Articles taggés avec ‘Organisations’

EU Funding: EURAXESS: Putting researchers on the road to success

Lundi 30 juin 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants and individual fellowships to allow researchers to enrich their career by mobility experience, abroad or in other sectors

The European Commission is making it easier than ever before for researchers to increase their employment opportunities and network with other researchers and organisations with the launch of the EURAXESS web portal

To stay ahead of the competition, the EU needs to further cement itself as a leader in scientific research. While opportunities exist in Europe for researchers, these often gets drowned out in the ‘noise’ of other events or lost in a plethora of web sites.

This sentiment was mirrored by the European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potocnik who made the importance of EURAXESS quite clear.

EURAXESS provides a single access point to information and support services. This portal assists researchers and their families in moving to and pursuing careers in another Member State.

The EURAXESS web portal offers four initiatives focussing on jobs, services, rights and links.

EURAXESS Jobs takes over from the former European Researcher’s Mobility Portal, and operates as a recruitment tool which will be constantly updated with job vacancies for researchers throughout Europe.

EURAXESS Services, formerly the ERA-MORE Network, helps researchers and their family to organise their stay in a foreign country. EURAXESS Rights sets out the rights and duties of researchers and their employers; this is based on the European Charter and Code. Finally, the EURAXESS Links service, formerly ERA-Link, is a networking tool for European researchers working outside Europe.

Also at the launch was Philippe Busquin, Member of the European Parliament and former EU Research Commissioner. He joined Janez Potocnik and research partners from across Europe to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the European Researcher’s Mobility Portal which is embedded in the new EURAXESS Web Portal.


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EU Funding: European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2007

Vendredi 27 juin 2008

On Friday, June 27 at 18:30, the exhibition about the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2007 opens at the Triennale di Milano, where it will remain on view until August 10

In addition to the Prize-winner and the Emerging Architect Special Mention, this exhibition includes the jury’s selection of 38 shortlisted projects, providing a unique overview of current European architectural production and the vitality, diversity and high-quality that characterise it.

In addition to photographic panels, texts and audiovisual documentation, featured are 33 models made expressly by the architects of the respective works for this exhibition

European Commission Culture Portal

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EU Funding: Commission opens up new prospects for transport links with the Western Balkans

Jeudi 26 juin 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants in the frame of the Trans-European Networks for transport

The European Commission opened on june 24th negotiations on a treaty establishing a Transport Community with the Western Balkans

This first meeting, held in Brussels with the region’s Transport Ministers, will be followed in the autumn by technical meetings with a view to concluding the Transport Community Treaty in 2009.

The treaty aims to establish an integrated market for infrastructure and land transport, maritime transport and inland waterways and to align the relevant legislation in the Balkans region with the EU legislation, so as to enable transport users and the general public to benefit sooner from the advantages of accession.

The treaty will help to accelerate the integration of the transport systems and to harmonise rules on safety, environmental protection and services. A Transport Community is a solid way to foster cooperation, stability and peace in the region.

Also, for the Balkans, this Community will go alongside the rapid development of a region with exceptional economic potential, providing a major boost to sustainable economic growth and the revitalisation of the rail networks.

For the EU, the Transport Community will help to promote stability and prosperity throughout Europe. It will also allow our trans-European transport network to expand and contribute to the further development of our internal market.

Press room - European Commission

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EU Funding: The Third Edition of the Euro-Med Award is now launched

Vendredi 30 mai 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Support to projects bringing people and organizations from both shores of the Mediterranean closer to each other and to help bridging the gap between them

Now Network Members Can nominate and Choose Who Wins the Euro-Med Award For Dialogue between Cultures

Now you can choose who will be the next winner of this year’s edition of the Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures.

The Anna Lindh Foundation and Fondazione Mediterraneo have the pleasure to announce the launch of the Third Edition of the Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures 2008. This year, the members have the chance to not only nominate the candidates, but also to select the winner of the Award through an online voting system.

The theme of the 2008 Award Edition is Dialogue Through Arts. The particular field of art chosen is visual arts, which includes the following disciplines: drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Why Art? Art can be used as a key tool for building bridges of dialogue. It is an invaluable means for exchange and positive contamination between cultures and nations. People’s creativity transcends in fact geographical and mental frontiers, offering new opportunities to overcome misunderstandings and interpret conflicts.

This Year Members Choose the Winner - How?:

This year, the Heads of National Network will choose the five finalists nominated for the award before 30 June 2008. Then, all National Network members will be invited to choose the winner among the five finalists through an online voting system. The election is expected to take place from 8 – 13 July. The candidate who gets the majority of votes within a National Network, s/he will be considered the candidate of this respective network. This is in order to ensure a balanced and fair electoral process, since the number of members vary from one network to the other.

