The Interreg Europe programme will open its third call for application in March 2017. The Application Packages, containing application forms and all necessary documents, will become available as soon as late January. The final deadline is set on June 30th.

The Interreg Europe programme is an important tool of EU’s cohesion policy. By encouraging transnational cooperation all over Europe, the programme aims to develop four axes:

• Research, technological development and innovation

• Competitiveness of SMEs

• Low-carbon economy

• Environment and resource efficiency

Projects oriented on one or several of these axes can apply for Interreg funding. These projects can vary on size, ambition and configuration as long as they contribute to advance towards the overarching objectives mentioned above and as they can show tangible results.

One of the most important dimension of this programme is the international cooperation. As a matter of fact, in order to apply, every…

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), based in Budapest, offers an exciting opportunity to develop new knowledge, meet new people and develop a sustainable business project. The institute proposes two Summer Schools, either 3 or 5 weeks long, specially organised to provide the participants the best tools and knowledge available on climate, green technologies and sustainable growth. 

These Summer Schools, which will take the participant on a trip through Europe, are free of charge for any student enrolled in a higher education programme in Europe. During these 3 or 5 weeks, participants will attend courses and lectures given by the best specialists, participate in workshops and exchange ideas, benefit from social events organised for them, meet like-minded people from all around the continent and live an unforgettable adventure.

This journey is therefore a perfect opportunity for a student having sustainable and eco-friendly projects. The Summer School is…

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Mons, a city located in the southern Belgian region of Wallonia, acted in 2015 as European capital of Culture. To this extent, the city underwent through a lot of transformations and investment, and hosted numerous cultural activities such as concerts, exhibitions and events. The city had the opportunity to transform itself and to welcome tourists from all around the world. One year later, the economic impacts and the conclusions of this event can be analysed.


A detailed report can be found on Don’t hesitate to consult it to catch a glimpse of the results and benefits of holding the European Capital of Culture title!

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Ranging from 2014 to 2020, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program is a European instrument aimed at supporting the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the field of energy, telecommunications and transport.

The Programme intends to stimulate private investments proposing grants and providing assistance in the technical and financial set-up to these initiatives. Centralising investments for the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors in one central programme should allow the creation of synergies between the sectors both at management and at project level.

For the period of 2014-2015 alone, 362 projects received funds or support all over Europe. Some of them are coming to completion and others are being added every year. The programme is therefore now at cruise speed and the first conclusions can start to be drawn. 

In that context, the EU Commission is gathering feedback from all relevant stakeholders: Public authorities, Member State…

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Launched on November 9th, 2017, in Brussels, MobiliseSME is a European project designed to provide new opportunities to dynamic entrepreneurs and employees from SMEs. It consists in an Erasmus-like exchange that can benefit to employees and companies.

What is the project about?

The project aims to facilitate and support the exchange of employees between SMEs. It will financially support the participants and ensure that the social and legal requirements are met. The exchange duration can last 2 weeks, 1 month, 1.5 month or 2 months.

Who is it for?

The participants must be engaged in a cross-border relationship and from a Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Candidates must have a full time employment contract of undetermined duration. They must be:

• Employees with at least 5 years of professional work experience.

• Employee with at least 3 years of professional work experience and a technical high school or a university degree.…

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From January 1st to June 30th, 2017, Malta will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union. This 6 months period will close the seventh trio, which includes the Dutch, Slovakian and Maltese presidencies. Together, these countries will have worked to make the European Union progress on five key priorities: restore growth and competitiveness through a closer Union of jobs, empower and protect all citizens, develop the energy cooperation towards a forward looking climate policy, provide freedom, security and justice for all and strengthen the position of the European Union in global politics. On top of these five axis, the Trio aims to remain flexible and to ensure that the EU could respond in the most suitable way to any new changes. 

These next six months, Malta will continue to promote these objectives while adding some other Maltese priorities and dealing with new challenges that may not…

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A workshop of the European GMO-free Regions Network was held on December 5th, 2016 in Brussels, having as main topic the issue of GMO-free labelling in Europe. The workshop was organised by the Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia, and hosted participants and experts from Germany, France, Poland, Italy and Croatia.

The participants acknowledged that while there is virtually no cultivation of genetically modified crops in most European states, GMOs are still widely used in animal feed and in food processing. However, many consumers want their food to be produced entirely free from genetic modification.

To accommodate this need, national schemes for GMO-free labelling of food have been developed in several European countries on a voluntary basis. In recent years, food labelled ‘GMO free’ has considerably increased its market share. However, approaches towards labelling differ considerably between the member states. While labels are widely used in some countries, they are non-existent in…

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The European Commission (DG REGIO and DG MOVE) organized an URBAN DEVELOPMENT NETWORK event on 23 November in Brussels bringing together cities to exchange knowledge and experiences in Smart, Innovative & Sustainable urban mobility. 

Participants were able to learn about the state of the art in innovative and tested urban transport solutions like electric buses, cleaner logistics, shared mobility, walking and cycling, and new mobility services. Urban mobility experts and experienced practitioners (from European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities, CIVITAS and other networks) brought in their knowledge on the development and implementation of innovative mobility solutions, on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPS), on financing (EIB and private investors) and on tools for knowledge sharing (e.g. CIVITAS and URBACT).

The 3 key questions addressed by the conference were:

- What are the main investment opportunities in smart, innovative and sustainable city mobility? 

- What are barriers to invest…

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