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Newsletter #33 | February 2023



Electronic Freight Transport Information Regulation (eFTI)

Circle Group supports the European Commission in the implementation of the Electronic Freight Transport Information Regulation (eFTI).

Specifically, the aim of the contract is to support the European Commission in the delivery of “Specifications for the development and certification of eFTI platforms” and “Specifications for the implementation of requirements and certification of eFTI service providers”.

The eFTI Regulation will facilitate the digitization of freight transport and logistics through the sharing of information in electronic format between private operators and public administrations, contributing to cost reduction and increased efficiency and sustainability in freight transport.




Are you in transport, logistics, connectivity and IT services5G-LOGINNOV optimizes freight and traffic operations at ports and logistics hubs using 5G technologies.

Its three Living Labs (LLs) in Athens, Hamburg and Koper develop and deploy relevant innovative solutions enabled by 5G capabilities, and in these days LLs have identified the main key technological exploitable results that are going to be provided.
As part of its exploitation activities with specific reference to involving new players and opening new market possibilities, 5G-LOGINNOV has launched its Transferability Survey to contribute to the assessment of the potential uptake of such technologies in different contexts.

Take the Survey here!


 8th edition of SEAFUTURE

The 8th edition of SEAFUTURE is fast approaching!

The business convention for maritime dual-use technologies and blue economy will be held from 5th to 8th June 2023, in La Spezia (Italy). Within the event, the “Green & Blue Innovation Hub” will specifically focus on the latest trends and innovations applied to the blue economy sector to make it increasingly sustainable and to support the energy transition of the whole industry.

On the 7th June there will be a panel discussion about alternative fuels, marine energy communities, blue circular economy, marine protection, sustainable projects, smart ports & smart cities and cold ironing. Attended by enterprises, foreign navies, SMEs, Universities, Start-ups, Public bodies and Associations, SEAFUTURE – Green & Blue Innovation Hub is an excellent opportunity for businesses to showcase their sustainable and innovative practices and products, connect with other like-minded organizations, explore potential partnerships and benefit from valuable networking activities with the key stakeholders in the maritime industry.

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Inauguration of the Porto Metropolitan Area office in Brussels

On 25 January 2023, Area Metropolitana do Porto (AMPorto) held the official inauguration of the Porto Metropolitan Area liaison office in Brussels. The event was a huge success, with more than 100 participants, among which numerous Portuguese and European representatives marked the occasion.

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Seanergy Meeting in Porto


The first general consortium meeting of Seanergy took place in Porto on January 31 and February 1.

This project is coordinated by Magellan Circle and project aims to develop a Master Plan (MP) that will serve as an aggregator of information and guidelines that will allow all the port-industry’s stakeholders to assess, plan and execute the necessary activities towards decarbonising ports and transforming them into clean energy hubs.

It was a meeting where the partners got to present the state of play of the project implementation and further detail and finetune the upcoming tasks and interrelations between the actions. Seanergy starterd on October 2022 and will span until March 2025.

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Metabuilding General Assembly


Between January 31st and February 1st, Magellan co-hosted METABUILDING's General Meeting at the LNEC premises in Lisbon.

This event gathered all consortium partners to discuss the ongoing activities and the project's future since METABUILDING is in the home stretch. This two-day event was also an excellent opportunity to share good ideas on how to unleash the innovation potential of EU construction SMEs! Next stop: Vienna! ✈️

Find out more about the METABUILDING project below!

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Bauhaus of the Seas Kick-off Event


The Bauhaus of the Seas Sails project officially kicked-off on 1 and 2 February in Lisbon!

The two-day kick-off event, which included inspiring presentations and an artistic performance, a 3D printer demonstration and a regenerative meal, gathered more than 130 participants in Hub Criativo do Beato and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. 18 partners from 8 European cities, ranging from cultural institutions and design schools to research centres and municipalities, joined forces to demonstrate solutions for climate neutrality.

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PAREMPI Kick-off

With 8 partners from 6 European countries, the new PAREMPI project was officially launched on the 3th February 2023 among the Consortium partners. Magellan Circle will be leading PAREMPI's communication and dissemination for the next three years.

