EU Project Management

Clerens Consulting prides itself on having gained extensive expertise in accessing, managing, implementing and monitoring EU funded projects, acting as a partner and supporting companies in accessing EU-funded R&D schemes.

Clerens Consulting can provide you with a complete range of services, from basic assistance to full management.


Our services include:

Project management and coordination

  • Screening of EU Funding opportunities
  • Consortium building
  • Identification of experts
  • market assessment
  • IPR ownership management
  • Budget review & negotiations
  • Administrative support
  • proposal writing
  • Matching proposal with official success criteria
  • Leading the submission process


Dissemination and communication packages

  • Dissemination and communication plans
  • Knowledge management plans
  • Stakeholder mapping
  • Implementation of the projects' results
  • Media strategies
  • Engagement with Brussels-based or sector-specific press
  • events and workshop organisation with high-level speakers


Our success stories:

GRID+STORAGE project (ongoing)


Clerens Consulting supports the consortium which will help the European Commission define an integrated R&D strategy for smart grids and energy storage

Complementing the activities performed so far by the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI), EASE, together with the leader of the consortium TECHNOFI and its partners EDSO, ENTSO-E, RSE and VITO have been selected by the European Commission to support DG Energy and the member states in defining a European R&D roadmap integrating energy storage into grid research and innovation activities, both at electricity transmission and distribution levels.

Clerens Consulting is supporting EASE to ensure that all technology development needs and market uptake measures required to fully develop opportunities for Energy Storage are addressed. EASE and its members and their expansive expertise will actively contribute to the project.

The project was presented in detail at the upcoming Innogrid2020+ event  in Brussels on the 31st of March 2015.

More information about the tender:

More information about the consortium partners:

  • EASE, the European Association for Storage of Energy, is the voice of the energy storage community, actively advocating the role of energy storage as an indispensable instrument for the energy system. EASE seeks to build a European platform for sharing and disseminating energy storage-related information.
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  • EDSO for Smart Grids gathers leading European distribution system operators (DSOs) for electricity, cooperating to bring smart grids from vision to reality and is focused on guiding EU RD&D, policy and member state regulation to support this development. More info on
  • ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators, is the legally mandated body representing 41 electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) from 34 countries across Europe. More info on
  • RSE, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico, develops research in electro-energy, with particular focus to the strategic national projects of general public interest. More on at
  • TECHNOFI is an independent innovation management consulting firm which supports companies, research organizations, public bodies and professional associations throughout Europe in developing their innovation strategy, with a dedicated expertise addressing low carbon electricity, sustainable buildings and sustainable manufacturing processes. More info on
  • VITO is a leading European independent research and consultancy centre in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. More info on

For more information, please visit the project website.

Olympic Metro Project


This call for tenders specified the procedures of certain works of Civil engineering for the subway based on studies made by consultant engineers several years previously. We also allowed offers containing alternative procedures and the Siemens/Interinfra consortium presented then an economically more advantageous offer, becoming the most competitive winning bidder.

However, the evaluation made by a team of the Greek authorities did not respect the European rules because was not possible to present to the European Commission another provider as was written in the call for tender.

 Marc Clerens managed to direct the opinion of the European persons in charge in a way that they recognized the irregularities and blocked the European funding. Marc Clerens worked, during more than a year, in close cooperation with the European Commission in Brussels and obtained that the EC started a procedure of correction in the rules of public calls for tender in the EU. This procedure allowed then the Consortium to participate to the call for tender, because their proposal respected all the European criteria and it was the most interesting economically.


The first line of the subway of Athens, and the only one until 2002, dates 1930. The Greek capital counted then 450 000 inhabitants; It counts 3 500 000 today among which 900 000 for the only municipality of Athens. The car traffic increased in parallel, in the point to saturate the axes of communication in the city.
In 1987, a call for tenders has been launched for the construction of lines 2 and 3. It is only in 1991 when the contract between the Greek ministry of the Public works and the European Olympic Metro consortium (containing 22 Greek, German and French companies) is signed.
The works start in November, 1991 and should have ended in 1997 according to the contract. However, a series of setback went to slow down the progress of the construction work.

Key figures

Amount of the works of civil engineering: 851 M€
Execution dates: 11/1991 – 12/2002 (133 mois)

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CC took the defense of the company ALSTOM, which had been discriminated during the evaluation of the supplied offers and the result of which had been the awarding of the contract to a competitor who had not submitted the most competitive offer. The Rumanian persons in charge and the consultant engineers whom they had awarded had not respected the European criteria and tender specifications regarding the call for tender, although the project is widely financed by the EU. The engineers working at the expense of the Rumanian persons in charge had also modified the technical aspects of the call for tenders, which the pre-selected competitor did not satisfy, so that the latter becomes eligible, breaking again the European regulations.


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