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Audrie van Veen, International Strategic Advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

EU will distribute public Wifi vouchers for municipalities

The next call for projects will be launched on 15/05/2018 at 13:00 (Central European Time).

It is open to:

- Municipalities
- Entity acting on behalf of municipalities
Via the link below you can see the list of eligible entities in your country.

The WiFi4EU voucher will cover the equipment and installation costs of Wi-Fi hotspots. Beneficiaries commit to pay for the connectivity (internet subscription) and maintenance of the equipment to offer free and high-quality Wi-Fi connectivity for at least 3 years.

What can you expect?
The Wifi4EU voucher provides a fixed amount of funding of EUR 15.000 per municipality. The municipalities that receive a voucher will select the 'centres of public life' where the WiFi4EU hotspots (wireless access points) will be installed and may use the WiFi4EU voucher to partially fund a project of higher value.

The voucher may serve to purchase new equipment or upgrade old material and replace it with most recent and best available equipment on the market.

The beneficiaries will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis, while ensuring that all Member States can benefit from a minimum amount of vouchers (a minimum amount of 15 vouchers per country will be awarded under the first call.

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Audrie van Veen, International Strategic Advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

4th EU Energy Summit

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Which European Energy Policy for which ambitions?

2018 will see new decisive steps taken towards a European clean economy:

• Want to know more about the crucial negotiations shaping the future EU Energy Policy?
• Want to debate the ambition the EU needs and wants to achieve for the coming decade in renewables, energy efficiency, storage and market design?
• Want to discuss the contribution of new technologies to succeed in a smart economic and social energy transition?
• Want to understand how both the EU R&I programmes and the post-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework could support this?

Confirmed Speakers:
Miguel Arias Cañete (European Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy)
Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission)
Dominique Ristori (Director-General, DG ENER, European Commission)
Karmenu Vella (European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries)

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Audrie van Veen, International Strategic Advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Smart finance for smart buildings: investing in energy efficiency in buildings

The European Investment Bank (EIB) approved the creation of a brand new financial instrument, the Smart Finance for Smart Buildings initiative. The aim is to make investments in energy efficiency projects in residential buildings more attractive to private investors, through the intelligent use of EU grants as a guarantee.

This new instrument, together with other EU policy initiatives for smart buildings, aims to unlock a total of €10 billion in public and private funds between now and 2020 for energy efficiency projects. It is estimated that this could support up to 220,000 jobs, and help establish a renovation market for small businesses worth up to €120 billion. In addition, up to 3.2 million European families could be taken out of energy poverty.

Read more on the European Commission's website.

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Audrie van Veen, International Strategic Advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Smart Cities & the Public Role

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The City of Haarlem and Metrex, the EU network for Metropolitan Areas, organise an event about the role of local authorities in Smart City development.
In the morning the focus shall be on the physical infrastructure and in the afternoon on the
opportunities in the social infrastructure and health. The number of participants is limited to
ensure a discussion and debate in depth. We aim to follow up this forum with other events,
to culminate in a METREX conference in 2019.

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Audrie van Veen, International Strategic Advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

EUR 2 million prize for a Big Data forecasting system that will enable more efficient use of energy resources and other sustainable outcomes

The European Commission has launched a new Horizon Prize on Big Data Technologies. EUR 2 million is available for improving electricity grid traffic forecasting in terms of scalability, accuracy, speed and use of computational resources.

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