Events of major strategic nature, well focused and with the participation of a broad spectrum of stakeholders are of outmost importance for assessing past activities, identifying policy options and priorities, and planning future actions within the areas covered by Societal Challenge 5. Examples are events organised together with successive EU Presidencies, such as PROVIA in the Netherlands and the Innovative Enterprise Presidency conference on Circular Economy Financing in Luxembourg.Scope:
This action contributes towards the wider objective of creating better synergy between initiatives launched by the Commission and by the Member States, to the benefit of the overall coherence of actions within the field of research and innovation in the areas covered by Societal Challenge 5. This action targets in particular the forthcoming Presidency of the European Union to be held by Slovakia in 2016 (flagship conference addressing transition to the green economy).
Proposals should address issues of major relevance at the time of the event. Innovation should be at the core of the event. An appropriate balance should be present in the proposed action(s), encompassing environmental, economic and social elements and points of view. Participation of non-EU actors is possible. Outreach activities may be included, such as a press programme or events dedicated to the wider public or schools.
The commitment of the national authorities to support the event(s) both from a political point of view and with resources is a pre-requisite to submit a proposal. Proposals should be supported by the competent Minister, evidenced in a letter included in the proposal. In order to ensure high political and strategic relevance, the active involvement of the competent national authority/authorities will be positively reflected in the evaluation under the ‘impact’ criterion.
In agreement with the Commission services, projects should ensure appropriate flexibility so as to respond in real time to potentially fast-changing policy scenarios.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.10 million and EUR 0.30 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately, depending on the size of the event (number of participants). Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. No more than one action will be funded per Presidency (possibly covering more than one event).Expected Impact:
The action is expected to result in: