Are you planning to launch a European citizens’ initiative, or are you currently promoting one? Or are you simply interested in discussing potential citizens’ initiatives? This platform is a space for you to get practical information and advice about the European citizens’ initiative, and to discuss any topics related to it. This site is a pilot project, operated by a consortium of three organisations – ESN, ECAS and CARSA – on behalf of and under contract to the European Commission.
Thursday, 31 May 2018
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Saturday, 26 May 2018
The European Commission will support 79 innovative projects under the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot to bring their innovations faster onto the market. In total, the projects are to receive €146.173 million under the SME Instrument (Phase 2) and Fast Track to Innovation strands of the EIC pilot. With this funding and extra business acceleration support, innovative companies will be able to finance their close-to-market innovation activities and get on the market faster.
Friday, 25 May 2018
During the 2014-2020 funding period, the European Structural and Investment Funds are investing over EUR 450 billion to support competitiveness, growth and jobs in the EU. To ensure that vital resources are used to their full potential for the benefit of European citizens, it is imperative to have strong national, regional and local administrations. When public administrations managing the funds (managing authorities, intermediate bodies, certifying authorities, audit authorities, joint secretariats) are confronted with bottlenecks and challenges, the end result is that investments cannot deliver the expected benefits on the ground.
Why participate?The one-day event programme includes practical examples of funded projects and testimonials from COSME beneficiaries. Both proposal evaluators and EU experts will share their insights and tips with participants. The COSME Info Day aims to raise awareness on participation in COSME Calls for Proposals and motivate new applicants and potential beneficiaries.
During #EUGreenWeek check out the €3.5 million Horizon Prize for the cleanest engine of the future! Why this prize? Health impacts due to air quality issues in European cities need to be addressed in the long term along with the decarbonisation of transport. This prize aims at reducing the pollution produced by future new vehicles using either gasoline or diesel fuels and their low biofuel blends available on the market. While hybridisation and electrification are expected to play an important role, the reduction of emissions by conventional engines will still be important.
Thursday, 24 May 2018
An EU-funded project is laying the foundations for next-generation urban traffic management systems that are capable of intelligently anticipating congestion, rather than simply reacting to it. Using innovative modelling techniques and smart city technologies, the research promises to make trips faster while reducing urban transport’s environmental impact. The twin issues of congestion and climate change mean it is essential to get people out of their cars and on to public transport. In theory, encouraging more people to use buses rather than their own cars to commute to work should ease congestion by reducing the number of vehicles on the road. But as roads become less clogged, the incentive to switch diminishes, so more people use their cars and traffic congestion continues.
European cities and urban areas are diverse, vibrant places to live –- kaleidoscopes of cultures and ethnicities and reflective of a new kind of ‘super diversity’. Yet, despite the progress that has been made towards integrating Europe’s capitals, the modern city is far from perfect. To better understand what works and what doesn'’t in terms of successful integration, cities are turning towards their super diverse neighbourhoods for insights. After all, cities are really a collection of individual neighbourhoods – spatially close to each other but offering very different levels of quality of life. If a policy is going to benefit a city, it has to start by benefiting a neighbourhood.
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
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Saturday, 19 May 2018
Ein Projekt der territorialen Zusammenarbeit erweckt ein vergessenes Kapitel grenzüberschreitender Geschichte wieder zum Leben. Hier werden die Wege der Kinder nachverfolgt, die als Wanderarbeiter im 17. bis 19. Jahrhundert umherzogen. Die neuen Ausstellungen und der begleitende Wanderführer ziehen auch Touristen an.
The reality of prophylactic treatment proved more challenging than Heckler thought. For 30 years, scientists have unsuccessfully sought a vaccine as one trial after another has sputtered to a halt.Now two European research teams are racing towards a vaccine and scientists are increasingly hopeful that their goal is in sight.
Eurozine is a network of European cultural journals, linking up more than 90 partner journals and associated magazines and institutions from nearly all European countries. Eurozine is also an online magazine which publishes outstanding articles from its partner journals with additional translations into one of the major European languages.
Thursday, 17 May 2018
That the EU's partnership with industry is putting zero emission buses on European streets? Or that thanks to EU-funding, seven new planets have been discovered? Or that EU-funding has led to a durable engineered human heart valve that grows with the patient? Or that soon your new dream house could be printed for you?These are just some examples of how the EU is supporting research & innovation in many different areas and delivering some incredible results! Find out more in this booklet.
