EU Industrial Strategy: new Cloud and Semiconductor Alliances

The EU's newly launched Cloud and Semiconductor Alliances – or Alliance on Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud, and Processor and Semiconductor Alliance – will strengthen these two key European industries as part of the EU's Industrial Strategy. With the objective of supporting them to thrive and become autonomous, these alliances are op...
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EU4Health: Ready for the first calls?

EU4Health's first five calls for projects will open on 29 July and close on 15 September, with the results published in December. Four of the five calls target cancer-related actions, confirming the EU's goal of mitigating the pandemic's impact on cancer control and care. With a combined budget of €19 million, here are the ...
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Best in Brussels for EU Public Affairs: Schuman Associates and its four Partners

We are delighted that Schuman Associates has once again been rated in the top 75 EU Public Affairs Consultancies in Brussels, out of almost 300 in the Transparency Register, by Best in Brussels, which promotes "best practice, the best firms and the best professionals". We are also thrilled that our CEO and Founder, Gerard McNamara, and three Partne...
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WEBINAR: Mobilising SME finance for a resilient, sustainable and inclusive recovery

Webinar organised jointly by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 1 July, 14:00-16:00 CEST Context Small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world were hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis, often relying on government support to survive the initial shock, prolonged restrictio...
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Health and Climate Change: common challenges, common solutions?

Highlights & Insights from The Council of Europe Development Bank's high-level event on 'Health and Climate Change: common challenges, common solutions?' 6 May, in collaboration with Decide – Health Decision Hub Context Europe is currently facing a health crisis combined with intensifying challenges brought about by climate change. The pandemic...
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New EU Industrial Strategy: building resilient, autonomous European industries

The new EU Industrial Strategy was presented by the European Commission on 5 May. Although progress was made on the 2020 Industrial Strategy actions and many of the tools geared towards a common, sustainable development of the EU were found fit for purpose, the pandemic brought significant challenges for Euro...
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WEBINAR: Health and Climate Change: common challenges, common solutions?

Common challenges, common solutions? Council of Europe Development Bank webinar 6 May, 14:30-16:00 CEST Context Europe is currently facing a health crisis coupled with intensifying challenges brought about by climate change.  The pandemic hit at the heart of existing social vulnerabilities in Europe related to the growing i...
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Event highlights: Skills for the Green Economy - Policy outlook and best practices

Highlights from The Adecco Group's high-level event on the crucial role that skills investment needs to play in transitioning toward a Green Economy Context The impact of climate change on society and labour markets globally will be profound. To ensure an effective transition to a green economy, climate change mitigation policies are being implemen...
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The EU’s Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism

The European Commission has recently launched the Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism (REFM) to support renewable energy projects, enable EU countries to work more closely together and achieve both their respective and collective renewable energy targets. The REFM works as a pooled cooperation mechanism whereby Member States coopera...
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EU4Health: €5.1 billion in EU healthcare funding for 2021-2027

An unprecedented wave of healthcare investment COVID-19 has amplified the weaknesses of the European health systems as well as the need for better preparedness and reinforced resilience to respond to future cross-border health threats. Against this background, it is of no surprise that the EU and national governments are keen to invest more fu...
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WEBINAR: Skills for the Green Economy - Policy outlook and best practices

The impact of climate change on society and labour markets globally will be profound. To ensure an effective transition to a green economy, climate change mitigation policies are being implemented worldwide, setting ambitious goals that will require unique measures to be introduced by governments, national, regional and local authorities, social pa...
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Horizon Europe - The world's largest transnational research & innovation programme

This semester, the European Union begins the deployment of its €95.5 billion science and technology framework programme: Horizon Europe. With a 30% budget increase on the previous EU funding cycle, Horizon Europe remains the largest transnational research and innovation programme in the world. Through it, the EU will support scientific researc...
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First Erasmus+ calls of 2021-2027 launched!

As of 25 March, the first calls for proposals for the new Erasmus+ programme have been launched, with a €2,4 billion budget for 2021. Organisations from EU Member States and associated countries active in the field of Education, Training, Youth and Sport can now apply for project funding. Not a moment to lose Although deadlines vary according to th...
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Horizon Europe - It's time to pitch: €1.5 billion for innovative start-ups & SMEs

As of March 18, the EU's most innovative start-ups and SMEs have begun competing for their share of the €1.5 billion in Horizon Europe funding. With the launch of the first three calls for proposals yesterday, pitches can now be made to the European Innovation Council (EIC) at any time. If your pitch is successful, the two most important dates for ...
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Recovery and Resilience Facility: Poland

The Polish Recovery and Resilience Plan The road to reforming and reconstructing socio-economic resilience At the end of February 2021, the Polish Prime Minister and the Minister of Funds and Regional Policy announced the draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The document is open for public consultation until 2 April...
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Recovery and Resilience Facility: Czech Republic

The Czech Recovery and Resilience Plan The road to strengthening resilience and economic recovery The draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan was published by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in October 2020. Consultations with the European Commission and discussions with trade unions and associations in the Czech Republic are currently under...
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Recovery and Resilience Facility: Greece

The Greek Recovery and Resilience Plan Greece published and put into public consultation its first draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan on 25 November 2020. In parallel, informal consultations are taking place between the EU and Greek officials.  Greece is set to receive € 16.4 billion in grants from the Recovery and Resi...
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€1.4 billion: EU funding for Humanitarian Aid in 2021

With an over 60% increase compared to 2020, the EU's €1.4 billion budget for Humanitarian Aid in 2021 will respond to ongoing as well as emerging crises, in particular linked to conflict, the pandemic and climate change. The latest information, released on January 26th, indicates the following allocations: €505 million for Africa In parti...
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A Fair, Green and Digital recovery: objectives of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On January 1, Portugal began its six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union; its fourth since Portugal's accession to the EU in 1986 (previous Portuguese Presidencies: 1992, 2000, 2007). Portugal is preceded by Germany and will be followed by Slovenia, together forming the current "presidency trio". Priorities The Portuguese have dec...
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NDICI: €79.5 billion for EU External Action and international partnerships

The new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument for 2021-2027 Negotiations have concluded on the EU's new €79.5 billion funding instrument for Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation (NDICI) for the 2021-2027 MFF programming period. Priorities The NDICI's priority areas will include: Human deve...
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