November 2008

“Brussels in Brief”:
Highlights on EU policies and funding programmes related to the knowledge-based economy: The “Lisbon Strategy”

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  • General EU Information

    General EU Information

    • European Commission

      2008-11-26 - The Commission launches a major Recovery Plan for growth and jobs, to boost demand and restore confidence in the European economy

      The European Commission has today presented a comprehensive plan to drive Europe's recovery from the current economic crisis. The Recovery Plan is based on two mutually reinforcing main elements. Firstly, short-term measures to boost demand, save jobs and help restore confidence. Secondly, "smart investment" to yield higher growth and sustainable prosperity in the longer-term. The Plan calls for a timely, targeted and temporary fiscal stimulus of around €200 billion or 1.5% of EU GDP, within both national budgets (around €170 billion, 1.2% of GDP) and EU and European Investment Bank budgets (around €30 billion, 0.3% of GDP). Every Member State is called upon to take major measures good for its own citizens and good for the rest of Europe. The Recovery Plan will reinforce and accelerate reforms already underway under the Lisbon Growth and Jobs Strategy. It includes extensive action at national and EU level to help households and industry and concentrate support on the most vulnerable. It puts forward concrete steps to promote entrepreneurship, research and innovation, including in the car and construction industries. The Recovery Plan aims to boost efforts to tackle climate change while creating much-needed jobs at the same time, through for example strategic investment in energy efficient buildings and technologies.

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    • European Parliament

      2008-11-24 - Strasbourg Plenary session

      The financial crisis, the Court of Auditor's report into the EU's accounts and renewed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo were just three issues debated when MEPs met in Strasbourg 17-20 November.

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  • EU policies and funding programmes for Research, Innovation, Training and Competitiveness

    EU policies and funding programmes for Research, Innovation, Training and Competitiveness

    • Research Policy

      • General points
        2008-11-11 - Animal Testing: Launch of a new website to inform about the development of alternative methods

        The European Commission has launched today a new website, the so-called 'Tracking System for Alternative test methods Review Validation and Approval (TSAR)', designed to track the development of new alternative test methods which should replace, reduce and refine current animal testing.

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        2008-11-14 - Young Europeans are enthusiastic about science – but still reluctant to pursue scientific careers

        Today, the EU Commissioner for science and research, Janez Potocnik, will be in Paris with a group of young Europeans who will propose how to get young people more involved in research and innovation. Science tops the table of young Europeans' interests, but that does not seem to be enough to make them consider a scientific career, indicates a new ‘Eurobarometer’, published today. Young people's recommendations will be given to Commissioner Janez Potocnik and French Minister for Higher Education and Research Valérie Pécresse during the "European City of Science", a public exhibition of 70 research projects, including 20 funded by the EU.

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      • European Research and Innovation projects
        • ICT
          2008-11-18 - Giving emergency relief efforts a boost, the EU way

          People recognise that insufficient communication and knowledge transfer between local and foreign bodies can impede humanitarian relief efforts. So a group of researchers has devised a new system that could overcome this problem. The STREAM project, funded by the EU with EUR 2.5 million, has established an IT platform supporting harmonised standards that provide key parties with the information and technologies needed.

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          2008-11-26 - EU project develops smart fabric to ease worker pain

          Do your muscles ache after clicking your mouse and staring at your computer screen for hours on end? Experts tell us that we must take short breaks throughout the day, but many of us often ignore the advice, at the risk of causing repetitive strain injury (RSI). This is about to change. Thanks to a group of European researchers, a smart fabric that can monitor muscular overload and help thwart RSI has been developed. The EU-funded Specific Targeted Research Project ConText initially sought to establish a system whereby various sensors are integrated into textiles to be used in continuous monitoring of individuals. Funding for the project amounted to EUR 2.3 million.

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        • Health
          2008-11-04 - EU study sheds light on production of biosynthetics

          EU-funded scientists in Germany and the US have gained insight into bacterial metabolism that greatly advances our understanding of how these microbes may be used in the production of biosynthetics. The researchers used computer models to calculate the genetic changes necessary to make the Pseudomonas putida bacterium increase its production of natural synthetics, and laboratory experiments validated their findings. The results, which have implications for medical biotechnology, have been published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology. The study was funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme as part of the Marine Genomics and PROBACTYS projects.

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          2008-11-04 - Transplant experts set out plans for future research

          Recent years have seen huge advances in transplant medicine, but more research is urgently needed to improve the long-term prospects of transplant patients, according to researchers, doctors and patient representatives at a meeting in Brussels, Belgium organised by the EU-funded TRIE ('Transplantation research integration in Europe') project. Approximately 250,000 people in Europe are living with a functional organ transplant and every year some 15,000 kidney transplants, 5,000 liver transplants, 2,000 heart transplants and 1,000 lung transplants as well as thousands of bone-marrow transplants are carried out.

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          2008-11-12 - Brain mechanisms behind simple decisions less complex than previously thought

          Simple decision-making tasks are not processed in the part of the brain responsible for higher aspects of cognition such as self awareness as was once thought, according to new EU-funded research. Instead, they are processed in the brain regions that receive relevant stimuli and control the body's response to it. The work, which is published online by the journal Nature Neuroscience, was partly financed through the EU-funded project 'Investigations in Brain Sciences Education Network', which is supported through the Marie Curie scheme under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

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          2008-11-13 - A revolution for the science of diagnosis

          A team of scientists at the University of Leeds in the UK has invented a biosensor device that can identify disease using nanotechnology. The device, which may revolutionise the science of diagnosis, uses antibodies to detect biomarkers, molecules in the body used to identify disease. The aim of the ambitious ELISHA project, backed by the EU with EUR 2.7 million in funding, is to reduce diagnosis time to 15 minutes. The new invention may be on sale in just three years.

