Is your country ranking as an Innovation Leader ?

2020 edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard is out this week. The EIS confirms that the innovation performance of the EU has increased by 8.9% since 2012, with performance having increased the most in Lithuania, Malta, Latvia, Portugal and Greece. Sweden continues to be the EU Innovation Leader , followed by Finland, Denmark and the Netherla...
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EU supporting neighbors in times of COVID-19

The EU is pumping billions of euros into the COVID-19 crisis recovery. The Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative allowed the use of €37 billion under cohesion policy to address the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. Fortunately, it is supporting those that need it most, including the EU's eastern neighbours. As President von der Leyen stated...
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WEBINAR: Green Recovery market opportunities

Schuman Associates, in partnership with Bird & Bird, invite you to a public 90-minute webinar on what the Green Recovery means for citizens and companies, what opportunities the Green Deal brings and how they will be financed, as well as insights on delivering feasible green projects. MEP Siegfried Mureșan , European Parliament Rapporteur on th...
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President von der Leyen on the new EU Recovery Plan

The 13th of May  the President von der Leyen at her speech at the European Parliament Plenary shared key aspects of the COVID-19 recovery plan. The recovery package consists of two parts : as previously announced, the EU's seven-year budget will be topped up by a recovery instrument "funded through a larger headroom". The European budget ...
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USAID Digital Strategy 2020-2024 – “tilt to digital?”

After the digital initiatives of the European Union – both within the Member States as well as in some of its partner countries – and the African Union earlier this year, now also USAID, the U.S. Agency for International Development, has published its Digital Strategy for 2020-2024 . The launch of this Digital Strategy will shepherd the creation of...
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COVID-19: How to leverage EU funding opportunities and impact policy

Understanding the relationship between policy and funding today , more than ever, can have a lasting impact on your business . Working with the EU institutions, doing business within the "EU Bubble" has changed drastically since the first signs of the Covid-19 pandemic, shifting priorities and postponing some of the flagship policy initiatives anno...
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WEBINAR: EU public sector engagement in the time of COVID-19 and its aftermath

Schuman Associates, in partnership with Bird & Bird, invite you to a free 30-minute webinar on the most important EU funding developments and procurement guidance triggered by COVID-19. The information presented will be critical for those working in large corporations in the areas of governmental affairs, public sector business develo...
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H2020 deadlines extended

 Reacting to the Covid-19 crisis, deadlines for some calls are extended to give more time for applicants to prepare their proposals. This concerns the following calls: ​Deadline extended to 15 April ​ H2020-HIA-Prize-2020 H2020-INNOSUP-2018-2020 > INNOSUP-01-2018-2020 Deadline extended to 21 April ​ H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 > LC-SC3-J...
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Funding opportunity: LIFE Calls open on 2 April 2020

  LIFE calls for proposals for environment and climate action open today, on the 2nd April 2020.  LIFE Programme The LIFE programme is the EU's financial instrument for the environment and climate action. The programme's main objective is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy ...
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Covid-19 Crisis and the ICT Industry

The Covid-19 crisis has shown the wide importance of connectivity and digitization of our economies. The IT industry provides now the key infrastructures making possible for all of us to stay connected, while keeping the safe distance.  IT players can also contribute to the direct crisis response needs by providing innovative and adapted ...
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The African Union’s Digital Transformation Strategy

On 9 February 2020, the African Union adopted its own Digital Transformation Strategy (DTS), which was followed by the EU Digital Roadmap , published on 19 February 2020. The two separate strategies clearly overlap in areas such as the digital transformation of public administration , digital solutions related to connectivity , and leveraging this ...
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EU and national funding to counter Covid and its effects on the economy

Since the Coronavirus outbreak in Europe, the EU as well as the individual EU countries have been taken unpreceded measures to contain the pandemic as well as to limit its impact on the economy. The European Commission is mobilizing a package of immediate response funding drawn from all existing EU budget resources: Since the Coronavirus outbreak i...
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EU programmes have extended their Calls deadlines

As recent restrictions related to COVID-19 outbreak may hamper applicants to prepare and finalise proposals, according to the EU Funding and Tenders portal , several EU programmes have extended their Calls deadlines, for example : Horizon 2020: H2020 calls with original deadlines between 16 March and 15 April have been extended  For IMI2-2020-...
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New Circular Economy Action Plan

The European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan today, the 11 March 2020. The Action Plan will speed up the EU's transition towards a circular economy and is one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal. The progressive transition to a sustainable economic system is also an indispensable part of the new EU industrial str...
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EU pillars for the new engagement with Africa – what’s in there for my business?

The EU finds itself at the crossroads rethinking its new engagement with the African continent. This one, 2020, is a crucial year. On the one hand, the EU hopes to endorse its new strategy with the African Union (AU) at the EU-AU summit to take place in October 2020 . On the other, the EU needs to finalise and agree on its future long term budget (...
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New Industrial Strategy for Europe

The European Commission yesterday, on 10 March 2020, published the New Industrial Strategy for Europe. The Communication was presented alongside the SME strategy, the Single Market Barriers Report and the Enforcement Action Plan for the Single Market, by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Co...
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DIGITAL EUROPE: from EU Data Strategy to the new funding instrument for EU digitization

​ The EU is pursuing a digital strategy that will thrust Europe as a global leader of the digital transformation. The recently launched Data Strategy defines an ambitious approach towards digital technological development and how technology will be used to meet the climate-neutrality objectives. The required investments will be channelled from the ...
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European Commission unveils Climate Law

  Today, the 4 March 2020, the Commission presented the first EU-wide climate law. EU Climate Law will enshrine into legislation the goal of becoming the first carbon neutral continent by 2050. The EU's ambition to become a 27-country climate neutral bloc by 2050 is at the heart of the European Green Deal presented by the von der Leyen Commiss...
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Doing Business with Africa: The African Union’s Flagship Projects for 2023 - 2033

On 27 February 2020, the 10th Commission-to-Commission meeting took place in Addis Ababa, where the African Union is based. President Ursula von der Leyen was accompanied by 20 EU Commissioners and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borell. It is here where Commissioners of the African Union and the European Unio...
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Energy and climate policy in the EU

The European Commission is currently expecting the submission of the "National energy and climate plans" (NECPs) by each Member State. The NECPs are part of the Clean energy for all Europeans package that implements the EU´s energy union strategy, adopted in 2015. Through these plans, Member States demonstrate how they will reach the EU´s climate a...
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