Funding

Over 500 potential applicants for the next round of calls for project proposals under the Smart Grids & Storage topic of the Horizon 2020 Work programme 2016-2017 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ gathered in Brussels last Friday. Presentations covered the Smart Grids & Storage part of the Work Programme for 2016-2017 and the application procedure, as well as detailed information on the calls. A networking session  followed in the afternoon.

LIFE Climate Governance and Information (sub-programme for Climate Action) will co-finance action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects that promote awareness raising on climate matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of Union policy-making in the field of the climate, and to promote knowledge on sustainable development; that support communication, management, and dissemination of information in the field of the climate and to facilitate knowledge sharing on successful climate solutions and practice, including by

The Interreg North-West Europe Programme invites public and private organisations to submit applications in the framework of the first call for proposals for the 2014-2020 period.  A comprehensive description of the Programme strategy and priorities is included in the Interreg North West Europe 2014-2020 Cooperation Programme.  A complete set of documents can be found in the “Application package”. It can be downloaded from the NWE Programme website

The Interreg North-West Europe Programme invites public and private organisations to submit applications in the framework of the first call for proposals for the 2014-2020 period.  A comprehensive description of the Programme strategy and priorities is included in the Interreg North West Europe 2014-2020 Cooperation Programme.  A complete set of documents can be found in the “Application package”. It can be downloaded from the Programme website www.nweurope.eu   2.

The European Commission’s Regional Policy Directorate and the Committee of the Regions jointly hosted their 11th annual Open Days event in Brussels between 7th and 10th October. The event attracted over 5500 policy makers from local and regional authorities throughout Europe.  During the week over 350 workshops, debates and conferences were held on the theme of Regions and Cities.

 

European Parliament struck an agreement with Council of Ministers that will see at least €23bn from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the EU infrastructure fund that underpins European Cohesion Policy, go to energy efficiency and renewables projects from 2014 to 2020. The allocation is about 13% of the ERDF’s €175bn fund for the period 2014-20. More developed regions will have to invest at least 20% of their ERDF funds in low-carbon projects, poorer areas 12% and ‘transition regions’ no less than 15%.

EU Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik was at the headquarters of the European Investment Bank to discuss resource efficiency, green infrastructure and eco-innovation with EIB's President Werner Hoyer on the 18th June. Commissioner Potočnik underlined the crucial role of the Bank in financing resource efficiency, green technologies and the development of innovative financial instruments to support the environment. Water was though the main priority when the two met.