30 March 2017

Residence Palace, Polak room

Rue de la Loi 155 – Brussels



This event presented a selection of on-going initiatives at local, national and European levels that are demonstrating that energy efficiency can be financed on a large scale through the mobilisation of private financing. Mostly funded under the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency programme, these initiatives provide inspiring insights on:


  • Aggregation and assistance for project development: the event featured successful projects developing an investment pipeline at local and regional levels, which can be adapted and replicated at a large scale across the EU
  • De-risking energy efficiency investments: the event presented the key initiatives in Europe that are making energy efficiency increasingly attractive for the financial sector through policy dialogue, standardisation and benchmarking of investments
  • More effective use of public funding: the event presented successful experiences of innovative financing schemes using public funds to leverage private finance for energy efficiency.



I. Public building renovation through energy performance contracting (EPC)

II. Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) activities to de-risk energy efficiency

III. Scene setter: using European Structural and Investment Funds in the form of Financial Instruments



For more information and all the presentations.



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting 

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communication Manager

21-22 March 2017

The Hotel

Boulevard de Waterloo 38 – 1000, Brussels



This two-day event was an opportunity to mark the closing of Clean Sky 1. The first day featured a series of keynote speeches and debate by high-level representatives from the industry, European Parliament and the European Commission, all involved in Clean Sky. The second day focused on the technical platforms of Clean Sky 1, with breakout sessions dedicated to reporting the results and achievements.




I. The event

The event started with welcome addresses from Ric Parker, Chair of the Clean Sky Governing Board, and Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation. They discussed the achievements of Clean Sky 1 and the importance of the collaboration between private and public actors which has made the programme a success.

This was followed by a panel discussion with Philippe Petitcolin (Chief Executive Officer, Safran), Paul Eremenko (Chief Technology Officer, Airbus), and Christian Ehler MEP. They discussed the main theme of the event, ‘Europe, Innovation and Aviation’, in the context of Clean Sky’s environmental and mobility goals.

Finally, Rolf Henke, Chair of ACARE and Member of the Executive Board for aeronautics research for DLR, spoke about Clean Sky’s role in implementing ACARE’s objectives, and Ric Parker took to the stage to discuss the transition from Clean Sky 1 to Clean Sky 2, a ‘Flight to the Future’.

The afternoon finished with an award ceremony for the former Chairs of the Governing Board during the Clean Sky 1 programme.


The second day started with welcome addresses from Bruno Stoufflet (Vice-Chair of the Clean Sky Governing Board), Ruxandra Draghia-Akli (Deputy Director-General of DG RTD, European Commission), and Filip Cornelis (Acting Director in DG MOVE, European Commission).

The focus of this second day of the event was the technical achievements of Clean Sky 1. Seven breakout sessions took place, focusing on one ITD each – Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft, Sustainable and Green Engines, Green Regional Aircraft, Green Rotorcraft, Systems for Green Operations, and Eco-Design. A final session focused on the Technology Evaluator, Clean Sky’s tool to assess the environmental impact of its innovative technologies.

The day ended on a high note with an award ceremony to honour several different groups who all made great contributions to the Clean Sky 1 programme. First, the annual Clean Sky award for Best Projects from Partners was presented.

An award was then presented to members of the Clean Sky States Representative Group and Scientific Committee.

Finally, the awards were given for the Best Clean Sky PhD, to acknowledge the importance of young scientists for the greener aviation of the future.

Bruno Stoufflet closed the event with a short speech highlighting the success of the Clean Sky 1 programme and the hope that the partnerships developed will continue to achieve great things in Clean Sky 2



II. Clean Sky

Clean Sky is a Joint Undertaking of the European Commission and the European aeronautics industry – part of the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It develops innovative, cutting-edge technologies aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions (particularly NOx), and noise produced by aircraft.

As these aims are achieved, Clean Sky contributes to strengthening European global leadership and competitiveness, both within and beyond the aviation sector. The Clean Sky 2 Programme is resourced with a total budget of €4 billion.


The Clean Sky 1 programme, started in 2009, is centred on six main technology platforms (wings, engines, systems, regional planes, rotorcraft and eco-design) which are delivering ground-breaking results. Clean Sky 2 launched in 2014 and is a natural continuation of the first programme, with even greater technological ambitions. Both programmes contribute to Clean Sky’s main objective: reducing the environmental footprint of aviation by 2020 and beyond.

