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Events of major strategic nature, well focused and with the participation of a broad spectrum of stakeholders are of outmost importance for assessing past activities, identifying policy options and priorities, and planning future actions.

The European Commission will support the organisation of the conference 'Europe's Transformation: Where People Matter' in the November 2018, in cooperation with the Austrian government, holding the EU Presidency of the European Union at the time.

The conference, the fourth international conference on 'Growth in Transition', will be part of the Trio-Presidency programme on Eco-Innovation in the EU. In exploring alternative economic pathways towards a sustainable way of life, the conference will address an issue of major relevance to Societal Challenge 5, with innovation and transformation at the core of the event.

The event will also aim to create better synergy between initiatives launched by the Commission and by the Member States, to the benefit of the overall coherence of actions within the field of research and innovation in the areas covered by Societal Challenge 5. The action should present an appropriate balance between environmental, economic and social elements and points of view, also in the wider context of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Participation of non-EU actors is possible. Outreach activities may be included, such as a press programme or events dedicated to the wider public or schools. To avoid limiting the impact of this kind of event, the subject should not overlap with that of other Presidency events already undertaken or foreseen during the period 2016-2020.

The commitment of the national authorities to support the event both from a political point of view and with resources is a pre-requisite to submit a proposal. Proposals should be supported by the competent Minister, evidenced in a letter included in the proposal. In order to ensure high political and strategic relevance, the active involvement of the competent national authority/authorities will be positively reflected in the evaluation.

In agreement with the Commission services, the project should ensure appropriate flexibility so as to respond in real time to potentially fast-changing policy scenarios.

The event is expected to result in: improved visibility, in particular in Austria, of the areas covered by Societal Challenge 5, especially with regards to transformation to sustainability; identification of policy options and priorities via review and assessment of developments, and sharing of information and comparison of points of views; and efficient networking of various stakeholders and support to their activities, e.g. natural scientists, social scientists, businesses, investors, local authorities, politicians, administration, non-governmental organisations, environmental organisations, museums and schools.

This grant will be awarded without call for proposals in line with Article 190(1)(e) of the Rules of applications of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 966/2012, Regulation No 1268/2012 and Article 11(2) of the Rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"", Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013.

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