Health Applicants Training

Nikola Benin, PhD


14 December 2017 in Zurich

The full day event on 14 December 2017 addresses applicants of Health Horizon 2020 proposals. You will receive targeted information and advice to support you in the roles of task or work package leader, coordinator or partner in a project and learn what you need to consider when planning and writing the proposal.

The programme of the day includes a confirmed talk by the European Commission, a presentation on the legal, financial and administrative issues, tips on how to write a proposal and a panel discussion with evaluators and coordinators, where you can ask all your burning questions.

The event will also include more information on upcoming calls for 2018-2020 as they will open a few weeks before the training and the first deadlines are expected to be in Spring 2018.

If you would like a bilateral meeting at the event, please contact us at


High Impact Workshop

Nikola Benin, PhD


This workshop by Stephen Webb of RTDS combines theory, best practice and group work to provide participants both the “big picture” and a hands-on approach to early-stage, impact-driven Horizon 2020 proposal preparation. The workshop will use pre-selected topics from upcoming Horizon 2020 calls. Two to three topics will be analysed in groups of 5-7 participants with the aim of designing an impact-driven project concept which could be further used as a basis for full proposal development.


09:00–10:30 Introduction: H2020 – The High Impact “Story” / From Policy Analysis to Project Need
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00–12:00 Group work Part 1 – Impact Strategy
12:00–13:00 Lunch Break
13:00–14:30 Building the Project Business Model / Impact – Operational Planning
14:30–16:00 Group work Part 2 – Project Business Model in action!
16:00–17:00 Presentation & discussion of each group work results



Effingerstrasse 19


3008 Bern




Nikola Benin. More transparency and integrity in the EU

Nikola Benin, PhD


  • All EU institutions should have a clear and strict code of conduct
  • Public access to legislative documents needs to be improved
  • Use of a transparency register for lobbyists is encouraged

All the EU institutions which have not already done so should create a Code of Conduct to foster a culture of honesty.

Following President Juncker’s State of the Union speech, MEPs showed their belief in the importance of stricter and clearer transparency standards, with 368 votes for, 161 against and 60 abstentions. MEPs want legislative information and documents to be directly accessible to the public throughout the legislative process. The report by Sven Giegold (Greens, DE) notes that more efforts are needed to make trade negotiations more transparent.



Mandatory transparency register


Furthermore, MEPs call for a more robust transparency register of interest groups and representatives, which they believe should be mandatory. Financing, support and the clients of these organisations should be declared on a yearly basis. MEPs are asked to only meet with interest group representatives once they are officially registered, or to ask them to register. They urge the Council to adopt similar rules.


The report also supports rapporteurs, shadow rapporteurs and committee chairs to declare their meetings with interest groups representatives for the dossiers which they are in charge of.




Sven Giegold (Greens, DE) “The European Parliament made a big leap forward to address the feeling of too much collusion of politics and big business. The long struggle for more transparency and stronger ethics rules has paid off and allows confidence in the EU institutions to rise. By implementing our demands, the EU institutions can now become the pioneer in lobbying transparency.”

In reaction to President Juncker’s proposal for a revision of the Code of Conduct and with regard to the Commission’s Ethics Committee, he added:


“The Commission’s ethics committee was rebranded as “independent”. MEPs will not accept the Commission’s fraudulent labelling. The Commission has to stop hand-picking its own Ethics Committee if it is ever supposed to become credible, and to sanction those who breach the Code of Conduct.”


Nikola Benin. How to stop the lethal practice of wildlife trafficking

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Find out the facts about wildlife trafficking in our infographic

Ever heard of pangolins? Chances are you will never have a chance to see them up close. These mammals are the most trafficked worldwide and like rhinos and elephants are now on the brink of extinction. It’s another example of wildlife trafficking poses a serious threat to the survival of our ecosystems. MEPs debate a report by Catherine Bearder on how EU and its members states should step up their efforts to combat wildlife trafficking on Wednesday 23 November, followed by a vote the next day.

“It is the shared responsibility of EU member states to step up to the challenge and tackle this organised and destructive crime that is destabilising so many parts of the world,” said Bearder, a UK member of the ALDE group, in a statement. Read our interview with her here.
Wildlife trafficking reduces biodiversity, unbalances ecosystems and endangers the survival of numerous animal species such as tiger and sharks and plant species such as tropical timber and orchids.
In recent years wildlife trafficking has reached unprecedented levels due to the increase in global demand for wildlife and related products.

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Organised criminal groups are increasingly engaging in wildlife trafficking as the risk of detection is low and the financial rewards are high. The proceeds are often used to finance militia and terrorist groups.

