awards are designed to honor outstanding success stories, achieved by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic Strategy and that are related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan. 

    As for the winners, an award trophy will be offered to the them and they will also be recognized by general media coverage.

    For more information about the awards and in order to submit your application,  click here


  • 05 Apr 2016

    Consulta Europa's April Newsletter
    Our newsletter for April is now published. 

    You can check the news that we selected for you by following this link
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    Consulta Europa's latest newsletter is now published. 

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