Interreg Central Europe: First call for proposals!

Do you need help to fund your cooperation? Keep reading!

Interreg Central Europe has officially unveiled their first call for proposals with an indicative budget of 72 million EUR from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Organisations are being invited from across central Europe to apply for this funding, which will support transnational cooperation to solve common challenges of these regions and cities. Applications can be submitted until 23 February 2022.  If you are new to Interreg and their funding, check this “beginner’s guide” to learn more about who we are and what we offer. It will help you to find out whether our funding fits your organisation’s needs and ideas. For all others, this program representatives have put together a step-by-step guide to writing a good proposal. Enjoy the journey to your future project!

Call framework: The application package and other key documents
 
The basic framework of our first call is outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR). More information about rules and requirements to be observed when applying with us can be found in the application package and in the programme manual. Being familiar with these key documents as well as the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE programme document (IP) is essential for developing a good project proposal.
Call introduction: Rewatch today’s online launch event
 
We have introduced our new funding programme and the first call for proposals in a brief online event today on 15 November. We informed potential applicants about the aims of our transnational funding and how they can get started with the application process. You missed out on this event? No worries, the recording will be available on our programme channels as of tomorrow.
Transnational support: From video tutorials to individual consultations
 
The application process can be quite challenging. We understand that! That is why we offer a range of support measures to guide you through the process of writing project applications. If you want to get familiar with the thematic scope of our call, you can start by watching our tutorials. They will introduce you to the new funding objectives and will soon be followed up by tutorials on work plan development, communications, finances and state aid. Save the date for a first Q&A webinar on 2 December and individual consultations can be booked from 29 November.
National support: From information days to personal contacts
 
If you need support in further developing your project idea or setting up a partnership, you can also reach out to our national contact points (NCP) in all programme countries. They will offer support regarding the call basics, and provide you with information in national languages on national application issues. Look out for their upcoming information days and get in touch!

WestMED Webinar “Sustainable Tourism Innovation”

The WestMED Initiative is organising a webinar on November 3rd, 2021 titled “Sustainable Tourism Innovation”, with a special focus on the call for projects promoting a sustainable blue economy through regional maritime cooperation in the Western Mediterranean that has been recently published by the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF).

A dedicated call has been published for western Mediterranean stakeholders (northern and southern shore) under the EMFAF (European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund). This fund addresses green and sustainable coastal and maritime tourism. 

In this webinar, the state of the art of green and sustainable tourism across the region will be discussed, with a focus on its challenges and highlight innovation opportunities.


The main topics of this workhop

  1. Two sides of the same coin? – Sustainable tourism destinations: scaling up sustainable green tourism vs reconverting mass tourism
  2. UfM & CPMR Handbook. Shared methods and tools for relaunching a sustainable tourism strategy
  3. EMFAF call European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund). Sustainable tourism in the Western Mediterranean .
  4. ROLE OF INNOVATION – Thematic discussions: ‘What can we do to …”
    … Diversify Tourism products:

    – Foster circularity in tourism towards the uptake of less invasive products and more sustainable ones.
    – Cross-sectoral of synergies and complementarities of the tourism sector with other related sectors, in the blue economy and beyond.
    … Accelerate innovation and skills-uptake
    – Support the acceleration of innovation for local businesses and other socio-economic actors in the sector (tour operators, service providers, etc), towards the re-definition of fully sustainable (environmentally secure and profitable) business models, products and services.
    – Improvement/building capacity/diversification of skills, especially digital skills aimed at strengthening and diversifying the ways in which territories can be visited and allow people to travel differently

By sharing the most recent policy actions and a range of practices of excellence across the western Mediterranean, this webinar seeks to contribute to this innovation process across the Mediterranean, towards a fully sustainable tourism sector.

A more detailed programme and of the event can be found here.

For more information, please refer to communications@westmed-initiative.eu

Training on Product Environmental Footprint method in the tourism sector

Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) in the tourism sector is a basic training on how it could be applied in the accommodation and catering sectors

Within the Environmental Footprint (EF) work, the Commission is organising a webinar that will provide a very basic introduction on how to apply the PEF method in the tourism sector, especially in accommodation and catering businesses. The webinar will address questions such as what is PEF and which are the potential benefits and costs of applying this method to those businesses.

This is a very basic training that does not need previous experience. The training can be followed-up by the information and trainings available at DG ENV website. At the end of the webinar, there will be time for questions and answers.

Time and place of the training: Webex platform, 14 October 2021 from 15:00-16.00 (Brussels time)

Objective of the training: The purpose of this webinar is to introduce how PEF method could be applied in the tourism sector, especially in accommodation and catering sectors. The webinar will address questions such as what is PEF and which are the potential benefits and costs of applying this method to those business.

