Will 2nd call of Marco Polo successor program make us forget the 1st call's disaster?
Recently, Member States have agreed to the European Commission's draft work programs for the Connecting Europe Facility for Transport. It’s now certain that the priority of Freight Transport Services within the Annual Work program will have a second call for proposals. This subprogram, to be regarded as successor to the former Marco Polo program (2003-2013), offers an interesting opportunity for transport companies to receive financial support for their sustainable activities. After the disaster of the first call at the end of 2014, does it deserve a second chance?
Generic innovation incentives in perspective, looking beyond opportunities in West-Europe
Before the crisis that began in 2007, many West European countries employed large grant budgets to drive innovation in their country. This according to the idea, innovative companies are successful in the market and thus create jobs. The crisis however led to reduced tax revenues for governments; governments decided to cut costs drastically and many national funding programs were aborted.
Generieke innovatiestimulering in perspectief: kijk verder dan West-Europa
Tot aan de crisis die in 2007 begon kenden veel West-Europese landen grote subsidiebudgetten om innovatie in hun land te kunnen stimuleren. Want zo is de gedachte, alleen innovatieve bedrijven zijn succesvol in de markt en creëren daarmee werkgelegenheid. De crisis leidde tot verminderde belastinginkomsten voor overheden; overheden besloten drastisch te bezuinigen en ook veel nationale subsidieprogramma's moesten eraan geloven.