11/05/2009 Roma Giornata Informativa Collaborazione tra PMI e Università/Centri di Ricerca: schemi di cooperazione e opportunità nel 7PQ http://www.apre.it/Eventi/giornata.asp?id=888

VAT rules on compliance of electronic invoices – Code of Practice for companies.This Code of Practice on Electronic Invoicing in Europe is recommended for implementation when and if the amended Directive on VAT as proposed by the European Commission on 28 January 2009 comes into effect. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/ict/policy/einvoicing/einvoicing_en.htm

Call for European eGovernment Awards 2009: submission online.The European Commission invites local, regional and national public sectors organisations to submit their Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) cases to the European eGovernment Awards 2009. Your good practice cases and experience will highlight how ICT can improve service delivery to citizens and businesses across Europe. The finalists and winners of the European eGovernment Awards will be selected by a panel of independent experts. The Awards ceremony will take place on 19th November 2009 in Malmoe, Sweden, during the 5th Ministerial eGovernment Conference. http://www.epractice.eu/call2009

Commission fights late payments.Despite some improvements during the past years, late payments in commercial transactions between companies or between businesses and public authorities still happen in the EU. This hampers the development of business and is even responsible for bankruptcies of otherwise viable companies, notably if they are Small- or Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Unfortunately up to now the payment culture of public authorities is not always applaudable. Given the current crisis, several Member States have therefore started to address this issue at national level. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=3000

Call for proposals for actions in the field of energy under the ‘Intelligent Energy — Europe’ Programme (Decision 1639/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24.10.2006, OJ L 310/15 of 9.11.2006) (2009/C 81/09) Intelligent Energy – Europe covers action in the following fields:

  • Energy efficiency and rational use of resources (SAVE), including:  improving energy efficiency and the rational use of energy, in particular in the building and industry sectors; supporting the preparation and application of legislative measures.
  • New and renewable energy resources (ALTENER), including: promoting new and renewable energy sources for centralised and decentralised production of electricity, heat and cooling, and biofuels, thus supporting the diversification of energy sources;  integrating new and renewable energy sources into the local environment and the energy systems; supporting the preparation and application of legislative measures.
  • Energy in transport (STEER) to promote energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable energies sources in transport, including ; supporting initiatives relating to all energy aspects of transport and the diversification of fuels; promoting renewable fuels and energy efficiency in transport; supporting the preparation and application of legislative measures.Budget EUR 65 million Deadline 25 June 2009 http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent/call_for_proposals/call_library_en.htm

Call for proposals — DG ENTR No ENT/ERA/09/311-Erasmus for young entrepreneurs (2009/C 83/10). This call for proposals aims to help new EU entrepreneurs enrich their experiences, learning and networking by spending periods in enterprises run by experienced entrepreneurs in other EU Member States. The call comprises two lots with two types of activity:

  • Lot 1: European partnerships and national and regional public authorities enhancing and facilitating the mobility of nascent entrepreneurs.
  • Lot 2: Support, coordination and networking linked to the activities mentioned in Lot 1.

Budget EUR 4 300 000 Deadline 29 May 2009. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/entrepreneurship/support_measures/erasmus/

Study to develop a promotion/information strategy for the Eurocodes in 3rd countries and subsequent implementation of selected promotion actions from the developed strategy.Deadline: 29 May 2009 http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=2994

Study on “Tourism exchanges in Europe: Enhancing employment, extending the seasonality spread, strengthening European citizenship and improving regional/local economies through the development of social tourism”. Deadline: 8 June 2009 http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=2995

Implementation of an initial GMES/Kopernikus service for geospatial reference data access Reference data are vital both to GMES/Kopernikus core and downstream services (in particular emergency response, land, atmosphere and security services) and to end-user applications in order to provide the basic geographic framework on top of which additional (thematic) spatial information can be produced and disclosed (e.g. land use/land cover maps, asset maps and damage assessment maps in response to crisis). Reference data are typically provided by data providers on regional or national level. Within Europe the states are obliged to make this data accessible in accordance with the Inspire Directive. In order to take full benefit from the data available it is necessary to provide a central service to access these reference data providers in a unified manner. Deadline: 15 May 2009 http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=3001&lang=en

14 – 18 September 2009, Hersonissos, Greece.ENISA-FORTH Summer School on Network & Information Security.Recognising the importance of Network and Information Security and the need for raising awareness, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) have taken the initiative to organise this Summer School. It aims to provide a forum for experts in Information Security, policy makers from EU Member States and EU Institutions, decision makers from the industry, as well as members of the research and academic community, to interact on cutting-edge and interesting topics in Network and Information Security. http://www.nis-summer-school.eu/index.html


22 April 2009 Brussels, Belgium.TEN-T information day, Brussels, Belgium. The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Executive Agency will hold an information day on the TEN-T calls for proposals 2009. Participants, including representatives from Member States, local and regional authorities and others, will be provided with key information about the background of the three calls (European Economic Recovery Plan, Multi-annual call (Motorways of the Sea, European Rail Traffic Management Systems, Intelligent Transport Systems for Roads) and the Annual Call) and the process for funding from each of the them. http://tentea.ec.europa.eu/en/news__events/events/ten-t_info_day_-_22_april_2009.htm

Robots and scientists thinking together .Scientists in the UK have incorporated artificial intelligence (AI) and a sophisticated set of algorithms into a robot, named Adam, that can develop hypotheses and carry out a whole scientific experimentation cycle. The research, published in the journal Science, paves the way for dramatically increasing the rate of scientific progress.