By pooling resources from both the public and private sectors, Clean Sky’s modus operandi as a Joint Undertaking assures that pioneering research and conceptual development programmes are underpinned with an appropriate level of fiscal nurture to sustain them throughout the duration of the extended timescales that are typical in the aviation sector – it’s a long-haul process.

This MO provides a path of viability to ensure that new products can transition through research, conceptualisation, design, development, testing, certification, manufacture and introduction into service within timelines that align with the needs of the end user (passengers), the operators (airlines and air traffic control infrastructure), industry (manufacturers and maintenance entities), and society at large (those people transported by, and impacted by, the presence of the air transport system). The Clean Sky initiative enables the front end of this long and complex process to thrive.

Today, Clean Sky’s scale of operation, and the diligent and selective manner in which it has grown its collaborative network of more than 600 participants from 24 countries, underpins the realization of that vision for tomorrow’s air transport system.


For more information: http://www.cleansky.eu/


EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communication Manager

16-17 March 2017

Room S1, DG Connect (European Commission)

Avenue de Beaulieu 25 – 1160, Brussels



The European ENERGISE study conducted a comprehensive analysis of various options for establishing ICT infrastructures for smart grids. It focused on the core question of whether the modern energy systems of the future should be based on own or third-party communication infrastructures.

This question is viable for an extensive deployment of smart grids and smart infrastructures in general. Especially considering the context of the European directive to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks the need for joint infrastructure usage and deployment is of rising importance.




Within the final ENERGISE workshop, stakeholders from the telecommunication and energy industry from all over Europe came together to discuss the future cooperation modes of ICT infrastructure for smart grids among all involved sectors.

The workshop offered a unique opportunity for exchange between the energy and telecommunications sectors, which so far have remained mostly separate and developed their respective positions and strategies on smart grids in parallel.

The ENERGISE project was assigned by the European Commission to bridge this apparent gap.

Objectives of the workshop

  • Present the ENERGISE ICT-Decision Toolkit
  • Disseminate ENERGISE results for intersectoral cooperation beyond the project time
  • Enable stakeholder discussions


ENERGISE at a glance

With its “low carbon energy” strategy, the European Commission is seeking cost-efficient ways of creating a more climate-friendly European economy. By 2050, the member states are required to drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. After all, the future of Europe’s economy lies with clean technologies.

ENERGISE analyzes various infrastructure concepts and best-practice approaches of ICT expansion in modern energy grids.

ENERGISE unites relevant stakeholders of the energy and telecommunications sectors with shared areas of expertise and is aimed at supporting decision-making processes for core political, economic and social aspects of the “smart grid” TC infrastructure.

ENERGISE is developing an expert tool for resolving the key question of whether to adopt a shared or a dedicated ICT infrastructure.

I. Modern communication infrastructures (ICT) for intelligent energy grids in Europe.

The energy transition and the objectives of the European “low carbon energy” strategy have given rise to significant requirements for the efficient use and control of energy infrastructures required for modern, intelligent energy grids (smart grids).

The European ENERGISE research project is conducting a cost-benefit analysis of various options for establishing ICT infrastructures for smart grids. It focuses on the core question of whether the modern energy systems of the future should be based on own or third-party communication infrastructures and is aimed at establishing which parameters apply in setting up these systems.


II. Study objectives

The study is aimed at providing an expert tool for supporting the decision-making process on a shared and/or dedicated ICT infrastructure. This tool will be based on the experiences and best-practice approaches of relevant stakeholders and is designed to support future ICT infrastructure projects in the energy sector.


ENERGISE is aimed at

  • identifying relevant stakeholders and creating a European project forum
  • promoting exchange on the study’s core question and sharing experiences gained from current implementation approaches
  • establishing a theoretical model for supporting decision-making on a dedicated and/or shared communication infrastructure in the energy sector
  • reviewing this theoretical model in the European project forum of relevant stakeholders in terms of its applicability and practicability, and
  • developing an expert tool to enable sound decision-making in the context of planning dedicated and/or shared ICT infrastructures.



































More information on ENERGISE: www.project-energise.eu


EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communication Manager

10 March 2017


Rue Théodore Verhaegen 158 – 1060, Brussels



The Horizon 2020 Specific Programme describes the aim of Part V ‘Science with and for Society’ (SWAFS) as follows: “The aim is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility”.



