This week's "innovation" contracts from the EU - tens of millions of Euros for absolute bullshit

As our reader RL observed, no wonder the UK wanted out!

From: TII Secretariat []
Sent: Tuesday, 10 April 2018 8:00 PM
Subject: Tenders Alert from TII Project Lab


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Ref: ECSEL-2018-3-CSA-Industry4E

Deadline: 24 May 2018, Call budget: EUR 500 000, Type of action: ECSEL-CSA ECSEL Coordination & Support Action

the Lighthouse Initiative Industry4.E represents an important effort in the field of the Digitalisation of European Industry. The present call is for a Coordination and Support Action to support the Lighthouse Initiative in establishing the Lighthouse and its coordination with other national activities in the field. Proposals should aim at coordinating the relevant stakeholders, project consortia, as well as policy makers, addressing all of the following: a) Establish a communication platform for all stakeholders; b) Promote the objectives of the Lighthouse Initiative; c) Facilitate connections between the stakeholders; d) Help shaping the Lighthouse Initiative during and beyond H2020; e) Organize outreach events; f) Facilitate dialogue between all stakeholders; g) Help the networking of respective national and international activities in the field.


Ref: SU-ICT-03-2018

Deadline: 29 May 2018, Budget: EUR 50 million, Type of action: RIA Research and Innovation Action

The objective of this topic is to scale up existing research for the benefit of the cybersecurity of the Digital Single Market, with solutions that can be marketable. For this, participants should in parallel propose, test, validate and exploit the possible organizational, functional, procedural, technological and operational setup of a cybersecurity competence network with a central competence hub. To achieve the above, support will go to consortia of competence centres in cybersecurity to engage together in: a) Common research, development and innovation in next generation industrial and civilian cybersecurity technologies (including dual-use), applications and services; b) Strengthening cybersecurity capacities across the EU and closing the cyber skills gap; c) Supporting certification authorities with testing and validation labs equipped with state of the art technologies and expertise.


Deadline: 21 June 2018, Call budget: EUR 1 500 000, Types of action: RPr Recognition Prize

The call aims to award a European prize to the most innovative city ecosystem. The award will raise the profile of the city teams that have developed and implemented innovative policies; enhance citizens' role in finding local solutions and participating in the decision-making process; facilitate the city’s attractiveness towards investors, industry, top-class talents and entrepreneurial individuals; help the city open up connections with others and cooperate with them, thus inspiring and helping identify best practices to be replicated across Europe.

Other calls and service tenders


Ref: 282/G/GRO/PPA/18/10479

Deadline: 19 June 2018, Call budget: EUR 1 500 000 (up to 90% cofinancing), Type of action: Call for Proposal

The overall objective of this call is to assist European SMEs to develop, further expand or improve their international business by creating SME networks to exploit foreign markets for export purposes. European SME capacity to go international can increase by easing cooperation among small groups of companies to improve their competitiveness. Getting together, they can improve performance, increase their visibility and enhance their internationalisation strategy and performance. The activities envisaged under this action include: a) Identification/selection of SMEs with potential to successfully participate in an SME network; b) Preparing them for internationalisation, training and coaching; c) Implementation of the SME networking activities; d) Results and policy recommendations.


Ref: EASME/COSME/2018/002

Deadline: 23 April 2018, Value excluding VAT: EUR 10 million (3 lots, each comprising between EUR 3.2 - 3.4 million depending on lot), Type of action: open procedure (service tender)

This is a call for tenders in the form of an open procedure to conclude 3 service contracts. Each service contract will comprise the operation of the international Intellectual Property (IP) Helpdesks with respect to a specific geographical area, namely:

  • Lot 1: China IPR Helpdesk
  • Lot 2: South-east Asia IPR Helpdesk
  • Lot 3: Latin America IPR Helpdesk

The general objective of the international IP Helpdesks is to contribute to the internationalisation of EU SMEs by providing them with expert advice on how to protect and enforce their IP in or relating to China, South-east Asia, and Latin America.


Ref: EASME/COSME/2017/043

Deadline: 29 April 2018, Value excluding VAT: EUR 2.2 million, Type of action: open procedure (service tender)

This is a call for tenders in the form of an open procedure to conclude 1 service contract in the context of the European strategy for Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). The general objective of this service contract is to further develop and create synergies between the KETs Observatory, the inventory and mapping of KETs Technology Centres and the Digital Transformation Monitor (DTM), with the aim of analysing and monitoring in a systematic way emerging digital and KETs trends, through the collection, publication and dissemination of relevant information and data.


