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December 20, 2007

European Mediation Conference - Belfast

On the tenth anniversary of the Belfast Agreement, mediators from across Europe will gather in the city for the 2nd European Mediation Conference, from April 10-12, 2008.

The three day event aims to attract some 400 mediators and policy-makers to advance mediation in the service of social and economic progress in a changing Europe. Programme content will: (a) explore developments in the practice of mediation; (b) reflect on the task of building peace for Europe and the world; (c) raise awareness of mediation among policy makers, opinion formers, and the general public; and (d) strengthen relationships in the European mediation field.

The event is jointly organized by Mediation Northern Ireland and the Scottish Mediation Network and is supported by the European Mediation Network. Amongst the keynote speakers will be: Jan Egeland, the UN Secretary Generals Special Advisor on Conflict Resolution; John Paul Lederach, Mediator and Professor of International Peace building; Ambassador Herbert Salber, Director of Conflict Prevention at the Organisation for Security & Co-operation in Europe; Arlene McCarthy MEP, Chair of the EU Parliaments Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and draft person of the EU Directive on Mediation.

Further information and registration on the conference website: www.mediationconference.eu

Posted by iroauthor at December 20, 2007 10:14 AM

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December 19, 2007

Atlantic Area Programme - First Call

The first call for projects under the new Atlantic Area Territorial Co-Operation Programme will open on 17 March 2008, with a closing date of May 12th 2008.

The programme, which was officially launched in Portugal on December 14, aims to support cooperation between regions in the "Atlantic Area", which includes all of Ireland and parts of Spain, France, Portugal and the UK. The priority themes include: innovation, the environment, access (including transport), and sustainable urban & regional development. The total programme budget is just under EUR 159 million and the maximum rate of co-financing is 65%. The application form & guidance pack for applicants will soon be available on the programme website: www.coop-atlantico.com or contact: Michael O' Brien, Programme Liaison Officer, BMW Regional Assembly, Tel: 094-9862970, e-mail: mobrien@bmwassembly.ie

Posted by iroadmin at December 19, 2007 10:39 AM

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December 06, 2007

"Regions of Knowledge" call published

In November, the European Commission published seven calls for proposals under the EU Seventh Framework (FP7) CAPACITIES programme, which aims to enhance research and innovation capacities throughout Europe.

The CAPACITIES programme has a budget of EUR 4,097 million to covers seven areas: research infrastructures, research for the benefit of SMEs, regions of knowledge, research potential, science in society , support to the coherent development of research policies, and international cooperation. The 'Regions of knowledge' initiative specifically aims to strengthen the research potential of European regions, in particular by encouraging and supporting the development, across Europe, of regional 'research-driven clusters', associating universities, research centres, enterprises and regional authorities which, will allow regions to intensify the role of research and technological development (RTD) in economic development and to invest better and more in RTD through cultivating innovative 'research-driven clusters' at a local and regional level.

There are two calls under this 'regions of knowledge' theme, the first call has a budget of EUR 9.3 million and concerns the analysis, mentoring and integration of research agendas and the definition of joint action plans. The second call has a budget of EUR 8 million and is concerned with facilitating the emergence of new regional research driven clusters and the mutual exchange of information. (closing date for both: 14 March 2008)

There are two calls for proposals for research potential. The first has a budget of EUR 29 million and is concerned with unlocking and developing the research potential of research entities established in the EU's convergence regions and outermost regions and the second, which has a budget of EUR 1 million, is concerned with providing evaluation facilities for research entities in the EU's convergence regions and outermost regions (closing date: 14 March 2008). The three other calls are for research for the benefit of SMEs with a budget of EUR 92.72 million (closing date: 11 April 2008), a call for activities in the field of science in society with a budget of EUR 28.08 million (closing date:18 March 2008) and a call for proposals for research infrastructures with a budget of EUR 90.08 million concerned with local development and research (closing date: 9 February 2008). Further details at: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html

Posted by iroadmin at December 6, 2007 01:35 PM