European Union


Info day on Horizon 2020 “Smart Grids and Storage”
Oct

03

2016

Info day on Horizon 2020 “Smart Grids and Storage”

Today has been held in Brussels the Info Day to present the calls for 'Smart Grids and Storage' projects, which will be funded under the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme 'Secure, clean and efficient energy', and in particular under the 'Competitive low-carbon energy' (LCE) call (topics: LCE-01-2016-2017, LCE-04-2017 and LCE-05-2017). Presentations has explained the call content and the application procedure. Here is the agenda for further details. The event has been recorded and will be soon available under this link: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/h2020-smart-grid-and-storage-info-day The Info Day has been also covered live on Twitter at #H2020GridsStorage. To have a look at the presentations: link The "Energy Challenge" is one of the "Societal Challenges" in Horizon 2020. To know more about Horizon 2020 programme sections: link


European Week of Regions and Cities 10-13 October 2016
Sep

27

2016

European Week of Regions and Cities 10-13 October 2016

The European Week of Regions and Cities (OPEN DAYS) is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. The event has become over time a European networking platform for experts in regional and local development. Exchange of good practice in economic development and social inclusion, cross-border cooperation, public-private partnerships, regional innovation and community-led local development have become some of its many topics. Registration for Brussels-based seminars is open until 30 September. To know more about the event: link To know more about Eu Regional Policy: link  


EFSI-European Fund for Strategic Investments: Italy second largest user after Uk
Sep

16

2016

EFSI-European Fund for Strategic Investments: Italy second largest user after Uk

Uk, which just a few months ago voted for Brexit, is the biggest beneficiary of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) with €1.473 billion of approved financing. In second place is Italy (€1.161 billion) followed by Spain with €567 million. Among the Italian projects which have benefited from the fund, the plan by the operator Telecom Italia (€500 million of EFSI investments) for the launch of a new network (made of combined fiber and copper) to provide high-speed broadband services throughout Italy. The second project approved for €300 million is the one by state owned railways operator Trenitalia for the purchase of rolling stock for regional railway services in Lazio, Liguria, Veneto, Piedmont and Tuscany. Link to full article here To know more about Eu financial instruments: link


Horizon 2020: Upcoming Infodays and events
Sep

15

2016

Horizon 2020: Upcoming Infodays and events

Here is a list of the upcoming Infodays on Horizon 2020 where all the information to participate in the calls for proposals related to the various programme sections will be provided: - 23 September: Horizon 2020 Info Day: Smart Cities and Communities

- 28 September: Horizon 2020 Info Day: Smart, green and integrated transport

- 3 October: Horizon 2020 Info Day: Smart Grids and Storage

- 14 October: Horizon 2020 Info Day:  Research Public-Private Partnerships

The list includes the Infodays where it is still possible to register and the related link to the official page of the event.

A full list of the upcoming H2020 events and conferences is available here

To find out more about Horizon 2020: link


Eu funds: Italy among the main beneficiaries, what about UK?
Sep

07

2016

Eu funds: Italy among the main beneficiaries, what about UK?

Poland, Italy and Spain are the countries that receive the biggest share of EU funds. The “top 5” recipients of ESIF - European Structural and Investment Funds, that include various EU funding instruments - are somewhat surprising: Poland, that joined the EU in 2004, ranks first, while Italy is in second place. And what about Great Britain after Brexit? It ranks 11th and from 2014 to 2020 it should receive (at least on paper) €16.4 billion funds from Brussels while national co-financing should stand at €5.9 billion. However, these funds might not be all actually paid out if London leaves the EU before their deadline, and this will be one of the issues to be resolved in the Brexit divorce negotiations. Link to the full article here To know more about Eu funds: link