Ref: SMART 2018/0002

Deadline: 4 May 2018, Value excluding VAT: EUR 300 000, Type of action: open procedure (service tender)

Reporting and monitoring the development of national initiatives on digitalisation is an important element of the Digitising European Industry (DEI) initiative. The objective of this study is to build a well-structured collection, monitoring and analysis instrument covering the whole European Union. This instrument provides consistent yearly digitalisation reports and analyses of measures in the broader framework of emerging digital growth strategies that are linked to national innovation and industrial policies over 3 years. It follows the main DEI action lines: boosting innovation capacity; regulatory framework; skill development; and national governance structure. The analysis will cover transversal elements, which are common to several Member States and are significant from the point of view of European added value. The analysis is accompanied by detailed country reports highlighting the national approaches to digitising industry, policies and investments.


Ref: CDR/TL1/11/2018

Deadline: 14 May 2018, Value excluding VAT: EUR 400 000, Type of action: open procedure (service tender)

Multiple framework contract for studies in the field of external relations. The purpose of this framework contract is to set up a network of external experts that will provide the Committe of Regions (CoR) with a rapid response capability, allowing broader consultation of local and regional players, offering CoR commissions the possibility of drawing up specific opinions on topics of current interest and enabling the CoR to draw on databases and knowledge built up by research centres or universities in the evaluation of policies.




Ref: EuropeAid/139015/DH/SER/CN

Deadline: 7 May 2018, Service value: EUR 8 million, Type of action: restricted procedure (shortlisted candidates invited to tender)

The EU-China Partnership Facility (ECPF) aims to strengthen EU-China relations by supporting bilateral dialogues and partnerships in key priority areas of EU and mutual interest. The contractor will be responsible for the implementation of a broad range of services to support the Partnership, including inter alia: 1) organization of events - e.g. conferences, seminars, workshops, exchange visits, etc.; 2) provision of specialised expertise to relevant policy dialogues and stakeholders, e.g. technical experts and researchers, moderators, panellists, rapporteurs, speakers, etc.; 3) preparation of baseline, benchmarking and specific sector studies; 4) translation and interpretation services, as well as other monitoring, communication and visibility tools; 5) administration, backstopping and project management.


Ref: EuropeAid/139403/DH/SER/MULTI

Deadline: 11 May 2018, Maximum budget: EUR 11 million, Type of action: restricted procedure (shortlisted candidates invited to tender)

Building on the work done under the Eastern Partnership Harmonization of Digital Markets Panel and the EU4Digital Networks, the project will implement concrete recommendations and action plans agreed in the key areas identified of the digital economy and society in the Eastern Partnership region. With a specific focus on Telecom rules, digital Trust and Security, eTrade, ICT innovation, eHealth and eSkills, the project will address the necessary legislative and regulatory framework conditions for the development of the digital economy and society, the key enablers for electronic services and the development of cross-border eServices for businesses and citizens, including communication activities.



Ref: EuropeAid/139493/DH/SER/IN

Deadline: 4 May 2018, Maximum budget: EUR 3 799 000, Type of action: restricted procedure (shortlisted candidates invited to tender)

This action aims to enrich EU-India Policy Dialogues with hands-on technical solutions from EU businesses, notably small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in key sectors, such as Environment, Energy, Climate and Urbanisation. By meeting the demand for knowledge and innovative technologies, this technical assistance contract will contribute to 1) strengthen the dialogue between European and Indian businesses and 2) increase and diversify the presence of EU companies, notably SMEs, in the Indian market by showcasing EU technologies, standards and business best-practices. It will also enable EU-wide advocacy efforts by EU Member States, EU business organisations and businesses, to remove trade barriers and identify regulatory and economic trends with a particular focus on the needs of EU SMEs.


Ref: EuropeAid/139146/IH/SER/TR

Deadline: 27 April 2018, Maximum budget: EUR 3 263 400, Type of action: restricted procedure (shortlisted candidates invited to tender)

The purpose of the contract is to:

  • set up a regional food technology platform (scientific and technological roadmap of the food and beverage sector for the upcoming 15 years as well as public/private sector awareness activities);
  • establish institutional capacity of a food innovation center and food safety laboratories (technology/knowledge transfer, networking and innovation addressed to SMEs);
  • support the operationalization, establishment and development of the institutional capacity of a regional technology platform for food innovation, a food innovation centre and food safety laboratories, including R&D and marketing capacity building activities for SMEs in the food sector.

