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Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument of the European Commission that runs from 2014 to 2020 with a €70.2 billion budget. The EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

The Horizon 2020 programme consists of three core themes or 'pillars':
•    Excellent science
•    Industrial leadership
•    Societal challenges

Participation in H2020 involves competition with the best and most of the time carrying out activities in consortium (research groups, enterprises and end users) with the exception of European Research Council (ERS), mobilities and some SME's actions.

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European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is central to the construction of a common European space, and a cornerstone of European integration. It has clear European added value: helping to ensure that borders are not barriers, bringing Europeans closer together, helping to solve common problems, facilitating the sharing of ideas and assets, and encouraging strategic work towards common goals.

ETC is an objective itself of the EU's Cohesion Policy and supports cooperation on internal borders of the EU. For the 2014-2020 period ETC will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERFD) containing a country allocation of 559M€ to Spain. ETC covers three types of programmes:

Cross-border Cooperation (cooperation between regions sharing borders) helps transform regions located on either side of internal or external borders of the European Union into strong economic and social poles. In particular cross-border actions are encouraged in the fields of entrepreneurship, improving joint management of natural resources, supporting links between urban and rural areas, improving access to transportand communication networks, developing joint use of infrastructure, administrative cooperation and capacity building, employment, community interaction, culture and social affairs.

In this sense, Andalusia region participates in the following cross-border cooperation programmes:
•    Spain-Portugal (POCTEP)
•    Spain-External Cross-Border Co-operation Programme (POCTEFEX)
•    Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme (ENPI CBC MED)

Transnational Cooperation (cooperation among greater European regions, including the ones surrounding sea basins or mountain ranges). Facilitates coordinated strategic responses to joint challenges like flood management, transport and communication corridors, international business and research linkages, urban development and others. Special attention is given to outermost and island regions.

Andalusia region participates in the following programmes:
•    Southwest European Espace (SUDOE)
•    Mediterranean Regions Espace (MED)
•    Atlantic Coast Espace

Interregional Cooperation: provides a framework for the exchange of experiences between local and regional actors from across Europe in order to contribute to the EU’s strategies on growth, jobs and sustainable development. In addition, it aims at reducing disparities by matching less experienced regions with more advanced regions in the various policy fields such as innovation, demographic change, energy supply and climate change. This programme is articulated through an unique programme for the whole EU (INTERREG IVC) and three networks: ESPON, URBACT and INTERACT II.

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Development cooperation in European Union is programmed by the European External  Action Service (EEAS) and implemented by EuropeAid, which is the DG responsible for the development of policies in the EU and the aid supply through programmes and projects around the world.

The new financial framework 2014-2020 starts with 2014 declared by United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming. Moreover, the Agenda for Change adopted in 2011 is the European strategy to target and concentrate aid and to optimize resources.  

The current period counts with two types of financial instruments: thematics with a budget of 23.260M€ and geographics, with 80.500M€.

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Life+ is the European instrument for the environment. The general objective of this instruments is to contribute to the implementation, update and development of European environmental policies by cofinancing pilot projects aiming at contributing an added value.

For the 2014-2020 period, the instrument has 3.100M€ and is structured in two subprogrammes: Life Environment and Life Climate Action.

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In addition to the actions and instruments above-mentioned, there are national and regional calls aiming at financing innovation actions concerning excellence for the agrifood sector:

- The Spanish Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI)
- The Andalusian Gouverment (Junta de Andalucía)

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