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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.