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EU Funding: EU film support programme’s first global steps trigger interest

Mercredi 27 août 2008

Cooperation with the European film industry is in strong demand around the globe

 

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Support programme for the European audiovisual sector

The results of the first call for projects of a new EU initiative, the MEDIA International Preparatory Action, show a lot of interest from audiovisual professionals around the world in working with Europe’s film and audiovisual sector. The EU will provide nearly €2 million of funding for 18 projects involving partners from Canada, Latin America, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, Bosnia, Turkey and Georgia. The projects include joint training of film professionals, reciprocal promotion of films and cooperation between cinema networks. This could set the stage for a broader EU film cooperation programme called MEDIA MUNDUS, coming in 2011.

Of 33 applications received in the first MEDIA International call for projects, the European Commission has selected 18 proposals to receive funding for continuous training of audiovisual professionals, the promotion and distribution of cinematographic works and the development of cinema networks. 11 projects deal with continuous training through partnerships with Latin America, India, Canada, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia covering films, TV shows, animation, documentaries and videogames. For example, the Cartoon Connection project will organise a joint training on developing and financing international co-produced cartoons for professionals from the EU, Latin America and Canada. Primexchange is a workshop for authors and producers from India and Europe on financing and marketing audiovisual works, with special focus on digital technologies.

The six projects selected by the Commission for promotion of audiovisual works focus on boosting co-production, which can help companies access foreign funding and new markets. For example, the European Producers’ Club will organise co-production workshops in China and India and invite local producers to two major forums in Europe. The DOMLA project will organise a documentary month, releasing 12 European documentaries in Chile and vice versa distributing Latin-American documentaries in Europe. The Paris project is a co-production event for European, Japanese and South-Korean producers.

Finally, MEDIA International will support the first international network of cinemas, coordinated by Europa Cinemas, including 230 cinemas in Europe and 148 cinemas from the rest of the world (10 in Brazil, 7 in South Korea, 6 in Japan and Argentina).

The proposals accepted today are part of a Preparatory Action called MEDIA International, for which the European Parliament voted a budget of €2 million last December. It aims to explore ways of reinforcing cooperation between European and third country professionals from the audiovisual industry. MEDIA International will run for up to three years and is also designed to pave the way for a broader MEDIA MUNDUS programme.

In the context of a public online consultation on this future programme, a public hearing was held in Brussels on 25 June 2008. The French Presidency of the EU held the Cinema, Europe, World colloquium on 8 July to reinforce EU external audiovisual action. On the basis of these contributions, the Commission will decide before the end of 2008 on a proposal for a MEDIA MUNDUS programme.

Background:

The existing MEDIA 2007 programme will provide €755 million to Europe’s audiovisual industry from 2007-2013, helping professionals get training and develop, distribute and promote their works around Europe.

This May, four MEDIA-funded films won prestigious awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Palme d’Or (Entre Les Murs, France) and the Grand Prix du Jury (Gomorra, Italy). They were among 14 films screened at Cannes developed or distributed with the support of over €900 000 from MEDIA. MEDIA-supported films had already triumphed at the Academy Awards, with Oscars for The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher/Austria-Germany) and La Vie en Rose (La Môme/France).

 
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Press room - European Commission

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EU Funding: Le développement de l’énergie éolienne a le vent en poupe en Europe

Mercredi 30 juillet 2008

 Fonds Européens

Aide(s) européenne(s) concernée(s) :
 Subventions pour des projets de démonstration de technologies innovantes de diversification énergétique et leur introduction effective sur le marché.
 Subventions pour projets de recherche sur le développement de technologies rentables pour rendre l’économie énergétique de l’Europe plus durable

La plateforme européenne de technologie pour l’énergie éolienne (European Technology Platform for Wind Energy ou TPWind) a révélé dans son dernier agenda stratégique de recherche (ASR) que l’énergie éolienne avait le potentiel de satisfaire 28% de la demande en électricité des consommateurs européens d’ici 2030

Le secrétariat du TPWind rappelle cependant que, pour atteindre cet objectif, les décideurs politiques et les acteurs du secteur doivent élaborer et mettre en place des actions stratégiques pour la recherche dans le domaine de la politique et des technologies.