If you are interested in following up on any of these calls, please get in touch with Francesca Chieruzzi or Maria Augusta Mancini at

New evidence from Slater and Gordon shreds GILLARD's claim she was incorporating an election fund for boyfriend Bruce Wilson

TURC Commissioner Heydon on Gillard's evidence:

If just allowances are made, all important parts of her evidence fall into two categories. One category is those parts which can be accepted positively. The other category is those parts which have not been demonstrated to be incorrect.

This is one of Commissioner Heydon's positive findings in relation to Gillard's evidence:

"The purpose of the Australian Workers' Union - Workplace Reform Association Inc. was perceived by Julia Gillard to be to 'formalise arrangements between a team of officials who had  an intention of running together at the next election [and] enable them to fund raise to support that re-election campaign'."

"There is no reason to doubt the sincerity of her perception."

Yes there is.  And it matters.  Commissioner Heydon referred others for criminal prosecution for their roles in this matter.  His decision to give GILLARD the benefits of some sliver of doubt should now be revisited.

New material which hasn't been made public until today puts Gillard's evidence into quite considerable doubt.

In her sworn oral evidence to the TURC, GILLARD said this of the AWU Workplace Reform Association:

Q.   Mr Wilson raised it with you?

A.   Mr Wilson raised with me wanting to have a fund in Western Australia that would support him and his team and their re-election in Western Australia and, you know, regularising arrangements amongst the team.

As we all know, Wilson and his team already had such a fund.  What hasn't been widely known until today is that Slater and Gordon gave Wilson legal advice on establishing it.

Here's the Slater and Gordon journal for the work - note the date it was printed, 14 August, 1995 - the last day GILLARD worked at Slaters and the day on which Nick Styant Browne and Geoff Shaw interviewed her.

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On 14 January 1991 Wilson/Gillard completed the "stalking" of Joe Keanan with a deal for Wilson to replace him.  Here's the relevant Minutes of the AWU WA Branch:

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Wilson's Members Team Election Fund file was opened at Slater and Gordon on 29 January 1991, just a fortnight after the deal for Wilson to replace Keanan was struck.

Recall that Wilson had no authority to engage lawyers on behalf of the AWU.

The client contact address for the work is given as 562 Little Bourke Street Melbourne.  And who's address might that be?


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Commissioner Heydon was not directed to any of this material.

It shreds Gillard's credibility.

Heydon found she was sincere in her perception that the AWU WRA's incorporation was to 'formalise arrangements between a team of officials who had  an intention of running together at the next election [and] enable them to fund raise to support that re-election campaign'.

If that was so, then the incorporated entity would have taken on the assets, bank accounts, members, rules and payroll deduction cash flows from the February 1991 election fund.  It was all there in the Slater and Gordon file after all.

Heydon expressed bewilderment at how Gillard was remunerated for her legal work on Wilson's behalf - ie prior to the official September 1991 appointment of Slater and Gordon as the branch's lawyers.

He didn't need to look very far to find the answers.

Much of the work was finally billed in a September 1993 reconciliation - the timing of which coincides with the Mick Baker dismissal amid his letters to the branch formally seeking details of the leadership team's reelection fund!

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There is much more to come on this issue.

When Slater and Gordon ceased to act for the AWU in September 1995, the firm claims to have forwarded all the AWU related files to the AWU itself.

It did nothing of the sort.

Files like the payroll fund, the rules based work, dubious staff dismissals and perhaps most distressing of all the Fatality and Death Benefits Fund were hidden away, retained by Slater and Gordon and kept secret.

Until now.

The contents of those files will cause GILLARD and others severe embarrassment and should result in criminal charges.

More soon.


Chairman Mal's glossy email announcing his sleeves-up, shovel-ready infrastructure cred

Andrew Bolt and Steve Price spoke with Victoria's Liberal Party leader Matthew Guy about this $10 Billion announcement last night.

What a surprise to hear that Turnbull leaked the story to Melbourne's Herald Sun first, then phoned Mr Guy on Wednesday night to let him know there'd be a media event with a $10 Billion price tag the next day.

