EU-TIPS: study visit for the Engineering and Law departments of the University of Trento

The EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento organized a study visit to Brussels on 22 and 23 June 2017 for a group of teachers and researchers from the Departments of Engineering and Law at the University of Trento. The objective of the mission is to address specific aspects of EU programs and funding for critical infrastructure protection and fight against organized crime through targeted meetings with officials of the European Commission,.

The mission envisages various meetings with representatives of the European Commission's Directorates-General for Migration and Internal Affairs and Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid. The mission also offers significant opportunities for networking at European level.




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The Euregio Academy on a visit to Brussels

The EGTC Euregio Tyrol-Alto Adige-Trentino in collaboration with the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino organizes a study visit to Brussels for the participants at the Euregio Academy from 19 to 21 June 2017.

The visit program will open with a welcome greeting and the presentation of the initiatives and projects of the common Representation in Brussels by the three directors Richard Seeber, Vesna Caminades, and Valeria Liverini.


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During this training course on European policies, the participants will have the opportunity to visit the Institutions, meet some officials coming from the three territories and working at the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the European Committee of the Regions. They finally will meet MEPs Herbert Dorfmann and Graswander-Hainz to deal on the current political challenges facing the European Union. This will allow to examine the development priorities and local challenges in a European and Euro-regional perspective.

Programme of the visit.



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Second Conference at noon: "H2020 - Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation: Twinning and COST"

On Wednesday, May 31, at the Representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino, was held the second "Conference at noon", which is part of a cycle of four events promoted in 2017 by the collaboration between the Autonomous Province of Trento and CLENAD Italia, the Italian section of the organization of the Seconded National Experts (SNE) to the European Institutions and other bodies of the European Union.

The presentation of Annamaria Zonno, National Expert seconded to the European Commission, DG RTD, Unit B5, focused on the subject "H2020 - Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation: Twinning and COST". "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" is the component of the Horizon2020 programme that aims to spread excellence and widen participation in the field of research and innovation. Its objective is to strengthen the scientific and networking skills of institutions located in "widening" countries, namely in Member States and Associated Countries that have weaker performances than the European average in this sector (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fær Øer Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine).


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"Twinning", which falls under "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation", has the overall goal of strengthening a specific research area identified by a university or by a research organization located in a "widening" country through its collaboration with at least two leading international institutions located in other Member States. This action, which has a total budget of 20 million euros, supports various activities such as short-term staff exchanges, expert visits and short-term training, workshops and participation in conferences. Projects of up to one million euro and up to three years may be submitted to the call, which closes on 15 November 2017. More information can be found at the following link:

The programme "COST", European Cooperation in Science and Technology, is the oldest and widest European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in the fields of science and technology. It is currently funded by participating States (50%) and Horizon2020 (50%) and is managed by the COST Association. One of the main features of the programme, which involves 36 Countries, consists in being open to all scientific and technological fields and to all types of researchers operating in the private sector, universities or research centers. The programme is implemented through actions that aim to strengthen the networking skills of participants, at least 5 partners from 5 different Countries, by supporting the following activities: workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions and dissemination activities. Actions receive an annual support of € 130,000 and have a duration of four years. There are several ways to participate: besides being able to present a new proposal at any time of the year, which will be evaluated either in spring or in autumn, it is possible to join existing actions or become experts. More information is available at the following link:

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Presentation of the initiative "EuroP.E. - Public Entities in Europe"

foto pubblicazioniThe Provincial Administration of South Tyrol and the South Tyrol Association of Municipalities have presented on 26 May the “Euro P. E. – Public Entities in Europe” joint initiative, which has focused on whether and how European direct funds are known and used by the public sector in South Tyrol. An analysis document and a guide are part of this two-parts-publication. The inquiry, which has involved the municipalities, district communities as well as provincial services and departments, highlights, on the one hand, the critical issues in the use of European direct funds and, on the other hand, possible actions that might provide support.
The President of South Tyrol Arno Kompatscher and the President of the Association of Municipalities Andreas Schatzer opened the event, during which the Municipality of Bressanone/Brixen, the District Community of Oltradige – Bassa Atesina/Überetsch - Unterland and the Department Italian Culture of the provincial administration have shared their own experiences. To learn more about the event: .
The digital version of both publicationsis available on the following link: .

