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EU Sustainable Energy Week 15 to 19 June 2015

Published on May 25, 2015 by in blog

EUSEW activities take place the whole month of June in locations all over Europe, and culminate in a major Policy Conference, Awards and side-events in Brussels during the week of 16 June.

  • The EUSEW Policy Conference takes place in Brussels from 16-18 June and gathers together thousands of energy experts, policy-makers, representatives of civil society, and the media – from the EU and beyond – to debate secure, clean and efficient energy. The three-day conference includes policy sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders, an interactive exhibition and networking village, and the Sustainable Energy Awards Ceremony. A series of side events also take place around Brussels, from 15-19 June.
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  • The EUSEW Awards Competition is an opportunity for nominees to showcase their projects and activities in three categories – renewable energy, energy efficiency and cities, communities and regions – as innovation leaders and role models in sustainable energy. Nine finalists are invited (three from each category) to attend the Policy Conference Awards Ceremony on 16 June, in Brussels, where the winners are announced.
  • Hundreds of Energy Days events promoting secure, clean and efficient energy are also hosted across Europe during the month of June. This is an opportunity for private companies, NGOs, cooperatives, industry and consumer organisations, research and technology centres and energy agencies, among others, to put on a wide variety of activities – such as workshops, presentations, exhibitions, concerts, quizzes or games – in any EU Member State or country with an Association Agreement with Horizon 2020. Energy Days organisers can register their not-for-profit events on the EUSEW website.
    How to become an Energy Day organiser ?

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A beginner’s guide to EU funding

Published on May 18, 2015 by in blog

An overview of EU funding opportunities in 2014–20

This publication introduces beginners to the wide range of EU funding opportunities available. It offers basic guidance on the application procedures and tells you where to find more details. This guide contains the most recent information about the current EU programmes for the financial period 2014–20. The guide targets six main categories of potential applicants: small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), young people, researchers, farmers and public bodies. However, it may also be a valuable source of information for applicants from other fields.

Download it or order a free paper version from http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/a-beginner-s-guide-to-eu-funding-pbKV0113878/

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Your business Europe

Published on May 15, 2015 by in blog, Enterprise

Practical online guide for doing business in Europe

A multilingual website providing information for doing business in Europe: europa.eu/youreurope/business


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General report on the activities of the European Union 2014

Published on May 11, 2015 by in blog

Do you want to know what the European Union did in 2014? Which decisions the EU took to strengthen the financial and economic situation in the EU? What was done to help boost growth and create jobs? What institutional changes took place following the European elections? How European citizens benefited from the Union? What contribution the Union made on the international stage?

Download the report for free from the EU Bookshop

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VE Day 70th anniversary to be commemorated in Leeds 8th May

Published on May 7, 2015 by in blog


A beacon will be lit on Millennium Square at 9.32pm on Friday May 8.

Events are to be held in Leeds to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) on Friday 8 May.
The programme will begin on the day with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr David Congreve laying a wreath at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens before participating in a national two minute silence at 3pm. The counting for the Leeds local elections is taking place on the afternoon of Friday 8 at the first direct arena and all activity at the venue will also stop as people fall silent for two minutes at 3pm.
A chain of beacons are to be lit across the United Kingdom on the night to mark the anniversary, and the Lord Mayor will be lighting the city’s very own beacon at exactly 9.32pm on Millennium Square located next to Leeds Civic Hall to signify the exact moment 70 years ago that peace broke out. Before a bugler announces the lighting of the beacon, a veteran will read out a special tribute on the night.
Members of the public, veterans and serving military personnel are all warmly invited to attend either or both of the events as Leeds remembers the end of the Second World War in Europe.
Further details regarding the national 70th Anniversary can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/ve-day-70th-anniversary
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve said:
“Friday 8th May will mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War ending in Europe, and in Leeds we will be holding two events on the day as part of the commemorations.
“I feel extremely humble to be given the opportunity to lay a wreath at the war memorial, and then join members of the public in a two minute silence as we remember and reflect on VE Day and the contributions made by so many people and the sacrifices that they made during the Second World War.
“We will also be lighting a city beacon on Millennium Square at exactly 9.32pm and I look forward to members of the public, veterans and serving military personnel joining us for what really does promise to be a very poignant event.”
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European Clean-Up Day 8-10 May 2015.

