Public consultation on chemical, product and waste legislation – open until 29th October

The European Commission public consultation addressing the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation is open until 29th of October 2018. This public consultation follows the Commission’s analysis of the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation, published January 2018. The objectives of the public consultation is to address stakeholder reaction to these options and questions posed with regard to four issues:

  • insufficient information about substances of concern in products and waste;
  • the presence of substances of concern in recycled materials;
  • uncertainties about how materials can cease to be waste; and
  • difficulties in applying EU waste classification methodologies and impacts on the recyclability of materials.

The public consultation welcomes contribution from any interested party, including private citizens, companies, organisations, public authorities etc. The questionnaire is available here.

Have your say on Horizon 2020 (public consultation)

The European Commission has launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “I hope as many people as possible will use the chance to have their say on Horizon 2020, its first three years and its future direction. We are already analysing available data, facts and figures. But in order to have a full overview, it is very important to get direct feedback from researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, citizens and all types of organisations that have participated in the programme.”

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Public consultation: have your say on Horizon 2020

The European Commission has today launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “I hope as many people as possible will use the chance to have their say on Horizon 2020, its first three years and its future direction. We are already analysing available data, facts and figures. But in order to have a full overview, it is very important to get direct feedback from researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, citizens and all types of organisations that have participated in the programme.”

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Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials – Work Programme 2018-2020 preparation

The European Commission is starting to prepare the next Horizon 2020 Work Programme and calls for proposals, to cover the period 2018-2019-2020.

Within Societal Challenge 5, research and innovation aims to “achieve a resource – and water – efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet’s natural resources and eco-system” and hence to address societal needs and socio-economic priorities.

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Consultation on JPI Climate’s Revised Strategy

The Joint Programming Initiative ‘Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe’ (JPI Climate) is currently revising its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for years 2016-2025. The revision follows the COP 21 arrangements and aims at addressing the challenge to make the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, to increase Europe’s climate resilience as well as to provide knowledge base needed in support  for that transition.

The consultation seeks to inform the updating of the SRA and the further steps towards its implementation. To that end, the aim of the consultation is to receive input on potential needs, actions and tools  that could be addressed by JPI Climate to respond to the challenges identified in the revised SRA as well as on how those issues could be tackled in an effective and efficient way. The responses to the consultation will allow JPI Climate to better understand where its actions can have the added values and the greatest impact.

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Public consulation on the future of PRIMA

On 1 February 2016, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the future of PRIMA – the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area. The consultation will run for 12 weeks – running from 1 February 2016 to 24 April 2016 – and  persons wishing to have their say in the consultation process are invited to visit the following website:  http://www.ec.europa.eu/research/consultations/prima/consultation_en.htm.

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to the consultation. Opinions are particularly sought from research organisations, universities and academic institutions, public authorities, local communities, large businesses, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), business associations (including farmer associations), inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and individual citizens.

The purpose of the consultation it to gather opinions about and analyse the need for an EU action in the area covered by PRIMA as well as evaluate the potential economic, social and environmental impacts of the alternative policy options. The consultation particularly seeks input in relation to the preparation of a potential EU contribution to PRIMA through Art. 185 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) under Horizon 2020.

A summary report on the consultation, outlining the collected views, will be prepared by the EC by 20 of May 2016.

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Launch of online survey on simplification in Horizon 2020

On 25 September, the Commission launched an online survey to gather opinions from stakeholders on the impact of the simplification measures introduced in Horizon 2020, and to ask for new ideas on future simplification.

There will be 2 versions of the survey:

  • a version targeting actualparticipants in ongoing Horizon 2020 projects (by personal invitation)
  • an open version for all types of stakeholders

A summary of the results will be published at the beginning of 2016.

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/launch-online-survey-simplification-horizon-2020

Public Consultation from European Commission on the Circular Economy – Deadline 20.8.2015

The European Commission is aiming to present a new, more ambitious circular economy strategy late in 2015, to transform Europe into a more competitive, resource-efficient economy, addressing a range of economic sectors, including waste.

The strategy will be fully aligned with the priorities of the new Commission. It will comprise a revised legislative proposal on waste and a Communication setting out an action plan on the circular economy for the rest of this Commission’s term of office. The action plan will cover the whole value chain, and focus on concrete measures with clear EU added value, aiming at ‘closing the loop’ of the circular economy.

The Commission is engaged in a thorough reflection on how the objective of circular economy can be reached in an efficient way that is fully compatible with the jobs and growth agenda. A Roadmap for this initiative is available.

How to submit your contribution

Received contributions will be published online. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

In the interests of transparency, organisations are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Are welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.