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EuroP.E. - Public entities in Europe

European resources are becoming increasingly important in helping regions to face contemporary challenges and to generate a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

However, the variety of EU funding sources and the complexity of their functioning may result in a lack of knowledge of the available opportunities and a low uptake of such resources. This is particularly true for the wide range of funding directly managed by the European Commission.

Considering the strategic value of these resources and identifying public entities as actors of crucial relevance for territorial development, the Association of Municipalities of South Tyrol and the EU Liason Office of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen - South Tyrol have decided to launch the project "EuroP.E. - Public Entities in Europe ".

The initiative intends to increase the knowledge of European direct funds and how they operate, in order to stimulate their greater understanding and use.

In a first phase, we want to analyze the state of art in the use of EU direct funds in the public sector in South Tyrol, trying to highlight critical aspects but also strengths of our system. To this end, a short questionnaire has been developed and sent to municipalities, province departments and other public entities.

Using the data collected, we will also elaborate a guide addressed to public entities, in which we will report the results of the inquiry and provide useful information about EU direct funds, trying to offer solutions to the emerged problems.
In addition, the guide will also provide ideas and examples about the ways in which other regions in Europe promote and facilitate the use of European direct funding in the public sector.

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EU-TIPS: two SMEs from Trentino selected within the "EU Innovation Associate" Program

Trilogis/Nively and U-hopper, two Trentino-based SMEs were selected for funding by the "EU Innovation Associate" program launched last year by the European Commission. The two companies participated to the call supported by Hub Innovazione Trentino - HIT and in synergy with the EU Liaison Office the Autonomous Province of Trento.

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EU-TIPS: OBCT's project European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet) meets in Brussels

On 22 May 2017, the first European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet) project's meeting, was held at the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino in Brussels. The project is promoted by OBC Transeuropa and Voxeurop with the involvement of an important European network of media oulets and organizations and it aims to support and widen the knowledge and discussion about Europe and its institutions through data-driven journalism.

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EU-TIPS: Erasmus staff training for the University of Trento

From 15 to 19 May 2017, the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento hosted two officials from the University of Trento for a training program on European policies and EU funding programs on research and innovation. The training course, organized within the Erasmus+ program, alternated training sessions to meetings with officials and representatives of the European institutions.

Among the topics covered in the training course are:

  • The discussions on and the preparation of the future Framework Program for Research and Innovation;
  • The principles of 'open science', 'open innovation' and 'open to the world' and their implications;
  • Funding for basic research and mobility among universities;
  • Ethical issues in research;
  • Synergies between funds.
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EU TIPS: SIMPATICO project meeting

On Wednesday 17 May 2017, the Common Representation of the European Region Tyrol—South Tyrol – Trentino hosted the first review meeting of the SIMPATICO project after the first year of implementation.

SIMPATICO is an H2020 project whose goal is to improve the experience of citizens and companies in their daily interactions with the public administration by providing a personalized delivery of e-services based on advanced cognitive system technologies. The objective will be achieved through a solution based on the interplay of language processing, machine learning and the wisdom of the crowd (represented by citizens, business organizations and civil servants) to change for the better the way citizens interact with the Public Administration.

The SIMPATICO consortium counts on a highly competent international team consisting of an internationally well recognized research institute (FBK), two prestigious universities (DEUSTO and USFD), a large company (ENG), three innovative SMEs (HIB, SPA, BENG) and three public administrations (TRENTO, GALICIA, SCC), for a total of ten organizations from three countries.

The project is coordinated by Fondazione Bruno Kessler.

SIMPATICO project’s website: 



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"Practice into Policy: Entrepreneurial Learning #PiPEnt" - Trentino presents its best practices

In the afternoon of 11 May 2017, upon the invitation of the Association of local and regional authorities for lifelong learning – EARLALL, the EU Liaison Office in Brussels of the Autonomous Province of Trento participated in the initiative’s launch seminar "Practice into Policy: # PiPEnt Entrepreneurial Learning".

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SAMARITAN INTERNATIONAL and the “White Cross” (i.e. Weißes Kreuz) meeting

The Common Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino hosted on the 4th of May 2017 the meeting of the international organization SAMARITAN INTERNATIONAL (SAM.I.). It unites 17 members, including the Landesrettungsverein Weißes Kreuz /Croce Bianca Bolzano. On this particular day, Croatia and Macedonia have joined the organization as well.