This Science with and for Society programme is not encompassed under the three pillars of Horizon 2020. Its objective is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

The purpose of the programme is to involve the general public and other stakeholders in the research and innovation process, create meeting places and promote effective cooperation between academia, trade and industry, and society at large. Other focus areas include gender equality and gender issues and encouraging young people to study the natural sciences and pursue researcher careers.


I. The programme encompasses the following thematic areas:

  • Public engagement – foster dialogue and raise public awareness of research and innovation;
  • Open Science – increase access to scientific results;
  • Gender – ensure gender equality in both the research process and the research content;
  • Science education and careers – promote formal and informal science education;
  • Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) – incorporate considerations relating to ethics and benefits to society into research and innovation.


The ‘Science with and for Society’ programme will be instrumental in addressing the European societal challenges tackled by Horizon 2020, building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society. It will make science more attractive (notably to young people), increase society’s appetite for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities.

II. Science with and for Society (SWAFS) Beneficiaries/Actors:

  • Schools, Universities, and other Higher Education establishments
  • R&I funding and performing organisations
  • Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)/(NGO’s)/ 3rd Sector organisations
  • Business/Industry
  • Policy makers (all levels)-
  • Professors, researchers, teachers, students and pupils
  • Science museums and science centres, . . .


The brokerage event was organized by SiS.net2, the international network of National Contact Points (NCPs) in the field of Science with and for Society in Horizon 2020 in cooperation with the European Commission.


Presentations from the European Commission are available on the event website.

Registration of the morning session.


EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communication Manager

6-7 March 2017

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

Rue du Fossé aux Loups 47 – 1000, Brussels



The event Horizon 2020 Secure Societies – European Info Day and Brokerage Event was organized by the Network of Secure Societies National Contact Points – SEREN3, in collaboration with the European Commission. This information day and brokerage event gave details on the calls for proposals H2020-CIP 2017, H2020-SEC 2017 and H2020-DS-2017, which have been published on 1 March 2017 under the societal challenge Secure Societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

These calls offers new research funding opportunities to research institutions, universities, industries, SMEs, civil society organizations and any other security stakeholders.



I. General Information on Secure Societies Calls, submissions and evaluation

The Secure Societies Challenge will help to implement the policy goals of the Europe 2020 strategy (the overarching strategy for Horizon 2020) as well as three dedicated security-related documents: the Security Industrial Policy, the Internal Security Strategy and the Cybersecurity Strategy.

There are four main calls for proposals set out in the Work Programme for Secure Societies for 2016–2017:

  • Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adaptation to climate change
  • Fight against crime and terrorism
  • Border security and external security
  • Digital Security Focus Area (cybersecurity, protection of personal data and trustworthiness)











The primary aims of the Secure Societies Challenge are:

  • to enhance the resilience of our society against natural and man-made disasters, ranging from the development of new crisis management tools to communication interoperability, and to develop novel solutions for the protection of critical infrastructure;
  • to fight crime and terrorism ranging from new forensic tools to protection against explosives;
  • to improve border security, ranging from improved maritime border protection to supply chain security and to support the Union’s external security policies including through conflict prevention and peace building;
  • And to provide enhanced cyber-security, ranging from secure information sharing to new assurance models.


II. Rules for participation and legal/financial issues

Opening date: 01 March 2017 Deadline: 24 August 2017 – 17:00:00



III. Ethical and Security Aspects


IV. Cross cutting issues




Presentations from the “Secure Societies Info Day and Brokerage Event” are available on the event website.



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communication Manager

28 February 2017

European Commission, Charlemagne Building

170 Rue de la Loi -1000, Brussels


On 28 February 2017, 400 participants, key industrial players, global trend shapers and high-level EU policymakers gathered in Brussels to take stock of what the EU’s industrial policy has achieved and debated on the future of European industry.

Please find below a short summary of the event.



The event opened with a video message from Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker who stated that Europe’s industry is strong. It has retained a leading position in global markets.


Industry is at the heart of the Commission’s political priorities, and all its policies are geared to support industrial competitiveness.

The nature of industry is changing, driven by rapid technological change. The evolution of industrial activity is characterised by digitalisation, clean and circular technologies, and a higher reliance on services.

The Commission fully supports its industry and makes a strong contribution to jobs and growth in Europe. The Commission has acted by establishing industrial competitiveness into all major policy initiatives from the Investment Plan and Horizon 2020 to the Single Market Strategy and from circular economy to Digitising European Industry. The strategic approach to industrial competitiveness aims to empower businesses, citizens and entire regions to be fit for the future.