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          2008-11-13 - Europe-wide study finds waistline over 120 cm raises risk of premature death

          An EU-funded study of approximately 360,000 individuals in 9 European countries has shown that having a very large waistline almost doubles the risk of premature death, even in individuals with a 'normal' body mass index. The results are published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers recommend that, given the fact that storing excess fat around the waist poses a significant health risk, routine health check-ups should include waist and hip measurements. The results, they conclude, 'support the use of waist circumference or waist-to-hip ratio in addition to BMI in the assessment of the risk of death, particularly among persons with a low BMI.'

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          2008-11-17 - EU project targets MRSA infections

          Hospitals and other healthcare facilities house Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (i.e. 'staph') that trigger MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections. The problem is that not only is MRSA resistant to antibiotics, but it can also be fatal. A team of European researchers is ready to tackle the problem by finding ways to reduce MRSA infection rates in hospitals worldwide. The project is supported by the EU under the Seventh Framework Research Programme (FP7) with EUR 5 million in funding.

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          2008-11-17 - New EU project AEROPATH takes on 'superbugs'

          A new EU-funded project, AEROPATH, brings together scientists in the UK, Sweden and Germany to develop antibiotics to combat highly drug-resistant bacteria, the 'superbugs' that plague hospitals. The project has received EUR 4.6 million under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and is coordinated by the University of Dundee in the UK.

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        • Environment
          2008-11-05 - Commission proposes to strengthen the protection of animals used in scientific experiments

          The European Commission today presented a proposal that aims to strengthen the protection of animals still used in scientific procedures in line with the European Union's Protocol on Animal Welfare, ensure a level playing field throughout the EU for industry and enhance the quality of research conducted in the EU. The new provisions will also contribute to minimising as far as possible the number of animals used in experiments.

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          2008-11-06 - Seeding the deep sea

          An EU-funded study by researchers in the UK has shed light on the evolution of very small creatures living in the high-pressure depths of the world's oceans. The researchers studied the temperature and pressure tolerance of embryonic blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) to better understand their ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The research was funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) as part of the projects MOMARNET ('Monitoring deep seafloor hydrothermal environments on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge') and MARBEF (Marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning). The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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          2008-11-26 - EU-funded study models the collective landing of bird flocks

          A researcher from Hungary has developed a mathematical model that accurately reflects the collective landing of starling flocks. The study was part of the EU-funded STARFLAG project ('Starlings in flight: understanding patterns of animal group movements') under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), and is published online in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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        • Agriculture
          2008-11-04 - European researchers seek alternatives to sulphur dioxide in wine

          Biotechnology researchers in Portugal, Spain and Switzerland have joined forces in a project that aims to reduce or eliminate the amount of sulphur dioxide (SO2) used in making wines. SO2, an effective antimicrobial, antioxidant and preservative agent, is a potential allergen and can exacerbate asthmatic symptoms. The current project, called 'WineSulfree', is supported by the Eureka intergovernmental initiative.

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          2008-11-20 - How they grow and where they go: fishermen and scientists track cod in the Celtic Sea

          Fishermen and scientists in Ireland are working together to study cod in the Celtic Sea using a high-tech tagging device. Cod that were tagged in spring 2007 are now being re-captured by fishermen who, together with researchers at the Marine Institute, are studying the growth and behaviour of these important fish. The project is funded indirectly by the EU's Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG).

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          2008-11-24 - Selfish gene drives social cooperation in yeast

          EU-funded scientists have identified a single gene that drives social behaviour in yeast. Yeast cells that have the gene FLO1 will literally stick together to protect each other from threats such as antibiotics or alcohol. Meanwhile, yeast cells lacking the FLO1 gene are excluded from the group. As well as shedding new light on the evolution of social behaviour and the workings of selfish genes, the findings could prove useful in the brewing industry and in hospitals, where many disease-causing types of yeast also clump together, making them extremely difficult to treat. The work, which is published in the journal Cell, was partly supported through the EU-funded FUNGWALL ('The fungal cell wall as a target for antifungal therapies') project, which is financed through the 'Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health' Thematic area of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

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        • Space
          2008-11-21 - Scientists in quest to map boreal forest

          The European Space Agency (ESA) recently kicked off a project targeting how to best map the boreal (i.e. northern) forest in northern Sweden. This goal is one of several outlined in the candidate Earth Explorer BIOMASS mission, ESA sources said. Through this mission, the scientists will obtain global measurements of forest biomass to assess terrestrial carbon stocks and fluxes.

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          2008-11-26 - Roadmap presents the next 20 years of European astronomy

          The EU's ASTRONET project ('Coordinating strategic planning for European astronomy') presented its infrastructure roadmap for the future of European astronomy this week. The roadmap sets out research priorities over the next 20 years and presents a cost-effective approach to addressing them. The plan is supported by astronomers in 28 Member and Associated States of the EU, and reflects a high level of scientific cooperation in the European Research Area (ERA).

