11 October 2011, Brussels, Belgium. Addressing evolving needs for cross-border eGovernment services.
Cross-border access to public services of other European administrations by citizens and businesses is one important step closer to a truly united Europe with strengthened eGovernment services between public administrations in different Member States. This workshop will focus on the evolving needs of the European Union towards a more efficient delivery of ICT-facilitated public services for citizens and businesses across the EU. The target is to widen the scope of use of the electronic means that public administrations have at their disposal outside the local, regional or national level.

14 July 2011, Brussels Innovation for Stronger Regions: Opportunities in FP7. A conference will be held in Brussels to raise awareness in the Regions of the forthcoming FP7 calls to be published later in July. The event however will not discuss the future calls in FP7 directly, as these will be covered by future targeted information sessions.

28 – 29 June 2011, Brussels, Belgium. 3rd Future Internet Usage Areas Workshop. This workshop aims to cultivate a common discussion between the stakeholders from all sectors using, and planning to use, the services and facilities of Future Internet (FI) to build an extended FI community and to foster a holistic cross sector approach to accelerating the Future Internet in Europe. It will enable a detailed discussion on the Usage Areas requirements and in particular how they can be part of the bigger picture of Future Internet evolution in Europe. A specific ambition will be to identify how additional usage areas may share and benefit from the approach of the FI-Public Private Partnership (PPP) while working under complementary programmes. Another ambition is to promote an ongoing discussion about the priorities and the activities in the community not directly involved in the PPP and how to organise this.

14 June 2011, Brussels, Belgium Smart Accessibility Awards. The European Disability Forum (EDF), AGE Platform Europe (AGE) and the Vodafone Foundation are jointly launching “Smart Accessibility Awards”. Researchers and developers are asked to create mobile applications to improve the lives of ageing users and users with disabilities. The competition will be held in 4 categories: social participation, independent living, mobility and well-being. During this launch event the debate will focus on how the smartphone platforms can enable low cost and rapid innovation and ensure the widespread distribution of new functionalities to users who may otherwise be excluded from the benefits of today’s digital society.

24 June 2011, Budapest, Hungary. The Implementation of the Telecoms Regulatory Framework in EU12: Policy, Regulatory and Market Challenges. This conference firstly aims at discussing the implementation of the regulatory framework and market outcomes in the EU12 Member States (countries that joined the EU over the past years). Secondly, it wants to assess peculiarities and differences in regulation and market dynamics within EU15 Member States (countries that were members of the EU before the enlargement on 1st May 2004), characterized by a longer process of market liberalization and competition enhancement. The event is organised by the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute under the patronage of the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union.

7 May 2012 – 9 May 2102, Copenhagen, Denmark. eHealth Week 2012 – WoHIT Exhibition and sponsor opportunities. eHealth Week 2012 will take place in Copenhagen from May 7th to May 9th. The Ministerial Conference will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition its 6th edition. It is now hailed as the largest annual pan-European eHealth event, bringing together Policy makers, industry partners and providers, government and regional decision makers, healthcare professionals, users and patients associations. eHealth week/WoHIT 2012 is the place to be if you want to reach these audiences across Europe. Complete information about exhibiting and other opportunities is available in the Exhibitor Guide.

27-28 June 2011, Turin. Public Procurement of Innovation: Facing Societal challenges, delivering better public services and supporting SMEs to innovate. The event will cover the new developments of European demand-side innovation policies, illustrate the forthcoming call for proposals, be an opportunity to exchange best practice in innovation procurement and give further information on future European R&D&I funding programmes.

EU-Japan cooperation on research in Intelligent Transport Systems consolidated
. A Memorandum of Cooperation on Intelligent Transport Systems, in particular ‘Cooperative Systems’, was signed by the European Commission and the Japanese Transport Ministry today, 9 June 2011. Signatories were Robert Madelin, Director-General of the Commission’s Information Society DG, and Shigeru Kikukawa, Director-General of the Road Bureau of the Ministry.

Commission report highlights Europe’s innovation emergency and analyses Member States’ progress. The EU’s innovation performance needs major improvements in many areas if the Europe 2020 strategy is to deliver smart sustainable growth, concludes the European Commission’s 2011 Innovation Union Competitiveness Report. Europe needs more and “smarter” investment in both public and private research and development – not only does this boost growth in the medium-term, it also has a counter-cyclical effect in times of crisis. More research cooperation within the EU and internationally is needed, along with better use of research results, including through a stronger intellectual property regime. Education systems need to be adapted to business innovation needs. Innovative and fast-growing SME’s need more encouragement.

