Did you know that the Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation started his career as a project manager in France? Now being the “face” of Horizon 2020 and upcoming Horizon Europe, he is on a mission to “to strengthen the EU's global scientific leadership, …reengage citizens by setting ambitious new missions for EU research… and modernise funding for ground-breaking innovation in Europe".
We believe that in order to make a long-lasting impact on R&I landscape in Europe, EU funding should not only be allocated to the most competitive proposals, but also properly managed. We can’t promise that after attending our courses on project management and finances Madrid or Vienna you will become the next EU R&I Commissioner, but we’ll help you ensure a sound technical and financial management of your innovative projects for the benefit of EU citizens, the country you live in or your local community.
The European Commission has approved an investment package for projects under the LIFE programme. According to Commissioner Karmenu Vella, “the LIFE programme continues to invest in projects that improve our quality of life, our environment and nature.” Part of the investment is aimed at projects that will enable plastic reuse, towards achieving the goals of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy.
SELFIE (Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational Technologies) is a tool helping schools in all 28 Members States, as well as in Georgia, Russia, and Serbia, to assess how they use digital technology for teaching and learning. SELFIE is one of the 11 initiatives of the Digital Education Action Plan presented by the EC in January this year. Starting early 2019, the SELFIE will be made available to all Western Balkan countries.
As of 25 October, the EU ban on single-use plastic items is backed by MEPs vote: “Today’s vote paves the way to a forthcoming and ambitious directive.” (Frédérique Ries; ALDE, BE). Plates, cutlery, balloon sticks, cotton buds, make up over 70% of marine litter – thus these items will be banned from the EU market from 2021, according to the draft plans adopted by the European Parliament.