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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.
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: http://ec.europa.eu/budget/funding/index_en
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
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
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:
Find more about the specific topics here.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 latest newsletter is now published.
Check it out by clicking here