Conference at noon BIOECONOMY: strategy, innovation&research, products, markets, opportunities in European and Italian politics

Tuesday, October 17 was the last meeting of the Conferences at noon organized by the EU Brussels Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento in collaboration with 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.). This successful collaboration, launched at the beginning of 2017, has been designed to offer insights on issues of European relevance and interest for the provincial administration, emphasized Valeria Liverini, Director of the Office. In this regard, Giacomo Luciani, a member of the CLENAD board, thanked the Province for this opportunity and hoped that this cooperation would continue, given the excellent results achieved so far.

 

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The rapporteur at Silvia Maltagliati, a Seconded National Expert at the European Commission for Research and Innovation (F2 Biobased products and processes), gave a definition of the term bio-economy and underlined that today it represents 13% of EU GDP with a major social impact for job creation, which corresponds to about 19 million employees. The importance of bioeconomics has been recognized by the European Commission in the strategy paper "Bioeconomy Strategy 2012", which aims to direct the European economy towards efficient and sustainable use of renewable resources in view of the increase of the world population, the need to diminish the dependence of the EU on fossil resources, the depletion of natural resources and the fight against climate change. The "Bioeconomy Strategy 2012" envisages a cross-cutting action plan for the various policies and the increase of biomarkets with the involvement of the private sector.
The Horizon 2020 program foresees in the pillar societal challenges (SC 2, SC 3, SC 5) several social challenges to bioeconomics issues and has funded various projects, such as Ecoprolive or Agrocycle. In this context, the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership with a budget of 3.7 billion euros, deserves particular mention.

Silvia Maltagliati also reported that the week of Bioeconomics will take place from 14 to 17 November 2017 in Brussels. On that occasion the Infoday on Horizon2020 calls for the Societal Challenge 2 will take place. As far as Italy is concerned, in April 2017, the national strategy on bio-economy was officially adopted. It is structured in four priorities: sustainable agriculture and forestry, sustainable agri-food sector and competitive for safe and healthy food, bio-industries, marine and marine aquatic resources, and maritime biomedicine. In this regard, the establishment of a permanent working group of the Italian regions supporting the Green Chemistry Cluster (SPRING). It is attended by various Italian regions.

In conclusion, Silvia Maltagliati announced the elaboration by a group of experts of a proposal for a new strategy for bio-economy of the European Commission. The document, which will be the subject of a public consultation, will be published by 2018.

 

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The Alumni Network of the University of Trento in Brussels is moving forward

 

The Representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino in Brussels hosted on October 16, 2017 the first roundtable of the newly formed Alumni association of the University of Trento (UNITN) in Brussels. The association, for now informal, seeks to be a platform for exchange, comparison, networking and mutual learning for all the former students present in the area. Regardless of the faculty of origin and current profession, the association aims to be a reference point for all UNITN students who will arrive in the future in the European capital The initiative starts from the awareness of the importance of networking in Brussels and the promotion of the quality of training offered by the University of Trento.


After several informal meetings organized in the previous months, the meeting at the headquarters of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol - Trentino was aimed at defining more specifically the expectations of alumni interested in participating in future activities and deciding how to proceed further.

 

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After a greeting of the Rector, Professor Paolo Collini, of the Alumni Office Manager of the University of Trento, Professor Della Lucia, and the Director of the EU Brussels Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Ms. Liverini, the participants discussed a number of themes. In particular, the debate focused on the purposes, means and vision of which an Alumni UNITN network in Brussels should be equipped to meet the needs and interests of those already living and working in Brussels - or of those who will do so soon.


For those interested in participating in the UNITN alumni activities in Brussels, to have more details or to be included in the mailing list, please contact the event organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

 

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EU Update ICLEI event “Speeding up market-uptake of buildings renovation in Europe”

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of more than 1.500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future.

The 12th October the ICLEI event “Speeding up market-uptake of buildings renovation in Europe” took place at the common Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino in in Brussels. Different deputies of the regional and european politics and experts from all over Europe took part at the event.

The MEP Herbert Dorfmann introduced the topic and emphasized the importance of sustainable constructions for the future. In Europe, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. Currently, about 35% of the EU’s buildings are over 50 years old, and by improving the energy efficiency of its building stock the EU cold reduce its total energy consumption by 5-6% and lower CO2 emissions by about 5%.

The technical director of the KlimahausAgentur/Agenzia CasaClima Ulrich Klammsteiner, presented the innovative solution of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen – South Tyrol. The Agency was founded in 2002 and is certifying Houses on their energetic level. It’s a voluntary certification, that certified from 2002 until now more than 8.000 buildings.
Also an expert of the Agency for Water and Energy (APRIE), Silvia Debiasi, took part at the event and presented innovative solutions of the construction sector in the Autonomous Province of Trento.