The main goal is to produce scientific evidence and knowledge, develop digital tools and recommend policies targeting all transport modes for preventing air pollution concentrations, a real threat for people's health when their levels are high. With this work, PAREMPI will contribute to cleaner, more secure, and more efficient transportation systems in Europe.

Learn more about air pollution and PAREMPI in our February podcast with the project coordinator. 🍃

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Fighting air pollution in Europe with Päivi Aakko-Saksa, VTT


Fighting air pollution in Europe with Päivi Aakko-Saksa, VTT

Päivi Aakko-Saksa is Principal Research Scientist at VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland with a research focus on fuels, air pollution and emissions. Päivi is also the project coordinator PAREMPI which stands for Particle emission prevention and impact: from real-world emissions of traffic to secondary PM of urban air where Magellan Circle leads communication and dissemination. We talk to Päivi about air pollution, its hazardous potential on human health and the state-of-art of research and policy activities to fight it.

Listen to the podcast below!

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Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking – 2023 call for proposals

The Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking public-private partnership under Horizon Europe published its second call for proposals (‘Call II’) on 9 February 2023. The EU’s partnership is the leading research and innovation programme for transforming aviation towards a sustainable and climate neutral future, pulling together the private and public sectors and developing cutting-edge technologies. The new call covers 8 topics under the 3 Clean Aviation thrusts, with the following EU funding budget breakdown: €65 million to hydrogen-powered aircraft; €32 million to hybrid-electric regional aircraft; €40 million to short and medium range aircraft. A further €750,000 is dedicated to impact monitoring EU aviation research and innovation. The call for proposals is open from 9 March until 11 May 2023. More information here.

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) - EURES Cooperation and Posting of workers

The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) has launched two separate calls in the field of Labour Markets and Labour Mobility financed under the Employment and Social Innovation ("EaSI") strand. One call integrates three topics aiming to facilitate workers' intra-EU labour mobility, to boost employment opportunities as well as to support the implementation of the European Jobs Network (EURES) Regulation. More information here. The second call aims to support implementation, application and enforcement of the EU legislation on the posting of workers. More information here. Depending on the call and topic the eligible entities for funding are public authorities (e.g. EURES members or partners), employment services, social partner organisations, international organisations, non-profit organisations (public or private), research and education institutions, among others.


Winter 2023 Economic Forecast, Renewable Hydrogen & European Green Deal

The EU economy entered 2023 on a better footing than projected in autumn. The Winter interim Forecast lifts the growth outlook for this year to 0.8% in the EU and 0.9% in the euro area. Both areas are now set to narrowly avoid the technical recession that was anticipated for the turn of the year. The forecast also slightly lowers the projections for inflation for both 2023 and 2024.

On the 13th of February, the Commission has proposed detailed rules to define what constitutes renewable hydrogen in the EU, with the adoption of two Delegated Acts required under the Renewable Energy Directive. These Acts are part of a broad EU regulatory framework for hydrogen which includes energy infrastructure investments and state aid rules, and legislative targets for renewable hydrogen for the industry and transport sectors. They will ensure that all renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) are produced from renewable electricity.

On the 14th of February, the European Commission has proposed ambitious new CO2 emissions targets for new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) from 2030 onwards. These targets will help to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector - trucks, city buses, and long-distance buses are responsible for over 6% of total EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and more than 25% of GHG emissions from road transport. 

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NextGenerationEU: central driver of the EU’s green and digital transformation

At the heart of the €800 billion #NextGenerationEU plan, the Recovery and Resilience Fund has been a vital instrument in rebuilding our economies after the COVID-19 pandemic. Two years after its adoption, it remains a central driver of the EU’s green and digital transformation.
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For the shortest month of the year, we have selected a long list of hits for listening to while working, driving or relaxing - you choose! 90's hits like Kiss from a Rose by Seal or Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers are some of the featured songs in our vast selection! 📻

Click below and sing along to our February playlist! 🥁

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