The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is the cornerstone of the Investment Plan for Europe, and the best-known part of the "Juncker Plan". A joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group, it aims to help overcome the current investment gap by supporting strategically important projects throughout the EU and mobilising private investment. At the end of 2017, and following a proposal by the Commission, the Parliament and Council agreed to extend its duration and the amount of funding in what is known as "EFSI 2.0". In addition, this renewed EFSI brought other changes aiming, for instance, to increase transparency, to put a stronger focus on small-scale projects, or to provide more technical advice and support at local level.

What opportunities for local and regional authorities do the innovations brought by EFSI 2.0 create? How can this renewed EFSI help them overcome some of…

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At the opening of the EU Green Cities Summit in Brussels, high-level speakers including Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment; Raymond Johansen, Mayor of Oslo; and Duarte Corderio, Vice-Mayor of Lisbon, threw the spotlight on urban sustainability in EU cities.

The summit tackled questions about how we can steer cities towards a sustainable path, and what the EU can do to support cities, spread successes, improve the ways cities are governed and help them plan for the long-term. Speakers also focused on transitioning to the Circular Economy and how to accelerate its uptake and remove barriers to change.

European Commissioner for the Environment, Karemenu Vella said: 'The European Union has a responsibility not only to help its own cities to grow sustainably, but to help others do the same. We need to share the very best practices collected in Europe's most sustainable cities.

We invite you to share your experiences…

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This year, the European Committee of the Regions and the DG Regional and Urban policy join forces with 13 other Directorates-General and 3 executive agencies of the European Commission, over 140 regions and cities grouped in 22 regional partnerships, and a number of other stakeholders to prepare an exciting and innovative programme for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018.

The event programme consists of over 160 workshops, participatory sessions, Q&A sessions and EURegions Talks under the headline of 'For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020' during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

Take a look at the list of partners and stay tuned for more information and updates on the preparation of the #EURegionsWeek!

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Commission proposes a pragmatic and focused long-term budget with modernised programmes to deliver efficiently on the EU's priorities

It is an honest response to today's reality in which Europe is expected to play a greater role in providing security and stability in an unstable world, at a time when Brexit will leave a sizeable gap in the EU budget. The Commission's proposal aligns the Union's budget to the Commission's political priorities – as reflected in the positive agenda set out by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union address on 14 September 2016 and agreed by the EU27 Leaders in Bratislava on 16 September 2016 and in the Rome Declaration of 25 March 2017. By focusing on the areas where the Union is best placed to deliver, it is a budget for a Europe that protects, empowers and defends.

Overall, the Commission proposes a long-term budget of €1.135 billion…

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Varaždin County is looking for a leading partner and other partners on ERASMUS+ projects addressing the following issues:
1. Education of mentors for recognition and work with gifted students with specific learning disabilities
2. Exchange of best practices among partners
3. Development of a methodology for recognizing and evaluating gifted students and involving pupils with specific needs
4. Development of procedures and instruments for identifying potentially gifted students as a recommendation for education systems
If you are interested ...…

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Applications are open for this year’s edition of the Youth4Regions Media Programme.
The Youth4Regions Media Programme is an annual event dedicated to preparing the next generation of journalists specialized in Regional Policy. It takes place within the European Week of Regions and Cities. The Commission is covering accommodation and travelling.

Apply with your original article or video report on an EU-funded project until 29 June 2018.

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The Interreg ADRION programme launched the 2nd call for proposals addressed to Priority Axis 2 - Sustainable Region.

It is targeted to some topics and sub-topics predefined at programme level also in line with some priorities defined by EUSAIR.

The overall call budget is of MEUR 34,3 EU contribution.

The second call will be open from 26 March to 26 June 2018.

For further information and specific call requirements check the Interreg ADRION programme website.

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The forth call for project proposals opens on 7 May and closes on 22 June 2018. All the remaining European Regional Development Fund will be available for this fourth call.

It is targeted at public authorities and non-profits

  • National, regional or local authorities
  • Other organisations in charge of defining and implementing regional policy instruments
  • Non-profits

Projects must focus on one of these topics

  • Research and innovation
  • SME competitiveness
  • Low-carbon economy
  • Environment and resource efficiency

You can find more information on the official INTERREG EUROPE Website.

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