Thursday, June 23, 2011

Europe - Horizon 2020 new name for FP7 and existing name for de-polluting the Mediterranean

[europe] The EU has adopted "Horizon 2020" as the new brand for Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, formerly known as FP7

Euro-Mediterranean governments aim to tackle the top sources of Mediterranean pollution by the year 2020 through the Horizon 2020 initiative that is built around 4 elements:

  • Projects to reduce the most significant pollution sources focusing on industrial emissions, municipal waste and urban waste water, responsible for up to 80% of pollution in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Capacity-building measures to help neighbouring countries create national environmental administrations that are able to develop and police environmental laws.
  • Using the Commission's Research budget to develop and share knowledge of environmental issues relevant to the Mediterranean.
  • Developing indicators to monitor the success of Horizon 2020.

Oh and there is also an Irish job creation scheme called Horizon 2020. Which is interesting since the R&D Commissioner is Irish.

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