The European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Electronic Invoicing (EMSFEI) brings together stakeholders from national e-invoicing forums and from the user side of the market. Its objective is to help pave the way for a broad-scale adoption of e-invoicing at national and EU-level. The Forum creates a unique opportunity to exchange experiences and best practice across borders. It also discusses issues of common interest and may issue recommendations to the Commission.
The evaluation of the second 2017 CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2017-2) has concluded and 64 projects in the areas of Cyber Security, eDelivery, eHealth and eProcurement have been selected to receive co-funding by the European Union. The funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme in the telecommunications sector. The successful projects include participation of entities from 26 EU Member States plus Norway (EEA country).
The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) conference will be held in Brussels from 5 to 7 June. The call for organising sessions and nominating candidates for the EUSEW Awards has been launched with a deadline on 23 February 2018.
INEA has received 159 project proposals by yesterday’s deadline of two Competitive Low-Carbon topics, focusing on renewable energy systems integrated in buildings (LC-SC3-RES-4-2018) and improving renewable technologies (LC-SC3-RES-11-2018 ).
INEA has received 204 project proposals by the deadline for 9 topics under the Mobility for Growth call. The total indicative budget is €155 million. Successful projects are expected to demonstrate innovative solutions towards low-carbon and sustainable transport, as well as contribute significantly to transport safety, and to the development of advanced technological capabilities in transport. In total, nine topics were open for application for this stage of the call (see table below).
Today, INEA is hosting a workshop gathering twelve Smart Cities and Communities projects implementing wide range of smart urban solutions. Within these projects, so-called ‘lighthouse cities’ test new innovative ideas. If successful, these solutions are then replicated by so-called ‘follower cities’. The goal of the workshop is to exchange good practices and discuss how to best replicate smart urban solutions in the follower cities.
The 39 projects selected for EU funding are the result of two Horizon 2020 calls – for Mobility for Growth (36 projects) and Automated Road Transport (3 projects) respectively. They will receive a total of €243.8 million after signing grant agreements with INEA, for which they have time until 27 May 2018 for Automated Road Transport, and 19 June 2018 for Mobility for Growth.
The information day today 23 January at 15:00 CET will be dedicated to the new elements for the second cut-off date of the call: Budget increase of the call to €1.35 billion corresponding to indicative budget increase for the Innovation and New technologies priority of the call (€490 million), lower minimum total eligible costs for the project for proposals submitted under the Innovation and New technologies priority of the call – the new threshold is €5 million instead of €10 million, as well as the exemption from the conditionality on grant disbursement associated with EFSI approval for proposals submitted under the Innovation and New technologies priority of the call.
The event will be dedicated to the new elements for the second cut-off date of the call: Budget increase of the call to €1.35 billion corresponding to indicative budget increase for the Innovation and New technologies priority of the call (€490 million), lower minimum total eligible costs for the project for proposals submitted under the Innovation and New technologies priority of the call – the new threshold is €5 million instead of €10 million and exemption from the conditionality on grant disbursement associated with EFSI approval for proposals submitted under the Innovation and New technologies priority of the call. The event will be streamed online.
The projects awarded the EU funding are expected to demonstrate clean energy technology and propose near-to-market solutions for renewable energy sources. They will receive €134.4 million to carry out their work plans after signing grant agreements with INEA, for which they have time until March 2018.
The EU Member States represented in the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Coordination Committee approved today the European Commission’s proposal to invest over €1 billion in 39 key transport projects that will develop sustainable and innovative transport infrastructure in Europe across all modes. Selected projects will improve the railway network, develop the infrastructure for electric cars, modernise Europe’s air traffic management, as well as pave the way towards zero emission waterway transport.
