The proposed Social Climate Fund will support the new emissions trading system, providing support to vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.
The European Commission is proposing the introduction of a Social Climate Fund. The aim of the fund would be to finance temporary direct income support for vulnerable households and to support measures and investments that reduce emissions in road transport and buildings sectors. As a result this latter measure should reduce costs for vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users. The fund will support the new emissions trading system, with its size corresponding to a dedicated share of the revenues from the auctioning of emission allowances under the new system.
The 2021 edition of the European Research and Innovation Days will take place as an online event on 23-24 June. The European Commission's flagship event brings together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future R&I agenda in Europe and beyond. The event will serve as an opportunity to mark the beginning of the new R&I programme Horizon Europe as well as the strengthening of the European Research Area.
An event organised by four H2020 lighthouse smart city projects will explore what comes next for cities on the journey towards climate neutrality. The aim of the event is to explore cities' futures as they work towards their climate, social and ecological transition goals. Each of the four projects involved (Smarter Together, Replicate, Sharing Cities and SmartEnCity) will broadcast from a different location to share their ideas with cities, stakeholders, industry partners, researchers and more.
The 2021 Ecsite Conference will bring together more than 1200+ peers committed to driving science engagement forward. The conference will offer a mix of intellectual stimulation, purposeful and creative sessions and networking opportunities. Find more information and register for the largest European science engagement conference here.
The European Commission has launched an anonymous survey, which it hopes will improve its communication on science, research and innovation. The survey is open to all, regardless of their interest in the topic and will help the Commission to better understand interests and concerns related to their science communication. Complete the 3-5 minute survey here.
Climate change, according to a new Eurobarometer survey, is the single most important problem facing the world according to European citizens. The survey also explored European citizens' views of the most appropriate policy responses to climate change, with 90% agreeing that greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced to a minimum while offsetting remaining emissions to ensure that the EU is climate-neutral by 2050.
Calls in the frame of four of the five candidate missions under Horizon Europe are now open for proposals. This includes the Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities - the context in which MOSAIC will test its methodology. The calls relate to supporting national, regional and local authorities across Europe as they prepare for the transition towards climate-neutrality in cities, as well as other support actions.
The RiConfigure project's final event will take place over three days this June. On 8, 9 and 15 June the event will bring the main results of the project to a public space and provide a space to discuss the role of quadruple helix collaboration in the future R&I landscape including in Horizon Europe. After the final event, on 17 June, there will be the possibility to participate in a half-day innovation training programme on quadruple helix collaboration, developed and tested within the RiConfigure project.
The European project RiConfigure has published a report of lessons learned during its three years of activity. 'Quadruple Helix Collaborations in Practice' highlights the important differences between the quadruple helix collaboration in theory versus in practice. It describes a myriad of barriers discovered and overcome during the project, relating to funding, role distribution, incentives, power structures and path dependency. It also highlights the importance of accessible language in order to maximise the involvement of citizens.