The European Week of Regions and Cities, the annual event organised by Committee of the Regions and DG Regional and Urban Policy for cities and regions, took place in Brussels from 09 to 12 October 2017, so this is a good time to present the two “100% specific” EU programmes for cities: URBACT and the URBAN INNOVATIVE ACTIONS (UIA).
A new Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) will soon start to develop much-needed solutions for a more sustainable management of water and agro-food systems. A proposal to set up PRIMA was today adopted in a vote in the European Parliament plenary meeting in Strasbourg.
The Commission is launching a European Defence Fund to help Member States spend taxpayer money more efficiently, reduce duplications in spending, and get better value for money. Announced by President Juncker in September 2016, and backed by the European Council in December 2016, the Fund will coordinate, supplement and amplify national investments in defence research, in the development of prototypes and in the acquisition of defence equipment and technology.
Access to European funds, knowledge and opportunities for collaboration are the motivations to participate in Horizon2020 by companies and organizations. The European Union held a public consultation that analyzes participation in the largest program of European funds for research and development.