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.

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.

12Th April 2016

Covent Garden Building, Place Rogier,



Synergies between EU funding for research & innovation and structural funds are essential to develop regional research and innovation capacities, and drive the economic growth in Europe. How dealing with the implementation of structural funds and the RIS3 programme (Smart Specialisation programme) at the regional level? What about the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) programme under H2020?

The EC organised a workshop on 12Th April 2016 to support this smart specialisation (RIS3) and to encourage dialogue and exchange of ideas between the different stakeholders.

Please find below a short summary of the event.

4 April 2016

The Hotel,

Boulevard de Waterloo 38, Brussels

The annual Clean Sky Forum took place in Brussels on the 4th April 2016. Over 200 participants were attending the Forum, including many Clean Sky Members and Partners as well as aeronautics’ stakeholders and representatives from the European Parliament and the European Commission. Clean Sky is a Joint Undertaking of the European Commission and the European aeronautics industry and part of the EU H2020 research and innovation programme. The new Clean Sky 2 programme (2014-2020) represents a total budget of €4 billion over 7 years. Clean Sky 2 will enable a natural continuation to the progress achieved in the first Clean Sky Programme launched under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), which will end in 2017.

Please find below a summary of the event.

25th February 2016

Hotel Silken Berlaymont

Boulevard Charlemagne 11, Brussels


What kind of strategy will guarantee welfare, wealth and work for Europe in the long term?

More than 150 European stakeholders and decision-makers discussed a « New Strategy for Europe» with top scientists in Brussels on 25 February 2016. This conference was concluding the research project performed over four years by the Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe – WWWforEurope large scientific consortium led by WIFO. The conclusions pave the way to a European socio-ecological transition where the key words are education and innovation, active social policy, efficient use of resources and well-being.

Please find below a summary of the event.

23th February 2016
Bruegel, rue de la Charité 33, Brussels


How can we reduce divergences in national corporate insolvency regimes in order to create an integrated Capital Markets Union?
The event “How to improve national insolvency regimes” (Brussels, 23th February 2016), organised by the European think tank Bruegel, explored the complex but essential issue of improving and harmonizing national corporate insolvency regimes. Commissioner Jonathan Hill (Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union DG) has announced a legislative proposal that would be published before the end of 2016, being part of the EC’s action plan to foster a Capital Markets Union.
This event focused on a new detailed report published by the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME).

Please find below a short summary of the event.

5th February 2016
European Commission, Charlemagne Building,
170 rue de la Loi – 1049 Brussels


How can Europe manage the Migration challenge without any strategy based on the best available research and knowledge of the phenomenon?

The event “Understanding and tackling the Migration challenge: the role of research” (Brussels, 4th and 5th February 2016) was an important opportunity to focus on this hot issue for Member States. EFMC was present only the 5th February: the tools provided were fundamental to explore how European research can support policy makers in designing effective and sustainable migration policies. Please find below a short summary of the event.

* EFMC is keen to point out that this article is a summary of the conference and that political points of views expressed and reported are not the EFMC´s ones. EFMC reiterates not to be a political Company.

2nd February 2016

Madou Tower, Auditorium 1,

Place Madou, 1210 Brussels

How can the European Commission improve the economic growth and competitiveness of low-performing Member State? By investing in research and innovation thanks to new H2020 measures for spreading excellence and widening participation.

The EC held an Info Day on Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation Calls in Horizon 2020 (2nd February). During the event, the Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs Calls for 2016 were presented.

Please find below a short summary of the event.

25TH January 2016

Centre Borschette, Brussels

Are you planning to submit a proposal under FET Open and FET Proactive about the topic “Emerging themes and communities?

The Research Executive Agency (REA), in cooperation with the EC’s DG for Communications Networks, Content & Technology, organised an Information Day (25th January 2016) on the calls for proposals to be launched in 2016 by the Future and Emerging Technologies Open (FET Open) and the topic “Emerging themes and communities” of the FET Proactive schemes.

Please find below a short summary of the event.

Call deadline: The FET Open calls will close on 11th May 2016 and the FET Proactive calls on 12th April 2016.

20 January 2016
European Commission, Charlemagne Building,
170 rue de la Loi -1049, Brussels


Are you planning to submit a proposal in the ICT-03 ”SSI-Smart System Integration” call for proposals under Horizon 2020?

The Brokerage event in the field of “Smart System Integration” (Brussels, 20th January 2016) was a big opportunity to get information and network on the Horizon 2020 call for proposals on “Smart System Integration”. Please find below a short summary of the event.

Call Deadline: The ICT-03 SSI-Smart System Integration call for proposals will close on 12 April 2016.


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