Monthly Archives: December 2015

A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

The TII Secretariat and Board of Members wish you a peaceful Christmas and festive season and a prosperous and bright new year. Advertisements

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EASME TO LAUNCH INNOVATIVE PROCUREMENT PROCEDURE FOR SERVICES TO SUPPORT SMEs

In a few weeks, EASME will launch a tender for services under the SME Instrument. It will be done through an innovative public tendering process called a “Competitive Dialogue”. With this tender, the European Commission is looking to multiply the impact … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN FAVOUR OF INNOVATIVE EMPLOYMENT MODELS

Members of the European Parliament backed new forms of employment brought by companies like Uber and AirBnB, in a heated debate about the sharing economy, calling on regulators to encourage their development in Europe. Two parliamentary committees – on Industry, Research and … Continue reading

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COMMISSION ADOPTS NEW CIRCULAR ECONOMY PACKAGE

The Circular Economy Package adopted by the Commission on 2 December 2015 will help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new … Continue reading

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FIRST CALL OF THE URBAN INNOVATIVE ACTIONS INITIATIVE LAUNCHED

The first call of the Urban Innovative Actions initiative was launched on 15 December to test new approaches to the challenges faced by urban authorities. The total budget is €371 million over the period 2015-2020. Projects will be selected through calls for … Continue reading

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SME INSTRUMENT UPDATE

Some 3,146 proposals were received at the fourth SME Instrument cut-off date in 2015, which confirms the success (or over-subscription?) of the programme. For the 25 November cut-off, EASME received 2,056 proposals for Phase 1. A majority of proposals concern … Continue reading

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INVENTIONS IN CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES REGISTER STRONG GROWTH, SAYS EPO AND UNEP REPORT

A new study conducted by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that inventions in climate change mitigation technologies have seen a fivefold increase worldwide between 1995 and 2011. Presented at the Sustainable Innovation Forum … Continue reading

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