Well connected transport and energy networks, both within the region and with the neighboring EU member states are crucial for sustainable economic growth of the Western Balkans, which is a precondition for the EU membership. As part of an ambitious plan to connect Europe from East to West, and from North to South, we are extending the Trans-European Transport Network to the Western Balkans and connecting local electricity markets within the region, and with the EU.
Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity has no place in our society, but for many people in Europe, it is a daily reality. The 2015 Eurobarometer on discrimination shows that almost 60% of EU citizens see discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as widespread.
In Dolní Břežany, on the outskirts of the Czech capital Prague, the world's biggest laser is being built by a top international team! More than 300 scientists and engineers work at the ultra-modern laser research facility ELI-Beamlines. The estimated cost of the pan-European project is over 270 million euros, most of which comes from the European Regional Development Fund. The centre is one of three pillars of European laser research, with other centres in Romania and Hungary.
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Conditions often associated with later life, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, along with diabetes, are debilitating to the sufferer and a challenge to European healthcare systems. While cures remain elusive, the numbers of patients is rising in proportion to the EU’s ageing population. So, the potential breakthroughs nanomedicine can offer are being carefully and enthusiastically researched by a variety of EU-funded projects, some of the most promising being highlighted in this CORDIS Results Pack.
combler les lacunes en matière d'informations liées à la sécurité grâce à un meilleur échange d'informations entre les États membres;
Air travel may be here to stay, but there’s no doubt that engineers need to find new ways to make it cleaner and greener. One idea is to radically redesign an aircraft's wing so that it requires significantly less operational fuel, an approach that's currently under development by a project called PARSIFAL.
The first Commission report on compliance with the Sulphur Directive shows high compliance by ships, in particular with the stricter limits in the North and Baltic Seas. This has more than halved sulphur dioxide (SO2) concentrations around ‘Sulphur Oxides Emission Control Areas’ since 2015 while the overall economic impacts on the sector remained minimal.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe's future. It helps us to compete globally and preserve our unique social model. It improves the daily lives of millions of people here in Europe and around the world, helping to solve some of our biggest societal and generational challenges. The Renewed European Agenda for Research and Innovation presents a set of concrete actions to deepen Europe's innovation capability and provide lasting prosperity.
Sunday, 13 May 2018
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Monday, 7 May 2018
Economy can be social, not only numbers. The Pillar of Social Rights is about delivering new and more effective rights for citizens. It builds upon 20 key principles, structured around three categories.
Our Union is based on the tripod of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. And through the European history, we know that if we abandon one of the legs of the tripod, the whole tripod will topple. Never can one be used against the other, if we do not want to revisit the horrible mistakes that Europeans have made in our past. Europe is ultimately and idea and a promise that it is possible to overcome age old antagonisms. That it is possible to live together, trade together, work together in freedom and peace. Freedom, freedom is what so many people fought for. The European Union – based on the rule of law, democracy and respect for human rights – is the concrete expression of the will of freedom of 500 million Europeans. This is who we are.
Saturday, 5 May 2018
History is not trapped in books. The "Teaching Divided Histories" initiative teaches students in Ireland and Northern Ireland how to tackle controversial issues and think and dream a common future together. The concept has proven successful and is now exported to other countries with scars of the past to heal.
Europe is equipping itself with the most advanced technology to keep a lead in the global research race that is driving fields such as fundamental physics, cancer therapy or nuclear fusion
Europe is equipping itself with the most advanced technology to keep a lead in the global research race that is driving fields such as fundamental physics, cancer therapy or nuclear fusion. The Extreme Light Infrastructure Nuclear Physics has already attracted over 150 researchers and is generating great excitation in the scientific community.
The European Capital of Innovation Award recognises and advances innovation in European cities. The annual cash prize is awarded to the European city that is best able to demonstrate its ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens. In particular cities that:
The coastline stretching from Cork, around Ireland, Scotland, the Faroe Islands and across to Tromsø, Norway is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. An ERDF-funded project is aiming to take advantage of ecotourism opportunities for the communities in this marine-rich environment. The project invites SMEs to participate.
