en News December 2010 News December 2010 31/12/2010 10:29:55 2 08/02/2011 EUROPA/ News December 2010 EUROPA en 57-Web home page (text, logo, image of a department) 16-000-EU Institutions and EU Legislation europa european commission institutions news calendar organisation commissioners president recruitment contact services european union eu Evaluation of the 2010 Eco-innovation Call on-going Evaluation of the 2010 Eco-innovation Call on-going Evaluation for the 2010 CIP Eco-innovation Call is underway. 287 projects from 33 eligible countries were submitted. Green Business and Recycling were the most popular themes. Again, the interest was high from the main target group with 66% of applicants being small and medium sized enterprises. Around 50 projects are expected to receive funding under this call. The applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission from March 2011 onwards. More information Commission launches consultation on future funding to boost EU competitiveness and innovation The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the successor to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme 2007-2013 (CIP). The Eco-innovation initiative is part of the CIP, which targets competitiveness beyond research. Main priorities of CIP are SMEs, access to finance, innovation, uptake and use of information and communication technologies (ICT), energy efficiency and renewables. Through the consultation, the public is invited to have its say on what the priorities of future competitiveness and innovation EU funding should be. The consultation will remain open until 4 February 2011. More information Access the consultation The "Innovation Union" – turning ideas into jobs, green growth and social progress The 'Innovation Union', released in October commits Europe to making Europe an attractive place to turn ideas into new products and services that create growth and jobs. The Innovation Union means: Improved access to finance Innovation-friendly rules and regulations Accelerated interoperable standard-setting Cheaper patenting Innovation supported by the public sector Innovation Partnerships to give EU businesses a competitive edge Easier participation in EU research and innovation programmes An Eco-innovation action plan building on this policy will be released next year. More information