I. Opening

Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen (Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness), Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market, Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship) and Carlos Moedas (Research and Innovation) also participated in the event.

Ms. Bieńkowska reaffirmed that Europe’s industry is a world leader with a well-educated workforce and with almost 23 million people who started their own SMEs.

We have the creativity and courage needed to experiment and innovate.” – The Commissioner said – “We have the terms, the workers, the productivity and the markets, but we have to reach out for the opportunities. We have an investment gap of at least 400 million euros and this comes at a cost in terms of productivity. The benefits of the innovation are not being spread across Europe and that is why we have increased the investment plan and extended to the partner countries.”

In order to identify gaps to make further progress towards smart, clean and innovative industry that creates employment and high living standards for EU citizens, the event addressed the following questions:

  • What has been achieved by mainstreaming industrial competitiveness into EU policy?
  • How will people find their place in the new industrial revolution?
  • What is the role of regional ecosystems for industrial transformation?
  • What are the key technologies for the future of industry?


II. Parallel sessions

II.1 People: Creativity and Future of work

Creativity is one of the main differentiating advantage of Europe. It defines European identities, including industrial identities, and it has the power to boost the competitiveness of European industry. Besides pure technological abilities, soft skills like networking and creativity might well be one of the key instruments for building teams, talents and business modelling thinking.

What more do we need to do for the future of work? Investment in skills is one of the key areas for investment in the EU; especially cooperation, communication and relation skills at individual and collective level.

Skills policies oriented towards industry upgrading should not only aim at investing in more and better skills, but also at aligning education with labour market needs, improving the school-to-work transition and encouraging the long-term adaptability of skills.


II.2 Territory: Industrial transformation in European regions and Ecosystem for investments for growth

European regions are key for transformation.

EU should be more self-confident in the address of the industrial transformation and create better linkages between the regions. The EU needs to inspire more confidence in the investment markets and to create a long-term vision for investors and for industry.

EU’s directions need to catch up with market orientations for a significant speeding up and skilling up of the investments in order to make the respective regions more attractive to external investors and encourage knowledge transfer and regional learning.


II.3 Technologies: Advanced technologies of the future and SME access to technologies

One of the biggest challenges for Small and Medium Enterprises is access to technologies. SMEs need help to update their technologies as well as the possibility to get in contact with experts speaking their business language who could provide them with hands-on expertise.

Lower taxation is certainly an asset and funding could be increased to facilitate cross border access. Most challenges are around speed of market; digitalisation, new material, and data security need new manufactory techniques.




The question is thus not whether industrial policies should be adopted or not, but, more pragmatically, how they should be designed and how they can be implemented more effectively in order to generate growth and prosperity.

Ultimately, industrial policies need to be about people, by creating more and better jobs, especially for the youth. Governments need to support structural change proactively to define better policies for better lives.

EU’s industry must be empowered to thrive in a changing world where digitalisation and recanalization will transform the way we work and power the economy in the next decade.

The Commission’s job is to support industry in adapting to these changes: by investing in skills, education and lifelong learning to close the gap. Today is about finding ways to help industry embrace transformation and make this work for its workforce and the consumers.

In 10 years, Europe will receive investments from all over the world and will trade with the rest of the world.

Industrial strength will work in tandem with digital invasion and lead technology will generate sustainable growth creating new and better jobs, new business models, and new opportunities.

To make this vision a reality we need:

  • To have a clear vision for manufactory because it will be vital to Europe, as the engine for competitiveness;
  • Policy makers who support companies and their people.

Digitalisation will help amplify these achievements.

Manufacturing is changing fast and digitalisation is boosting productivity, in-house resource and efficiency, as well as creating exciting new business opportunities and most importantly, new jobs.

Digitalisation of industry is creating a whole new ecosystem based on gathering and connections of productive systems.

We need an ambitious, coordinated European industrial policy that joints the dots between all policies affected manufactories and we must continue to defend free trade which has brought prosperity for over 70 years.




EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communication Manager

15-16 June 2016

Tour & Taxis, Brussels

The EDD 2016 focused on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Agenda provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to eradicate poverty once and for all and shift our planet onto a sustainable, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous path.

Please find below a short presentation of the three main panels that EFMC attended.


