Commission has launched a ? 35 mln tender for projects that „unite“ environmental challenges with the business opportunities to be funded under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (Brussels, 13 April 2010). Under the 2010 CIP Eco-innovation call for proposals, funds are available for new projects in the area of materials recycling, sustainable building products, the food and drink sector and green business practices.
Ways and means to strengthen tourism sector in Europe were discussed at the European Tourism Stakeholders Conference in Madrid recently. Main efforts seem to be devoted to verify the optimal actions to promote competitiveness and sustainable growth of European tourism.
At the G-20 meting of industrialised nations in September 2009, a firm support was voiced for a single set of high quality accounting standards to improve capital flows and cut down on cross-border arbitrage in response to the financial crisis. However, achieving consensus is proving increasingly difficult. The EU internal market commissioner Michel Barnier proposed reforms to the European and international accounting rules.
Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) is part of the ICT programme of the European Commission. FET aims at promoting long-term research and laying the scientific foundations of radically new next generation technologies. FET helps identify and develop future research in ICT and in the interdisciplinary field of quantum information science often inspired by other scientific disciplines.
The economic and financial crisis in the EU has had a negative effect on both public and private sectors: the latter being affected, generally, through banks. It is generally recognised that the bankers’ practice brought national economies to the brink of ruin.