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        • Energy
          2008-11-18 - Renewable energy industry sets out roadmap for 2020

          Europe's renewable energy industries have launched a roadmap setting out how the EU could achieve its goal of meeting 20% of the union's energy needs with renewable energy sources by 2020. The 'Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap - 20% by 2020' was produced by the RESTMAC ('Creating markets for renewable energy technologies - an EU RES technology marketing campaign') project, which was funded to the tune of EUR 1,098,748 under the 'Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems' Thematic area of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

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          2008-11-20 - Scientists set new record for solar cell efficiency

          Researchers at the Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) announced that they have succeeded in improving the efficiency of solar cells, which are designed to convert available light into electricity. The quantum electronic phenomenon called the photovoltaic (PV) effect makes this possible. The team said the effectiveness of III-V semiconductor multi-junction solar cells, used in PV concentrator technology for solar power stations, has been increased by 2.1% to 39.7% - a new European record. The work is funded to the tune of EUR 8.34 million by the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) project FULLSPECTRUM, under the Thematic area 'Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems'.

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      • Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development 2007- 2013 (FP7)
        • News
          Become an expert evaluator for FP7

          The website to register as an expert for research activities is available on CORDIS. The call for experts is open both for individuals and for organisations.

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          2008-11-19 - Several calls for proposals published

          The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research has launched a number of calls for proposals under the 2008 and 2009 work programmes of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and under the 2009 work programme of the Seventh Euratom Framework Programme for Nuclear Research and Training Activities.

          The calls address the following areas:
          - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT); - Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies;
          - European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigators Grant;
          - Marie Curie Co-Funding of Regional, National and International Programmes;
          - Nuclear Fission and Radiation Protection;
          - ERA-NET coordinated call (themes: Health; Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology; Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies; Environment (including climate change); Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities).

          There are also two joint calls, combining the following themes:
          - Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies/Environment (including climate change);
          - Information and Communication Technologies/Energy.

          To see the full details of the calls, please consult the following web address:
          http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/calls/

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        • European Technology Platforms
          Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies (EuMaT)

          No events planned

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          Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE)

          No events planned

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          European Technology Platform for Wind Energy (TPWind)

          No events planned

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          European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - InfoIndustrial Technologies 2014
          16-17 April 2014, Turin - A&T 2014: Innovative Technologies and Services for design, manufacturing and testing
          5-6 May 2014, Freiburg - MicroTEC Südwest Clusterkonferenz 2014
          7 May 2014, Lisbon - 1st Workshop on M2M Solutions and Services
          5-6 June 2014, Prague - EURIPIDES Prague Forum 2014
          11-13 June 2014, Vienna - pHealth 2014 - 11th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health
          23-24 June 2014, Berlin - AMAA 2014: 18th International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications "Smart Systems for Safe, Clean and Automated Vehicles"
          23-25 June 2014, Bremen - Actuator 2014: 14th International Conference on New Actuators and 8th Exhibition on Smart Actuators and Drive Systems
          1-2 July 2014, Dortmund - Smart SysTech 2014: European Conference on Smart Objects, Systems and Technologies
          2-4 July 2014, Birmingham - esIoT-2014: 3rd International Workshop on Extending Seamlessly to the Internet of Things
          2-4 July 2014, Bremen - SysInt 2014 - 2nd International Conference on System-Integrated Intelligence: New Challenges for Product and Production Engineering
          8-11 July 2014, Besançon - AIM 2014, IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics "From Smart Systems to Smart Matters"
          7-10 September 2014, Warsaw - Workshop on Trends and Applications in Intelligent Environments (TAIE'14)
          22-24 September 2014, Marseille - M2M Innovation World Congress 2014
          23-25 September 2014, Darmstadt - MSE 2014: International Conference Materials Science Engineering
          24-26 September 2014, Turin - EPoSS General Assembly, Annual Forum & Engagement Day 2014
          11-14 November 2014, Munich - Electronica 2014: 26th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications

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          European Technology Platform Food for Life (Food)

          No events planned.

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          Forest Based Sector Technology Platform (Forestry)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014 conference & exhibition
          29-30 April 2014, Santander - FOREST EUROPE Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of SFM
          6 May 2014, Berlin - DEMOWOOD Final Conference
          8-9 May 2014, Vienna - EARTO Annual Conference
          15-18 May 2014, Lecce - European Biotechnology Congress
          20-21 May 2014, Munich - Symposium Innovative Packaging
          21-26 June 2014, Copenaghen - EuroScience Open Forum 2014
          23-26 June 2014, Hamburg - 22nd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition
          10-12 September 2014, Bilbao - EFI 2014 Annual Conference
          15-18 September 2014, Helsinki - Bioenergy from Forest Conference
          17-18 September 2014, Freiburg - COOL Conference (Competing uses Of forest Land Project)
          23-26 September 2014, Gerardmer - 5th Forest Engineering Conference & 47th International Symposium on Forestry
          29 September-01 October 2014, Bologna - LET's 2014 - Leading Enabling Technologies for Societal Challenges
          7-9 October 2014, Reims - EFIB 2014
          17-20 November 2014, Brussels - 6th European Innovation Summit

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          Embedded Computing Systems (ARTEMIS)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies
          14-17 April 2014, Berlin - CPS Week 2014
          14 April 2014, Berlin - WORKSHOP:CPS 20 years from now - visions and challenges
          23-24 April 2014, Monaco - Celtic-Plus Event 2014
          19-20 June 2014, Istanbul - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop
          10-12 September 2014, Florence - SAFECOMP 2014
          23-25 September 2014, Amsterdam - ITEA PO Days

