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Gallery - SmartBlueCity

Gallery - SmartBlueCity | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it
The 1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference took place on 14-16 April 2016 in TRAKASOL Cultural Center in Limassol. 

The event gathered contributors and participants from many European countries, from the USA, Middle East, Thailand and a large number of participants from Cyprus. 

The main objective of the Conference was to encourage research, discussion, exchange of ideas and knowledge on major EU initiatives - Smart Cities and Blue Growth, to promote networking, build partnerships, and take advantage of the enormous funding opportunities to be seized through smart city programs. 

The event was successful and provided excellent impetus and practical networking opportunities towards this goal.
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SME FINANCING UNDER THE EFSI - agreements approved by the European Investment Fund - April 2016

SME FINANCING UNDER THE EFSI - agreements approved by the European Investment Fund - April 2016 | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it
The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is helping to finance infrastructure and innovation projects as well as SMEs and Mid-Caps. Mobilisation of private capital is a key feature of the EFSI and currently represents about 80% of the total expected investment 
value. 

Total expected investment €82.1 billion.
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#ARLEM Local leaders say: Cities and regions crucial to stabilization of Mediterranean

#ARLEM Local leaders say: Cities and regions crucial to stabilization of Mediterranean | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it
Practical co-operation at a local level is essential if countries around the Mediterranean are to manage challenges created by the conflicts in Syria and Libya, migration and climate change, local political leaders from the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) said on 19 January. “The sources of tension and instability in the Mediterranean are the [...]
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Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly's (ARLEM) annual assembly was held in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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News/Blog - Smart Cities Mediterranean - CityMobil2 Tests Self-Driving Bus in Spain

News/Blog - Smart Cities Mediterranean - CityMobil2 Tests Self-Driving Bus in Spain | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

The European Commission has selected the city of San Sebastian (Spain) to test a self-driving bus for a period of three months. The driverless buses will begin their services next Spring 2016. Previously, other European countries such as Laussanne (Switzerland), Rochelle (France) and Trikala (Greece) were chosen to implement these kind of self-driving autonomous buses among the citizens, within a real urban Lab.

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News/Blog - Smart Cities Mediterranean -JPI Urban Europe Presents 17 Projects on Smart City Solutions

News/Blog - Smart Cities Mediterranean -JPI Urban Europe Presents 17 Projects on Smart City Solutions | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

ERA-NET Cofund Smart Cities and Communities Call approved 17 projects in December 2015, after a first evaluation stage to which 32 consortia submitted their proposals. Themes like Smart Hospitality, for the improvement of green city tourism, Smart Commuting, for electric Mobility, and SmarterLabs, for the social inclusion in Living Labs and major risks of smart transport technologies, are among the projects selected for funding. All those 17 projectswill be running for three years from the first half of the year onwards. The total available budget reaches 28 million EUR coming from funding agencies in twelve different countries.

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News - SmartBlueCity - Support to SmartBlueCity Conference is strengthening

News - SmartBlueCity - Support to SmartBlueCity Conference is strengthening | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

Share ideas and present smart opportunities Transfer European and international experience in the Mediterranean region

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Support to the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference is strengthening and this is a positive step towards the plans of the Organizers to establish SmartBlueCity as an annual event.

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Funding to Cities for Urban Innovative Actions - EUR 5 Mio per project, co-financing rate of maximum 80% and duration of 3 years maximum.

Funding to Cities for Urban Innovative Actions -   EUR 5 Mio per project,  co-financing rate of maximum 80% and duration of 3 years maximum. | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

This call will be worth EUR 80 Mio in total and will be focused on the following four topics: Energy transition Urban Poverty (with a focus on deprived urban neighborhoods) The inclusion of migrants and [...]...

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The Urban Project Finance Initiative (UPFI) promotes €5 billion investment in more than 20 urban projects in the region - Union for the Mediterranean - UfM

The Urban Project Finance Initiative (UPFI) promotes €5 billion investment in more than 20 urban projects in the region - Union for the Mediterranean - UfM | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it
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News/Blog - CNE Business Development Ltd- Projects funded by CEF in Energy involving Cyprus, Greece and Israel

News/Blog - CNE Business Development Ltd- Projects funded by CEF  in Energy involving Cyprus, Greece and Israel | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services.

 

A total budget of €5.35 billion has been made available for energy projects for the 2014-2020 period, of which €4.7 billion is to be allocated through grants managed by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

 

The funding allocated to projects shall contribute to supporting energy infrastructure projects of common interest that have significant societal benefits and that ensure greater solidarity among Member States, but which do not receive adequate financing from the market.

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News - SmartBlueCity: 2016 CEF Telecom calls for proposals

News - SmartBlueCity: 2016 CEF Telecom calls for proposals | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

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Up to €70 million is foreseen from the 2016 CEF Telecom Work Programme for grants managed by INNOVATION AND NETWORKS EXECUTIVE AGENCY (INEA)

in the area of Generic Services.