Commission makes Europa website accessible for Internet Protocol version 6 users. On World IPv6 Day the European Commission is making its Europa website accessible for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) users (as well as IPv4 users). The Internet operates by transferring data in small packets that are independently routed across networks, as specified by an international communications protocol known as the Internet Protocol. In 1984 over 4 billion addresses were made available on Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) but due to increasing demand for new Internet services, the last remaining IPv4 address was assigned in February 2011.

Hungary signs eCall Memorandum of Understanding. Hungary today signed the eCall Memorandum of Understanding (eCall MoU). It is the 22 Member State which by its signature commits to the timely deployment of eCall in Europe. In case of a serious accident, an eCall-equipped car automatically calls the appropriate emergency call centre even if nobody in the car is able to make a phone call. The eCall device then sends a set of basic data about the accident. The most important data are the accurate coordinates of the crash site. Knowing the exact location of the accident scene, the rescue teams can arrive there much faster, and their arrival TIME SAVED translates into LIVES SAVED!

Invitation to Tender: Study on “Analysis of the needs for cross-border services and assessment of the organisational, legal, technical and semantic barriers” – SMART 2011/0074.
On the basis of already existing cross-border eGovernment pilot services and other EU initiatives, the study will explore and substantiate the existing and future needs (including socioeconomic, environmental, legal and even sector specific needs) and demand for cross-border eGovernment services. It will carry out an in-depth quantitative and qualitative costbenefit analysis to demonstrate how cross-border eGovernment services can make mobility in the EU less burdensome, provide added value to citizens and businesses and why deployment of new cross-border public services is needed. The study will identify and assess the organisational, legal, technical and semantic barriers that hinder the deployment of cross-border eGovernment services in the EU and consider their solutions. Deadline: 5 July 2011

Call for tender: Exercises for Civil Protection Modules and Technical Assistance and Support Teams (2011/C 169/08) (2 lots). Ref. ECHO/B.1/SER/2011/03 Deadline for receipt of offers: 26/08/2011 Opening date: 09/09/2011

Call for tender: Framework contract for services related to offering capacity to design, plan, conduct and evaluate Community Civil Protection Mechanism Courses (7 lots). Ref. ECHO/B.1/SER/2011/02 Deadline for receipt of offers: 25/08/2011 Opening date: 08/09/2011

Call for tender: Common Emergency Communication and Information System. Ref. ECHO/B.1/SER/2011/01 Deadline for receipt of offers: 24/08/2011 Opening date: 06/09/2011

Non FP Participation by Innovative SME’s – Reasons and Steps Forward SMART 2011/0041. This study will be focusing on non-participating high innovative SMEs in the ICT sector. The aim is to clarify the reasons for not participating and to suggest ways forward for the new ICT-FP8 to remedy the situation.  Deadline: 24 June 2011

Analysis of Publications and Patents of ICT Research in FP7 – SMART 2011/0039. This study aims at pursuing with the analysis of the publications and patents initiated in the study mentioned above and whenever possible strengthening its comparative dimension, by taking into account indicators of similar research activities or programmes. Deadline: 6 July 2011

Service contract for a Study on Business and Financing Models related to ICT for Ageing Well – SMART 2011/0071. The objective of the study is to address innovative solutions on sustainable business and financing models within information and communication technologies (ICT). The target solutions should be of high proven relevance for the ageing population in terms of improved quality of life of elderly people and their carers, increased efficiency of care and market potential. This excludes institutional healthcare settings. Deadline: 18 July 2011

Benchmarking deployment of e-health among general practitioners II — SMART 2011/0033. The objective of this study is to measure the use of ICT by primary care physicians in the EU-27, Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Turkey; through the organisation of a survey to collect the necessary data and indicators to describe the main relevant dimensions of the phenomena: use of internet and other ICT based applications by primary care physicians, for their work, including communication with patients and the electronic exchange of information with primary and secondary care and other health actors, with nurses, carers, insurance and pharmacies. The results of that study will be used as a key baseline for the second eHealth action plan (eHAP) 2012-2020. Deadline: 10 August 2011

