Archive pour août 2009

The ESPON programme organizes an information day about its future calls for proposals

Jeudi 27 août 2009

On 16 september 2009 during its information day the programme will presents its futur calls for proposals an Expression of Interests.

The European Commission and the Swedish EU Presidency will present the policy demand behind the need for further ESPON results.

The purpose of the event is two-fold:

* to support the launch of the next Calls for Proposals and Expression of Interests including the new funding opportunities and the conditions for applying.
* to promote networking possibilities between potential project partners and to inspire new projects on the main topic proposed for the event.

The ESPON Info Day will focus on the presentation of the 5 new Calls for Proposals and for Expression of Interest that will be opened on 16 September 2009. The calls are the following:

1. Call for Proposals for 11 themes of Applied Research (Priority 1 of the ESPON 2013 Programme)
2. Call for Expression of Interest for Targeted Analyses (Priority 2)
3. Call for Proposals for Targeted Analyses (Priority 2)
4. Call for Proposals in support of the ESPON Scientific Platform (Priority 3)
5. Call for Proposals for Transnational Networking Activities of the ESPON Contact Point Network (Priority 4)

The deadline for submitting proposals and express interest for these calls is 11 November 2009.

The total available budget for the calls is 14.910.000 Euro and up to 31 proposals can be selected.

The content specifications and eligibility criteria of the calls will be presented during the first part of the Info Day. All documentation related to the calls, including the procedure for applying, the eligibility rules, the evaluation criteria and the submission material will be made available on the spot in Application Packs which can also be downloaded from the ESPON Website from 16 September 2009.

In the afternoon the programme includes an ESPON Partner Café creating a forum for dialogue between potential project partners. The ESPON Partner Café is an opportunity to meet partners for setting up Transnational Project Groups, i.e. the consortia of partners, aiming at submitting proposals for ESPON projects as well as ldiscussing with Stakeholders on common interest in targeted analyses. Click here to see the Institutions that have already taken the opportunity to be included in the partner overview compiled by ESPON.

The event is open for all interested participants interested in learning more about opportunities for taking part in ESPON project activities. It will in particular welcome a mix of policy makers, scientists, experts, representatives of universities around Europe and national, regional and local authorities. The venue can host a maximum of 250 participants.
Participation of private partners is now possible in the Call for Proposals on Applied Research Projects and the Call for Proposals on Targeted Analyses as well as in the Call for Proposals on the Scientific Platform. Only public authorities are accepted in the Calls for Expression of Interest for Targeted Analyses. And only institutions confirmed as ESPON Contact Points can submit and be included in proposals on Transnational Networking Activities.

Deadline for registration for the ESPON Info Day is 10 September 2009 at 15h00. You can register by using the ESPON online registration form available here.

Please find below the Preliminary Programme for the event as well as practical information and hotel booking form. The Final Programme and additional practical information will be distributed to all registered participants by 10 September 2009. The event is free of charge; however participants must undertake costs related to their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Should you have questions please do not hesitate to contact the ESPON Coordination Unit at

The European Union wants to build on the work of its experts.

Jeudi 27 août 2009

On 24 September will held the seminar “The world in 2025 - conclusions from the European Foresight Expert Group” that discuss the findings of experts to find a direction for EU policies.

Building on input from an expert group set up by the European Commission and several directorates-general, the event will highlight future trends in demography, urbanisation, macro-economic projections, education, science and culture. In addition, issues such as demands on natural resources, new production-consumption patterns, a ‘multi-polar world’ and socio-ecology beyond technological innovation will be addressed.

During the seminar, the European Commission will also present the next steps in European foresight and forward-looking activities

José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission «Overcoming the crisis: Challenges and opportunities» European Economic Association Congress Barcelona, 25 August 2009

Jeudi 27 août 2009

SPEECH/ 09/352 José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission «Overcoming the crisis: Challenges and opportunities» Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED European Economic Association Congress B arcelona, 25 August 2009 …

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The Mediterranean Sea Basin call (ENPI programme) changes its deadline

Mercredi 26 août 2009

The deadline for the submission of proposals for the first call for projects under the Mediterranean Sea Basin ENPI CBC Programme has been extended to October 20.

A press release from the ENPI CBCMED said that, “after having assessed the situation in the different eligible territories, the Joint Monitoring Committee has decided to postpone the deadline for the submission of the project proposals”. The original deadline for the €32 million call for proposals was 16 September.

The ‘ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007/2013’ is a multilateral cross-border cooperation programme co-financed by the EU under the ENPI. The Programme provides the framework for the implementation of cross-border and cooperation activities in the context of the ENP, complementing efforts exerted within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, with the final aim of developing an area of peace, stability, prosperity and good neighbourliness involving EU Mediterranean Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries.

The territorial cohesion in Europe

Mercredi 26 août 2009

At the moment of the European Congress of the Regional Science Association (ERSA) in Poland, the debate on Territorial Cohesion and the future European Cohesion Policy comes alive.

Debate on Territorial Cohesion

The current debate on Territorial Cohesion started in October 2008 following the publication of the Green Paper on Cohesion Policy ( IP/08/1460 ). The aim is to reach a shared understanding of this concept, which is recognised in the Lisbon Treaty as a third dimension of Cohesion Policy, in addition to social and economic cohesion. A summary of the contributions to the debate was adopted by the Commission as part of the 6th Progress report on economic and social cohesion published on 25 June.