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          European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBFTP)

          22 January 2009, Brussels - 2nd Stakeholder Plenary Meeting of the European Biofuels Technology Platform
          6-7 May 2009, London - Biomass to Liquids Conference
          10-12 June 2009, Buenos Aries - Biofuels Summit and Expo - For Sustainable Biofuels
          29 June -3 July 2009, Hamburg - 17th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

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          European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP)

          No events planned

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          Nanoelectronics Technologies 2020 (ENIAC)

          10-11 April 2014, Paris - Journées Industrielles « NANOMATÉRIAUX »
          13-16 May 2014, Gaithersburg - The Tenth International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation (INC 10)
          19-20 June 2014, Istanbul - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop
          23-24 June 2014, Grenoble - CATRENE DTC (European Nanoelectronics Design Technology Conference)
          25-26 June 2014, Grenoble - Leti Days (applied research in the fields of microelectronics, IT and technology for health care and other areas)
          22-26 September 2014, Venice - 40th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (Esscirc) & 44th European Solid-State Device Conference (Essderc 2014)
          7-9 October 2014, Grenoble - SEMICON Europa 2014
          5-7 November 2014, Brno - NANOCON

          Further information
          European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC)

          14-17 April 2014, Paris - 5th Edition of TRA 2014
          17 June 2014, Brussels - ERRAC Steering Committee

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          European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC)

          14 April 2014, Paris - TRA 2014 Conference
          20 May 2014, Brussels - ERTRAC Steering Group
          5 June 2014, Brussels - ERTRAC Plenary
          7 October 2014, Brussels - ERTRAC Plenary

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          European Space Technology Platform (ESTP)

          No events planned

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          European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP)

          No events planned.

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          European Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future (SmartGrids)

          No events planned.

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          Future Manufacturing Technologies (MANUFUTURE)

          No events planned.

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          European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (Euratex)

          22-23 April 2014, Moscow - “LEGPROMFORUM-2014” - 1st INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF LIGHT UNDUSTRY
          8-9 May 2014, Istanbul - 7th International Instanbul Fashion Conference
          14-16 May 2014, Brugges - 6th European Conference on Protective Clothing
          5 June 2014, Brussels - Textile and Clothing International Conference
          10-12 September 2014, Austria - 53rd Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress
          24-26 September 2014, Barcelona - OUTLOOK 2014 - The World's premier Personal Care Products Conference
          29 September-1 October 2014, Medellin - 30th IAF World Fashion Convention
          1-2 October 2014, Berlin - FILTREX Europe 2014, your Filtration Conference & Exhibition
          4-6 November 2014, Istanbul - Messe Frankfurt announces the launch of Texworld
          18 November 2014, Brussels - 3rd EURATEX CONVENTION
          18-19 November 2014, Brussels - 3rd PPE Lead Market Conference 2014
          4-7 May 2015, Franckfurt - Texprocess 2015

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          Global Animal Health (GAH)

          No events planned

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          Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH)

          No events planned.

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          Industrial Safety ETP (IndustrialSafety)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - ETPIS at the Industrial Technologies 2014 Conference 
          13-16 April 2014, Bologna - 6th International Conference on Safety & Environment in Process & Power Industry
          24-27 August 2014, Frankfurt - XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014
          30 September-3 October 2014, Glasgow - WOS2014 "Learning from the past to shape a safer future"
          1 October 2014, Berlin - 3rd International Conference on Fires in Vehicles (FIVE)
          14-16 October 2014, Roma - 48th International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology

          Further information
          Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)

          21 May 2014, Brussels - IMI Stakeholder Forum 2014

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          Integral Satcom Initiative (ISI)

          No events planned.

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          Mobile and Wireless Communications (eMobility)

          No events planned.

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          Nanotechnologies for Medical Applications (NanoMedicine)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014
          23-26 April 2014, Antalya - NANOTOX 2014
          21 May 2014, Brussels - IMI Stakeholder Forum 2014
          26-30 May 2014, Lille - E-MRS Spring Meeting: Converging technology for nanobio applications
          2-4 June 2014, Munster - InfoNanobio Europe 2014
          15-19 June 2014, Tel Aviv - Summer School on Nanomedicine and Innovation
          22-25 June 2014, Basel - European Summit for Clinical Nanomedicine 2014
          30 June-2 July 2014, Sydney - 5th International NanoMedicine Conference
          5-12 July 2014, Thessaloniki - NANOTEXNOLOGY 2014
          8-11 July 2014, Thessaloniki - 11th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies
          27-29 August 2014, Angers - International Meeting - Translational Nanomedicine 2014
          29 September-1 October 2014, Bologna - LET’S 2014 Conference: Leading Enabling Technologies for Societal challenges
          2-4 October 2014, Porto - 2014 Workshop: Tools and models for the translation of advanced drug delivery
          15-16 October 2014, San Sebastian - ETP Nanomedicine Annual Event 2014
          3-5 November 2014, Frankfurt - BIO-Europe 2014
          5-7 November 2014, Brno - 6th International Conference NANOCON 2014
          18-20 November 2014, Grenoble - 4th International Conference NANOSAFE 2014

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          Networked and Electronic Media (NEM)

          No events planned.