The full text in PDF is can be downloaded here

 

 

 

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Vacancy - COLLABORATOR FOR THE COMMON SECRETARIAT

The Liaison office of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino in Brussels is looking for a COLLABORATOR FOR THE COMMON SECRETARIAT.

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Please send your CV, a motivation letter and reference letters in English as well as the relevant certificates (in one language out of EN/DE/IT/FR) by 28th October 2017 at 18.00 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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2nd Mobility Conference - EUSALP Action Group 4

The European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino in its function as leader of the EUSALP Action Group 4 is organizing the 2nd EUSALP AG4 Mobility Conference.

In the second year of implementation of the EUSALP strategy, Action Group 4 (AG4) wanted to emphasize the interaction between economy and transport. Entrepreneurs and mobility experts will work in the work to illustrate the context in which businesses operate, with new opportunities and challenges.

The EUSALP AG4 Mobility Conference is a local event in the frame of the European Week of Regions and Cities, an initiative by the European Committee of the Regions in collaboration with the European Commission DG for Regional and Urban Policy. The Conference provides an opportunity to reflect on Europe and the future of the EU Strategy of the Alpine Region in the context of mobility and transport.

Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 8.30 - 13.00
Place: Palazzo Widmann (Palazzo prov.le 1) - Piazza Silvius Magnago 1 - 39100 Bolzano
Please confirm your partecipation by October 17, 2017.

Registration [Link: https://portal.tirol.gv.at/t3tiro/index.php?id=46216]

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Event "Euregio: cooperating to share responsability in Europe"

The 10th of October 2017 the three Presidents of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino – Günther Platter, Arno Kompatscher and Ugo Rossi - welcomed about 150 people gathered at the Representation of the European Region in Brussels.
Among them were the President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl Heinz Lambertz, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

 

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The main focus of the event has been the cross border cooperation in Europe. Ugo Rossi underlined the shared history of the three regions and the importance of the cooperation in the frame of the Euregio in numerous important fields, such as mobility, environment protection and migration. He highlighted as well the essential results achieved and the growing role of the EGTC (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation) in the future. Arno Kompatscher recalled the importance of the European Union for a territory that has suffered through the presence of a border such as the Brenner and the central role that regions can play in countering the nationalist tendencies that are rising. He underlined how the autonomy of the three regions supported their development and how the Euregio is an example of the successful results that can be achieved "united in diversity”, as the European Union's motto reminds us. Günther Platter then stressed that cross border cooperation is especially important during difficult times and that the Euregio is the driver of the European Strategy for the Alpine Region. The President of the Land Tyrol emphasized as well the strategic importance of cooperation in different sectors, as demonstrated by the Brenner tunnel.

Two important happenings were highlighted: Autonomous Province of Trento as coordinating partner within the Euregio will hand over the presidency for the next two years to the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen-South Tyrol. Furthermore, Tyrol will take over the presidency of the EUSALP – the European Strategy for the Alpine macro region in 2018.

 

 

 

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EUREGIO: cooperating to share responsibility in Europe

The three Presidents of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino – Günther Platter, Arno Kompatscher and Ugo Rossi – will welcome in Brussels on Tuesday 10 October evening guests from the European Institutions and other stakeholders to discuss about the future of the cross border cooperation in Europe.

The evening event will also be dedicated to two important happenings: Autonomous Province of Trento as coordinating partner within the Euregio will hand over the presidency for the next two years to the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen-South Tyrol. Furthermore, Tyrol will take over the presidency of the EUSALP – the European Strategy for the Alpine macro region. The day after the three Presidents will participate in the EWRC event (European Week of Regions and Cities) entirely dedicated to EUSALP: what will be the future post 2020 and what the strategy has delivered so far for the citizens.

ERRIN Innovation & Investments WG Meeting

On September 21, the first fall meeting of ERRIN Innovation & Investing working group was hosted by the Representation of European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino. The EU Liaison office of the Autonomous Province of Trento is an active member of the Network and co-leads the latter working group.

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Midday conference: PM², the project management methodology of the European Commission

On Tuesday 17 September it was held the third meeting of the 'midday conferences' cycle, organised by the EU Liaison Office of the autonomous Province of Trento together with the Committee of the Italian National Seconded Experts by the European Institutions (CLENAD Italia). This partnership, which started in the beginning of 2017, is aimed to raise awareness and deepen understanding on EU-relevant topics of interest for the administration.

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FLASH NEWS : The President of the European Commission Juncker « Wind is back in Europe’s sails »

On 13 September 2017, the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, delivered, in front of the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, his annual speech on the State of the European Union. The President presented his priorities for the year ahead and explained how the Commission is going to face the most urgent challenges for the EU.

