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Horizon 2020 Information Day on the Research Public-Private Partnerships
14/07/2016

The aim of the event is to give the research community an overview of ongoing activities in the following PPPs : Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings, Sustainable Process Industry and European Green Vehicles Initiative. Support will be given for the preparation of proposals for the 2017 calls. The event will be web streamed and recorded. After the event, all presentations and links to the recordings will be published on this page.

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Welcome to the Knowledge Centre for Migration and Demography
13/07/2016

The Knowledge Centre for Migration and Demography (KCMD) is a new European Commission initiative on better knowledge management for sound EU policy making. To strengthen the Commission’s overall response to the opportunities and challenges related to migration, the KCMD aims to be the point of reference to support the work of Commission services and Member States on migration and related issues. It will allow for analytical and networking activities accompanied by a repository of relevant research and new initiatives to deepen knowledge and understanding.

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Regional Innovation Ecosystems: CoR guide - Learning from the EU's Cities and Regions
13/07/2016

Europe has a long history of pioneering. Europe has an established tradition of breaking new ground, exploring unchartered territories and discovering new options in scientific research, in the arts, in political governance and new systems for organizing society and addressing societal challenges. Throughout history, individual pioneers – the many names we know from schoolbooks and heroic stories – and diverse pioneering cities and regions have excelled in creating breakthroughs that have changed society and led to our modern world.

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Lab Connections - policy labs in Europe, for Europe
13/07/2016

Policy labs have an important role to play in the modernisation of public administrations and the ways policies are shaped and delivered. With user-centred, experimental and holistic approaches they can be instrumental in ensuring that public policies and services can meet citizens’ needs and expectations.

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Macro-Regional Innovation Week
13/07/2016

Innovation is not a phenomenon that occurs in a vacuum, it is intimately linked to local conditions and eco-systems and one of its key drivers is the complex interaction between the economic, scientific, academic, human and intellectual capital stock of a given area or region. The Macro-Regional Innovation Week intends to focus on the exchange of best practices and knowledge among local and international policy and decision makers, academics, financial actors and various types of innovation and technology transfer practitioners.

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RegioStars Awards 2016: Jury selects 23 finalists as Europe's most outstanding regional projects
12/07/2016

Today, we announce the finalists for the 2016 edition of the RegioStars Awards, the yearly competition honouring Europe's most inspiring and innovating regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds. 

An independent RegioStars Awards Jury, led by MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij as Jury President, selected 23 finalists from 104 entries on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. 

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Commission launches two new financial instruments to boost investments in start-ups and sustainable urban development
12/07/2016

The European Commission adopted two new "off-the-shelf", i.e. "ready-to-use" financial instruments for ESI Funds investments, to ease access to funding for young businesses and urban development project promoters.  In the 2014-2020 period, the Commission is encouraging Member States to double their European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds investments used through financial instruments, such as loans, equity and guarantees, in line with the objectives of the Investment Plan.

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Workshop: ‘Towards an age-friendly tourism: Opportunities for low and medium season’
12/07/2016

This workshop will provide participating stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss current best practices and future prospects for low and medium season tourism. It will take place in Brussels on 13 September 2016, from 9:30 to 17:00. Increasing transnational travel during the low seasons can stimulate economic growth, jobs and contribute to the competitiveness of the sector. 

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‘Europe. Wonder is all around.’ - European Commission campaign to take Europeans off the beaten track and promote tourism in Europe
11/07/2016

The European Commission launched a tourism communication campaign ‘Europe. Wonder is all around.' The campaign aims to entice European citizens to discover the hidden wonders of Europe. This tourism effort asks European citizens to take the lead: share their favourite destinations and in this way make others more aware of and motivate them to travel to the diverse, sustainable and high-quality tourist destinations in Europe.

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Bright future for solar fuels, say EU scientists
11/07/2016

The EU-funded SOLARH2 project has established a pan-European research network that is tapping into the potential of solar fuel, a clean energy source that could one day replace fossil fuels. Relying on fossil energy sources such as oil, gas and coal is no longer viable given finite supplies and the consequences of CO2 emissions for the planet.

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Economic governance of the European Union and strengthening the social pillar: how to combine stability, growth and jobs
11/07/2016

"The European Union needs more efficient economic governance and it is necessary to dedicate its resources to investments and social cohesion" said Georges Dassis at the Luci sul lavoro (Spotlight on work) festival in Montepulciano, Italy, on 8 July. The President of the European Economic and Social Committee participated in the debate organized by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) alongside Luca Visentini, Valeria Ronzitti, Riccardo Viaggi, Ruth Paserman and Tommaso Nannicini.

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