The aim of Territorial Cohesion is to better exploit the advantages of all Europe’s regions so that they can contribute to the overall competitiveness of Europe. This will call for more emphasis on cooperation between regions and Member States (i.e. cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation) and strengthened links between regional policy and other Community policies that contribute to territorial cohesion (environment, transport, rural etc). The need to address territorial disparities, natural and geographical handicaps, the negative consequences of urban concentration and the polarisation of wealth and population remain central concerns for Europe.

Reinforcing the link between urban and rural development is another priority. For instance, planning officials in the German city of Leipzig and regional authorities, keen to avoid the negative impact of urban sprawl, are reserving the urban fringe for recreation, leisure, tourism, agriculture and big strategic developments rather than further enlarging residential and commercial areas around the city’s core.

Macro-regional approach

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will be presented in the Łódź Congress as a good example of “integrated planning” in Europe, based on a more strategic and functional approach to territorial cooperation. Under this new strategy, for the first time in Europe, a wide range of stakeholders are being encouraged to better exploit Community policies by operating as a “macro-region”. This new scale of action will enable authorities to more effectively tackle challenges such as preservation of the environment in and around the Baltic Sea, accessibility to transport and secure energy supplies, more balanced economic development, and cooperation with neighbouring countries, including Russia. Member States have requested the Commission to prepare a similar macro-regional strategy by the end of 2010 for the Danube Basin.


The European Congress of the Regional Science Association is the supranational grouping of regional science associations across Europe. Its members are academics, policy professionals and researchers interested in spatial economics and planning, regional and local development and related issues. The Congress takes place from 25-29 August. In addition to Commissioner Sa m ec ki, keynote speakers include Hanna Jahns, Secretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Regional Development, and Professors Andreas Faludi from the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and Gilles Duranton from the University of Toronto.

Future of Cohesion Policy

The European Commission will organise a seminar in Brussels on 25 September on territorial cooperation and territorial cohesion to take stock of the follow-up to the Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion. A high-level refection group on the future of the Cohesion Policy will also be set up in October to provide an informal platform for discussion between the Commission and policy-makers in Member States.

EU’s Cohesion Policy for a new desalination plant

Mercredi 26 août 2009

The EU’s Cohesion Policy has provided 75% of the total funding for a new desalination plant for the city of Barcelona (Spain).

This infrastructure project was officially inaugurated by the Catalan Government on 20 July 2009. The total cost of the plant amounted to almost €200 M with the Cohesion Fund covering €150 M.

Situated in the zone of El Prat de Llobregat, the opening of the new plant is of particular significance given that it will ensure a stable water supply for Barcelona. In the severe drought of last year, authorities in Barcelona were forced to import drinking water by tanker.

The new plant is a key part of the strategy to avoid such problems in the future. It will also add 60 hm3 (around 20% of the metropolitan water consumption) to the network which brings water to 125 municipalities of the metropolitan area.

€164.1 million to help European public administrations communicate

Mercredi 26 août 2009

The European Union is allocating €164.1 million to support the cooperation between public administrations from EU-27 member states.

This funding is provided by the ISA programme (Interoperability Solutions for European.public administrations) for the period 2010-2015. The Council of Ministers of the EU approved the envelope at a meeting on 27 July. One of the objectives of this grant is to help local and regional government develop the use of new communication technologies.

ISA is one of a series of programs set up by the EU 10 years ago. These programmes aim to facilitate on-line administrative procedures that can vary significantly from country to country and that are available to citizens and the business sector. The programmes also aim to build bridges between national systems in order to facilitate the implementation of Community policies, for example, in the field of the free movement of citizens within EU countries.

ISA is the follow-on programme to the IDABC programme (interoperable delivery of pan-European e-government services to administrations, businesses and citizens) which comes to an end in December 2009.

The IDABC programme was itself launched in January 2005 as the successor of the IDA programme “interchange of data between administrations”.

The ISA programme will be based on the achievements of the IDA and IDABC programmes and will, as its predecessors, contribute to the further development and implementation of the European e-government strategy.

New Directive on defence and security procurement enters into force

Mercredi 26 août 2009

IP/09/1250 Brussels, 25 August 2009 New Directive on defence and security procurement enters into force The new Directive 2009/81/EC on defence and security procurement entered into force on 21 August 2009….

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Influenza A (H1N1): EU Health Security Committee agrees statement on target and priority groups for vaccination

Mercredi 26 août 2009

IP/09/1252 Brussels, 25 August 2009 Influenza A (H1N1): EU Health Security Committee agrees statement on target and priority groups for vaccination Today the European Union Health Security Committee and the Early Warning and Response authorities (HSC/EWRS) …

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The Baltic Sea Strategy

Mardi 25 août 2009

In September, a ministerial conference on the Baltic Sea Strategy will be held in Stockholm, and a few weeks later the EU heads of state and government are due to adopt the strategy. Then, says Maria Åsenius, the hope is that the countries and organisations responsible for the strategy will implement the concrete action plan.

Seas and waterways have linked people together since time immemorial. During the Middle Ages, the Baltic Sea was a sort of marine motorway, and trade in the region flourished. Then came the Cold War and the Iron Curtain split the sea down the middle. It is now 20 years since the Berlin Wall collapsed and five years since the EU’s eastward enlargement, following which eight of the nine Baltic countries are now Member States.

Maria Åsenius has been State Secretary under Sweden’s Minister for EU Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, since the autumn of 2008, and coordinates the work on the EU’s Baltic Sea Strategy in Sweden. She feels it is high time the region was restored to its former glory.

Back in December 2007, the EU’s heads of state and government called on the European Commission to draw up a strategy for the Baltic Sea region. In June 2009, the Commission presented its proposals.