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          Networked European Software and Services Initiative (NESSI)

          24 April 2014, Brussels - ONE: Conference - Policies (R)evolution and Speeding Every European
          12-13 June 2014, Luxembourg - 5th European Summit on the Future Internet
          17-18 June 2014, London - Big Data World Congress: Discover the business value of Big Data
          10-12 September 2014, Salerno - CCPI'14: Workshop on Cloud Computing Projects and Initiatives

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          Photonics21 (Photonics)

          9-11 April 2014, Copenhagen - 6th living knowledge conference 2014
          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014
          11-15 April 2014, Montpellier - ISCS 2014 and IPRM 2014
          14-17 April 2014, Brussels - SPIE Photonics Europe Conference and Exhibition
          5-9 May 2014, Baltimore - SPIE Defense and Security
          7-8 May 2014, Barcelona - Smart Lighting 2014
          7 May 2014, Aachen - EPIC EU funding session
          12-13 May 2014, Munich - Rohde & Schwarz: Broadcast and Digital Media Innovation Forum
          20-22 May 2014, Lyon - LumiBat 2014
          20-22 May 2014, Lyon - CapUrba 2014 - The city planning and innovative Urban project trade fair
          26-30 May 2014, Aveiro - International Conference on Applications in Optics and Photonics - AOP2014
          26-28 May 2014, Munich - LOPEC 2014: 6th International Exhibition and Conference for the Organic and Printed Electronics Industry
          2-3 June 2014, Munich - Siemens New Venture Forum Europe 2014
          9-13 June 2014, San Jose - CLEO: 2014 Laser Science to Photonic Applications
          10 June 2014, Rome - EPIC Workshop on High Resolution Imaging for Security and Defense
          18-19 June 2014, AR's-Hertogenbosch - EPIC Workshop on Photonic Integrated Circuits "Electronics - Photonics Integration and Packaging"
          18-21 June 2014, Paris - 12th European Congress on Digital Pathology
          24-26 June 2014, Nice - Next Generation Optical Networking
          2-3 July 2014, Rotterdam - EPIC Workshop on Intra-Operative Assessment of Tumor-Resection Margins
          2-8 July 2014, Barcelona - Fab10 Barcelona
          22-23 July 2014, Stuttgart - Bosch Venture Forum
          28-31 July 2014, Barcelona - Advanced Photonics
          17-21 August 2014, San Diego - SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014
          25-29 August 2014, Berlin - EPIC Entrepreneurship Week
          25-29 August 2014, Marseille - Laser-light and Interactions with Particles
          27-29 August 2014, Prague - PHOTONICS PRAGUE 2014 - 7th International Conference on Photonics, Devices and Systems
          28-30 August 2014, Vienna - OPTICS 2014 - 5th International Conference on Optical Communication Systems
          22-25 September 2014, Amsterdam - SPIE Remote Sensing 2014
          22-25 September 2014, Amsterdam - SPIE Security and Defense 2014
          30 September-2 October 2014, Bregenz - LED professional Symposium and Exhibition
          19-23 October 2014, Tucson - Frontiers in Optics 2014
          11-12 November 2014, Goteborg - Optics & Photonics
          5-6 December 2014, Lyon - Light Festival Expo 2014

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          Photovoltaics (PV Platform)

          No events planned

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          Plants for the Future (Plants)

          22-26 June 2014, Dublin - Plant Biology Europe FESPB/EPSO 2014 Congress

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          Robotics (EUROP)

          No events planned.

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          European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014
          29-30 April 2014, London - 3rd Annual Smart to Future Cities 2014
          12 May 2014, Darmstadt - Raw Materials University Day
          14 May 2014, Brussels - CRM_InnoNet 2nd Innovation Network Workshop
          28-29 May 2014, Taragonna - 3SCICC Sustainable Chemistry Forum
          11-12 June 2014, Bruxelles - SusChem 12th Stakeholder Event - Sustainable Chemistry: At the Forefront of Innovation

          Further information
          Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNE-TP)

          9-11 April 2014, Manchester - Sustainable Nuclear Energy Conference 2014
          1-4 June 2014, Zadar - 10th International Conference on the Nuclear Option in Countries with Small and Medium Electricity Grid
          16-19 June 2014, Toronto - 5th international CANDU In-service inspection workshop and the NDT in Canada 2014 Conference
          7-11 July 2014, Prague - 22th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
          1-4 September 2014, Paris - TINCE, 2nd International Conference on Technological Innovations in Nuclear Civil Engineering
          14-16 October 2014, Paris - World Nuclear Exhibition

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          Water Supply and Sanitation Platform (WSSTP)

          No events planned.

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          Waterborne ETP (Waterborne)

          14-17 April 2014, Paris - TRA 2014 calls for competitions
          3-5 June 2014, Brussels - SG50 + MG and WTB General Assembly
          17 September 2014, Brussels - SG51+ MIRROR GROUP

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          Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants Technology Platform (ETP ZEP)

          22-24 April 2014, Stavanger 4th EAGE CO2 Geological Storage Workshop
          28 April-1 May 2014, Pittsburgh - The Annual CCUS Conference

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          2008-11-19 - Growing environment and security concerns prompt aeronautics research agenda update

          Europe's aeronautics research community has updated its research agenda to take into account rising environmental concerns, the need for alternative fuels and rapidly changing security threats. The Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) published its last Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) four years ago. Since then, we have seen wild fluctuations in oil prices and the collapse of the dollar against the Euro (which seriously weakened the competitiveness of the European aeronautics industry). At the same time, environmental concerns have shot up the political agenda and increasingly complex and cumbersome security measures have been introduced in airports around the world.