INEA Director Dirk Beckers and Head of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Department Andreas Boschen took part in the inauguration ceremony of the German Unity Transport project N° 8 (VDE8) today, in presence of Chancellor Merkel. The newly launched and upgraded double-track Nuremberg–Erfurt–Leipzig/Halle–Berlin line will cut the travel times from Berlin to Munich from the current 6.5 to about 4 hours, thus boosting the competitiveness of rail travel between both cities.
Starting from today, you can apply for EU funding to carry out a project focusing on smart cities, smart energy systems or renewable fuels. The calls are open under the 2018-2020 Horizon Work Programme, and have a total budget of €138.3 million. The deadline for submissions is 5 April 2018.
INEA launched ten new projects co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) in Warsaw today, in presence of Jerzy Kwieciński, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Development. The projects are expected to develop the Polish rail network, improve the country’s air traffic management system, as well as make the road and maritime transport greener. With an overall CEF Transport support of €4.2 billion, Poland is a key beneficiary of the programme.
INEA Director Dirk Beckers and the Secretary-General of the Flemish Department of Environment and Spatial Development Peter Cabus launched today the €37 million BENEFIC project that will develop alternative fuel infrastructure in Belgium and the Netherlands. The project will receive nearly €7.6 million from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) to deploy a network of charging stations for electric cars, natural gas and Hydrogen refuelling stations, as well as onshore power supply points for inland navigation in Flanders, Brussels Capital region and the Netherlands. The infrastructure is expected to be in place by 2020.
The projects will contribute to establishing new knowledge in the area of renewable energy, wind energy and sustainable fuels, they will develop next-generation technologies for renewable electricity, heating and cooling, or they will focus on social aspects of the energy transition. After signing grant agreements with INEA, they will receive €86.4 million of EU funding to carry out their research and innovation work plans.
European Commissioner for Transport and Mobility Violeta Bulc launched 15 projects co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) at the Digital Transport Days in Tallinn today. The projects are expected to develop digital solutions and upgrade the European rail, road, maritime and air transport network. These projects were selected for funding via a competitive call for proposals that will in total invest €2.7 billion in 152 key transport projects across the EU.
A corrigendum to the 2017 CEF Transport Blending call has been published, following the amendment of the 2017 CEF Transport Multi-annual Work Programme adopted by the European Commission on 8 November 2017. The corrigendum has a particular impact in the priority ‘Innovation and new technologies” in all transport modes’, and is now available on the call page.
The evaluation of the first 2017 CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2017-1) has concluded and 33 projects in the areas of Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS), eIdentification (eID) & eSignature, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) and European e-Justice Portal have been selected to receive co-funding by the European Union. The funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme in the telecommunications sector. The successful projects include participation of entities from 21 EU Member States plus Norway (EEA country).
From today, you can apply for funding under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme through three calls that are open for proposal submission. The total available funding is €267 million. These calls are part of the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge. The application period starts today and candidates will be able to submit their proposals until 30 January 2018 (two-stage call) or 4 April 2018 (single-stage call).
From today, you can apply for funding in eight energy topics under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme that are now open for proposal submission. The total available funding is €212.5 million.
Today, the European Commission has announced the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme, including all funding opportunities for the two upcoming years available to research and innovation (R&I) projects. The total funding is over € 30 billion, of which €3.15 billion has been earmarked for funding projects in the field of energy and transport. Out of this amount, €2.15 billion will be managed by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). In the field of transport, €950 million will be available to R&I projects, out of which €850 million will be managed by INEA. Projects to be selected should work on mobility for growth, automated road transport and green vehicles.
Minister of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Croatia Oleg Butković, INEA Director Dirk Beckers and the Coordinator of the EU’s Rhine-Danube transport corridor Karla Peijs took part in the christening ceremony of the first surveying ship funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport programme in Vukovar today. The vessel will be used to measure different parameters of the Danube fairway in order to improve the river transport.
Zorana Mihajlović, Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and Dirk Beckers, Director of INEA signed today a grant agreement on maximum €11.4 million support from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport programme to the Iron Gate lock upgrade on the Danube River in Serbia.