TPWind souligne dans son agenda que le développement de l’énergie éolienne se fera en trois étapes. D’ici 2020 (la phase 1), au sein de l’UE, l’énergie éolienne pourra satisfaire environ 15% des besoins des consommateurs, au moyen d’une capacité installée s’élevant à 180 gigawatt/heure. Cette puissance pourrait atteindre les 300 gigawatts/heure entre 2020 et 2030 (la phase 2). Enfin, la phase 3 visera à renforcer la position de l’énergie éolienne dans les exportations européennes.

L’ASR fait remarquer que la mobilisation de la recherche industrielle et des ressources publiques européennes, qui doit être sécurisée par la coordination des investissements aux niveaux régional et national, pourrait aider l’Europe à faire face aux difficultés technologiques et industrielles. Cet ASR offre aux européens un guide sur les priorités et les actions de recherche à entreprendre et à établir en vue de garantir le développement du secteur de l’énergie éolienne.

Une section de l’ASR se concentre sur une stratégie de déploiement sur le marché permettant d’évaluer les mesures à prendre en vue de supprimer les obstacles à l’exploitation et l’usage intensifs de l’énergie éolienne. Diverses méthodes proposées préconisaient la réduction drastique des coûts d’investissements, l’accès amélioré aux grilles d’énergie et la réduction de la bureaucratie.

En tant que médiateur, TPWind offre son soutien au développement d’une politique nationale et européenne efficace en visant le renforcement des marchés et la coopération pour le développement de la technologie à travers l’innovation ainsi que les projets de R&D (recherche et développement) actuels et nouveaux. Le travail investi devrait ainsi mener à des prix plus compétitifs pour les technologies de production d’énergie alternative. Lancé en 2006 et coordonné par l’association européenne de l’énergie éolienne (EWEA), TPWind cherche activement à identifier des projets de recherche et à réduire les coûts de l’énergie éolienne.

L’énergie éolienne est en tête de liste des alternatives aux technologies d’énergies renouvelables pour l’Europe, notamment en raison des inquiétudes croissantes concernant le devenir de notre planète. Le fait que l’industrie européenne tienne les rênes du marché international est également important. La diminution des ressources pétrolières et gazières et l’impact du changement climatique sur la planète ne sont que quelques-uns des problèmes à résoudre, qui incombent non seulement au monde de l’industrie et aux marchés mais également à la population en général. Des données récentes montrent que la consommation d’énergie éolienne et son développement industriel permettraient à l’Europe de réduire ses émissions de dioxyde de carbone de quelque 600 tonnes chaque année.

 
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EU Funding: Brussels: Public debate on Intercultural Dialogue in the workplace

Mardi 3 juin 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for actions promoting intercultural dialogue and a citizenship citizenship respectful of cultural diversity

Intercultural Dialogue in the workplace will be in the spotlight on Wednesday 4 June in the fourth Brussels Debate of the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

The debate entitled “Couscous Culture: is that what Intercultural Dialogue in the workplace is all about?” is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Network Against Racism. It will take place at 18:30h in the Residence Palace and will be opened by EU Commissioner Vladimir Spidla.

This fourth Brussels Debate for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 will focus on the challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly intercultural work environment. Today’s social reality in Europe, with its ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, represents a unique configuration in European history.

Intercultural dialogue in the workplace is one tool among many others that can help to harness the energies of companies, civil society, social partners, governments and European institutions in a collective effort towards inclusive, participative societies in which all are able to express their full potential. It is thus high time to invest in researching and exploring the concept of intercultural dialogue in the workplace. Vladimir Spidla, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and Kyriacos Triantaphyllides, Member of the European Parliament, will discuss the issue with Chibo Onyeji, Vice-President of the European Network Against Racism, and Benoît van Grieken, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager of Randstad Belgium.