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FLASH NEWS: “We are Europe”, the future of the Union from 12-14 May in Trento

60 years after the Treaties of Rome, the annual Europe Day renews itself. From Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May in Piazza Fiera, Trento, will take place the first edition of the Festival “We are Europe”: debates, analyses, performances on the European Union. A tensile structure will host three areas dedicated to the Union: the entrance will be reserved for the presentation of projects co-financed by the EU and performed in Trentino; in the central area Trento’s booksellers will propose literature on European issues; then the area dedicated to the meetings.

Siamo Europa

The Europe Service of the Province, through its EU information centres Europedirect and Centro di Documentazione Europea, will be assisted for the first time in the organisation of the event by Fondazione Trentina Alcide De Gasperi.

The preamble of “We are Europe” will take place on 12 May at 15 in Sala della Fondazione Caritro of via Calepina, with a meeting devoted to local administrators. “A European agenda for mountainous regions: strategies and funding instruments” is the title of the conference which will see the participation of Mercedes Bresso, MEP and former President of the Committee of the Regions and the Region of Piemonte, Valeria Liverini, Head of the EU Liaison Office in Brussels of the Autonomous Province of Trento, and Valentina Piffer, Secretary-General of the EGTC European Region Tyrol — South Tyrol — Trentino.

The opening of “We are Europe” will take place in Piazza Fiera Friday at 18.30 with Gian Enrico Rusconi and Chiara Saraceno, who will talk about “The path of Europeans, between life and institutions”. In the evening, will be presented by its authors the photo exhibition “Escape from the war,” originating from the 2015 report of Roberta Biagiarelli and Luigi Ottani dedicated to refugees walking on the greek-macedonian border. The exhibition is visitable in the garden of Arcivescovado during the three days of the festival.

During the other two days various events will take place: among the most expected meetings there are the presentation by Massimo Franco of his book “L’assedio” and the Round Table on nationalisms with Pier Virgilio Dastoli, President of the Italian Council of the European Movement, Andrea Pipino, journalist of “Internazionale”, and Eva Giovannini, # cartabianca reporter.

The topic “solidarity” will be dealt by the Director of Fondazione Migrantes, Monsignor Gian Carlo Perego, Archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio, and by the economist Stefano Zamagni, while MEP (and former Minister for Integration) Cécile Kyenge will reflect on what it means to be European in a changing world.

Another issue is that of how we are considered by Mediterranean peoples, the inhabitants of Russia and the Americans of the "Donald Trump" era. This will be covered by Leila El Houssi, lecturer in history of Islamic countries, Federico Petroni, analyst of Limes, Mario Del Pero, lecturer in history and institutions of the Americas, and Fazila Mat, correspondent for OBC Transeuropa from Turkey. We will also address the theme of communication and the development of a European public opinion with Thierry Vissol, former advisor to the European Commission Representation in Italy, Claudio Giunta, professor of Italian literature, Chiara Sighele, Director of the project area of OBC Transeuropa, the administators of "The Eurocrats", a satirical Facebook page.

There will be events for schools too: Saturday morning, there will be a genuine process that will see Europe in the dock, with Pasquale Profiti, Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Trento Court, Pier Virgilio Dastoli, Chair of the CIME, and Roberto Santaniello, Special Adviser to the European Commission. The role of "public prosecutor" will be played by the students from Liceo da Vinci of Trento, prepared for the occasion by the local youth of the Young European Federalist. Immediately after this event, the trio from Modena made up of Luciano Gaetani, Beppe Cavani and Marco Michelini will stage the performance "Eureka", a fascinating journey rediscoverring Europe’s musical and poetic traditions.

Sunday 14 May at 18.30 “We are Europe” will close with “Allons enfants! Looking to the future in the European election year”, with the participation of Sergio Fabbrini, Director at the School of Government of LUISS in Rome, and Michele Marchi, historian of the University of Bologna.

With this first edition, the initiative aims to relaunch a courageous and lucid analysis on the future of the Union. 60 years after the Treaties of Rome, while Europe is discovering its fragility, the annual celebration of May was not enough. It is time to open a new space for reflection and responsibilities, in order to include citizens in the debate and to bring it back to its key element: the actual meaning of being a European.

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The design of # siamoeuropa is by Elisa Faletti and Arianna Guarino from the Istituto Artigianelli of Trento, while the illustrations are by Salvatore Crisà, Studio d’Arte Andromeda of Trento.

