H2020 Energy Info Day: Smart citizen-centred energy system and Smart Cities and Communities.
Charlemagne building (Brussels), 5th October 2018.
The Horizon 2020 Energy info day took place on the 5th October in Brussels, in the Charlemagne building. It presented the upcoming funding opportunities offered by the EU's H2020 Programme to projects focusing on smart energy systems and smart cities and communities concepts.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union a Europe 2020 flagship iniciative aimed at securing Europe’a global competitiveness. In the event the following two points were given more importance: Smart citizen-centred energy system and Smart Cities and Communities.
To achieve this it is necessary to analyze the following points:
- EXCELLENT SCIENCE: The main objective is to make the Union’s research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale.
- INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGIES: it is necessary to help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies and contribute to boosting competitiveness, creating jobs and supporting growth. All this by contributing new technologies and financing research and innovation.
- SOCIETAL CHALLENGES: the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. These changes must occur from the beginning with sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy. All this with secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens ensuring a society with health and wellbeing.