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BBI JU GAINS FULL
he Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking
(BBI JU) has gained full autonomy, enabling it
to manage its own budget and launch its own
calls for proposals, grants and public procurement.
The €3.7bn public private partnership (PPP) has remained under the
European Commission’s supervision since its formal launch in July 2014
yet will now function as an independent body able to manage its own
budget and with its own staff and offices.
The BBI JU’s new executive director, Philippe Mengal, said it was a proud
moment for the organisation, commenting: “It has only been a year since
it was formally set up, but we have worked hard to launch calls for
proposals and grants, identifying promising initiatives across Europe.
“We appreciate the recognition of
our efforts, and we will continue to
promote the bioeconomy in Europe
in the years to come.”
Meanwhile, Marcel Wubbolts, chief
technology officer at Royal DSM and
chairman of the Bio-based Industries
Consortium, the private partner in the
BBI JU, described the move as “a
vital step in the BBI JU’s evolution”.
Meanwhile, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science
and Innovation, added that the PPP will “help expand our knowledge of
how we can convert Europe’s untapped renewable resources and waste
into greener everyday products and biofuels”.
The Commission, BBI JU’s public partner, provides the PPP with €975m of
its overall funding.
26 October 2015
€16BN ALLOCATED TO
he European Commission has announced
that Horizon 2020 will benefit from a budget
of almost €16bn during 2016 and 2017.
The announcement comes as officials agree the new 2016-2017 Horizon
2020 Work Programme.
Commenting, European Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas said that
research and innovation are “the engines of Europe’s progress and vital to
addressing today’s new pressing challenges like immigration, climate
change, clean energy and healthy societies”.
He added that investment from Horizon 2020 “would support Europe’s top
scientific efforts” and would make a “difference to citizens’ lives”.
Brussels has been keen to emphasise that the new work programmes are
directly aligned with the policy priorities of the Juncker Commission. The
EU institution says the funding
opportunities “will substantially
contribute” to the Jobs, Growth and
Investment Package, the Digital
Single Market, and the Energy
Union and climate change policy.
The programme will support a
range of cross-cutting initiatives:
the modernisation of Europe’s
manufacturing industry (€1bn); technologies and standards for automatic
driving (over €100m); the Internet of Things (€139m) to address digitalisation
of EU industries; Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy (€670m) to develop
strong and sustainable economies; and Smart and Sustainable Cities
(€232m) to better integrate environmental, transport, energy and digital
networks in the EU’s urban environments.
13 October 2015
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COMMISSION SIGNS NEW
he European Commission has launched the
second edition of the European Capital of
Innovation award at a plenary session of
the Committee of the Regions.
The new agreement, signed on 30 October, will allow the Commission to
support the Human Brain Project (HBP) under the EU research and
innovation programme Horizon 2020.
It formalises the long term commitment, roles and responsibilities between
the HBP consortium and the Commission until 2020, and reinforces the
governance structure of the HBP as well as the essential contribution of
cognitive neurosciences within it.
The HBP is a key EU research project aimed at developing a better
understanding of how the human brain works. Launched in 2013 as one
of two Future and Emerging Technologies flagships, it will provide
researchers with world-
class infrastructure, ICT
tools and mathematical
models to improve their
knowledge of the human
brain, its diseases and its
The project involves more
than 400 researchers
from 24 countries from all
over Europe. It has an
estimated budget of €1bn
over ten years (2013-
2023), with support from
the Commission and from other partners, including universities, industry
and member states’ own programmes.
2 November 2015
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