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New European Bauhaus

beautiful | sustainable | together

The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative that connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces and experiences. The initiative calls on all of us to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.

Beautiful are places, practices and experiences that are: enriching - inspired by art and culture responding to needs beyond functionality, sustainable - in harmony with nature, the environment and our planet, inclusive - encouraging dialogue across cultures, disciplines, genders and ages. 

By creating bridges between different backgrounds, cutting across disciplines and building on participation at all levels, the New European Bauhaus inspires a movement to facilitate and steer the transformation of our societies along three inseparable values:

Sustainability, from climate goals to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity

Aesthetics, quality of experience and style beyond functionality

Inclusion, from valuing diversity to securing accessibility and affordability

The New European Bauhaus brings citizens, experts, businesses, and institutions together to reimagine sustainable living in Europe & beyond. In addition to creating a platform for experimentation and connection, it supports positive change with access to EU funding for beautiful, sustainable & inclusive projects.

Visit the New European Bauhaus website for information on funding available.

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Interreg NWE Call 2

Interreg North-West Europe Call 2 is now open until Thursday, 9 February 2023. 

The Programme has a budget of €287million ERDF to support approved projects.

Call 2 covers the Programme's nine specific objectives and follows a two-step process. No funding ceiling is set for this call.

At Step 1, applicants focus on project need, objectives, added value and partnership relevance.

Successful applicants at Step 1 will be invited to submit a more detailed Step 2 application. Click here for information on the applications process.

We look for transnational cooperation activities that deliver concrete results for the North-West Europe area. If you have an idea that could make one of our Programme objectives a reality, get in touch with your National Contact Point and start developing your proposal now!

Visit the NWE website for the 2022-23 call calendar.

‍‍National Contact Point Ireland: the Southern Regional Assembly hosts the Interreg NWE's Ireland National Contact Point to provide support about getting involved in and developing applications. Contact Sarah Davoren: sdavoren@southernassembly.ie

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European Cluster Collaboration Platform

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform are coordinating European ‘Clusters meet Regions’ workshops in 2022 and 2023.

'Clusters meet Regions’ events bring national and regional clusters and policymakers together to share experiences, secure new partnerships and learn from one another how to make better use of clusters.

Workshops must be beneficial for cluster managers and policy makers to ensure that clusters are central to the process of putting the EU’s regional economic, business and social goals into action.

This call addresses cluster stakeholders who are interested in/ actively participating in their region's economic development. It is open to institutions such as clusters, regional agencies for economic development and business network groups.

A letter of support from your regional authority is needed to apply. Proposals from national and/or regional authorities are also welcome.

For more information on all ECCP open calls.

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URBACT Action Planning Networks Call

The first URBACT IV call for Action Planning Networks is open until 31 March 2023. 

URBACT IV aims to foster integrated urban development in Europe by supporting networks of cities and towns to exchange good practices and ideas.

The call is primarily addressed to city administrations that want to work with other European cities to develop and implement Integrated Action Plans to respond to their local challenges. 

Cities and other public bodies from Member States, Partner States (Norway & Switzerland) of the EU, and countries benefitting from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia & Serbia) are eligible to receiving funding for their participation in Action Planning Networks.

Discover all you need to know about the URBACT IV first Action Planning Networks call here.

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European Urban Initiative Calls

European Urban Initiative – Innovative Actions Second Call for Proposals is now open.

EUI has officially launched its second Innovative Actions Call with a budget of €120 million ERDF supporting cities in three thematic areas: ‘Greening Cities’, ‘Sustainable tourism’ and Harnessing talent in shrinking cities’.

Topic 1: Greening cities Under the topic ‘Greening Cities', projects will be funded to experiment and deliver tangible innovative solutions on green infrastructure across European cities, to better address biodiversity, pollution, resource and climate challenges; highly contributing to the green and just transition under the Cohesion policy investments.

Topic 2: Sustainable tourism Under the topic ‘Sustainable Tourism’, projects will be funded to support long-term green and digital transformation and resilience of the tourism ecosystem. For this topic, the aim is primarily to improve conditions for both residents and visitors of the city.

Topic 3: Harnessing talent in shrinking cities Under the topic ‘Harnessing talent in shrinking cities’, particularly in regions identified by the European Commission in the Communication ‘Harnessing talent in Europe’s regions’, is seeking to retain and attract talent.

Each project can receive up to a maximum of €5 million ERDF co-financing and project implementation should take place within a maximum period of 3,5 years.

The European Urban Initiative principles for funded initiatives

1. Innovative

Innovative Actions support pilot projects that have never been tested anywhere else in Europe. Projects should be new, bold, creative and experimental. The proposed project must go beyond the present state-of-the-art and business-as-usual.

2. Of good quality

Projects should meet key quality standards such as clear and logical interrelation of objectives/activities/outputs, evidence of preparatory work, realistic ambitions, effective management structures and procedures, good value for money.

3. Participative

Participation and co-creation with Partners, relevant stakeholders, and target groups, are key for the development and implementation of genuinely innovative and experimental projects.

4. Measurable

Urban authorities should be able to clearly explain what the changes are that they want to achieve in the local context as a result of their projects.

5. Sustainable and scalable

Urban authorities should be able to anticipate and explain how the solution will be sustained and scaled-up once successfully tested through the identification of adequate sources of public and/or private funding.

6. Transferable

Solutions developed in the framework of the projects should be applicable and replicable by other cities across Europe, possibly by making use of the Cohesion policy funding available to them.



European Urban Initiative first call is now closed.