Service contract for a Study on assessing and promoting e-accessibility – SMART 2011/0070. The study aims to measure the policy and market status of e-accessibility in all EU Member States and a few world-leading third countries as reference countries, analyse developments taking into account previous data and information, provide recommendations and disseminate the results to different ICTs and environments covered. Consideration will also be paid to relevant EU policy and legislation as well as to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Deadline: 6 July 2011

Study “Inventory and review of spectrum use: Assessment of the EU potential for improving spectrum efficiency” – SMART 2011/0016. The study shall gather detailed information from each Member State, develop a methodology and on that basis perform a review of existing spectrum use and identify a set of frequency bands where efficiency of use can be improved. The methodology shall include an analysis of the technical, economic and social efficiency of existing spectrum use, as well as examine both private and public spectrum users. Deadline: 27 June 2011

IPv6 Deployment Monitoring – SMART 2011-0059. The objective of this study is to measure the deployment of IPv6, i.e. the availability, the quality, and the usage of IPv6 in products and services, in the European Union, in 2011 and 2012. To achieve this objective the contractor should carry out the following tasks: Develop a methodology and conduct specific IPv6 implementation measures for all or representative EU Member States in 2011 and 2012; Use available statistics and appropriate metrics to assess the global deployment of IPv6 and compare the differences in the various areas of the different Regional Internet Registries; Identify critical gaps and bottlenecks in IPv6 deployment, also in respect to the quality of available products and services and to the security implications in deployment; Document the work done and describe the results in a way that the Commission can easily disseminate on its website. Deadline for submission of tenders: 04/07/2011- Deadline for request of documents: 27/06/2011.


UK-Italy Springboard Competition. Si apre la partecipazione alla seconda edizione di UK-Italy Springboard, la business plan competition promossa da UK Trade & Investment e Jstone in partnership con SETSquared.
Possono partecipare aziende italiane, innovative, ad alto contenuto tecnologico interessate ad una presenza internazionale. La partecipazione è soggetta a preselezione da parte di UK Trade&Investment e Jstone. Deadline 31 Agosto 2011

Risultati ENERGIA – Analisi partecipazione italiana al bando FP7-Energy-2011-2. La Commissione Europea ha fornito i risultati del bando FP7-Energy-2011-2 chiuso il 7 Aprile 2011. Complessivamente delle 72 proposte ritenute eleggibili solo 32 sono state valutate “sopra la soglia” , mentre 40 hanno ricevuto nel corso della valutazione un punteggio inferiore a 10/15. La partecipazione italiana è stata registrata in 33 proposte sottomesse di cui 7 a coordinamento italiano.

14-15 giugno 2011 Roma. Ambiente (incl. Cambiamento Climatico): lancio nazionale del bando 2012 e approfondimento sulle opportunità finanziarie, gli strumenti operativi e i programmi comunitari sul tema “Ambiente”.
La giornata, organizzata da APRE per conto del Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca, e dal Ministero dell’ Ambiente e della tutela del territorio e del mare, in collaborazione con ISPRA, sarà l’occasione per presentare le novità del programma di lavoro 2012 in vista dell’apertura del prossimo bando il 19 luglio p.v.

11 – 12 Luglio 2011 Bruxelles. FP7 Information Day sulle iniziative di partenariato pubblico-privato. L’info day sarà articolato in due momenti: una sessione informativa sulle aree di ricerca, le condizioni di partecipazione e le future priorità delle tre PPP; e una sessione di networking dove sarà possibile incontrare potenziali proponenti e partner nonché presentare la propria idea progettuale.

24 Giugno 2011 Messina Info day ERETRA. L’iniziativa prevede la presentazione delle opportunità finanziarie del programma “Capacità” a livello regionale in materia di “Region of Knowledge” e di “Research Potential”. Inoltre, verranno illustrati i futuri bandi del 7PQ, un caso di successo e nel pomeriggio sarà possibile richiedere un incontro con la Dott.ssa Anna Lucia Pinto, Punto nazionale di contatto APRE.

