KEP ITALY Call for Proposals 2017 (Deadline: 29 June)

The CEI has announced a new Call for Proposals for the CEI Know‐how Exchange Programme (KEP) ‐ ITALY. The projects will be co‐financed by the CEI Fund at the EBRD, entirely financed by the Italian Government.

The CEI is a regional forum for cooperation and consultation, which promotes collaboration at political, economic and cultural level in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1989, the CEI currently counts 18 Member States (of which 13 are EUSDR countries): Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

The overall objective of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to the development of the CEI region, bolstering social cohesion and economic dynamism while strengthening cooperation between the CEI Member States. As outlined in the Plan of Action, the CEI is supporting the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies within its territory.

The overall indicative amount for this Call for Proposals is up to a maximum cumulative amount of 200,000 Euro (€ 200,000) that will be made available by the CEI Fund at the EBRD, entirely financed by the Italian Government.

The following types of applicants are eligible to apply: all public and private sector bodies (not individuals), international and non‐governmental organisations operating in the public interest, e.g. national, regional and local authorities, education/research institutions, and environmental organisations.

Applicants are requested to fill in and submit the Application Form and Budget Template by 29 June 2017, midnight CEST (GMT+2).

More information and related documents could be found on

Danube Region Strategy “Energy Prospects Post-2020” conference

On 31 May 2017, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade – with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – organized a conference entitled „Danube Region Strategy: Energy Prospects Post-2020”. As part of Hungary’s current presidency of the Danube Region Strategy, this program was the first in a series of events that will also focus on transport and clean connectivity. The closed morning session for experts from EUSDR Member States highlighted the technical, infrastructural and regulatory challenges facing the energy systems of Central and South-eastern Europe, whereas the afternoon, open panel discussion explored the long-term political, economic and social effects of climate change and the “green” energy revolution.

Hungary formally assumed the presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in November 2016, and shall host a high-level Annual Forum on 18 - 19 October 2017 in Budapest. To prepare for the event, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT), with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, is organizing a series of conferences covering current issues of mutual interest to Member States of the Danube Region Strategy, namely energy, transport, and clean connectivity. The first conference, entitled “DRS Energy Prospects Post-2020”, was held at IFAT on 31 May 2017.

The morning session of the conference entailed a closed panel discussion between experts from the EUSDR countries on issues pertaining to energy and climate, in accordance with the Chatham House Rule. The topics covered included gas market integration, the role of R+D, cross-border cooperation and the harmonization of national energy strategies with EU guidelines. Specific attention was devoted to the question of how to best capitalize upon potential political and business synergies between Member States in terms of energy.

The afternoon session was open to the public, and focused on the energy outlook for our region over the next decade(s). In his opening remarks, Ambassador Márton Schőberl, IFAT’s Director reflected on the various geopolitical forces affecting the Danube region from an energy perspective. Mr István Joó, Ministerial Commissioner for Water Diplomacy, Export and the Danube Region Strategy from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary underscored the benefits of cooperation between DRS countries in line with the priorities of Hungary’s presidency. The second keynote speech, delivered by Mr Zoltán Deák, the Head of the Political and Economic Unit at the European Commission Representation in Hungary, highlighted the importance of the Danube region from the perspective of the EU’s macro-regional development strategies.

The ensuing panel discussion comprised five renowned experts. Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi, Director for Environmental Sustainability from the Office of the President spoke about long-term environmental challenges, stressing the need to step beyond traditional narratives of “pipeline politics” to address the multifaceted effects of decarbonisation globally. Our invited foreign speakers, Mr Pavol Szalai (senior editor,, Slovakia), Mr Victor Logatskiy (leading expert on energy, Razumkov Centre, Ukraine), and Mr Todor Galev (senior analyst, Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria) presented the medium-term energy policy outlook of their respective countries, also pointing out the social and environmental impacts of these strategies. Finally, Mr Pál Ságvári, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, differentiated between the infrastructural challenges of the region in pre-2020 period, and the transformative changes awaiting the sector in the coming decades. The panel discussion was followed by a lively Q+A session. The moderator of the entire event was Ms Diána Szőke, senior analyst at IFAT.


The Hungarian Presidency of the Danube Region Strategy has launched a discussion in Brussels on the future cooperation between macro regional strategies

Over 100 experts, from 23 different countries (including 3 non-EU countries) engaged in the implementation of macro regional strategies were present at the seminar organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary on the 23rd of May in Brussels. The event, which was hosted by the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, has generated very much interest and gave the opportunity to the existing macro regional strategies to share their experiences, but also gave the possibility for the Carpathian Macro Regional Strategy to be introduced by Poland.


In his keynote address dr. György Kozma, Head of Cabinet of the Permanent Representation of Hungary, highlighted that this initiative is ground-breaking in that it is the first time when all stakeholders and decision makers were involved (from the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region and the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region) in the discussions regarding the future perspectives of macro regional strategies. He further emphasized that the framework provided by macro regional strategies could be the most suitable form of cooperation for regional advocacy, for example considering the future financing possibilities beyond 2020, because they inherently bridge the divide between political ambitions of nation states and the European Union.

The speakers of the event found the expert level dialogue - which included important questions such as the need to simplify application procedures to EU funds and the importance of concentrating existing funds based on jointly defined strategic areas - very pragmatic. The discussion also covered the opportunities of increasing funds that are directly connected to the implementation of macro-regional strategies – such as the Danube Region Strategy, in which Hungary plays an active and leading role.