With a budget of €50m, European Urban Initiative calls focus on Innovative Actions in support to New European Bauhaus demonstrators regarding sustainable urban development.

European Urban Initative funded activities provide opportunities for cities as enablers of innovation, to take the risk and turn ambitious and creative ideas into pilot projects to be tested in real urban settings. The call builds on principles of New European Bauhaus (NEB), a creative and interdisciplinary initiative connecting the European Green Deal to our living spaces and experiences to achieve Europe climate-neutral by 2050. 

Explore what other calls the European Urban Initiative are upcoming

Up to €5m per project is available. Part of this allocation will support the transfer of innovative solutions to other cities in Europe to have an even bigger societal impact.

The European Urban Initiative principles for funded initiatives

  • Innovative Actions: pilot projects never been tested anywhere else in Europe, as an evolutionary approach or as a revolutionary approach
  • Participation & co-creation: partners, relevant stakeholders and target groups are key for the development and implementation of innovative and experimental projects
  • Robust & measurable methodology: measure expected impacts, with clear and quantified results to capture expected change in the local situation resulting from the project
  • Transferable & scalable: project lessons shared to wider policy makers and practitioners, with potential to be scaled and transferred to other urban areas in Europe
  • Good quality, justified, realistic, consistent, and coherent: ready to be managed effectively, implemented swiftly, and demonstrate value for money.
  • Knowledge and Capacity Building: an environment for cities to ensure easier access to knowledge and share know-how on sustainable urban development, particularly strengthening capacities in designing integrated and participative strategies

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EMFAF Flagship Call

The European Maritime, Fisheries & Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)  call for proposals for regional flagships projects supporting sustainable blue economy in EU sea basins is open until 31 January 2023. 

The EMFAF supports the EU Green Deal and a sustainable blue economy by implementing actions on the EU's Maritime Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy and the EU international ocean governance agenda.

With a budget of €7.6m, the call focuses on EU sea basins cooperation, in particular in the Atlantic, Black Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea Region and the EU Outermost Regions.

It has 80% co-funding rate for all the topics, except for topic 5 which has 85% co-funding rate.

The call addresses six different topics:

  1. promoting the diversification of fisheries activities in the Atlantic area (€2m)
  2. harnessing preparedness and response to marine pollution in the Black Sea (€0.6m)
  3. promoting sustainable transport and ports in the Mediterranean (€2.4m)
  4. fostering maritime clusters as an innovative enabler for a Sustainable Blue Economy in the Mediterranean (€1m)
  5. promoting sustainable maritime and coastal tourism in the Outermost Regions (€1m)
  6. promoting regenerative ocean farming in the Baltic Sea Region (€0.6m)


For more information visit EMFAF.

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NextGenerationEU is more than a recovery plan, it is a once in a lifetime chance to emerge stronger from the pandemic, transform our economies and societies and design a Europe that works for everyone - with a €806.9bn investment fund (in current prices - amounts to €750 billion in 2018 prices).

NextGenerationEU is Europe’s shared response to the severe health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.

It is an ambitious and common recovery package which will complement and support Ireland's own national response to the crisis - the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP).

The NRRP aims to contribute to a sustainable, equitable, green, and digital recovery effort in a manner that complements and supports the Government’s broader recovery efforts.

The Plan has three priorities - Advancing the Green Transition, Advancing and Expanding Digital Reforms and Transformation, and Social and Economic Recovery and Job Creation

Ireland’s will do this through 16 investments and nine reform commitments to a total value of just under €1bn, to be supported both by grants from the Recovery & Resilience Facility and national funds. Click here for more information on the Resilience & Recovery Plan for Ireland.

Check out the EU's Recovery & Resilience Scoreboard

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Brexit Adjustment Reserve

The Brexit Adjustment Reserve aims to help Member States and sectors worst affected by Brexit to counter the adverse economic and social consequences of Brexit.

Overall, the initial allocation to the EU27 is valued at €5.4bin in current prices with further funding of €1.1bn in current prices in 2024.

Ireland is the biggest beneficiary and the first Member State to receive pre-financing to help mitigate the impact of Brexit on the Irish economy. Ireland's allocation is €361.5m in 2021, €276.7m in 2022 and €282.2m in 2023. The funding can cover expenses directly relating to Brexit since 1 January 2020. 

The Reserve can support actions related to economic sectors, businesses and local communities, including those dependent on fishing in UK waters, employment, including short-time work schemes, re-skilling and training, and ensuring the functioning of border, customs, sanitary and phytosanitary and security controls, fisheries controls, certification and authorisation regimes for products, communication, information and awareness raising for citizens and businesses.

Further information: Brexit Adjustment Fund.

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EU 2021-27 Policy Framework

EU Funds are shaped by EU regulation which identifies five objectives where the EU is best placed to deliver investments in 2021-27:

  1. Smarter Europe 
  2. Greener, carbon free Europe 
  3. More Connected Europe 
  4. More Social Europe 
  5. Europe closer to citizens 


What’s new for the EU 2021-27 period?

  • 5 policy objectives focused on those most relevant for a competitive and future-proof Europe
  • Climate targets: weighted climate & environmental contribution of investments, min. targets for funds, climate adjustment mechanism
  • Greater empowerment in fund management: dedicated policy objective implemented only through territorial and local development strategies
  • Simplification: one set single of rules for the eight Funds and reduced secondary legislation
  • Conditions for success: streamlined enabling conditions throughout the programming period
  • Flexible programming: allocation of flexibility amount only after midterm review of socio-economic situation/ new challenges
  • Reinforced visibility & communication: beneficiaries and operations of strategic importance

Click here for more information on the EU's 2021-27 roadmap.