Target audience: Tourism SMEs, people responsible for sustainability strategies and environmental impact follow-up in accommodation and catering sectors.

The training is free of cost and open for anyone.

To save your ‘seat’, please register https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/12d6926b-ec07-4fb3-e7d0-f887a8ab723a, and feel free to share it with your friends/colleagues.

Marie Sklodowska – Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) 2021



Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation S.L. welcomes postdoctoral researchers interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral (MSCA) Fellowships (HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01) in 2021.

Potential candidates are invited to check eligibility criteria and the call conditions here before sending their application.



WHO ARE WE?

Consulta Europa (CE) Projects and Innovation is an independent, internationally active research performing organization, headquartered in the Canary Islands, Spain. Consulta Europa acts as facilitator of research and innovation projects to provide innovative EU-wide solutions to specific challenges.

Consulta Europa website: www.consulta-europa.com


WHO ARE WE SEARCHING FOR?

Potential candidates need to hold a doctoral degree Ph.D not longer than 8 years and have not resided in Spain for more than 12 months during the last 3 years at the time of the call deadline.

Field of study: All fields applicable.

We particularly welcome applications from researchers in the following research areas:Circular economy applied to remote territories like Canary Islands.

-Territorial development.

-Environmental sustainability.

-Social innovation.


HOW INTERESTED CANDIDATES MAY APPLY FOR THIS HOSTING OFFER?

Candidates willing to apply for this hosting offer are invited to submit the following documents:

-Complete Curriculum Vitae stating background, skills and a brief description including the relationship between the research topic proposed and the applicant CV.

-Research project outline indicating the research objectives. Expected outcomes, methodology and impact should be also briefly introduced within the outline in line with the technical part of the application form here.


CVs and motivation letters should be sent to the email address info@consulta-europa.com before 13th SEPTEMBER 2021.

Please contact info@consulta-europa.com for any doubt on the application procedure.


OFFER DEADLINE: 13/09/2021 17:30 – Europe/Brussels.

ORGANISATION/COMPANY: Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation.

LOCATION: Spain, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.



“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas”

Marie Curie

IUCN World Conservation Congress

The first hybrid in-person and virtual environmental event since the pandemic began, the Congress will drive action on nature-based recovery, climate change and biodiversity for decades to come. The BEST programme includes a dedicated Pavilion to the EU Overseas Biodiversity: the “Best and Beyond” Pavilion” in order to promote actions on biodiversity and nature conservation in EU overseas and outermost territories.

?️ 3-11 SEPTEMBER 2021
? MARSEILLE – FRANCE 

What to expect?

Forum

The forum is a hub of public debate, bringing together people from around the world to discuss and develop solutions to the world’s most pressing conservation and sustainability challenges. It will demonstrate innovative, scalable solutions to addressing critical challenges at the local and global levels, highlighting efforts of stakeholders from all sectors across the globe – from small island states to entire regions, and from individual to collective actions. The Forum will include a range of events from High-Level Dialogues, to training and capacity building sessions, as well as exhibition and social events.

Members’ Assembly

The Members’ Assembly is IUCN’s highest decision-making body. During the Assembly, IUCN’s more than 1300 state and government agency members, civil society and indigenous peoples’ Member organisations from more than 160 countries vote on pressing conservation and sustainable development issues. IUCN’s unique and inclusive membership gives the Congress a powerful mandate, allowing these decisions to guide humanity’s relationship with our planet for the decades ahead. Key Decisions adopted during the Members Assembly include electing the IUCN Council, approving of the IUCN programme for the next four-year period, discussing topics of strategic importance, adopting motions defining the general policy of IUCN and amending Statutes of IUCN.

Exhibition

In the Exhibition, IUCN Members and Commissions, businesses, partners, and academia host stands and events. The Exhibition is open to both registered Congress participants and the general public (free access), allowing exhibitors to showcase their research, innovations and other work to the broadest Congress audience.

My green Congress

Focusing on sustainability and ensuring a green Congress in Marseille is at the core of all Congress preparations, reflecting the values of IUCN, the government of France, and the conservation community. 

Following the success and ISO 20121 sustainability certification that was achieved by the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, France and IUCN have set high standards in terms of sustainability and are dedicated to leading by example. They decided to engage once again in the ISO 20121 certification of the Congress to secure the implementation of a sustainable management system to design, plan and produce the event.

