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The Public Consultation on PRIMA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) is now open!

You are invited to contribute to the PRIMA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) that focuses on 8 major themes:

  • Smart and sustainable farming
  • Water-saving solutions
  • Nutrition/Mediterranean diet
  • Food and Water chain efficiency
  • Reduction of impact of pest and pathogens in farming
  • Innovative business models in agri-food industry
  • Land and water sustainability in arid and semi-arid watersheds
  • Policies and governance of water management systems

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European Commission addresses barriers to innovation: the first Innovation Deal focuses on water reuse

The European Commission, together with 14 partners from national and regional authorities, universities, knowledge centres, innovators and end-users, takes concrete steps to address regulatory barriers to innovation by signing the first Innovation Deal on "Sustainable Waste Water Treatment Combining Anaerobic Membrane Technology (AnMbR) and Water Reuse".

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Call for applications for the selection of members of the Commission expert group "Support to Circular Economy Financing Expert Group"

Deadline for applications: 9 June 2017

As part of the Circular Economy Finance Support Platform launched on 26 January 2017, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has set up a group of experts. The Support to Circular Economy Financing Expert Group is an informal Commission expert group operating in accordance with the horizontal Rules for Commission Expert Groups and registered in the Commission's Register of Commission expert groups and other similar entities ('the Register of expert groups').

The expert group will provide advice and expertise to the European Commission to support the generation and financing of circular economy in the Member States. It will provide recommendations regarding concrete measures to facilitate circular economy project financing.

Please note that the DDL for application is extended to 9 June 2017

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Circular Economy: Commission delivers on its promises, offers guidance on recovery of energy from waste and works with the European Investment Bank to boost investment

One year after adopting its Circular Economy Package, the Commission reports on the delivery and progress of key initiatives of its 2015 Action Plan. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development, said: "Building a circular economy for Europe is a key priority for this Commission. We have made good progress and are planning new initiatives in 2017. We are closing the loop of design, production, consumption, and waste management, thereby creating a green, circular and competitive Europe."

Together with the report, the Commission presents the creation of a Circular Economy Finance Support Platform with the European Investment Bank (EIB) bringing together investors and innovators. Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, said: "Building on the achievements of the Juncker Investment Plan, I am pleased that we can again work with the EIB to match investors with innovators. Our goal is to upscale investment, both public and private, in the circular economy. It very often means new business model and they may require new, innovative ways of financing. This new Platform is an excellent tool to raise awareness of the circular economy projects' immense business potential and, consequently, draw in more funding for their financing. The Circular Economy is an important element to modernise the European economy and we are on track to deliver this sustainable change."

Finally, the Commission issues guidance to Member States on converting waste to energy and also proposes a targeted improvement of legislation on certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

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Commission proposes first research partnership in the Mediterranean to increase food and water sustainability

The Commission has agreed on a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, PRIMA, which is set to develop much-needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production. The partnership is expected to boost local business and investment opportunities, thereby address unemployment and migration issues in the region. The proposal will now be passed to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU for political discussion and legislative approval.

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Commission to invest €8.5 billion in research and innovation in 2017

The new H2020 Work Programme for SC5 is now available and a budget of almost €400 million out of the total of €8.5 billion is dedicated to research and innovation in Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials sectors for 2017.

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