Flash news: European Defence Fund

 In June 2017 the Commission launched a European Defence Fund, already announced by President Juncker in September 2016 and backed by the European Council in December 2016. The fund establishes 5.5 billion Euro per year to support and coordinate research and innovation in the defence sector, financing collaborative projects that must involve at least three actors from different Member States.

The fund is mainly divided into two sections: the first one concerns the collaborative research and is fully and directly funded from the EU budget (€90 million until the end of 2019 and €500 million per year after 2020), while the second one is due to the co-financing of activities for the development and acquisition of technologies and defence equipment (€500 million in total for 2019 and 2020 and 1 billion per year after 2020 for co-financing of the EU up to 20%, €2 billion until 2020 with a further increase to €4 billion per year after 2020 for projects funded more than 80% by the Member States). The objective is to support Member States' more efficient spending in joint defence capabilities (avoiding unnecessary duplication and liability in the deployability of defence forces), strengthen European citizens' security and foster a competitive and innovative European defence industrial base.

On 9th March 2018 the Commission adopted the working programme for 2018 for the preparatory action that has to be implemented between 2018 and 2020. The resources allocated for 2018 are €40 million of the total €90 million available until the end of 2019. Consequently, three calls of proposals have been opened for projects that must have a duration between 12 and 36 months.

The first call has an indicative amount of up to €12 million and will select one project for the development of a high-performance (re)configurable system-on-a-chip or system-in-package components for defence applications. The objective is to guarantee real-time data processing on which an increasing number of defence applications critically depend upon.

For the second call €5.4 million have been allocated. The aim is to fund one project for the development of a high power laser effector with an output power of well beyond 100 kW and that can operate at a high duty cycle. It should also be able to cope with variable atmospheric conditions and present compact design and size so that it can be mounted on mobile (sea, land or air) platforms.

The third call is aimed at funding one coordination and support action to start the strategic technology foresight and has an indicative amount of up to €1.9 million. The main objective of a long term strategy is to minimize the technological dependence of the EU (including raw materials and basic components for the development of specific technologies).The action must address at least the mapping of current dependencies (possibly down to the raw material sourcing), the identification of technology building blocks for which European technology non-dependence will be crucial and the development of solutions to reduce the risk of military and technological dependence.

 

 

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The Sophie Scholl Language High School on a study trip in the European capital

 

From 21st to 24th March, the Sophie Scholl Language High School in Trento organized a trip to the European capital, in collaboration with the EU Liaison Office in Brussels of the Autonomous Province of Trento.

On the first day the group of students visited the European Parliament, deepening the understanding of the functioning of this institution and the stages of the process of European unification. At the headquarters of the Representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino a meeting with MEP Herbert Dorfmann was organized: he described his work as a MEP, whereas Valeria Liverini, director of the PAT office presented the role and activities promoted by the Office.

 

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Considering the group's studies, the program was enriched with a presentation of the work experience of Margherita Franch, currently employed at the European Commission in the DG Translation. The day ended with a lecture by Giuliano Castellan, an EU Council official who focused his presentation on the institutional architecture and decision-making processes of the European Union.

On the second day several visits are planned, including the European Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the European Commission.

 

 

 

 

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EU-TIPS: Joint meeting with the stakeholders

 

From transport to student exchanges, from agriculture to trade, from culture to health care; many things of everyday life are decided at the European level. For this reason, it is important to be present in the very centre of the European Union where major decisions are adopted.

The Autonomous Province of Trento has had a liaison office with the European institutions in Brussels since 1995. Yesterday, the office took stock of what has been achieved in the previous years, while discussing the challenges for the next European programming period starting from 2021. Invited guests included representatives of the Province of Trento and relevant stakeholders such as FBK, FEM, HIT, Trentino Sviluppo, Federazione della Cooperazione, Università, Associazione Artigiani, Consorzio dei Comuni, Camera di Commercio and ConfServizi-Cispel Trentino Alto Adige.

 

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The president of the Province Ugo Rossi stressed the necessity to further enhance the effort of the Brussels Office. “We have to raise awareness on the importance of this activity and improve the exchange of experience among all actors involved.” Rossi therefore suggested to implement a system of report that would help to better understand the meaning of commitment at the European level. He called it a sort of “return” that will contribute to counter the negative perception of Europe that many citizens have. Rossi maintained “During the previous years, an important change has occurred because we were used to consider the European resources as something additional. Now, we are obligated to think about them as integral parts of the provincial budget.” According to Rossi this is no minor change. It is therefore necessary to strengthen the programming and coordination tools, avoiding fragmentation to maximize the use of communitarian resources. Rossi concluded: “We must all undertake additional efforts to improve the logic and effectiveness of the system as well as improve our project skills.

The current European budget amounts to approx. EUR 964 billion, corresponding to approx. 1% of the total GDP of the 28 Member States and only approx. 2% of the European Union public expenditure. The exit of the United Kingdom will certainly have an impact on the total amount of the available finances by 2021. In the current budget framework, the Province of Trento benefits from European funding of the structural funds, corresponding approximately to 2.7% of the provincial budget. “During the period 2014-2017, Trentino, a land historically in favour of research and innovation, delivered an impressive performance on the framework program for research and innovation Horizon 2020” - recalled Valeria Liverini, director of the Brussels Office. In September 2017, the funding obtained by provincial stakeholders amounted to approximately EUR 66 million. The success rate of the stakeholders is in line with the European average. Liverini concluded: “The next post 2020 European Programming will put more emphasis on direct management programs with particular attention to the development of synergies between the structural funds and the thematic programs directly managed by the Commission.”

To support this activity, the Brussels Office has undergone a complete change in the last years, becoming a real “hub” not only for the offices of “Gruppo Provincia” but also for the several local stakeholders, for which it offers a series of specialised services.

 

 

 

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EU-TIPS: ESPRESSO project meeting 2018

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 06th February 2018. It is an operative meeting where the project’s partners will prepare for the review meeting. In an effort to leverage the promise of a system approach, ESPRESSO (Espresso – systEmic standardisation apPRoach to Empower Smart citieS and cOmmunities) will focus on the development of a conceptual Smart City Information Framework based on open standards. This framework will consist of a Smart City platform and a number of data provision and processing services to integrate relevant data, workflows, and processes. Based on a detailed requirements-engineering campaign executed in close cooperation with cities, standardisation organizations, administrative bodies, and private industry, the project will identify open standards matching the elicited requirements and will establish a baseline for interoperability between the various sectorial data sources and the Smart City enterprise application platform. ESPRESSO’s approach emphasizes cost reduction and will foster an open market for many actors, avoiding lock-in to proprietary solutions. European Smart City solutions that adopt these prescripts will be raised to the forefront worldwide.

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EU-TIPS: Pre-review meeting H2020 UNCAP Project

UNCAP delivers a platform based on open industrial standards able to create new care & assistance paradigms. The result will be an open source, scalable and privacy-savvy ecosystem ready to help aging people live independently

UNCAP (“Ubiquitous iNteroperable Care for Ageing People “) will make use of solutions and technologies developed in previous research projects to develop an open, scalable and privacy-savvy ICT infrastructure designed to help aging people live independently while maintaining and improving their lifestyle. The final solution will consist of real products that will be made available on the market.

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EU-TIPS: PIE NEWS project mid-term review meeting

On 16th January the Representation of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino hosted the H2020 PIE News project meeting. This initiative is promoted in the framework of EU-TIPS as part of the collaboration between the University of Trento and the Brussels EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento.

The PIE News project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant.

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