 

In 2016 the Connecting Europe Facility will support activities related to:

 Safer Internet - Europeana - eIdentification and eSignaturee - Delivery -eInvoicing - Public Open Data - Automated Translation - Cyber Security - eProcurement

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CoR - Cities and regions crucial to stabilisation of Mediterranean, local leaders say

CoR - Cities and regions crucial to stabilisation of Mediterranean, local leaders say | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

Practical cooperation at the local level is essential if countries around the Mediterranean are to manage challenges created by the conflicts in Syria and Libya, migration and climate change, local political leaders from the Euro-Mediterranean...

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Cyprus shows how to do an EU bailout programme well

Cyprus shows how to do an EU bailout programme well | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it
Cyprus is successfully exiting its bailout at the end of March after three years.
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An interesting article by Christina Ionela Neokleous , 
PhD Candidate in Accounting, University of Essex
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EU major initiative to Get Europe growing again, and Get people back to work

EU major initiative to Get Europe growing again, and Get people back to work | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

According to the European Commission - Press release 20 May 2016 - "Less than one year into its existence, the European Fund for Strategic Investments is supporting 64 projects and triggers more than 100 billion euro of investment across the European Union".


The Investment Plan focuses on removing obstacles to investment, providing visibility and technical assistance to investment projects and making smarter use of new and existing financial resources. 


To achieve these goals, the plan is active is three areas: mobilising investments of at least €315 billion in three years supporting investment in the real economy creating an investment friendly environment. Less than one year into its existence, the European Fund for Strategic Investments is supporting 64 projects and triggers more than 100 billion euro of investment across the European Union.


Latest announcements on European Investment Plan include :


In April 2016, EIF and Societe Generale sign agreement to bring €250 million to over 14,000 small businesses in France.


Under the COSME programme - Europe’s programme for small and medium-sized enterprises- the EIF will provide Franfinance with a guarantee with financial backing from the European Commission, allowing Franfinance to substantially increase its leasing volumes over the next 3 years by providing support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have limited access to finance.


http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme/index_en.htm


In May 2016, EIF signs deal with Alba Leasing to provide €80 million to Italian SMEs.


In May 2016, EIB signs first deal with a national promotional bank to boost investments in infrastructure in Spain.


In May 2016, Investment Plan for Europe finances urban regeneration project in former industrial sites in France and Belgium.


For more information visit : 

http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/announcements_en?pages=8


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The launch of ENI CBC Med, the second generation of the Programme which aims to reinforce cooperation in the Mediterranean area.

The launch of ENI CBC Med, the second generation of the Programme which aims to reinforce cooperation in the Mediterranean area. | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it
Representatives of 12 countries met in Cagliari on 9 and 10 March 2016 and took important decisions for the launch of ENI CBC Med.

Based on the proposals of the Managing Authority, institutional representatives of national delegations - including Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia - discussed several items linked to the start-up of the Programme. In particular, the Joint Monitoring Committee adopted its Rules of Procedure as well as the actions to be carried out in 2016 and related budget. 

Concerning the preparation of the first call for proposals, participating countries agreed on the total financial allocation, i.e. €84,6 million, breakdown by Priority and procedure for the submission of projects.
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Spot the electric car in Cyprus

Spot the electric car in Cyprus | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it
News room of The Cyprus Weekly newspaper
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The European Union wants to see 40,000 electric cars on Cyprus roads by 2020. 

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European Commission adopts new ENI CBC Med Programme: €209 million for cross-cooperation in the Mediterranean | ENPI CBC Med

European Commission adopts new ENI CBC Med Programme: €209 million for cross-cooperation in the Mediterranean | ENPI CBC Med | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

The Programme aims to foster fair, equitable and sustainable economic, social and territorial development in regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

13 countries have already adhered to the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia. Other eligible countries under the ENI will be able to join at a later stage.

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ENI CBC Med Programme calls for proposals are expected to be launched starting from mid-2016.

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Discover Limassol... SmartBlueCity news

Discover Limassol...  SmartBlueCity news | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it
 
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Limassol is today the business and financial centre of Cyprus with a large number of local and international companies surrounded by a further network of hotels, restaurants and other venues for entertainment and leisure. 

The city is therefore constantly in motion, developing even more.

It is important to mention that hundreds of shipping, as well as financial companies have their headquarters in Limassol.  Today our city is the largest ship-management centre in the European Union.

 

What is extremely important for the city’s economy is that Limassol has always been a popular tourist destination, combining an organized coast with clear waters and wonderful hotels and generally a well organized tourist infrastructure.

Limassol is additionally well known for a long cultural tradition.  Visitors have the opportunity to experience a variety of cultural or other activities. 