A Congress Sustainability Policy has been defined with all the parties involved and identifies 4 Strategic Goals and 21 objectives:

  • Environmental Goal => Minimize the carbon footprint of the event
  • Economic & Social Goal => Maximize the engagement and benefits for the local territories
  • Legacy Goal => Reinforce and value local sustainable practices
  • Inclusion Goal => Host all audiences, in total security and with respect to each one

The Sustainable Action Plan integrates 115 initiatives, which will be implemented by the organisation, the local territories, and the main suppliers and partners. Among the main initiatives:

  • Eco-design of all spaces and rooms, maximising rental and reemployment of materials
  • 100% electricity of the Congress will be covered by renewable energy produced locally
  • All carbon emissions of the Congress, including transportation of all participants will be offset in several projects throughout the world (view more details on the My Green Congress page)
  • Use of common transportation is facilitated leveraging Marseille’s large transport network and negotiated offers for the different types of participants
  • Restaurants have been selected to respect a strict sustainable food charter with 100% seasonal products, 70% bio and/or local products and at least 1 vegetarian option. They are audited and accompanied by the Ecotable label.
  • Waste-sorting including organic waste & 100% compostable tableware, interactive cigarette butt collector
  • Minimisation of paper use and zero-plastic bottles
  • Water fountains and reusable cups & bottles

Please view the Sustainability Guide for Participants.

For more information check out the My Green Congress page and view the Congress Sustainability Policy

Best and Beyond Pavilion

The BEST programme includes a dedicated Pavilion to the EU Overseas Biodiversity: the “Best and Beyond” Pavilion” in order to promote actions on biodiversity and nature conservation in EU overseas and outermost territories. Experiences and projects will be shared from 4 to 9 September during sessions, some in French and others in English. In case you are interested in following the event, you are invited to take a look at the programme, available here.

BEST – voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European overseas – is a European initiative that aims to support the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation, in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). Join us to know more about the unique EU Overseas’ biodiversity, the numerous BEST projects and our partners!

The “BEST and beyond” stand will provide you an unique opportunity to know more about the EU BEST initiative and how it has been unlocking the potential of many initiatives on the ground. The numerous and very diverse BEST projects will give you a great opportunity to discover more about the unique EU Overseas’ biodiversity, the challenges and the actions undertaken by local organisations. Come and join us as BEST is continuing its journey! More information and related events HERE

More information about the congress and access to registration available HERE

New survey for EU communication on science, research and innovation launched


The European Commission has launched a short survey to improve EU communication on science, research and innovation with the aim to to collect the different views of European citizens on their main interests and  concerns regarding EU support for science, research and innovation.




Your opinion is important for the European Commission! Take part in the survey!

Find out the details and take the survey here


Funds for Cohesion Policy 2021-2027: the Commission adopts two new decisions


The European Commission has adopted two decisions relating to implementation of the Cohesion Policy for the period 2021-2027, both of which will promote social, economic and territorial cohesion in Europe, contributing to the EU’s sustainable recovery from Covid-19 and the dual green and digital transition. One of the decision defines the list of regions eligible for funding, and the other one establishes the annual breakdown of global resources by Member State.


The final regulations have been adopted which make up all the funds of the 2021-2027 cohesion policy. If you want to read them, click here


“We all can work, but together we win”

Anonymous

European Union bioeconomy strategy: public consultation launched


Bioeconomy


The strategy envisages the development of the bioeconomy as a key element for Europe’s sustainable growth. It will be possible to provide comments on the strategy, which will be considered in order to further develop and refine the initiative, in fact, the consultation will be open until 9 August 2021.

Finally, a report will explain the methods of implementation of the proposals and the possible reasons for the impossibility of carrying them out. The report will also present how bioeconomy policies can contribute to achieving the Green Deal goals.



“Research and Innovation to drive the Green Deal”

European Commission

Climate neutrality: European framework for action adopted


Climate neutrality


The regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the framework for achieving EU climate neutrality has been published in the Official Journal of the EU, which, in line with the Paris Agreement, sets some objectives for the European Union such as:

-achieve EU climate neutrality by 2050;

-ensure the irreversible and gradual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030;

-increase the volume of the net carbon sink by 2030;

-or establish a European Scientific Advisory Committee on Climate Change which will support the EU with scientific and technical expertise to achieve  Europe’s climate.



Read more here

Paris Agreement


“The climate change crisis has already been solved. We already have the facts and solutions. All we have to do is wake up and change”

Greta Thunberg

A blueprint for action: the European Commission’s 100 intelligent cities challenge


A blueprint for action. Intelligent cities challenge


“A blueprint for action: the European Commission’s 100 intelligent cities challenge” is a guide that has been developed as part of the European Commission’s Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC). It provides cities with a blueprint and good practice case studies to support them with the implementation of the European Green Deal (EGD) at the local level – through a Local Green Deal (LGD). The guide outlines the rationale behind LGDs, and provides the key principles, levers, and steps for cities, stakeholders, and local communities to use to implement a LGD.

