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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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A 'Happy New Year' for EU funding

Big ambitions,largest ever budget,tremendous opportunities The culmination, only yesterday, of the many months of negotiations for the next seven-year EU budget is solid and welcome grounds for renewed optimism at the closing of an intense and challenging year.Starting next month - January 2021 - the largest ever EU budget of €1.8 trillion will go ...
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€38,5 billion EU Global Response to COVID-19: Team Europe

In order to help the most vulnerable countries outside the EU fight COVID-19 and its consequences, the European Union launched the Team Europe initiative in April. This €38,5 billion package (increased from an initial €20 billion) is directed especially towards supporting Africa and the EU Neighbourhood, as well as the ASEAN reg...
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Recovery and Resilience Facility: Bulgaria

The Recovery and Resilience Plan: a strategic vision for Bulgaria The first draft of Bulgaria's National Recovery and Resilience Plan was released for public consultation on 30 October 2020. It is intended to be sent to the European Commission by the end of 2020.  Bulgaria is set to receive € 6.2 billion in grants from the Recov...
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Changes in EU External Action Procurement

EU External Aid Sector Seminar 2020 On 26 November, Schuman Associates moderated the 2020 edition of the EU Sector Seminar for External Aid, organised online by the Permanent Representation of Germany and Spain to the EU and ICEX – Spain Trade and Invest. The speakers were the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation ...
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What’s new for Life post-2020?

The EU's most important financial instrument for environment and climate action - the Life programme - will receive a 58% budget increase in the EU's new funding cycle via the 2021-2027 Multi-Annual Financial Framework. Starting in 2021 and spanning the next seven years, the EU will invest € 5.45 billion in: Nature and...
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Spanish business and EU funding post-2020

en Español Empresas Españolas y Financiación Europea post-2020 Desafíos y oportunidades del "Plan de Recuperación para Europa" y el Marco Financiero Plurianual 2021-2027 Insights sobre la intervención de Schuman Associates en la sesión de formación virtual "Estrategias de asuntos públicos e interlocución con las instituciones europeas" de la C...
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What’s new for Digital Europe post-2020?

As part of the next long-term EU budget, the brand-new Digital Europe Programme will accelerate the recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe. With a budget of € 6,761 billion, Digital Europe will strengthen investments in: supercomputingartificial intelligencecybersecurityadvanced digital skillsensuring a wide use of digita...
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Recovery and Resilience Facility: Portugal

​Portugal is a front-runner when it comes to the preparation of its investment strategy under the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The first draft of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan was sent to the European Commission on the 15th of October and is focused on three dimensions: RESILIENCE, CLIMATE transition and DIGITAL transition. Po...
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What’s new for Erasmus+ post-2020?

With an increased budget of € 23,4 billion, Erasmus+ will provide more opportunities to both individuals and organisations in education, training, youth and sports.  The new Erasmus+ is an 'evolution, not revolution' of the previous programme, aiming to be more accessible and inclusive. From ambitious initiatives such as European Universities,...
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Recovery and Resilience Facility: budget, States and sectors

The Recovery and Resilience Facility will provide an unprecedented €672.5 billion of loans and grants in front-loaded financial support for the crucial first years of the recovery. It is a temporary instrument (2021-2023 commitments) that will provide large-scale financial support to reforms and investments in order to mitigate the social...
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Renovation Wave for Europe: greening buildings, creating jobs and improving lives

"The green recovery starts at home. With the Renovation Wave we will tackle the many barriers that today make renovation complex, expensive and time consuming, holding back much needed action. We will propose better ways to measure renovation benefits, minimum energy performance standards, more EU funding and technical assistance encourage green mo...
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What’s new for Horizon Europe post-2020?

By the beginning of 2021, the European institutions are expected to launch the new editions of some of their most well-known programmes: Horizon Europe (for Research and Innovation), Erasmus+ (for Education and Mobility), LIFE (for sustainability-related projects) and Digital Europe (for digitisation-related initiatives). These EU programmes will l...
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Recovery and Resilience Facility: Questions and Answers

By the end of 2020, the European institutions are expected to seal the deal on an unprecedented Recovery Package to help Member States overcome the social and economic consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. The new Recovery and Resilience Facility is at the forefront of this package, presenting both public and private actors with fresh and exceptiona...
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European Digital Innovation Hubs: one-stop-shops for companies and public administration

Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) have been created all over Europe since 2016 with the support of EU Funding. A DIH catalogue – "yellow pages" – was put in place and monitors the development of DIHs across Europe. The aim of the European Union is to ensure that all companies would have a DIH at working distance. In fact, the brand-new Digital Eu...
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Horizon Europe Budget – what would be enough for Europe?

 In 2017, the expert group set up to advise on EU Research and Innovation (R&I) investment recommended that the R&I budget should be doubled, indicating at least €120 billion for Horizon Europe (HE). The main argument was that R&I is a crucial factor of global competitiveness and that the EU's ambition should be to at least align i...
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