The series of Brussels Debates are one of the core activities of the European Year that take place at European level. Three Debates have already been held this year, covering migration and immigration, the role of arts and culture in intercultural dialogue, and inter-religious dialogue and active citizenship. Debates later this autumn will address multilingualism, education, and the role of the media in intercultural dialogue.

The Debate will take place in the Polak Room at the Residence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi at 18:30h. It will be moderated by Ms Shada Islam, Senior Programme Executive at the European Policy Centre (EPC) and journalist specialising in EU foreign and development policies, immigration and anti-discrimination issues. The debate will be followed by a reception.

 
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Six of the best: European cultural heritage projects

Mardi 13 mai 2008

An animation of the enlargement of the European UnionImage via Wikipedia

 
 

 

European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
Europa Nostra Awards promote outstanding projects and initiatives in the conservation and enhancement of Europe’s built and natural heritage.

The six winners of the 2008 “European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards” are outstanding projects in the Czech Republic, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain and Romania

The prizes announced today serve as recognition of exceptional conservation, research and education efforts and are each worth € 10 000. The prizes are awarded jointly by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage. They will be presented at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on 12 June 2008 in Durham Cathedral in the United Kingdom.

The European Heritage Awards were jointly launched in 2002 by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, in the framework of the Commission’s Culture Programme, to celebrate outstanding initiatives among the many facets of Europe’s cultural heritage in categories ranging from the restoration of buildings and their adaptation to new uses, to urban and rural landscape rehabilitation, archaeological site interpretations, and care for art collections. Also awarded are prizes for research and, for the first time in 2008, education projects related to cultural heritage, and dedicated service to heritage conservation by individuals or organisations.

This Awards Scheme aims to promote high standards and high-quality skills in conservation practice, and to stimulate the trans-frontier exchanges in the area of heritage. By spreading the “Power of Example”, the Prize also aims to encourage further efforts and projects related to heritage throughout Europe.

This year, a total of 109 applications and nominations from 29 countries were received in the various categories and assessed in situ by independent experts. The most outstanding of these were selected by the Heritage Awards Jury in a series of meetings which took place over the past months.

Six Prizes have been awarded, in the following categories:

Category 1 — Conservation:

The conservation of the Southern façade of Horní Hrad (Upper Castle) of the Český Krumlov State Castle, Czech Republic: Awarded for establishing new standards in the Czech monument care and appreciated as an excellent example of a respectful conservation.

The conservation of the archaeological site of Skarkos on the Island of Ios in Greece: Awarded for the outstanding quality of conservation work and above all the minimal and extremely sensitive character of the interventions, having no detrimental impact on a unique landscape.

The restoration and adaptive re-use of the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Honoured as an exemplary approach to the restoration of, and finding new uses for, an iconic building of European and world importance.

Category 2 — Research:

The Inventory of the Fortified Military Architecture in Spain by the Asociación Española de Amigos de los Castillos, Spain: Appreciated as an excellent example of raising awareness of Spain’s military heritage that is not only important to Spain, but highly significant on a European level as well.

Category 3 — Dedicated service:

Stichting Stadsherstel Hoorn, the Netherlands: A very successful example of civil society’s involvement in safeguarding Europe’s historic city centres and in highlighting the importance of volunteers.

Category 4 — Education, training and awareness-raising:

The International Built Heritage Conservation Training Centre at Bánffy Castle in Bonţida, Romania: Highly valued for its double approach: training for conservation and conservation through training. It is an excellent example of cross border exchange of knowledge and a worthy winner of this award in the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

In addition to the six top Prizes, twenty-one 2nd prize Medals will be awarded.

 
     
  More information:
Europa Nostra website