The European Commission with the Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/173 of 12 February 2021 has established six executive agencies that will assist in the implementation of the European Union programmes in the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework (MFF), among others the European FP for R&I Horizon Europe, and in addition support the running Horizon 2020 projects.
The Commission has decided to adapt the existing executive agencies and to create the new European Health and Digital Executive Agency for the new generation of EU programs The portfolio of some agencies has been substantially adjusted, such as in the case of the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (formerly INEA) in line with the achievement of the goals of the EU Green Deal.
The following five agencies are established from 1 April 2021 until 31 December 2028:
1. European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, (CINEA, former INEA): will follow up HEU pillar II cluster 5 (Climate, energy and mobility) and the LIFE program.
2. European Research Executive Agency (EREA, former REA): will follow up on the Horizon Europe pillar I Marie Curie Actions and research infrastructures, pillar II cluster 2 (culture, creativity and inclusive society), cluster 3 (Civil security for society), and cluster 6 (Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment), and the horizontal programmes (Reforming and enhancing the European R&I system and Spreading excellence and widening participation).
3. European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (former EASME): will follow-up on the Horizon Europe pillar III European Innovation Council (EIC) and European Innovation Ecosystems
4. European Education and Culture Executive Agency (former EACEA): will follow up Creative Europe and Erasmus
5. European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA): will follow-up on the Horizon Europe pillar I European Research Council (ERC).
The new (sixth) European Health and Digital Executive Agency is established from 16 February 2021 until 31 December 2028. It will follow up, among others, the HEU pillar II cluster 1 (health) and cluster 4 (Digital, industry and space research), the EU4Health programme, the Digital Europe Programme, and the Connecting Europe Facility. DG SANTE is the lead parent DG of this new2 agency together with DG CNECT, DEFIS, GROW and RTD of this new agency. The total budget managed by the European Health and Digital Executive Agency will amount to over €20 billion over the 7 years period of the 2021-2027 MFF.
The Innovation and Network Executive Agency (INEA) will continue as CINEA: European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency from April 1, 2021. CINEA will focus on creating new synergies for a sustainable, green and carbon-free Europe. In addition, CINEA will be involved in Horizon Europe’s climate, energy and mobility cluster and the LIFE program. CINEA will also continue to manage the implementation of the Innovation Fund, an important tool for achieving climate neutrality in Europe by 2050.
The portfolio of the European Research Executive Agency (formerly REA) is expanding with, among other things, the research program Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). The European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (formerly EASME) will also be given new themes and will be responsible for the European Innovation Council (EIC) and supporting SMEs. The portfolios of the European Education (and Culture) Executive Agency (EACEA) and the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) are not changing.
The Executive Agency for Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food (CHAFEA) will be closed. Find below a quick overview of the renewed package of the six EC Executive Agencies:
The Executive Agencies, which are all based in Brussels, have a budget of about 123 billion to spend during this programming period. That is an increase of 60% compared to the previous period. Executive agencies are established for the duration of the funding program and are mainly concerned with implementing policies. The Agencies will also provide feedback to the Commission on the programs, support applicants for grants and create visibility for the programs.Read More
The company Water, Environment and Business for Development (WE&B) is looking for an Environmental Systems Consultant, preferably based in Barcelona or the surrounds to work for:
– Innovation, research and development sector projects.
– Projects financed by the European Commission, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank amongst others.
– Larger project consortiums with international and multidisciplinary team.
WE&B is a consulting company focused on the Water and Environment sectors, offering services in Social and Business Innovation. Our globally experienced team participates in research projects to remain at the cutting edge of innovation while processing the skill and expertise to adapt to and enhance these innovations to bring them to our clients in the development sector. We focus our innovation in water and environment and our services related to those sectors are in social and business aspects.
To apply for this job position and know more about the offer, please visit the official web page.Read More
The MEP Water Group is organising a public online event under the theme ‘Perspectives and Agenda for Water in the coming years’ on the 24th of February from 15:00 to 16:30. To register for the event, please click here. The agenda of the webinar will revolve around four main sessions:
– The role of water for the European environmental policy
– Perspectives for the water industry in the coming years
– Perspectives for research and innovation on water
– The role of the MEP Water Group in this legislature.
Virginijus Sinkevičius, the European Commissioner for the Environment will deliver a keynote speech, followed by a great panel of speakers:
– David Martin, ECOLAB Perspective for the water industry in the coming years.
– Peter Steen Mikkelsen, DTU, Perspectives for research and innovation on water.
– Ulrike MÜLLER, Member of the European Parliament – Renew Europe, Member of the Steering group, MEP Water Group.
– Pernille WEISS, Chair of the MEP Water Group The role of the MEP Water Group in this legislature. She will be moderating the event.
During the plenary session of today, february 17, the European Parliament adopted the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan to achieve a carbon-neutral, sustainable, toxic-free and fully circular economy by 2050.