So, make up your mind now and nominate an artist who has contributed to dialogue between cultures through his/her work of art.

The Deadline for nominations is June 10, 2008

Anna Linfh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation

Eu funding : World Biodiversity Day

Jeudi 22 mai 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for the conservation of natural habitats, wild fauna and flora of European interest

The Commission warns against biodiversity loss

Today is World Biodiversity Day, and yet biodiversity is disappearing at an unprecedented rate. The EU has a package of measures in place to try and halt the loss, with an action plan well under way, a huge network of protected areas nearing completion, and a major report forthcoming on the economic consequences of biodiversity loss.

EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: “Biodiversity is the natural wealth of the Earth, the basis of life and the prosperity of mankind. But the pool of life is shrinking at an alarming rate. The message is clear: we are robbing ourselves of our own future. It is now vital to step up our actions to safeguard the variety of life on Earth.”

The Convention on Biological Diversity

Policymakers are aware of the problem, and in 2002 the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its 190 Contracting Parties pledged to significantly reduce the loss of biodiversity by 2010. The EU went a step further, and pledged to halt the loss altogether by the same date. Progress in the EU has been fair to date, but the world needs more national and international alliances between policymakers, scientists, the public and business to stop the loss. There is still a need to raise awareness.

The Convention is currently meeting in Bonn, Germany, where many related issues will be in the spotlight, including agriculture and forest biodiversity, deforestation, protected areas (including the need for increased funding and protected ocean areas), the biodiversity impacts of the increasing demand for biofuels, the harmonisation of biodiversity and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

Biodiversity loss – an economic issue

Nature provides us with many benefits which are often taken for granted. An enormous number of medicines originate in natural products. Forests, grasslands and wetlands purify water and air; forests and farmland provide food, timber and other materials; tree cover in mountainous areas and around cities helps to reduce flooding and protects soils from erosion; insects pollinate crops and wild areas offer space for recreation.

The economic arguments for nature protection are beginning to enter mainstream thinking, but the approach is still new and more work is needed. Together with the German Environment Ministry, the Commission has therefore launched an initiative to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity and highlight the cost of biodiversity loss and deteriorating ecosystems. The first results of the study will be presented at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn next week.

Natura 2000 is now bigger than the Amazon basin

One of the Commission’s biggest contributions to the fight against biodiversity loss is the Natura 2000 network. This is now the largest ecological network in the world, consisting of around 25,000 sites spread across 27 countries and covering an area bigger than the Amazon river basin. The green infrastructure it provides safeguards numerous ecosystem services and ensures that Europe’s natural systems remain healthy and resilient. The network makes it possible for rare animals such as the otter, the beaver and the wolf to re-populate areas from which they have been absent for centuries. It also serves to reconnects an increasingly urban society with nature.
The designation of land territory for Natura 2000 is approaching completion. The next big step will be the extension of the network to marine areas, which will be added in the next few years. The completed network will provide a solid basis for fighting biodiversity loss and securing natural ecosystems – our prosperity and future.

The Living Planet Index:

The Living Planet Index (LPI), published by the World Wide Fund for Nature, tracks nearly 4,000 wildlife populations, covering mammals, birds, fish amphibians and reptiles. The latest index shows an overall fall in population trends of 27% between 1970 and 2005. Marine species such as swordfish and scalloped hammerhead have been particularly badly affected, falling by 28% between 1995 and 2005. Seabird populations have suffered a rapid decline of about 30% since the mid-1990s.

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Hübner welcomes Lombardy’s flair for innovation

Vendredi 16 mai 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Support for investment of economic public and private actors in order to reinforce competitiveness, attractivity of regions and employment

Danuta Hübner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, visits Milan today to attend a launch event for Lombardy’s new 2007-2013 regional programme, which strongly features research and innovation

ombardy has an excellent research infrastructure, with a network of about 500 research centres. It includes many leading universities and institutes working at the cutting edge of new technologies. .

New regional programme

Lombardy will benefit from EU investment worth €211 million for its 2007-2013 programme. Half of this will be for research and innovation. The programme will also contribute to reducing carbon emissions by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. The region plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 000 tons per year by 2013. It will also encourage sustainable mobility reducing the environmental impact of transport, for instance, through car pooling, car sharing and road pricing. Disparities within the region will be addressed by improving the attractiveness of the more remote areas by developing their tourist, environmental and cultural potential. The programme also aims to secure access to broadband networks for the 8% of inhabitants and 50 000 firms in areas without it.

Project visits

The region benefited under the previous URBAN community initiative of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Commissioner Hübner will visit Villa Scheibler, in a deprived suburb of Milan. The country house and its surrounding park have been restored to their 18th century splendour and will start operating at the end of this month as a venue for exhibitions, an employment agency and an urban development agency (ERDF contribution of € 3.5 million).