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On 27 April 2017 the Vanguard Initiative hosted at the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino

On 27 April 2017, the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento will host at the premises of the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino the meeting of the Vanguard Initiative's Brussels Coordionation Network.

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PhD student in Cross-Border Co-operation, Sub-National Entities and Multi-Level Governance

The Institute for Comparative Federalism is looking for a
PhD student in Cross-Border Co-operation, Sub-National Entities and Multi-Level Governance
The School of International Studies of the University of Trento with the Eurac Research Institute for Comparative Federalism in Bolzano/Bozen as sponsor and partner, invites applications for a 3-year-scholarship to develop and complete a PhD research project on “Cross-Border Co-operation, Sub-National Entities and Multi-Level Governance” from a comparative perspective, giving an original and innovative contribution to the existing research in the field.
The full Call for Application of the PhD Programme “International Studies 33rd cycle” of the School of International Studies of the University of Trento is available at
Further details on the topic of the research project:

The main objective of this cooperation is to foster the link between academic education and applied research by offering excellent conditions for a strong and highly motivated PhD student and supporting innovative research in the field of cross border cooperation. The PhD student will be affiliated with both Institutions and is expected to alternate her/his presence between Trento and Bolzano.

· Fulfilling all academic duties of the School of International Studies of the University of Trento
· Developing and completing his/her research thesis on the topic of this call, in accordance with the tutor at the School of International Studies and the tutor at Eurac Research Institute for Comparative Federalism
· Presenting research results in national- and international-level academic conferences.
· Publishing in international peer-reviewed journals.
· Applying for national and/or international research grants.
· Degree in Law, Political Science, International Studies or European Studies
· Basic knowledge of and strong interest in studies on federalism, regionalism and multi-level-governance in Europe
· Ability to work both autonomously, and in an international team.
· Excellent written and spoken English skills; Italian and German skills or willingness to learn at least one of the two languages are desired. 
We offer:
· International working environment with scholars in comparative constitutional law and international political science
· Dedicated work space, young environment and engaged colleagues
· Opportunities for career development through in-house transferrable skills courses (project management, MS office, communication, …)
· A supportive PhD student community
· Possibility to attend in-house training activities (such as seminars held by colleagues or guest researchers, Winter or Summer School)
· Additional funding for research, training and networking activities (publications, events etc.)
· Flexible working hours, beautiful location close to town centre
· Attractive living conditions in the middle of the Alps
How to apply:
Further information, including how to apply for this PhD position linked to the “Doctoral Programme in International Studies 33rd cycle” of The School of International Studies of the University of Trento, is available at:  
Further details on the topic of the research project:  

Only applications submitted to the university will be considered. The post holder will be selected through the regular university procedure for selecting PhD students.
Deadline for applications to the university: 16 May 2017, 04.00 p.m. (Italian time)

In addition to completing the full university selection procedure, interested candidates are asked to send their full CV to the Eurac Research Institute for Comparative Federalism: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ( +390471055202) by 17 May 2017.

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1st EUSALP Energy Congress 2017 & Workshop

On Friday, 9th of June 2017 (13.30-18.00) the 1st EUSALP Energy Conference 2017 (“Energy Efficiency in small and medium size enterprises: An opportunity for the EUSALP energy model region”) will take place in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy).

In small and medium size enterprises, there are significant energy savings potentials. While energy audits are mandatory for large companies based on the European Energy Efficiency Directive EU/27/2012, the implementation of energy efficiency measures in SMEs remains voluntary. For this reason, policy makers and public administration play an important role in offering frameworks to make voluntary energy efficiency measures attractive to SMEs. They support SMEs in the planning and implementation of voluntary energy efficiency measures through support programs and initiatives.
The 1st EUSALP Energy Congress, which takes place on 9th June 2017, approaches this issue. Representatives from politics, administration, business and science discuss the current political framework for energy efficiency promotion in small and medium-sized enterprises. Together, they are pitching ideas how the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region may support energy efficiency policies for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Alpine region thereby supporting the sustainability and attractiveness of the region.
The Congress is organized by the Energy Agency South Tyrol-KlimaHaus. Since 2016, it has been the leader of EUSALP Action Group 9, whose task it is to make the Alpine region a model region for energy efficiency and renewable energies.


On Saturday, 10th of June 2017 (8.30-16.00) there will be the workshop “Energieeffizienz in Unternehmen: Von der Theorie zur Praxis“.