The Plan was adopted by the Commission March 2020 and debated in the Environment Committee in October. MEPs voted 574 in favour, 22 against and 95 abstentions to back the action plan but also called on the commission to include more stringent targets to protect natural resources and reduce consumption.
In the resolution, MEPs emphasise that the current linear “take-make-dispose” economy must be transformed into a truly circular economy, based on a series of key principles. These principles include: reducing energy and resource use; the retention of value in the economy; waste prevention; the designing out of waste and of harmful substances and pollution; keeping products and materials in use and in closed loops; protection of human health; promotion of consumer benefits; and regenerating natural systems.
The consumer benefits of a circular economy should be made clear, they say, and sustainable, circular, safe and non-toxic products and materials should become the norm in the EU market.Read More
Water Europe is hosting a series of 7 weekly webinars focused on the most interesting groups of Calls for Proposals. The webinars introduce which are the HEU water related calls for proposals 2021 and they give participants a detailed list of the calls under these two destinations.
The upcoming webinar, happening on February 17 at 16:00 CET, will analyse the Pillar 2, Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment. Calls under Destinations 5, 6 and 7. To register and attend the webinars, please click here.Read More
The 2021 edition of EU Green Week is coming back from 31 May to 4 June 2021, with Partner Events taking place between 3 May and 13 June. This edition will be dedicated to the ‘zero pollution ambition’.
Therefore, it will also look at other relevant European Green Deal initiatives, such the climate initiatives and the upcoming Chemicals Strategy, as well as initiatives in the fields of energy, industry, mobility, agriculture, fisheries, health and biodiversity. EU Green Week 2021 will be an opportunity to engage with all stakeholders and interested citizens (that means you!) on how we can work together to make the ambition for a zero pollution and toxic-free environment a reality.
If you are organizing an event related to environmental topics, you can also contribute to a Zero Pollution Europe by registering as an EU Green Week Partner Event. Any kind of event is welcome, from conferences and workshops to exhibitions, webinars, networking and online events. Activities can take place at all levels (local, regional, national or European), online, offline or in hybrid format.
The EU Green Week is the annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. Organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment, this key event in the environment policy calendar attracts policy makers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and around the globe.Read More
The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative, convening a space of encounter to design future ways of living, situated at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology. It calls on all Europeans to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.
The initiative is now in the co-design phase and the design team is planning a series of information sessions to present the opportunities to contribute to the initiative. The next information session will focus on regions, cities and local authorities and it will be held on February 15 at 11:00 CET. If you are interested to attend the info session, please click here and follow the streaming. In the meantime, you can find more on the initiative on the official website or you can start to contribute here.
New Position Paper: Zero Pollution Action Plan – A First Step towards a Blue Deal for a Water-Smart Society
Today, the European Commission closes its online public consultation on the Zero Pollution Action Plan with a digital stakeholder workshop. Having participated in this consultation, Water Europe is glad to contribute to this discussion with its new position paper on Zero Pollution Action Plan: A First step to a Blue Deal towards a Water-Smart Society.
Water Europe welcomes the Zero Pollution Strategy objectives, particularly considering its holistic approach and the importance to “prevent, remedy, restore, and monitor” the pollution in water. This is an initiative that should break the silo approach between environment-economy-health and pave the way for a Water Deal that considers the value of water.
The European Commission must take the opportunity of the Zero-Pollution Strategy to impose a comprehensive water strategy crossed-cutting all DGs’ portfolios. Water efficiency will be the new frontline for Europe, and this requires bold and courageous decisions, investment, changes and new types of collaborations for stakeholders at all levels of society, involving citizens, public authorities, industries, farmers and NGOs.
In addition to the measures encouraged by Water Europe in its policy-oriented positions on the Water Framework Directive, the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive, and the Industrial Emission Directive, the Zero Pollution Action Plan must contribute to:
1. Mobilising finance for a Water-Smart Europe
2. Tackling the weaknesses of the water-related legislations
3. Fully mastering water efficiency and reused challenges by 2050
4. Accelerating the development of digital water by 2050.Read More
The MEP Water Group is organising a public online event under the theme ‘Perspectives and Agenda for Water in the coming years’ on the 24th of February.
The agenda of the webinar will revolve around four main sessions: The role of water for the European environmental policy; Perspectives for the water industry in the coming years; Perspectives for research and innovation on water and the role of the MEP Water Group in this legislature. Virginijus Sinkevičius, the European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries will be among the keynote speakers of the event.
To check the full agenda of the event and register, please click here.Read More
In iWAYS, ICRA will evaluate membrane distillation and steam condensation at pilot scale to recover heat and water in the steel manufacturing industry. Suitable experience of the candidate may hence include: thermal distillation and steam condensation, membrane technology, pilot-plants design and operation, evaluation and reporting of experimental results.
The person should be flexible to travel to project meetings and to the pilot site in the Basque country. ICRA offers a collaborative environment in a dynamic and well-reputed research centre. The 3-year position is supervised by Wolfgang Gernjak.
Deadline for application: January 24th, 2021. Apply here.Read More