6 – 7 luglio 2011 Bruxelles .’Conflict and peace in a changing international context: funding opportunities, matchmaking, networking in FP7′

ESOF 2012: Inviti a presentare proposte per il programma scientifico.
Uno degli eventi scientifici internazionali più importanti dedicato alla ricerca e all’innovazione e al loro impatto sulla società, l’Euroscience Open Forum, ha aperto un invito a presentare proposte per la sua quinta edizione che si terrà a Dublino dall’11 al 15 luglio 2012. ESOF è un evento internazionale biennale che propone una serie di seminari, workshop e dibattiti sui temi scientifici di maggiore attualità e inoltre dispone di un’area espositiva dedicata alla ricerca accademica europea, pubblica e privata. Deadline 30 giugno 2011.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS — EACEA/17/11 ‘Youth in Action’ programme Youth Support Systems — Sub-action 4.3. Enhancing youth workers’ learning mobility and youth work support to unemployed young people (2011/C 165/09)
. The purpose of this call for proposals is to support youth worker mobility and exchanges with a view to promoting the acquisition of new skills and competences in order to enrich their profile as professionals in the youth field. By promoting long-term transnational learning experiences for youth workers, this new action will also aim at strengthening the capacities of the structures involved in the project, which will benefit from the experience and new perspective brought by a youth worker from a different background.

4 – 7 September 2011 Istanbul, Turkey. The 10th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies.
The conference (SET2011) is intended to promote integrated energy solutions for a better environment and contribute to a sustainable energy economy. At the same time, it offers a platform to discuss all matters related to energy technologies for a clean environment, involving industrialists from end-users to equipment manufacturers, developers of control equipment, sensor developers and vendors, software houses, research institutes, universities, policy makers, public administration and environmentalists.

5 September 2011 Aachen, Germany Ninth International Workshop on Security Issues in Concurrency, Emerging trends in concurrency theory require the definition of models and languages adequate for the design and management of new classes of applications, mainly to program either wide area networks (like internet) or smaller networks of mobile and portable devices (which support applications based on a dynamically reconfigurable communication structure).


Digital Agenda: Scoreboard shows progress.
A Scoreboard has been published by the European Commission showing the performance of the EU and Member States in delivering on the agreed targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe after the first year of its existence. In line with its commitment to an open data strategy the European Commission has made its data sets and statistics in the Scoreboard publicly available online enabling anyone to carry out their own analysis and come to their own conclusions.

Small business gets an advocate in each EU member state. New advocates were appointed in each EU member state within the framework of the Small Business Act (SBA). They will check the correct application of the EU law on SMEs and ensure that policies at national, regional and local level are enterprise friendly. The press release is available here, the list of national SME envoys is here.


LaMiaImpresaOnline: siti gratis per le aziende. Si chiama La Mia Impresa Online ed è il nuovo progetto dedicato alle imprese sostenuto da Seat Pagine Gialle, Google, e Poste Italiane.
Si tratta di un’iniziativa già collaudata in altri Paesi, come il Regno Unito, che giunge in Italia con qualche novità, aspirando a dar slancio alle piccole e medie imprese interessate ad allargare il loro business tramite Internet. Nonostante il Web sia la vetrina con il potenziale in assoluto più elevato per un’azienda, una recente indagine dell’istituto di ricerca Eurisko ha evidenziato come solo il 25% delle imprese italiane possieda un sito internet su un totale di 4 milioni e mezzo di attività.


La plenaria di Strasburgo ha salvato, per ora, gli aiuti europei per Campania, Calabria, Puglia e Sicilia.
Nella votazione sulla proposta del Parlamento europeo per le prospettive finanziarie 2013-2020 e’ passato infatti l’emendamento, presentato dal gruppo socialista su forte impegno del Pd, che impone una clausola di salvaguardia nella creazione di una categoria intermedia delle regioni destinatarie degli aiuti europei. Tale categoria, voluta su spinta francese, spagnola e portoghese, destina aiuti alle regioni il cui Pil e’ tra il 75 ed il 90% della media europea.Di fatto e’ stata creata per continuare ad erogare aiuti a regioni che rischiavano di uscirne dalla lista dell’ex ‘obiettivo 1’, ora ‘obiettivo convergenza’, (aiuti alle regioni il cui Pil e’ inferiore al 75% di quello Ue). In Italia vi entreranno a far parte Sardegna, Abruzzo, Molise e Basilicata. Ma il rischio collegato alla nascita di tale nuova categoria, in un ambito di bilancio ‘congelato’ come vorrebbero i governi, avrebbe fatalamente comportato il ridimensionamento dei fondi per le regioni che attualmente li percepiscono.