I. What does business do to fight human trafficking?

In a very interactive debate, Kristina Areskog Bjurling (Sustainability Manager – AxFood), Lea Rankinen (Senior Vice President – Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility S Group), Sonja Vartiala (Executive Director – Finnwatch) discussed about the fundamental role of importing companies to fight against human rights violations.

The main issues addressed were the use of forced and child labour, the involvement of human trafficking, unlawfully low wages and excessive working hours – particularly with regard migrant workers.

How can business companies be agent of societal improvement? How can we face the challenges behind international supply chains?

  • Key stakeholders, both local and international, and workers can identify and implement collaborative action plans which address poor working conditions and improve the lives of vulnerable workers.
  • Necessity of one common Code of Conduct that supports business companies in their efforts to build an ethical supply chain.


II. An economy for the 1 %. How privilege and power in the economy drive extreme inequality and how this can be stopped.


This panel, organised by OXFAM, was about how achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to stop inequality. This is a global issue and its effects are being increasingly felt in richer countries. Different speakers contributed to the discussion, particularly Winnie Byanyima (Executive Director – Oxfam International), Nora Lustig (Professor of Latin American Economics – Tulane University), Philippe Orliange (Director for Strategy – Partnership and Communication. Agence Française de Développement), Maria Shaw-Barragan (Deputy Director, Operations in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, Asia and Latin America European Investment Bank), Ruba Ahmad (Young Leader – Inequalities Jordan).

Key points:

  • Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals requires effective action to fight inequality.
  • Fighting inequality involves a political mind shift and public policies that ensure a fairer distribution of resources.
  • Inequality is not just morally reprehensible; it is economically inefficient and unjust.
  • At a global level, tax rules need to ensure the rich pay their dues.

Conclusion: Efforts at redistribution through increased spending in areas such as health and education must ensure that the increased services are also improved services. Nothing will be gained if the quality is not there. These efforts also need to be economically sustainable.


III. Culture, where art thou?

This panel drew attention to the added value of a cultural perspective in the SDGs. Some speakers regretted the absence of specific cultural elements in the SDGs, and suggested that the cultural sector had failed to lobby sufficiently on this. Particularly, a great contribution was Lynnette Micheni (Programme Manager – Pawa 254), Nina Obuljen Koržinek (Researcher Institute for Development and International Relations), Simone Cipriani (Founder and Head – Ethical Fashion Initiative), Mercedes Giovinazzo (Director Interarts Foundation), Jyoti Hosagrahar (Director of the Division for Creativity UNESCO) made a considerable contribution to this panel. They concluded by affirming that in Europe, cultural funding has tended to be predominantly public. This will have to change, although public financing will continue to be important.

Key points:

  • All EU Member States and the EU itself are signed up to the 2005 UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity.
  • The Convention’s aims are closely linked to a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and it is a key tool in the process of integrating culture into national development strategies.
  • A joint UNESCO-EU expert facility has provided 13 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean with technical assistance in developing strategies for the culture sector.
  • Cultural activity can provide young people in particular with new opportunities that keep them from becoming radicalised.
  • A new strategy adopted by the European Commission on 8 June aims to put culture at the heart of EU international relations.


EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Francesca Festa







The GreenEcoNet Final Conference (26 May 2016) focused on the circular economy and its implications for EU businesses. GreenEcoNet (www.greeneconet.eu) is a project financed by the European Commission, which brings businesses and academia together on an EU-wide platform to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the transition to a green economy. This platform allows SMEs in Europe to connect to each other and to share their experiences, innovations and best practices. It thus aims to assist SMEs in optimally reaping the business opportunities of a green economy.

Please find below a short summary of the event.

I. Financial and Environmental barriers

The access to suitable sources of finance is key for SMEs seeking to develop an innovative product within a circular economy. The circular economy package for EU SMEs means the need of more collaboration in the value change. Clearer, well known and easier funding options (H2020, etc.) are also meant to improve their sustainability performance and/or introduce an innovation. When it comes to bank financing, SMES, and especially very young small businesses, face difficulties in obtaining the collateral or guarantees required by the banks, which often consider SME financing a risky business.

Lots of challenges are to be considered to spread the value of the circular economy.

  • First of all, the business culture has to be changed by creating trust in recycled materials and promoting investments in this sector.
  • Moreover, it is important to avoid any competitive disadvantages and maintaining entrepreneurial freedom. Consumer involvement is also fundamental because without demand there is no market.

