The first call for the FP7 Environment theme is closed:
More than 600 proposals addressing the 72 open topics for research have
been successfully submitted in response to the FP7-ENV-2007-1 call that
closed on 2 May 2007. The overall requested EC contribution exceeds €1
In accordance with the FP7 'Rules for submission of proposals, and the
related evaluation, selection and award procedures' (
EC services will verify the eligibility of the submitted proposals before
proceeding with its evaluation.
There will be normally no further contacts between the Commission and
the applicants regarding their proposal until the evaluation and
corresponding internal procedures are completed, which is expected by
the end of July 2007.
Guidance on FP7 implementation
A number of guidance documents and preparatory work are carried out by
the European Commission in view to install the basis of the FP7
implementation. The following documents are available for consultation on
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/find-doc_e ... where they can also be
a standard Model Grant Agreement,
a draft Guide for Beneficiaries,
a draft Guide to Financial Issues,
a draft Guide to IPR and
a draft Checklist for the Consortium Agreement.
Other documents are in preparation in view to address legal and
contractual issues, including negotiation and FP7 reporting requirements.
EC initiative on water scarcity and droughts
The Commission intends to issue by July 2007 a communication that will
focus on drought events and on long-term water unbalances. The
communication will aim to identify possible technical, social or legislative
options to mitigate the impacts of such events.
So far, a first interim report on this issue has been drafted in collaboration
with an expert's group. These preliminary results have been submitted to
a Stakeholders Forum for consultation (this Forum has been invited to
Additional information as well as the first interim report and the
Stakeholders contributions are available on
Moreover, the EC services are participating in the Waste Water Reuse
Working Group established recently under the Mediterranean Joint
Process Phase II, a collaboration between the Mediterranean component
of the EU Water Initiative and the Common Implementation of the EU
Water Framework Directive (WFD).
The objectives of this waste water reuse activity are to:
assess the status of the situation with regard to treated waste water
reuse in each of the EU Member States and non-EU countries
participating in this activity,
get an overview of the issues at stake (definitions, scope, safety and
prepare the ground for potential more specific actions to be taken at
the EU level.
Information regarding the Waste Water Reuse Working Group is available
Revision of EC financial rules
The revision of Financial Regulation and its Implementing Rules entered
into application on 1 May 2007 [Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No
1995/2006 of 13 December 2006 amending Regulation (EC, Euratom) No
1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of
the European Communities (OJ L 390 of 30.12.2006, p. 1) and
Commission Regulation No 478/2007 of 23 April 2007, amending
Commission Regulation No 2342/2002 (OJ L 111 of 28.4.2007, p.1)].
New home URL for the CIRCA production services
The DG RTD Unit I.3 used to upload and archive public information,
documents and copies of the newsletters in the so-called 'CIRCA server'.
We would like to inform external CIRCA users that they should update
their 'favourites' list or other stored hyperlinks (in particular
http://forum.europa.eu.int/... which should be replaced by
The e-mail addresses of users from EU
institutions in the CIRCA directory as well as the e-mail addresses in the
contact information and in the information pages have also been updated.
The EU project 'Functional Tools for Pesticide Risk Assessment and
Management' aims to develop a suite of three pesticide risk prediction and
management at farm, river basin and national policies or EU scales,
including a comprehensive database of physicochemical and toxicological
data related to pesticide active substances (
http://www.eu-footprint.org/ppdb.html) ... A summary of the project's current
development is presented in the FOOTPRINT Newsletter:
PUBLICATIONS and AVAILABLE DOCUMENTS
EC newsletter 'EU Research for the Environment'
The first issue of the quarterly e-newsletter edited by DG RTD Directorate I
'EU Research for the Environment' was released on 1 April 2007.
The on-line version of the newsletter is also accessible on Europa pages:
Should you wish to subscribe to this newsletter, please visit the Mailing
Lists page (http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm? ... on the
European Commission's Research web site.
Newsletters edited by the EC services of DG Environment:
The on-line versions are available for consultation on:
EU Environment Policy Brief: Keeping you informed about
developments in EU environment policy:
A monthly newsletter from DG ENV with latest news from EU
environment policy developments and related issues
WISE, a newsletter of DG Environment, Water and Marine unit
The WISE Newsletter is the information bulletin of the Water & Marine
Unit of the European Commission's Directorate-General for
Environment and is published twice a year. Its aim is to present
progress, evolution and implementation of EU water and marine related
environmental policies and initiatives. The latest issue is available on:
Science for Environment Policy - DG Environment News Alert
This service provides scientific information in the field of the
Environmental Action Programme's main themes and relevant to the
DG Environment's policy priorities in support of the knowledge based
approach. For more information, please visit:
ETAP Newsletter: news about the development and
implementation of the EU Environmental Technologies Action
It contains a selection of the latest news on ETAP, related events and
calls for proposals as well as highlights on environmental technologies
initiatives in Member States or at European level. On-line issues are
EU Report Series available from IWA Publishing:
This EU Reports series resulted of a special agreement between the
International Water Association and the European Commission and its
Directorates-General for Research and Environment, aiming to articulate to
researchers, policy makers and water practitioners scientific knowledge
and innovative technologies for the sustainable management of natural