What practical measures can a company take to minimize its energy consumption? The workshop "Energy Efficiency in Enterprises: From theory to practice" is tailored for specialists with technical training and entrepreneurs who are interested in making their company more energy-efficient. Together they will discuss the energy savings potential of cross-sectional technologies. Experts from the field of practice explain to the participants, using illustrative case studies such as companies in the fields of refrigeration technology, compressed air, pumps and lighting, to make companies energy-efficient.


Participation is free of charge.
Simultaneous translation service for German / Italian is offered at both events.
The target audience are policymakers, public authorities/energy agencies, stakeholders and persons interested in the macro strategy for the Alpine region.
Where: Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Craft and Agriculture of Bolzano/Bozen, via Alto Adige 60, I-39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy


Mandatory registration (by June 7, 2017). Please use the online registration form here (DE) or here (IT).



9th of June

  Title Speaker

Arrival and Registry of Participants

14.00-14.15 Welcome Address: EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

Arno Kompatscher, President of the Autonomous Province of Bozen/ Bolzano

14.15-14.35 Energy efficiency in SME: Chance for the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region Herbert Dorfmann, Member of the European Parliament

Energy efficiency measures in SME from an economic perspective: Which reduction potentials exist?

Federico Testa, President ENEA, Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, lenergia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile

14.55-15.15 Energy efficiency measures for enterprises

Gert Lanz, President lvh/apa Association of Craftsmen and small enterprises

15.15-15.35 Energy efficiency in small enterprises: Technical possibilities and challenges in the implementation

Giovanni Sarti, CNA/SHV South Tyrolean Association of craftsmen and small enterprises


Coffee break
16.00-16.20 Bavarian energy efficiency network initiative (BEEN-i) Chances for SME

Rupert Pritzl, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology


Klimaaktiv energy efficient enterprises the Austrian programme for the enhancement of energy efficiency in enterprises

Petra Lackner,

Austrian Energy Agency, program lead energy efficient enterprises


KlimaFactory: The Energy efficiency programme in South Tyrol

Ulrich Santa, director of the Agency for Energy South Tyrol CasaClima, lead of EUSALP Action Group 9

Panel Discussion: How can the EU strategy for the Alpine Region contribute to the fostering of energy efficiency in SME?


Farewell and networking aperitif


Moderator: Flavio Ruffini, Director Agency for Environment, Autonomous Province of Bolzano


10th of June




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FLASH NEWS: EUSALP’s goals in the area of education and training have been presented in Brussels


On April 7, at the Committee of the Regions, was held the conference “Looking into the future: innovation in regional and local vocational education and training”. It took place in the framework of the General Assembly of EaRLALL, the European Association of Regional and Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning.

The Autonomous Province of Trento took part in the event, by illustrating not only its local initiatives concerning trilingualism and dual vocational training, but also the activities promoted in these fields by the Macroregional Strategy for the Alpine Area (EUSALP), which are precisely coordinated by the Province.


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Among the speakers there were also Nicolas Sagarzazu, Director of Training and Learning, Basque Government and President of EaRLALL, Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Apprenticeships and Adult Learning Unit, DG EMPL, Estanislau Vidal-Folch de Balanzó, Responsible for Programmes, Training and Innovation, Government of Catalonia, Jose Luis Fernandez Maure, Director of International Department TKNIKA, Cristina Grieco, Ministry of Education, Tuscany Region, Gunila Leven, Member of the Regional Board, Västra Götaland, Therese Ydren, Regional development officer, Västra Götaland, and Georgette Bréard, Second Vice-President, Training, Learning and Guidance, Brittany Region and Vice-President of EaRLALL.


Click here to download the presentation of the Autonomous Province of Trento

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The Liceo A. Rosmini (Rovereto) in visit to Brussels

On 28 and 29 March, as part of the active citizenship project "From the Common EU", a group of 37 students of the three years of the four strands of the Liceo Rosmini: classic, language, science and applied science, made a study trip in Brussels. The two-year project is now in its second phase which, in addition to training sessions, foresees a visit to the European institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and Frankfurt.