 

In addition, they can visit museums and other archaeological locations around the city, which is an astonishing combination of ancient, Frankish, Byzantine, Ottoman  and modern influence.

 

http://www.smartbluecity.com/news

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News/Blog - Smart Cities Mediterranean- European Commission provides a New Tool to Help Cities Develop their Urban Mobility Plans

News/Blog - Smart Cities Mediterranean- European Commission provides a New Tool to Help Cities Develop their Urban Mobility Plans | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

Next Spring 2016 a new tool to support Sustainable urban Mobility planning will be launched by the EC. The Urban Transport Roadmaps policy tool has been developed by Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, and is meant to help urban Mobility professionals to analyse different combinations of Sustainable urban Mobility measures.

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553 Phase 2 proposals received for SME Instrument on 3 February 2016 - EASME - European Commission

553 Phase 2 proposals received for SME Instrument on 3 February 2016 - EASME - European Commission | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

Spain and Italy compete for the first place of the top three countries in terms of number of proposals with 84 and 83 proposals each. The UK follows with 59 proposals. These figures are based on the nationality of the project coordinator, bearing in mind that one project can include participants from several countries. Most projects (83 %) were submitted by a single SME. 

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News/Blog - CNE Business Development Ltd - HORIZON 2020 First Results- Cyprus top active

News/Blog - CNE Business Development Ltd - HORIZON 2020 First Results- Cyprus   top active | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

The data presented here is the number of applications per million inhabitants. The average number of eligible applications per capita for the 28 Member States as a whole is 293. Some smaller Member States, in particular Cyprus, Luxembourg and Slovenia, are particularly active, which demonstrates the attractiveness of Horizon 2020. 

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Some smaller Member States, in particular Cyprus, Luxembourg and Slovenia, are particularly active in HORIZON 2020.

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The EIP-SCC Roadmap 2016 | EIP - Smart Cities and Communities Market Place

The EIP-SCC Roadmap 2016 | EIP - Smart Cities and Communities Market Place | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

“Supporting smarter European cities: better quality of life, growth, jobs and decarbonisation”  The EIP-SCC Roadmap 2016 “Supporting smarter European cities: better quality of life, growth, jobs and [...]...

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News/Blog - Smart Cities Mediterranean - ADRION – FIRST CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS OPEN!

News/Blog - Smart Cities Mediterranean - ADRION – FIRST CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS OPEN! | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

The Interreg V B Adriatic Ionian – ADRION Programme informs you that the first call for proposals is

open as from 1 February 2016 to 25 March 2016

 

Project financial size

From EUR 800.000 to 1.500.000 ERDF+IPA II contribution (total budget: from EUR 941.176 to 1.764.706).

 

EU co-financing

• Up to 85% for ERDF Partners;

• Up to 85% for IPA Partners.

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News-SmartBlueCity. The Urban Project Finance Initiative (UPFI) promotes €5 billion investment in more than 20 urban projects in the region - Union for the Mediterranean - UfM

News-SmartBlueCity. The Urban Project Finance Initiative (UPFI) promotes €5 billion investment in more than 20 urban projects in the region - Union for the Mediterranean - UfM | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

Share ideas and present smart opportunities Transfer European and international experience in the Mediterranean region

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SmartBlueCity - The Euro-Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition 2016,  for information www.smartbluecity.com 

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IMMIGRANTS - Cypriot Artwork Shortlisted for THE 2016 SAATCHI GALLERY / DEUTSCHE BANK ART PRIZE FOR SCHOOLS

IMMIGRANTS - Cypriot Artwork Shortlisted  for THE 2016 SAATCHI GALLERY / DEUTSCHE BANK ART PRIZE FOR SCHOOLS | EU funding - Design and Manage Projects | Scoop.it

Contemporary art gallery in London. 

 

PERIFEREIAKO LYKEIO APOSTOLOU LOUKA KOLOSSIOU KOLOSSI CYPRUS Perifereiako Lykeio Apostolou Louka Kolossiou is a district public upper secondary school on the outskirts of Limassol, Cyprus. It hosts 680 students aged 15-18. Our artwork “Immigrants” was inspired by the refugee drama and the loss of life on the shores of the Greek islands. Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, Cyprus has received a lot of refugees who fled their country looking for safety and refuge, away from the terrors of war. Because of the proximity between our countries, these people travel in boats, very often under terrible conditions to the shores of our island. My students were moved by their predicament, especially the loss of young children at sea and decided to give a message to the rest of the world. They carried an old abandoned fishing boat at School and started creating 3d figures with plaster and polyurethane foam. They used gauze bandages and their own faces as moulds to portray the figures’ expressions. Overall, 30 students from various classes worked on the project, while 8 of them were the leading team.

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Shortlisted in top 20 art works out of over 22,000 entries received from 54 different countries. 

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