It relates to and supports other European initiatives relevant to cities and the European Green Deal objectives: the Committee of the Regions’ Green Deal Going Local, the Mannheim Message, the European Commission’s Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission. It also builds on a number of national initiatives and regulatory developments, such as the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) adopted by all EU member states in 2019.


For more information click here


“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity”

Robert Schuman

European Research Council launches call for experts to evaluate projects

NEW CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO SUPPORT THE IDENTIFICATION OF EXPERTS FOR THE EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS

The call for tenders to support the selection of independent external experts for the evaluation of European Research Council (ERC) research projects is open. The objective of this selection is to provide a set of software components to the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) to support the identification of experts and panel members for the period 2021-2025.

The total funding amounts to 900,000 euros. To participate in the selection process, applications must be submitted by 31 August 2021.

Read more HERE

For more information, please write to ERC-D3-TENDERS@ec.europa.eu

The European TouriSME project gives direct aid to tourism SMEs to become more sustainable

The call for applications will be open until 15 September and includes grants of up to 7,000 euros for SMEs in the tourism sector in Spain, Italy, France and up to 4,000 euros in the case of Cyprus, with the aim of offering them advice, training and financial support to strengthen their environmental commitment.

Friday, 09 July 2021.- Under this initiative, at least 62 European SMEs will benefit from direct aid and, more specifically, SMEs in the tourism sector in Spain, Italy, France and Cyprus. Companies that meet the requirements set out in the terms and conditions of the call for applications may submit their applications via the official project website until 15 September this year. Depending on the objectives set by each SME, they will receive funding of up to 7,000 euros (in the case of Spain, France and Italy) and up to 4,000 euros in the case of Cyprus to participate in the TouriSME programme. 

In particular, the grants are aimed at tourist accommodation, hotel SMEs and travel agencies, among other professionals in the sector, who want to benefit from training with extensive knowledge transfer, networking and exchange of sustainable best practices at European level through B2B events, as well as advice and financial support to adopt environmental certifications such as EU Ecolabel or EMAS. 

The TouriSME project, co-funded by the European Union’s COSME programme, has emerged with the aim of improving sustainable tourism development and the capacity of tourism SMEs through transnational cooperation and knowledge transfer. “The essence of this project is to improve the capacities and skills of SMEs, assessing their environmental impact and adopting solutions that allow them to adapt their businesses to certain principles of the circular economy, which will help them to recover their markets in a more sustainable way in the face of the COVID-19 crisis,” says Michelle Perello, director of the Canarian company Consulta Europa and coordinator of the project together with 7 other European partners.

Of these eight partners, five will provide direct support to tourism SMEs in Spain, Italy, France and Cyprus. In the case of Spain, the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias will provide direct support at national level. In France, it will be the Institute of Planning and Urbanisation of the Ile de France Region; in Italy, the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (RAS) and Confindustria Training Systems (SFC); and in Cyprus, the Nicosia Development Agency (ANEL).

European financing

On May 12, 2021, the European Commission approved the new multiannual financial program 2021-2027. Different types of the financing will be distributed adapting to the needs of the program, such us: grants, loans, guarantees or technical assistance. 

Among the most prominent programs are Horizon Europe, which will have a budget of 95.5 billion euros, ERASMUS +, the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) and the Cohesion Fund, among others. All this in order to achieve a more sustainable, digital and inclusive European Union. 
vhttps://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/tourism/funding-guide_en




EU OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected numerous businesses, including SMEs. For this reason, the Internal Market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs organize an online event for free. This event aims to help PYMES face the challenges in which they find themselves. #EUOpen4Business will take place on May 26 and 28, 2021. Registrations will close on May 25. The event will be held in English but there will be translations from FR,DE,ES,IT,PL and PT.

HERE you can find the program, registration and more information:

EU GREEN WEEK 2021

Do you know the consequences of pollution?

Due to pollution, elements so essential for human life are affected such as water, farmland, biodiversity, etc. Even the human being himself is affected by the appearance of new diseases. However, pollution does not affect everyone in the same way, in disadvantaged places or with high traffic such as large cities are areas of high pollution.

But thanks to the EU Action Plan, an attempt will be made to find solutions to achieve zero pollution, which is also an action of the European Green Deal. Attempts will be made to alleviate this worrying issue through monitoring and reporting, etc.

To address issues on health, biodiversity and ecosystems, production and consumption and enable change in the EU and abroad, sessions will be enabled from 1 to 4 June.

If you want to access the description of the program in more detail or are interested in registering, access the following link

https://bit.ly/33v7X7v

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