In his concluding words Gábor Jenei, Deputy National Coordinator of Hungary in the EUSDR, highlighted that based on the positive feedback received from the participants of the event the discussion must be continued and that the member states count on the further involvement and leadership of Hungary in the future. The Deputy National coordinator also emphasized that the representatives of the European Commission and the experts present agreed that the implementation of the strategies is best served by the successful realisation of projects. In this regard Hungary can be a leading example, as it heads more than one fifth of the projects financed by the Danube Transnational Programme that covers 14 countries and mobilizes 250 million €.

The Hungarian Presidency of the Danube Region Strategy together with the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center is launching an international photography competition entitled ’One Day of the Danube’. For more information please visit the attached document

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The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) is launching the second call for proposals for its priorities 1, 2 and 3. The call will be open from 09.05.2017 to 06.06.2017

EU macro-regional strategies are aiming at addressing challenges shared within a functional area. They also aim at better implementation of the EU policies and more coordination of existing institutions and financial resources. Macro-regional strategies address broad scope of priorities, making an effort for cooperation and coordination across the territory.

Taking into account that transport issues are at heart of all four EU macro-regional strategies and they connect not only countries within one macro-region but also countries across macro-regions, INTERACT has organised a Joint meeting of Transport Coordinators (water and land) of the all four EU macro-regional strategies on 14-15 March 2017 in Ljubljana.

The meeting was following up on the discussion in the High Level Group for Macro-regional strategies (held on 30 May 2016) inviting Coordinators of Transport theme, priority, action or pillar from all four macro-regional strategies to exchange practices and experiences in implementation of their tasks.

The outcomes of the meeting are published in this summary report.





Thematic Seminar -

Innovative Energy Solutions for European Regions and Cities

- in the context of the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP)

24 March 2017 in Brussels

Venue: European Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 52

Organisers: European Committee of the Regions and DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission with the support of ERRIN

This Thematic Seminar on energy-related Research and Innovation (R&I) aims to raise awareness and foster exchange of information and best practice between the European Commission and the EU regions as well as among the regions themselves. The participants will be updated on the state-of-play on energy R&I policy developments. The recent developments of the Energy Package of the Union as well as of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET)-Plan and their implications for regions and cities will be presented. Experts in renewable energy, local and regional authorities and EU policy-makers will be brought together to discuss on R&I policy developments and optimising the coordination of different funding programmes and schemes to advance energy R&I on local and regional level. At the same time, the European Commission aims to gather information on the regions' R&I needs and on obstacles which may be hindering them from investing in energy R&I.

The Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) is a concept jointly developed by the European Committee of the Regions and DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. It is aimed at presenting new R&I solutions, innovative products and best practices in response to societal challenges facing the regions and cities of Europe. In 2017, the KEP will address the themes of Energy and Public Sector Innovation.

Detailed agenda and registration.

Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania are announcing the 2nd Call EUREKA Danube for Proposals for joint R&D projects, focusing on developing innovative products and applications in all technological and application areas. Applicants are expected to develop ready to market solutions or projects which have strong market potential for all involved participants

National organisations will also provide access to public funding for labelled joint projects. The support will be given to each partner by its respective National Authorities in accordance with their national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect, on a non-exchange of funds basis, and subject to budgetary availability in each country.

For the elegibility criteria and other application details visit

Deadline for EUREKA Application: 31 March 2017


The European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs invites cluster organisations, other business network organisations, technology centres and science parks interested to team up around specific industrial thematic areas, in the context of industrial modernisation.

Through a dedicated call for the expression of interest, the aim is to mobilise European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments (ESCP-S3). This call is linked to the establishment of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation and Investment and is envisaged to strengthen industry participation and inter-regional collaboration in the implementation of smart specialisation strategies.

For more information visit the website of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

Deadline: Friday, 31 March 2017

The European Commission has opened a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs). Up to €27.5 million will be made available to meet the needs of public administrations, businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities.

The areas concerned are Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS), eIdentification & eSignature, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) and European e-Justice Portal.

A Virtual Info Day on the call and application process will take place on 28 February 2017. Take this opportunity to send your questions about the calls to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can send them already and they will be answered during the event. The event will be live tweeted #CEFTelecomDay

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages the call for proposals and follows up the technical and financial implementation of the projects with the beneficiaries, providing technical expertise and high quality programme implementation.

Follow INEA on Twitter @inea_eu & LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest call developments.

The EUSDR Priority Areas 9 and 10 in cooperation with the Managing Authorities of Bavaria and Baden-Württenberg will organise the third meeting of the  ESF Managing Authorities in the Danube Region in Vienna on 4th and 5th May 2017.

The discussion will be focused on the following topics:

- Different Ways of Transnational Cooperation – Discussion of Experiences and Future Possibilities

- Lean Fund Management

The agenda is also open for further suggestions and examples of good practices. Participants are also kindly invited to send their ideas and topics for possibe contributions by their respective Managing Authorities by March 17th to Ms. Barbara Willsberger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For any further inquiries please contact Ms. Willsberger or Ms. Claudia Singer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

Slovenia will host the first macroregional communication conference on the Slovenian coast between the 4th and 6th April 2017. The aim of the conference is to bring together media people, MRS governance structures, interested stakeholders and public and exchange views and share experience for how to:

    • strengthen the media support to MRS endeavours,
    • improve the visibility of MRS activities and projects,
    • exchange experience among all the 4 MRS on communication and communication strategies and present the initiative that such media conference should become a permanent (once per year) forum for exchange between the 4 MRS and thus
    • forming a "horizontal media/communication pillar" for EU macroregional strategies.

A more detailed agenda and information about the Registration procedure will be availabe at the begining of March. You can also read more about the event at