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The study program allowed students to visit the Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament and the European Commission. On March 28 the students were welcomed at the Representation of the European Region Tyrol - Alto Adige / Südtirol - Trentino by the director of the Office for Relations with the European Union by Valeria Liverini who explained the functioning and the objectives of the office, the role of the EGTCs and the macro-regional strategies, as well as the functioning of the European decision-making process. Moreover, the EU Brussels organized a meeting with the Herbert Dorfmann, Member of the European Parliament, who focused his speech on the challenges and critical issues that the EU is facing at the moment, highlighting the importance of responding to the "great danger for Europe" represented by the Eurosceptic movements.




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EU-TIPS: GIURI’s position paper on the next Research and Innovation Framework Programme has been presented at the European Parliament

On the 29th March 2017 at the European Parliament took place a meeting between some Italian MEPs and the members of GIURI, an informal coordination network of the Italian Representation Offices in Brussels, which consists of almost 50 stakeholders among which regions, professional associations, research centers and universities. The autonomous province of Trento actively contributed to the formulation of the document by collecting inputs and advice from the research centers of its territory, namely Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Fondazione Edmund Mach and University of Trento. The initiative was aimed to illustrate the position paper elaborated by GIURI on the next Research and Innovation Framework Programme (FP9). As a matter of fact, the members of the network had agreed to present a common position in order to seek to constructively contribute to the discussion on the next Framework Programme.


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The meeting was opened by the Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador to COREPER Giovanni Pugliese, who stressed the essential role of research in the European integration process. The ambassador also emphasized four strategic areas to work on: support to international cooperation, attention to the role of the big industry, major involvement of the countries of the eurozone13 and research in the defence sector. 

The next to take the floor was Marco Falzetti, director of APRE, who presented the study that the agency is carrying out about the Italian participation in the first three years of Horizon 2020 implementation.

Then, Renzo Tomellini, head of unit A3 «Horizon 2020 policies» of the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, informed the audience about the state of the art of the discussion at the European Commission on the next framework programme.

Successively, Arianna Giuliodori of Coldiretti illustrated GIURI’s position paper. The document proposes some recommendations on specific aspects of the framework programme, with the hope that the grant’s system will remain predominant also in the future and that the synergies among funds will be exploited to a greater extent.

The meeting ended with a debate with the MEPs Patrizia Toia and Rosa d’Amato. During this latest moment of confrontation it emerged how crucial it is to work in an integrated way at the Italian level in order to put forward a united stand at European level. The necessity to strike a balance between the funds dedicated to research and those to innovation within the framework programme was also highlighted. It is generally accepted that research should be kept at European level to ensure critical mass and to bring further added value. Finally, it is fundamental to better capitalize the results of the financed projects so that they can produce a real impact on European society.

GIURI’s presentation of the position paper represents a first step made by Italian actors to put forwards their requests at European level. The MEP Patrizian Toia expressed her satisfaction for this initiative and the hope to continue the collaboration on these bases.

Download GIURI’s position paper on the next Research and Innovation Framework Programme (FP9).


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EU-TIPS: European Coop Campus Young


European Coop Campus Young aims to involve 14 to 18 year olds in the training of cooperative values and principles, which is considered more and more important in encouraging the cultural process of European cohesion.

Europe 2020 targets the development of knowledge, competences and abilities as essential for economic growth and employment, insisting on the necessity to create innovative contexts to generate intercultural exchange and training amongst European citizens.

European Coop Campus Young aims to be one of such contexts: one or two weeks with a choice of activities, in which each day will be a real and authentic life experience, a unique opportunity specifically designed for young people who can learn about life and each other.

The initiative is organized by the Federazione Trentina della Cooperazione, under the patronage of the autonomous Province of Trento


Download the brochure of the initiative

Go the website of the initiative






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A sustainable EU food policy: proposal adopted

The President of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen - South Tyrol, Mr Arno Kompatscher, presented yesterday in Brussels his proposal for a sustainable EU food policy. The Commissioner for Health, Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis, took part to the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) as well. The proposal has been unanimously adopted by all the CoR political groups. Mr Kompatscher required, in particular, the cooperation between CoR, European Parliament and European Commission, in order to take concrete action soon.
“The EU is facing new big challenges. We are all concerned by food production, since it affects the whole ecosystem. As a consequence, it is fundamental to launch a comprehensive and sustainable food policy at EU level. This should allow, amongst others, to give preference to local products in the framework of public procurement”, stated Mr Kompatscher.
On the occasion of his visit, Mr Kompatscher met yesterday the President of the European Parliament, Mr Antonio Tajani, too. They specifically agreed about the necessity to bring the EU closer to the people.



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