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SUPPORTING EUROPEAN SMES

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Gerhard Huemer, director of economic policy at the European Association of SMEs (UEAPME – Union Européenne des Artisanats

et des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises), spoke to Pan European Networks about some of the challenges facing SMEs in Europe

today, including funding through EU instruments

PROFILE:

Lahti University of Applied Sciences enlightens readers on how new businesses can be made from organic waste side streams

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FROM CARDBOARD TO CAVE

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The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre is at the forefront of exploring the potential of virtual reality, as detailed here

CONTENTS

THE BRUSSELS AID AGENDA

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The need for humanitarian aid remains pressing as both man-made and natural emergencies put pressure on the global population.

In this interview, the European Commissioner responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, provides

an insight on EU activities to meet these needs

IN DEFENCE OF MOVEMENT

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Entering 2016 with the backdrop of the continuing European migration crisis, PEN met with the regional director for the International

Organization for Migration for the EU, Norway and Switzerland, Eugenio Ambrosi, to discuss the ongoing situation, the need to tackle

the causes behind forced migration and the importance of collaborative work with EU institutions

AFTER 2015

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PEN reflects on the European Year for Development and key matters surrounding international development co-operation

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Pan European Networks: Government

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Paneuropeannetworks.com

showcases the news stories that have dominated European governance in recent months

NEWSDESK

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SPECIAL FEATURE: AID & DEVELOPMENT

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Opening the 17th edition of Pan European

Networks: Government, editor Michael

Brennan reflects on developments in the

European Union and elsewhere

INTRODUCTION

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FOREWORD

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With the European Union facing seemingly

existential challenges, president of the EESC

George Dassis contributes the foreword to

the 17th edition of PEN: Government

ENTERPRISE & INNOVATION

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ENERGY

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FINANCING THE RENEWABLE REVOLUTION

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Renewables remain a critical priority amidst efforts to decarbonise the energy system. Here PEN spoke to the EIB’s Jonathan Taylor about investment matters

2016: THE OUTLOOK FOR ENERGY

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Greg Arrowsmith, policy officer at the EUREC, details the year ahead when it comes to European energy technology policy

PROFILE:

JSC Area Energy expresses the motivations behind its dream to be independent when it comes to energy

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THE COLLABORATION GAME

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At KIC InnoEnergy’s The Business Booster 2015 in the German capital Berlin, EDF’s innovation director for Europe and the Middle

East, Valéry Prunier, informed PEN of the benefits that large firms can gain by co-operating with industry start-ups, as well as outlining

EDF’s approach to open innovation and why the time is ripe for even greater collaboration

PROFILE:

Munich Re discusses risk transfer, green investment, and how insurance can drive energy efficiency

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PARTNERING FOR INNOVATION

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Following her address at KIC InnoEnergy’s The Business Booster 2015 in Berlin, Germany, Dr Inken Braunschmidt, head of RWE’s

Innovation Hub, explained why collaboration is key to keeping up with an energy sector in transition. She detailed the importance of

SMEs to large corporates, the evolution of collaboration, and the future development of the energy sector

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