Published on May 5, 2015 by in blog

Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in oceans, beaches, forests and elsewhere in nature. The primary causes are our societies’ unsustainable production and consumption patterns, poor waste management strategies and the lack of awareness of the population. In order to reduce littering in nature and to give visibility to the issue, the EWWR (European Week for Waste Reduction) coordinates a Europe-wide annual clean-up day.  The European Clean-Up Day will take place on 8-10 May 2015.


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European Union at EXPO Milano 1st May-31st Oct 2015

Published on April 27, 2015 by in blog, slider


Expo Milano 2015 will be the first World Expo to take place in Europe in 15 years and its theme, ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’, is of vital importance for Europe and the world. As a global player in the debate on food and sustainability, the European Union (EU) should seek to reinforce its position, highlight its achievements and, most importantly, take this opportunity to work towards finding common solutions to these issues with other international organisations, countries and private stakeholders. The EU leads the way in terms of promoting quality food and ensuring food security and safety and environmental sustainability.

Indeed, with over 800 million people facing hunger in less economically developed countries and high and increasing levels of obesity and non-communicable diseases in developed countries, now is the moment to act. Ill-informed food choices, dwindling natural resources, climate change and threats to the world’s biodiversity are all issues that need to be tackled urgently. Expo Milano 2015 will focus the World’s attention on addressing these challenges and provide a platform to deliberate on these pressing issues.

147 countries and international organisations will participate, including 20 EU Member States.

Expo Milano 2015 is a non-commercial World Exposition with some very unique and innovative features. For the first time in the history of world fairs, the theme of a World Expo is food: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. This theme will unite over 140 participants into action around the challenges and opportunities facing our global food system and the sustainable development of our planet.

Running for 184 days (from 1 May to 31 October), this giant exhibition site, covering one million square meters, is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors who will experience a unique journey that looks at the complex theme of nutrition.

Expo Milano 2015 will be the first Exposition in history to be remembered not only for its entertaining pavilions, but also for its contribution towards education on food and the planet’s precious resources.

For more information, visit Expo2015.org

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Festival of Europe 9 May 2015, open doors day of the European institutions

Published on April 20, 2015 by in blog




On Saturday 9 May 2015, the EU institutions in Brussels will open their doors to the public to mark Europe Day, the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

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Europe, Democracy and Citizenship in the 21st Century -course and study visit

Published on April 17, 2015 by in blog

A project aimed at adults who want to learn more about Europe and the European Union and then
take what has been learnt back in to their communities. The course, and study visit to Brussels, is
designed to enable you to gain knowledge, new information and contacts as well as new skills.

For an application please email: yhsouthwest@wea.org.uk
Closing date for applications 6 May 2015.


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Vote for your favourite nature conservation project as part of the European Natura 2000 Award

Published on April 16, 2015 by in blog, slider

The 23 finalists for the second edition of the European Natura 2000 Award are announced. This Award aims to bring
the success of the Natura 2000 network to the public’s attention and to demonstrate the network’s importance for protecting
biodiversity across Europe.

Vote for your favourite nature conservation project as part of the European Natura 2000 Award: http://europa.eu/!TY93Fx

An expert team of evaluators selected the best initiatives among the 90 applications received from across the EU. The
finalists for the 2015 edition of the Award include the following Member States: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France,
Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The finalist will be now judged by a highlevel
Jury. The winner in each of the five categories Conservation;Socioeconomic
benefits; Communication; Reconciling interests/perceptions and Networking and crossborder
cooperation will be announced on 21 May, Natura 2000 Day.

This year, for the first time, the public will also have a say by voting online for their favourite candidate. The public vote, open until 6 May, will determine the winner of European Citizens’ Award.
Vote now to support your favourite project and spread the word amongst your network. http://europa.eu/!TY93Fx


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