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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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European Research and Innovation Days 2020

​European policymakers are progressing with the finalisation of a budget agreement that will shape Horizon Europe, the next big research and innovation programme starting in 2021. Investments in new technologies and excellence science will be crucial in the post-pandemic transition. European Research and Innovation Days, taking place on 22-24 Septe...
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EU External Action under the German Presidency

On 1st July 2020 Germany took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. "Together for Europe's recovery" is the motto which will guide the work of this Presidency for the next six months aimed at overcoming the devasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In terms of EU external action the Presidency has highlighted key area...
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Funding opportunity: new Erasmus+ calls of 200 million in response to covid-19

The covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions in almost every area and education and training is not an exception. An effective response requires support for the digital transition as well as for innovative, creative and inclusive solutions. That is why the EU is providing an additional 200 MEUR through its Erasmus+ programme to sup...
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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 Netherlan...
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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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