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Dossier "Entrepreneurship Education in the European Union"

Each year, the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento hosts four trainees, who have the responsibility to analyse certain sectoral EU policies and to draft to draft a detailed study under the supervision of the Office staff. This initiative has two goals: on one hand it allows the trainee to immerse himself in and raise his awareness of the European law and the EU decision-making processes; on the other hand, it provides the public administration and the citizens with an agile tool to better understand EU policies and initiatives. Today we publish the report titled "Entrepreneurship education in the European Union", realized by Ms Stefania Chiomento under the supervision of the Office staff.

The issues of entrepreneurship education is becoming increasingly important in political debate not only at European, but also national and local level. In fact, there is a common understanding that, in order to increase the competitiveness of the European economy, it is necessary to enhance the level of entrepreneurial skills among the population. These skills are not just relevant for setting up new businesses. Entrepreneurship education also helps people to develop the skills, knowledge, and aptitudes needed to achieve their goals in every work environment.

Starting with the Europe 2020 Strategy, the report analyzes in the first part the main EU documents and initiatives in support of entrepreneurship education (including social entrepreneurship); in the second section the report highlights the main EU funding opportunities for projects and initiatives in this field; Finally, the last part of the report provides an overview of the past and current initiatives aimed at promoting entrepreneurial skills realized by several stakeholders in the Province of Trento.

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Click here to access the archive of the published reports

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FLASH NEWS: Presentation of new funding priorities for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020’s Infodays

Horizon 2020 is the main EU Programme for Research and Innovation and it can count on nearly € 81 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 – 2020). The European Commission works joinlty with member states to define the funding priorities of Horizon 2020 through multiannual work programmes (WP).

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European Week of Regions and Cities 2017

What role for EUSALP in future?

European Week of Regions and Cities 2017 (Workshop 11B56)

Where: Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
            rue de Pascale 45 – 1040 Brussels
When: Brussels, 11 October 2017

 

The EUSALP strategy was officially launched in Brdo at the end of January 2016. All nine action groups have started their work and some of them have already delivered first remarkable results. This EWRC event - divided in two parts - involves high-ranking panelists who will analyze in general terms what will be the future role of the strategy and what has been delivered so far from the point of view of Regions, Cities, and citizens. The event has been organized by the consortium “EUSALP – Shaping the future of the Alpine Region” composed by 13 partners: Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino-Aosta Valley-Auvergne/Rhône-Alpes-Bavaria-Carinthia-Friuli Venezia Giulia-Lombardy-Piedmont-Salzburg-Slovenia-Vorarlberg.

The two debates will analyze the following questions:

  • Why can Regions and Cities be more efficient change agents when shaping the future of the Alpine Region thanks to the EUSALP strategy? This macro region will be facing important challenges in the coming future: climate change, economic developments, the need to assure jobs and education above all to the younger generation, mobility issues, need to enhance the use of renewable energies and to invest more in innovation. What will “post 2020” bring for the Alpine macro region? How can Regions and Cities take concrete action as change agents thanks to the multilevel governance approach?
  • The second debate will analyze more in detail what has been delivered so far that may change the citizens’ life in the various fields EUSALP is focusing on e.g. bio economy, dual and vocational education (vet), mobility, renewable energies. High-level speakers will have an exchange on those issues considering what has been delivered so far under the Slovenian and Bavarian Presidencies and what is foreseen under the upcoming Tyrolean Presidency starting in 2018.

Further information can be found in the agenda: EWRC EUSALP Agenda

Flash-News : The European Commission published the Communication on the strengthening of innovation in Europe’s regions through the smart specialization strategies

« Strengthening Innovation in Europe’s Regions : strategies for resilient, inclusive and suistanable growth » is the title of the Communication published on 18th of July by the European Commission. One of the main challenges identified in the Communication is the need to boost the economic growth of the european regions through innovation.

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EU-TIPS: ERRIN's Position Paper on the future Framework Program for R&I published, including contributions of FBK and the University of Trento

On July 3, 2017 the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) has published its Position Paper (PP), titled «More Jobs growth and societal impact in Europe with excellent and connected regional research and innovation ecosystems».

 

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Flash News - Report of the HLG on Maximizing the Impact of the EU R&I Programs published

“LAB-FAB-APP: Investing in the European Future we want” is the title of the Report on the Future European Research and Innovation Programs that was presented today by the Europe Commission. The document is the result of the work of the High Level Group set up by the Commission in December 2016, chaired by Pascal Lamy, former European Commissioner and consisting of eleven important European personalities in the research world.

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