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The European Commission has published the first Call for Proposals under ERASMUS PLUS programme. You can find it below for download, together with the Programme Guide.
Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020. It aims at boosting skills and employability, and modernising Education, Training and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion, which represents a 40% increase compared to current spending levels.
Compared to last year, European SMEs are becoming more resource efficient and are contributing substantially to the transition towards a low-carbon economy, according to the results of the 2013 Eurobarometer survey on "SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets" published today. For example, the survey shows that 42% of EU SMEs now have at least one full or part-time green employee1 – a 5% increase from 2012 which exceeds the expectations set by businesses almost two years ago.
The European Union generates €1.60 of economic value for each kilogramme of material consumed, compared to €1.34 a decade ago, but progress towards resource efficiency remains “volatile”, according to the EU’s statistics office.
The data, released by Eurostat 12 December, suggests that the European Union gradually ‘decoupled’ economic growth and its use of resources between the years 2000 and 2011.
The European Commission has for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives.
UNEP is mapping leading institutions and individual experts for future projects in the field of Eco-innovation within the pan-European region. If you are interested to be included into this Mapping Exercise (which will offer among others an opportunity to be invited into specific bidding processes in this field), please, fill in the attached template for collection of information and send it to vladimir [dot] dobes [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se before 18th December 2013. More information is provided within the attached template.
The European Commission hosted the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) conference ‘Smart Cities and Communities: Leading the Way in Making Europe’s Cities Smarter’ in Brussels on 26 November 2013. Participants included city leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders who met to discuss how to implement the actions outlined in the (SIP). As a result, the Commission announced that in spring 2014 it will launch an 'Invitation for Smart City and Community Commitments' to mobilise work on the action plan's priorities.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched its new Environmental Indicator Report 2013, examining the implications of a transition to a green economy. The report draws upon a sub-set of the EEA’s environmental indicators that consider a vast range of environmental indicators. The publication coincides with the launch of the 7th European Environment Action Programme (7th EAP). Both documents are aimed at supporting policymakers to shape a healthy environment and ensure human well-being.
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published for the first time the European Resource Efficiency Scoreboard. The scoreboard presents a set of 30 robust and easily understandable indicators for assessing the use of natural resources in the EU and for monitoring the progress towards a resource-efficient and circular economy.
Many cities in Europe are changing, according to a new EEA report which points to rapid transformations in urban transport in some areas. While cycling and efficient public transport are becoming the norm in some urban areas, Europe’s transport sector is still a major contributor to excessive levels of greenhouse gases, air pollution and noise, the report says.
EU ministers and MEPs have signed into law the 7th Environment Action Programme, setting out the bloc’s long-term policy direction for the environment and climate.
Negotiators from the EU’s two law-making bodies yesterday (20 November) brought an end to discussions that have lasted for one year.
The programme, ‘Living well within the limits of our planet', aims to push the EU in the direction of so-called ‘green growth’, economic development that places as little burden on the environment as possible.