Milan was recently chosen as the location for World Expo 2015, to be held in October of that year, with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. Commissioner Hübner will meet the city’s mayor Mrs Letizia Moratti, who will explain the impact of the event on the region’s development strategy. The city’s infrastructure will be improved with an extension to its subway network, and the Expo is expected to contribute to creating 70 000 new jobs, boosting sectors such as hotel, catering, taxi and commercial services. EU investment can support this development in line with the region’s new programme.

Note for editors

With its central location, the region will also play an important role in territorial cooperation programmes. It has been appointed as the Managing Authority for the cross-border programme between Italy and Switzerland, involving an EU contribution of €69 million. In the previous programming period, the two countries cooperated on the “Insubrinet” project, which consisted of an optical fibre network connection among the universities and research centres in the Insubric Region. In 2007-13, Lombardy will also take part in four transnational programmes: “Med”, “Central Europe”, “South East Europe” and “Alpine Space”.


EU listens to people experiencing poverty to help improve their lives

Vendredi 16 mai 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants in the framework of the overall Community programme for employment and social solidarity actions
 Grants for transnational projects focusing a better understanding of social exclusion, poverty and social protection
 Grants supporting the operating costs of European NGOs primarily active in the fight against discrimination, social exclusion, poverty, racism, promoting of gender equality and integration of disabled people and Roma people

Around 200 Europeans on the front line of the battle against social exclusion will today meet EU and national policy makers in Brussels for a direct dialogue

They will discuss issues ranging from minimum income to housing, social services and services of general interest. The annual event aims to include marginal groups in the process of seeking solutions and building policies to improve their lives.

Poverty and exclusion remain significant challenges in the European Union, with 16% of the population at risk of poverty. The EU’s latest Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion emphasised that social protection reforms and active inclusion policies have contributed to higher growth and more jobs in Europe over the past year. However, more still needs to be done to ensure that the benefits of an improved economic framework reach those at the margins of society and improve social cohesion.

The EU’s Open Method of Coordination provides a framework for action by Member States by promoting the development of national strategies and policy coordination between Member States on poverty and social exclusion issues. Participation by actors such as NGOs, social partners and local and regional authorities is an important part of this process.

Today’s event will welcome over 200 participants, including delegations of people experiencing poverty from 27 countries, together with representatives of national governments, EU institutions and European NGOs. The event, which will continue tomorrow, is jointly organised together with the Slovene Presidency of the EU and the European Anti-Poverty Network.

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DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Debate on the digital future of Europe

Mercredi 14 mai 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for the development of an inclusive information society and more efficient and effective services in areas of public interest, and improvement of quality of life

How to respond to increasingly intense competition on the global market?

More than 250 million Europeans regularly use the internet, 80% of them have broadband connections. At the two-day conference ‘Information Society at the Crossroads’, which opened at Brdo on 13 May 2008, participants agreed that information and communication technology (ICT) is one of the most important driving forces behind economic and social modernisation. The conference, organised jointly by the Slovenian Presidency and the European Commission, is dedicated to the interim report on the i2010 Strategy (i2010 - A European Information Society for growth and employment), launched in 2005 as the first comprehensive policy framework for an integrated European information society, which proposed the following three priorities: establishment of a single European information space, strengthening innovation and investment in ICT, and achieving an inclusive European information society (that promotes growth and jobs in a manner consistent with sustainable development and prioritises better public services and quality of life).

The interim review of the i2010 initiative confirms the important contribution and role of ICT in assuring economic and social development in the European Union as well as the contribution of appropriate information society policies and media to achieving Lisbon objectives. The conference will therefore address topics of increasing importance for competitiveness and the deployment of ICT in Europe: the further development of networks and the internet (new generations) and bridging of the digital divide, the establishment of pan-European services (ensuring an efficient and operational single market for advanced e-products and e-services) and views of the end user as consumer and as active co-producer of digital content.

Compared with other industrial regions, Europe does not make sufficient use of the economic potential of the largest market in developed countries and fails to invest sufficiently in ICT. Mojca Kucler Dolinar, the Slovenian Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Co-President of the EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, noted that “the Interim Report identifies important successes in implementation of the strategy in Member States, however between developed and developing EU Member States there are still appreciable differences which may threaten coherent development in the future. Activities and policies to promote competitiveness and reduce the differences between the more successful and the less successful should be planned in order to prevent fragmentation between Member States.” With regard to the interim report, Mrs Kucler Dolinar further pinpointed the provision and promotion of the free movement of knowledge and innovation - the ‘fifth freedom’, stressing the need for coordinated action and cooperation by all Member States in implementing the instruments supporting development at both EU level (e.g. the ICT Programme in the 7th Framework Programme) and national level and in the context of utilisation of EU structural funds.

Slovenian presidency