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        • Joint Technology Initiatives
          Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)

          21 May 2014, Brussels - IMI Stakeholder Forum 2014

          Further information
          Embedded Computing Systems (ARTEMISA)

          7-11 April 2014, Hannover - HANNOVER Messe 2014
          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies
          14-17 April 2014, Berlin - CPS Week 2014
          14 April 2014, Berlin - WORKSHOP: 'CPS 20 years from now - visions and challenges'
          23-24 April 2014, Monaco - Celtic-Plus Event 2014
          19-20 June 2014, Istanbul - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop
          10-12 September 2014, Florence - SAFECOMP 2014
          23-25 September 2014, Amsterdam - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop

          Further information
          Nanoelectronics Technologies 2020 (ENIAC)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014
          10-11 April 2014, Paris - Journées Industrielles « NANOMATÉRIAUX »
          13-16 May 2014, Gaithersburg - The Tenth International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation (INC 10)
          19-20 June 2014, Istanbul - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop
          23-24 June 2014, Grenoble - CATRENE DTC (European Nanoelectronics Design Technology Conference)
          25-26 June 2014, Grenoble - Leti Days (applied research in the fields of microelectronics, IT and technology for health care and other areas)
          22-26 September 2014, Venice - 40th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (Esscirc) & 44th European Solid-State Device Conference (Essderc 2014)
          7-9 October 2014, Grenoble - SEMICON Europa 2014
          5-7 November 2014, Brno - NANOCON

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          Aeronautics and Air Transport (Clean Sky)

          23-25 April 2014, Prague - ASD Annual Convention
          30 April 2014, Tel Aviv - Clean Sky 2 Info Day
          22 May 2014, Berlin - Clean Sky 2 is Taking Off

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          Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH)

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    • Regional policy

      2008-11-03 - Danuta Hübner urges leaders of European Regional Legislative Assemblies to back strengthened Cohesion Policy

      Commissioner Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, will address the 11th Conference of Presidents of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE) in Bilbao today. The Commissioner will focus on the recently published Green Paper on territorial cohesion and the future Cohesion Policy. She will also hold talks with Juan José Ibarretxe, President of Spain's Basque Government, on the region's priorities for its Cohesion Policy programme for 2007-2013.

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      2008-11-06 - Danuta Hübner in Germany: Increasing the return on European investments in research is crucial

      Danuta Hübner, the European Commissioner for regional policy, will hold talks in Berlin today on the future Cohesion Policy with European Affairs Ministers from the German “Länder”. She will also meet representatives of regional authorities in Thüringen to discuss the implementation of new cohesion policy investments and will see examples of hi-tech projects supported by co-financing from the European Union.

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      2008-11-10 - Danuta Hübner encourages Switzerland to step up cooperation with EU

      Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for regional policy, is today in Berne and Lucerne to take part in a series of meetings on relations between Switzerland and the EU, and on Swiss participation in EU Regional Policy cooperation programmes in particular. Switzerland's New Regional Policy (NRP) is closely aligned with the aims of the EU's Regional Policy and EU's Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, with its support for innovation, small businesses, training, knowledge transfer and for less favoured regions such as mountainous and rural areas.

       

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      2008-11-14 - Lisbon Conference: European Commission steps up efforts to improve Member States' financial controls on structural funds

      Danuta Hübner, the European Commissioner for regional policy, is today participating in a conference in Lisbon on “Use and control of EU structural funds”. The conference follows the publication, on Monday 10 November, of the annual report of the European Court of Auditors, which encouraged the Commission to continue in its efforts to help Member States address weaknesses in management and control systems for the Structural Funds.

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      2008-11-21 - EU shines spotlight on Arctic, targets new policy

      The European Commission has adopted a Communication on 'The European Union and the Arctic Region' outlining the EU's interests and policy objectives, which include energy resources, fisheries and new shipping routes. The region has increasingly been in the spotlight as a result of its rich resources that could help ease Europe's headaches about energy security.

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    • Information society

      2008-11-05 - 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue: Brussels Debate on the role of the Media

      The last of the seven "Brussels Debates" organised in the framework of the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue takes place on Wednesday, 5 November 2008. The debate entitled "Talking Our Way out of Trouble: How Media Debate Can Combat Intolerance” is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). It will take place at 18:30h in the Residence Palace and will be opened by EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding.

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      2008-11-07 - Telecoms Reform: Commission presents new legislative texts to pave the way for compromise between Parliament and Council

      Today, the European Commission is publishing new legislative texts on the EU Telecoms Reform package to take account of the European Parliament vote of 24 September 2008 and the ongoing discussions in the Council. In November 2007, the Commission made proposals for the reform of the EU Telecoms rules, designed to create a Single EU Telecoms Market with improved rights for consumers and businesses, more competition and investment to boost the take-up of cross-border services and wireless high-speed broadband for all (IP/07/1677). The new texts presented by the Commission today will be discussed in the Council of Telecoms Ministers on 27 November. At the heart of the compromise texts is a new, small and independent office for Europe's telecoms regulators that should help the Commission to bring about more consistency to regulatory measures on Europe's telecoms markets. The new regulatory framework is expected to become law in all 27 EU Member States by 2010.