Smuggled wildlife products can also be sold through legal channels, for example by using fraudulent paperwork, so consumers might not be aware of their illegal origin
The European Union is not only a major destination market for illegal wildlife products, but also serves as a transit hub for trafficking to other regions. Certain species in the EU, such as European glass eels, are also subject to wildlife trafficking.
EU action plan


Earlier this year the European Commission launched an action plan on wildlife trafficking, which the EU and its member states have until 2020 to implement.
Parliament’s environment committee adopted on Thursday 13 October Bearder’s own-initiative report on the action plan.
The action plan has three priorities: prevention, enforcement and cooperation. “The action plan must prevent wildlife trafficking and address its root causes,” said Bearder, adding: “We must ensure effective implementation and enforcement of existing rules.”
Regarding cooperation, the MEP stressed the importance of global cooperation between countries where the animals lived, the transit countries and the countries where the products were being bought.
Following the plenary debate and vote
The plenary debate takes place in the evening of Wednesday 23 November and the vote on Thursday 24 November. Watch it live here.

This article was updated on 21 November.

Nikola Benin. Climate Action, Environment

Nikola Benin, Ph.D


The specific objective is to achieve a resource-efficient and climate change resilient economy and a sustainable supply of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet’s natural resources. Activities will contribute to increasing European competitiveness and improving wellbeing, whilst assuring environmental integrity and sustainability, keeping average global warming below 2°C and enabling ecosystems and society to adapt to climate change.

Meeting EU and international targets for greenhouse gas emissions and concentrations, and coping with climate change impacts requires the development and deployment of cost-effective technologies, and mitigation and adaptation measures. Eco-innovation will provide valuable new opportunities for growth and jobs. Solutions developed through EU-level action will counter key threats to industrial competitiveness and enable rapid uptake and replication across the Single Market and beyond.

Addressing the availability of raw materials calls for co-ordinated research and innovation efforts across many disciplines and sectors to help provide safe, economically feasible, environmentally sound and socially acceptable solutions along the entire value chain (exploration, extraction, processing, re-use, recycling and substitution).

Climate Action & Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials
Effingerstrasse 19
3008 Bern

Tel.:+41 31 380 60 16

Nikola Benin. Wind Energy Matchmaking 2017

Nikola Benin, Ph.D


The Wind Energy Matchmaking offers professionals in the onshore and offshore wind energy business an unique opportunity to keep updated on the sector and its actors, and meet qualified contacts in a short amount of time.

The Wind Energy Matchmaking is connected to the WindEurope conference and exhibition 2017 in Amsterdam which is one of Europe’s leading wind energy events.

Is your business or organisation in search of new customers, partners or collaborative alliances, or are you specifically looking to explore the wind energy industry in the Netherlands or other countries, you should register for this year’s international matchmaking programme.

Target Group

The B2B matchmaking event is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research institutions and universities who are active in the field of onshore and offshore wind energy.


  • Latest trends and innovations in offshore energy technologies
  • Short, sharp 30 minute meetings to foster effective networking
  • Get to know key players offering services to companies

Main topics

  • Onshore Wind energy
  • Offshore Wind Energy

How does it work?

  • You simply need to Register online
  • Describe your company, your technology/know-how, projects and partner search
  • Browse the catalogue of participants and profiles
  • Select and validate your meetings
  • A few days before you will receive your personal agenda

Why participate?

  • Showcase your favourable projects, products or know-how
  • Initiate cross-border contacts and co-operations
  • Find new commercial/technological/research partners
  • Latest information on wind energy R&D findings
  • Present, discuss and develop new projects


CALL FOR PARTNERS. Work Programme 2018-2020 and take the opportunity to meet National Contact Points for bilateral discussions

Nikola Benin, Ph.D


This Euresearch event sets the scene for the final Work Programme under Horizon 2020 for the years 2018-2020. With European funding of around € 30 billion, it is far and away the largest single integrated programme of publicly funded research and innovation during this period across the European Union.

Come and learn more about the opportunities for 2018-2020 the programme has to offer.

Welcome and General Introduction

Presentation of Euresearch and its services. Presentation of Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 and insights into the European policy background.

Thematic Information about Available Calls

The content of the collaborative calls will be presented in  thematic clusters (4 parallel sessions):

– Integrating the Social Sciences and Humanities

– Digitizing European Industry

– Energy Efficiency and Greening the Economy

– Healthy Life, Healthy Food

Meet your thematic National Contact Point

Do you have a question about a particular call topic, or even a specific project idea in mind? Do you need consortium advice?

Once you have registered to the conference, you can book bilateral meetings with National Contact Point(s) responsible for the thematic(s) you are interested in.