Information events in the framework of the launching of the ENI CBC Med programme

INVITATION: information events on the ENI CBC Med Programme

In the framework of the launching of the ENI CBC Med "Mediterranean Sea Basin" Programme, the Managing Authority, in collaboration with the Aqaba, Valencia Branch Offices and national authorities of partner countries, organizes six information events during October and November 2016.

By participating in these events, you will have the opportunity to:

• benefit from the feedback of project beneficiaries whose proposals have been financially supported during the first generation of the Programme (2007-2013);
• understand the strategic challenges and thematic objectives of the new 2014-2020 Programme;
• get a preliminary overview of the contents, budget and participation rules related to the first call for proposals.

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HORIZON 2020 First Results

10.02.2016 CNE News

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.

Projects funded by CEF in Energy involving Cyprus, Greece and Israel

07.02.2016 Management

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.

The two projects already in progress involving Cyprus, Greece and Israel are:

1) EuroAsia Interconnector - Design, Implementation and Environmental Studies

This Action involves the Project of Common Interest (PCI) 3.10. (Israel-Cyprus-Greece) between Hadera, Israel and the Attica region of Greece,currently known as the EuroAsia Interconnector.

The project commenced in January 2015 and the completion is expect in April 2016, with a budget of 2.6 million Euro.

2) Eastern Mediterranean Natural Gas Pipeline – Pre-FEED Studies

The Action is part of the project of common interest PCI 7.3.1 "Pipeline from offshore Cyprus to Greece mainland via Crete".

The Action includes the performance of the activities and studies in relation to the Pre-FEED (Front-End-Engineering Design) phase of the PCI Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline (East Med), namely Technical Feasibility Studies, Reconnaissance Marine Survey and Economic, Financial and

Competitiveness Studies.

The project commenced in May 2015 and the completion is expect in December 2017, with a budget of 4 million Euro.

What kind of energy-efficiency projects can be funded under Horizon 2020? Our infographic gives an overview of the 2016-2017 funding priorities for the Energy Efficiency calls in Horizon 2020. It is also available in print in both hand-out (A4) and poster (A0) formats. Ordering is free of charge.

You are welcome to order the new infographic with the Energy Efficiency Calls in Horizon 2020. Please contact us via the contact form on this website specifiying the necessary details i.e. format, quantity, and address or fill in this form.

The focus is on small and midsize cities, and islands


Europe is characterised by a more polycentric and less concentrated spatial pattern of urban settlements compared to, for instance, the USA or China. There are 23 cities of more than 1 million inhabitants and 345 cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants in the European Union, representing around 143 million people. Only 7% of the EU population live in cities of over 5 million inhabitants. In addition, 56% of the European urban population (around 38% of the total European population) live in small and medium-sized cities and towns of between 5,000 and 100,000 inhabitants.

Due to the economic and technological changes, caused by the globalization and the integration process, European Cities are struggling to cope with competitiveness challenges integration process, European Cities are struggling to cope with competitiveness challenges, combined at the same time with environmental and social objectives in order to end up with the creation of sustainable urban environments representing, during the last decades, an ultimate goal of Europe as a whole.

At the European scale, although the vast majority of the urban population lives in small and medium-sized cities, the main focus of smart city applications for sustainable urban development tends to be currently focusing on the large scale metropolises.

As a result, support of small and medium-sized cities by smart city solutions for coping with sustainability challenges and contributing to EU overall climate change objectives, which can be rather different in nature compared to those faced by large metropolitan areas, remains
to a certain degree rather unexploited.

Economies of scale, normally associated with larger cities and urban areas, could be demonstrated through innovative approaches to collaboration amongst small and medium-sized cities.

Small cities and islands have the ability to develop and test cost-effective solutions that can be very easily scaled up or down to meet the needs of a variety of small and medium-sized cities, in order to cope with city-specific challenges.

In this respect, replicability perspectives can be enhanced thus supporting faster and cost-efficient roll-out of these solutions. This is a promising, easier and more resource-efficient way compared with small to medium-sized cities attempting to break down large-scale best practices from larger cities.

Contribution of small and medium-sized cities to overall sustainability objectives can be rather crucial for reaching European commitments at the global scale.