II. The Green Action Plan for SMEs

The Green Action Plan (GAP) for SMEs was adopted by the EC on July 2nd 2014, together with the Circular economy Package, with the purpose of enabling SMEs to turn environmental challenges into business opportunities. SMEs really need help to get into the green value change and to grow up their capacity building.

That’s why the EC proposed the GreenEcoNet project: the aim is to create cluster companies formed by SMEs that can have a stronger negotiation power, without being big companies.

Objectives of the GAP:

  • To raise SMEs awareness of resource efficiency improvements and the potential of the circular economy for productivity, competitiveness and business opportunities
  • To inform SMEs about EU resource efficiency actions under the COSME, H2020 and the ESIF – European Structural and Investment Funds

The GAP aims to help businesses by:

  • Improving productivity
  • Driving down costs
  • Supporting green entrepreneurship
  • Developing European leadership in green processes and technologies

To increase SMEs participation, the EC promoted a new policy based on the digitalisation of the process, otherwise too much time-consuming. A coordinated platform has also been introduced to simplify the bureaucratic coordination between SMEs.

Actually, SMEs are generally interested in using a web platforms: as long as the platform is easy to find, well- structured and user friendly, SMEs could will to invest time in it. Ideally, the platform should be perceived as a quick and relevant source of help. It will continue to be used as an important source of information and networking.

In this context, different actors, in particular SMEs and sector associations, municipal institutions and political decision-makers, should be involved in the development of the platform.


In conclusion, the circular economy package implies a new life circle consisting in SMEs working more together thanks to networking connections, even if many SMEs will be reticent about sharing their knowledge that gives them a competitive advantage.

That’s why networking becomes fundamental, especially on a small range: a preference for personal contact and networking based on trust appears to be well accepted in the small business landscape.

Connecting SMEs for a green economy could bring benefits for national and regional structures that will be motivated to support directly the enterprises.

EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Francesca Festa


19 May 2016

Hotel Bloom, rue Royale 250, Brussels

FUSIONS is the European FP7 project committed to contribute to halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reducing food waste along production and supply chains, a target that was adopted by the international community in the Sustainable Development Goal. Funded by the European Commission FP7, the project launched in August 2012 and will run until July 2016.

The final event that took place on 19 May in Brussels highlighted the benefits and impacts for business and policy from taking actions to reduce food waste.

Please find below a short summary of the event.

I. The five FUSIONS Work Packages (WP)

FUSIONS deliverables are divided in five work packages between the project team as follows:


Policies stimulating social innovation in the food waste sector should be aimed at the creation of an enabling policy environment through different measures:

  • Introduction of food waste voluntary reporting for retailers,
  • Provision of specific socio-economic incentives to create new business models for collaboration between regular and social economy or to stimulate behaviours at the business and consumer level.

The promotion of awareness and education can be reached thanks to the introduction of social and environmental responsible practices. This is meant to include food waste prevention and reduction requirement in green public procurement procedures.

II. EU FUSIONS social innovation Projects


Advancing Social Supermarkets

The project identified social supermarkets as form of food re-distribution which are present in countries as France, Germany and Austria, but they are completely absent in other member states. In particular, a number of social supermarkets were selected and analysed to understand the necessary elements of a successful social supermarket.

Social supermarkets are highly replicable and could work in a number of member states. So the recommendations set out in this study can offer an excellent starting point in developing similar initiatives across the EU.

Here you can find more information about the project. -> Advancing social supermarkets report


Cr-EAT-ive Schools

Food waste prevention is based on raising awareness and influencing behaviour of children at kindergardens and their parents too. Different educational games for children and guidelines for parents and teachers were produced and implemented in 6 schools in Greece.

Cr-EAT-ive Schools has developed a programme that teaches children and parents the keys behaviours to reduce their food waste. As a matter of fact, eating behaviours begin at infancy, while parents play an important role in establishing these food habits.

Here you can find an exemple of Cr-EAT-ive materials translated into English. -> 1. Board Game


Disco BôCô

Disco BôCô tackles food waste by raising public awareness through organising community events to make jams, vegetable purees, etc.., in a fun atmosphere.

The ingredients are surplus fruits and vegetables collected from supermarkets, markets or directly from the fields. Food that would be wasted is converted into food products for consumption.

Here you can find more information about the project. -> DISCO Boco


Food Service Surplus Solution

This study, managed by the Hungarian Foodbank Association (HFA), based in Budapest, is meant to develop new relationships between the food service sector and food banks, as well as provide a replicable model for collaboration to support food distribution. Particularly, it concerns the possibility of redistributing food to those groups experiencing food insecurity.