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      2008-11-20 - Now Online: "Europeana", Europe's Digital Library

      Europeana, Europe’s multimedia online library opens to the public today. At www.europeana.eu, Internet users around the world can now access more than two million books, maps, recordings, photographs, archival documents, paintings and films from national libraries and cultural institutions of the EU's 27 Member States. Europeana opens up new ways of exploring Europe’s heritage: anyone interested in literature, art, science, politics, history, architecture, music or cinema will have free and fast access to Europe's greatest collections and masterpieces in a single virtual library through a web portal available in all EU languages. But this is just the beginning. In 2010, Europeana will give access to millions of items representing Europe's rich cultural diversity and will have interactive zones such as communities for special interests. Between 2009 and 2011, some €2 million per year of EU funding will be dedicated to this. The Commission also plans to involve the private sector in the further expansion of Europe's digital library. In September 2007, the European Parliament supported, in a resolution voted by an overwhelming majority, the creation of a European digital library.

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    • Enterprises

      2008-11-06 - Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation will be reinforced

      Ministers for Industry of the 27 EU Member States met with their counterparts from Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey in Nice on 5 and 6 November to decide further measures to deepen Euro-Mediterranean co-operation on enterprise and industry policies for the next two years(2009 – 2010). They also welcomed the progress achieved in improving the business environment and boosting entrepreneurship in the Euromed region.

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  • Other EU Policies and funding programmes supporting the Lisbon Strategy

    Other EU Policies and funding programmes supporting the Lisbon Strategy

    • Employment and social affairs

      2008-11-18 - Free movement of workers is good for Europe's economy

      A European Commission report published today shows that mobile workers from the countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 have had a positive impact on Member States' economies and have not led to serious disturbances on their labour markets. Workers from the EU-8 as well as Bulgaria and Romania have made a significant contribution to sustained economic growth, without significantly displacing local workers or driving down their wages. Both for the EU as a whole and for most individual countries, labour flows have been limited compared to the size of labour markets and to inflows from non-EU countries.

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    • Environment

      2008-11-18 - Environment: Commission proposes to improve implementation of environmental law

      The Commission has set out plans to improve the implementation of the European Union's 200 or so laws on environmental protection. This fits within a wider Commission strategy for improving implementation of EU law announced in 2007, and coincides with the publication of the new Annual Report of the Commission on monitoring the application of Community Law in general. The Communication stresses the need for close cooperation with Member States to ensure that national implementing rules are correct and adopted on time, and that shared goals are effectively achieved. Where serious problems persist – such as tolerance of illegal landfills or multiple failures to treat urban waste-water – the Commission will favour strategic legal action over a piecemeal approach.

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      2008-11-20 - Commission announces winners of environmental management awards

      Five organisations have won the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards for excellence in environmental management. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony this evening in Brussels. The awards recognise outstanding achievements in environmental management. This year 32 organisations from 13 EU Member States were nominated. The 2008 awards focused on the theme of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency.

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    • Health

      2008-11-11 - Commission calls for a European focus on rare diseases

      The European Commission adopted today a Communication and a proposal for a Council Recommendation on rare diseases setting out an overall Community strategy to support Member States in diagnosing, treating and caring for the 36 million EU citizens with rare diseases. The limited number of patients affected and the fragmentation of knowledge about them across the European Union, makes rare diseases a prime example of where working at European level is necessary and beneficial.

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    • Transport

      2008-11-07 - Clean urban transport: CIVITAS Forum 2008

      Bologna will from Sunday host the sixth annual meeting of the cities taking part in Europe's CIVITAS initiative, which aims at developing integrated solutions for sustainable mobility in towns and cities in order to reduce congestion and pollution. In the presence of Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Italian Minister of Transport, Altero Matteoli, around 300 participants coming from all around Europe are expected in the Italian city between 9th and 11th November. Practical experience from cities that are Europe-wide leaders in the field of urban mobility will be presented.

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    • Energy

      2008-11-13 - Securing your energy future: Commission presents energy security, solidarity and efficiency proposals

      The European Commission has proposed today a wide-ranging energy package which gives a new boost to energy security in Europe, supporting the 20-20-20 climate change proposals which should be agreed by December. The Commission puts forward a new strategy to build up energy solidarity among Member States and a new policy on energy networks to stimulate investment in more efficient, low-carbon energy networks. The Commission proposes a new EU Energy Security and Solidarity Action Plan which sets out five areas where more action is needed to secure sustainable energy supplies. The Commission also looks at the challenges that Europe will face between 2020 and 2050. In addition, a package of energy efficiency proposals aims to make energy savings in key areas, such as reinforcing energy efficiency legislation on buildings and energy-using products, and enhancing the role of energy performance certificates as well as inspection reports for heating and air-conditioning systems.

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      2008-11-20 - European Commission welcomes outcome of ITER Council

      The European Commission welcomes the outcome of today's ITER Council - the Governing Body of the one year old ITER Organization. The Commission representatives (EURATOM) attended this two-day meeting in Cadarache (France) together with representatives from the other 6 ITER members: China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States. The Parties discussed the progress report of a panel of international experts that was asked by the last ITER Council meeting in June 2008 to assess the Organization's resources estimates and their efficient use. One of the key recommendations is to improve the management system through closer integration of the international organization and the Domestic agencies. This should facilitate the execution of the entire project and contribute to the stabilisation of the cost estimates.