Rendez-vous aux Journées portes ouvertes des projets européens pour découvrir ce que fait l’UE pour améliorer votre région.Prenez des clichés d’un projet financé par l’UE et soumettez les meilleurs au concours photo. Vos photos pourraient être exposées à travers l’Europe dans le cadre d’une exposition itinérante. Décrivez un projet financé par l’UE et participez au concours de blogs afin de vivre une expérience d’apprentissage inoubliable dans le domaine de la communication au sein de l’U.
Researchers from Europe and Australia have joined forces in the GEO-SAFE H2020 project to improve our understanding of forest wildfires. The project promises to deliver new knowledge and develop software tools that will help emergency services deal with wildfires more effectively. Across the world, around 350-450 million hectares of forest are lost to wildfires every year. Many regions in Europe and Australia are particularly vulnerable to this threat, which can result in significant economic and environmental damage as well as loss of human life. These fires are becoming more severe year on year, putting pressure on fire-fighting authorities on both continents to improve wildfire management and containment.
Strong growth is expected to continue in 2018 and 2019, since our economies are expanding at their fastest pace in a decade
Commissioner Moscovici explains the state of the European economy and gives us an overview of the economic outlook as we see it this Spring. Strong growth is expected to continue in 2018 and 2019, since our economies are expanding at their fastest pace in a decade. Jobs, growth and investment remain the European Commission’s top priority.
What goes into the Commission's proposal for the programme to succeed Horizon 2020, next steps and opportunities to contribute. The Commission is working on its proposal for Horizon Europe, the framework programme that will succeed Horizon 2020. This is done on the basis of various building blocks including the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Lab-Fab-App report (informally the Lamy report), foresight studies and various other reports. The proposal is being made as part of the EU's proposal for the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF).
Bug bounties are used by organisations to reward individuals who find security vulnerabilities, with awards depending on the severity of the issue uncovered.The European Commission aims to select bug bounty platform providers to help find vulnerabilities in a wide range of free and open source software under the remit of the EUR 2.6 million EU-FOSSA 2 project.
Friday, 4 May 2018
Growth rates for the EU and the euro area beat expectations in 2017 to reach a 10-year high at 2.4%. Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and ease only slightly in 2019, with growth of 2.3% and 2.0% respectively in both the EU and the euro area.Private consumption remains strong, while exports and investment have increased. Unemployment continues to fall and is now around pre-crisis levels. However, the economy is more exposed to external risk factors, which have strengthened and become more negative.Robust growth is facilitating a further reduction in government deficit and debt levels and an improvement in labour market conditions. The aggregate deficit for the euro area is now less than 1% of GDP and is forecast to fall under 3% in all euro area Member States this year.
An EU-funded project is developing advanced three-dimensional computational and physical models of breast tumours, providing the medical community with powerful new instruments to tackle breast cancer. The initiative will reveal the possibilities for improved diagnostic techniques for detecting a disease that affects one in eight women in Europe at some point in their lives.The research, conducted in the ongoing MAXIMA project, focuses in particular on enhancing procedures and technologies to detect small and irregular-shaped tumours in dense breast tissue, which are not easy to diagnose using standard breast-cancer-screening techniques. These hidden, early-stage tumours are especially dangerous: diagnosing them early can greatly improve a cancer patient’s chances of recovery and survival.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the third leading cause of death worldwide, particularly in low-income settings. EU-funded researchers are working to improve outcomes for populations across the world by ensuring the implementation of best practice based on scientific evidence.The Horizon 2020 FRESH AIR project set out to address the growing burden of chronic non-communicable disease by improving their prevention, diagnosis and treatment in low-resource settings.
Vieni agli Open Days dei progetti dell’UE per vedere cosa sta facendo l’Unione per contribuire a migliorare la tua regione.Prendi i tuoi scatti migliori di un progetto finanziato dall’UE e presentali al concorso fotografico. Potrebbero finire per girare l’Europa in una mostra fotografica itinerante! Scrivi una storia su un progetto finanziato dall’UE e partecipa al concorso di blogging per vincere un'esperienza formativa indimenticabile nella comunicazione dell’UE.
Rendez-vous aux Journées portes ouvertes des projets européens pour découvrir ce que fait l’UE pour améliorer votre région.Prenez des clichés d’un projet financé par l’UE et soumettez les meilleurs au concours photo. Vos photos pourraient être exposées à travers l’Europe dans le cadre d’une exposition itinérante.