No feasibility study, no cost benefit analysis, no business case - just another $5Bn in Federal Debt to be matched by $5Bn in State Debt.  For the vanity project's photo opportunity.

Chairman Mal - Rudd/Gillard without the substance.

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Yassmin Abdel Mageid denied entry to the USA - put on a plane and sent back to where she came from

Ms Mageid's statement:


I think these are the truest words I've heard her speak!

"A raid on a lawyer's office doesn't happen every day" - NY Times with insights Australian media could've used in 2013

Last week I received some personal bad news.

It's knocked me around a fair bit  - and I've found it very difficult to engage with you here because of it.

It's in the "we'll get over it" category, and that's precisely what I intend to do!

Last week I published the first couple of articles in what will be a series of pieces that draw on material seized by Victoria Police from search warrants executed in 2013.

The most notorious of those police raids was on the then incumbent Prime Minister's former office at Slater and Gordon.

I thought that raid should have been much bigger news than was reported at the time, particularly now that I know what the police found.

So compare and contrast the Australian media's reporting/investigation of the police raid on then PM Gillard's former offices with this editorial from the New York Times published a day or so ago!


Early Monday morning, F.B.I. agents raided the New York office, home and hotel room of the personal lawyer for the president of the United States. They seized evidence of possible federal crimes — including bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations

A raid on a lawyer’s office doesn’t happen every day; it means that multiple government officials, and a federal judge, had reason to believe they’d find evidence of a crime there and that they didn’t trust the lawyer not to destroy that evidence.

.... the raids on the premises used by Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, were conducted by the public corruption unit of the federal attorney’s office in Manhattan, and at the request not of the special counsel’s team, but under a search warrant that investigators in New York obtained following a referral by Mr. Mueller...

Mr. Trump railed against the authorities who, he said, “broke into” Mr. Cohen’s office. “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” the president tweetedearly Tuesday morning, during what was presumably his executive time. He was wrong. The privilege is one of the most sacrosanct in the American legal system, but it does not protect communications in furtherance of a crime.

Anyway, one might ask, if this is all a big witch hunt and Mr. Trump has nothing illegal or untoward to hide, why does he care about the privilege in the first place?


One could ask precisely that question of Ms Gillard, Mr Murphy, Mr Cain and Mr Wilson.  More soon.

Tony Abbott headbutter gets 6 months gaol

6 months gaol (he'll only do two) and the magistrate Mr Daly said:

..........the sentence needed to deter attacks on politicians of “all political stripes”.

“Politicians must be free to undertake their work without fear of being assaulted,” he said.

When I was a policeman at Collingwood in the late 1980s, the charge that appeared in the Watch-House Book most regularly was Assault Police. I can't recall a crook ever getting a gaol sentence for that offence, my recollection is that a $100/$150 fine was usually the result.

What makes politicians special?

I don't know what the no-doubt learned Magistrate in Hobart was thinking, but it strikes me (excuse the pun) that police should have the same conditions of work as politicians - being free to undertake their duties without fear of being assaulted.

Here's some of the report in The Australian today. 

Hobart DJ Astro Labe jailed for headbutting Tony Abbott

Astro Labe has been sentenced to six months’ jail for headbutting former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Picture: AAP.
Astro Labe has been sentenced to six months’ jail for headbutting former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Picture: AAP.


The Hobart DJ who headbutted Tony Abbott has been sentenced to six months jail, with conditional release after two months.

Astro Labe, 38, was handed the sentence in the Hobart Magistrate’s Court earlier today, after pleading guilty to a charge of causing harm to a commonwealth public official.

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott pictured the day after the assault in September, 2017. Picture: AAP.
Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott pictured the day after the assault in September, 2017. Picture: AAP.

Deputy chief magistrate Michael Daly said Labe’s attack on the former Prime Minister, on Hobart’s waterfront on September 21 last year during the height of the same-sex marriage debate, was cowardly and premeditated.

Mr Daly said the sentence needed to deter attacks on politicians of “all political stripes”.

“Politicians must be free to undertake their work without fear of being assaulted,” he said.

Labe was wearing a ‘Yes’ lapel badge at the time of the attack, but insisted it had nothing to do with the same-sex marriage debate, rather a “personal hatred” of the former Prime Minister.

“All it was is I saw Tony Abbott and I’d had half a skinful and I wanted to nut the c... ... That’s just my personal hatred,” he told News Corp Australia.