Gleaning Network EU

Gleaning means picking fruits and vegetables not harvested by farmers, and giving them to charitable institutions involved in food redistribution. The aim was to provide a model for collaboration between growers, grassroots volunteers and charities across Europe, as well as giving specific support to groups initiating gleaning networks.

Here you can find more information about the project ->Fusions Gleaning Network



The Order-Cook-Pay feasibility project sought to develop a web-based solution to reduce food waste in Swedish school kitchens by planning the number of meals cooked based on actual demand through pre-ordering.

Here you can find more information about the project -> FUSION OCP


Surplus Food

The aim of the feasibility study was to test the possibility of setting-up an IT system in Denmark that would connect organisations like supermarkets, who have surplus food on a daily basis, with local charities such as homeless shelters.


EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Francesca Festa



21 April 2016

Charlemagne, Rue de la Loi 170



The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) initiative was set up to provide the impetus for bio-based sectors to find new ways of collaborating, through the creation of new strategies and objectives. The BBI JU programme provides the framework to enable a shared public-private financial commitment and a jointly defined research and innovation programme. It operates under Horizon 2020, and is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda, developed by industry committed to creating a vital European bio-economy.

BBI organised its third Info Day in Brussels on 21 April 2016.

Please find below a short summary of the event.

I. Why Europe needs a public-private partnership for bio-based industries

The main reasons of the public-private partnership between the EC and Industries are the objective of de-risking investments, organizing value change and reaching critical mass of the Bio emerging sector.

The main decarbonisation aim can be reached by promoting regional activism. Technological innovation as well as business innovation are needed to create new societal networks and new value changes. The Bio Based Industry direct impact is the definition of a clear framework that brings clarity for activities and investments. For instance, a joint approach is meant to unite parties not used to work together and leverage further industry investments.

BBI, whose budget is €3.7 billion (25% EC, 75% industries), is an independent legal entity since October 2015, but H2020 rules of openness, transparency and excellence are to follow to participate. Moreover, BBI is the unique program that is Industry driven and implies flag ship action as its main peculiarities.

The expected Impact for Europe by 2030 consists in:

  • Replacing 30% of oil-based chemicals and materials
  • Diversifying and growing farmers’ revenues
  • Demonstrating new technologies
  • Developing business models
  • Set-up flagship bio refinery plants


II. Participating in the 2016 Call for proposals

a. A very inclusive Call

CALL 2016 is the third call in a total of 7 calls planned between 2014- 2020.

Open for proposals: 19 April 2016

Deadline for submission of proposals: 8 September 2016



  1. RIAs in Call 2016: the objective is to fill in specific gaps in the value chain.
  2. DEMOs in Call 2016: the objective is to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of a new or improved technology.
  3. Flagships in Call 2016: the objective is the deployment of a technology to be integrated into a commercial operation. There are 2 flagships topics which focus on high added value products: F1 on products and F2 on bio based feedstock.
  4. CSAs in Call 2016: the objective is to support value chains development through various means such as networking, roadmaps …

Overall, it is a very inclusive call as RIAs, DEMOs, FLAGSHIPs, CSAs actions are concerned. Moreover, it implies new cross cutting opportunities and new functionalities of materials and products.


b. How to write a good BBI proposal.

  1. There is no recommendation. For instance, after the evaluation there is no negotiation between BBI JU and proposal writers.
  2. In relation to the topic text, every sentence counts. The topic text is the result of negotiations between industry and the EU.

The evaluation criteria are the same as H2020 (Excellence, Impact, Implementation), but BBI JU-specific sub criteria are to be added, depending per type of action.



III. Legal and Financial Aspects of Call 2016

Any legal entity can apply. The dimension of the Consortium depends on the topic, but at least 3 legal entities are necessary (except for CSAs that can be carried by a single legal entity). Remember: A Consortium with at least one big Member had higher success (50% of success). So integrating a big membership helps!

Moreover, large industries are not eligible for funding in RIAs and CSAs.







Consortium own contribution is crucial for private-public partnerships and it is positive for the evaluation as private actors show its own commitment. Describing carefully these additional investments is important to be positively evaluated.

BBI JU policy tries to increase and leverage the private investments by requesting less funding rate.

Additional investments are not part of the project but they can help it. There is no obligation but they are recommended!

EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Francesca Festa