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    • External relations – Enlargement

      2008-11-20 - Brazil and the EU deepen energy relations with the first Ministerial meeting of the EC-Brazil Energy Policy Dialogue

      Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, and the Minister of Mines and Energy of Brazil, Edison Lobão met today in São Paulo to enhance bilateral energy cooperation in the frame of the European Commission-Brazil Energy Policy Dialogue. This is the first meeting at Ministerial level since the launch of the bilateral energy dialogue in Brussels in July 2007. The encounter was held in the context of Commissioner Piebalgs' first visit to Brazil to participate in the 2nd International Biofuels Conference.

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    • Maritime Affairs

      2008-11-03 - European maritime surveillance needs greater integration

      In a report published today, the European Commission takes the first step towards establishing a comprehensive strategy for integrated maritime surveillance for Europe. The report, in the form of a Commission Staff Working Document, describes the current state of play as regards the surveillance, monitoring, tracking, identification and reporting systems put in place by EU Member States and EU Agencies. It also identifies the next steps to be undertaken and the challenges to be resolved in order to achieve an integrated maritime surveillance network for Europe. Such an integrated and cross-sectoral network would provide essential added value for national authorities in handling a range of challenges, such as trafficking in drugs, arms and people, illegal fisheries, pollution, piracy and terrorism. Greater systems integration would also help national authorities in charge of surveillance operations become more efficient and reduce their operating costs over time.

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      2008-11-14 - Fisheries: Commission proposes radical overhaul of control framework

      The European Commission has today proposed a new Council Regulation recasting the EU fisheries control system. The result would be a completely modernized system for inspection, monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement of Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) rules throughout the market chain, from catch to the retailer. Harmonised inspection procedures and higher standards would ensure uniform implementation of control policy at national level, while taking account of the diversity and specific characteristics of different fleets. There will be measures to promote a culture of compliance throughout the sector, including simplification of the regulatory framework, and the introduction of harmonised deterrent sanctions. The capacity of the Commission to intervene to ensure that the rules of the CFP are being effectively implemented and enforced by the Member States will also be strengthened. In general, all aspects of the control and monitoring of fisheries activities would be simplified and made more efficient by the new rules.

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      2008-11-19 - Commission presents EU strategy for safer ship dismantling

      The European Commission today presented an EU strategy to make the dismantling of old ships safer for workers and the environment. Every year between 200 and 600 large merchant ships are taken apart for their valuable scrap metal. Many ships taken out of service in Europe end up being dismantled on beaches in South Asia. A lack of environmental protection and safety measures results in high accident rates, health risks and extensive pollution of wide stretches of the coast. The proposed strategy on better ship dismantling includes actions to help implement key elements of an international Convention on safe ship recycling, due to be concluded in May 2009. It also proposes measures to encourage voluntary action by the shipping industry and better enforcement of current EU waste shipment law.

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      2008-11-25 - Commission promotes maritime spatial planning in Europe

      Today, the Commission has adopted a roadmap on maritime spatial planning – a new tool to address the challenges emerging from the growth in competing uses of the sea. The roadmap will facilitate the development of spatial planning for both marine and coastal spaces, in order to realise the growth potential of EU maritime sectors in a sustainable way. Maritime spatial planning can also help coastal areas to prepare for climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, floods, altered marine ecosystems and investments in coastal protection.

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  • Research, Innovation, Training and Competitiveness related EU events

    Research, Innovation, Training and Competitiveness related EU events

Special chapter on training opportunities

Next Sessions in English in Brussels

Prochaines sessions en français à Paris et Bruxelles

Le montage des projets sous le nouveau programme européen de recherche et d'innovation (Horizon 2020)

Date : mardi 29 avril 2014

Comment rédiger une proposition réellement compétitive? Conseils stratégiques et méthodologiques.

Formations dispensées par d’anciens "Project Officers" de la Commission européenne ayant une expérience pratique des projets européens de R&D.

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Les contrats européens de recherche : module financier sous le nouveau programme de recherche et d'innovation (Horizon 2020)

Date : mercredi 30 avril 2014

Session d'approfondissement - Comprendre les règles financières sous le nouveau programme de recherche et d'innoovation (Horizon 2020). Comment préparer votre budget? Comment gérer votre budget?

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Horizon 2020: Comment comprendre le nouveau programme européen de recherche et d'innovation

Date : mardi 13 mai 2014

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Le montage des projets sous le nouveau programme européen de recherche et d'innovation (Horizon 2020)

Date : mercredi 14 mai 2014

Comment rédiger une proposition réellement compétitive? Conseils stratégiques et méthodologiques.

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Horizon 2020: Comment comprendre le nouveau programme européen de recherche et d'innovation

Date : mardi 03 juin 2014

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Les contrats européens de recherche : module financier sous le nouveau programme de recherche et d'innovation (Horizon 2020)

Date : mercredi 04 juin 2014

Session d'approfondissement - Comprendre les règles financières sous le nouveau programme de recherche et d'innoovation (Horizon 2020). Comment préparer votre budget? Comment gérer votre budget?

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Audits et contrôles de votre contrat européen de recherche

Date : mardi 17 juin 2014

Les audits et contrôles de votre contrat européen de recherche.
Comment s’y préparer et comment y réagir?

Formations dispensées par d’anciens "Project Officers" de la Commission européenne ayant une expérience pratique des projets européens de R&D.

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Le management de projets européens de recherche sous le nouveau programme de recherche et d'innovation (Horizon 2020)

Date : mercredi 18 juin 2014

Management de projets européens de recherche. Comment gérer efficacement et simplement un projet européen de recherche sous Horizon 2020?

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