EUSALP: an engine for Europe’s growth

Eusalp: an engine for Europe’s growth

 

In the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), held in Brussels in October from 10 to 13, a debate took place at the headquarters of the Delegation of the Lombardy Region in Brussels. The debate focused on the Alpine Macro-regional Strategy Eusalp. As this strategy is closely linked to the local realities of the three regions of the Euregio, the topic was of great interest, in particular with regard to the speeches of the President of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Alto Adige, Arno Kompatscher and Boglarka Fenyvesi–Kiss, official of the Province independent of Trento and coordinator of the Action Group 3. High-level speakers were confronted on innovation and tradition, in particular with regard to the issue of identity, the importance of participation in the macro-regional strategy and the opportunities that it can offer, and the impact that Eusalp can have on territorial policies. The conference was also attended by Herbert Dorfmann, member of the European Parliament.


The first part of the conference was especially focused on the more general aspects of the Eusalp strategy, future expectations and the outcome of some concrete projects carried out during the last programming period. In this regard, President Kompatscher emphasized the four basic elements underlying the macro-regional strategy, namely identity, innovation, challenges and consensus. Among the challenges of the Alpine Region, there is the remoteness, geographical and mental, from the national capitals, which does not fully understand the instances of these particular regions.
This challenge, according to the President, has to be transformed into an opportunity to act with a bottom-up approach, using regional experiences shared in the macro-region Eusalp, in order to find common cross-border solutions. The President then went through the activities of Action Groups 3 (on improving the quality of work), 4 (mobility) and 9 (on energy efficiency), respectively coordinated by Trentino, EGTC (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation) and South Tyrol. He stressed first of all the importance of diversifying, by finding new forms of agrifood production, including for example the disabled in the small mountain farms; on the topic of traffic he underlined the need for intelligent pricing policies, which must be carried forward by the Alpine macro-regional Strategy and mentioned in this regard the construction of the Brenner Tunnel. Also Peter Kaiser, governor of Carinthia, spoke about the importance of sustainable solutions to address the challenge of mobility. For this reason, the theme of green economy must be a priority of the strategy too, for example thanks to the role of natural parks which link tourism and respect for nature.
The importance of the setting of bottom-up macro-regional strategy was also emphasized by other speakers: the Eusalp platform is ideal for the exchange of know-how between regions and for the cooperation in addressing the major challenges that the Alpine region is facing, such as climate change, the growth of the green economy, sustainable mobility, and the need to overcome the digital divide. Even the issue of unemployment and the depopulation of the Alpine region has been examined by several speakers, as it needs to be addressed through targeted policies for rural areas which can generate a significant impact on the labor market. In particular, the importance of pursuing common solutions to make work more attractive in the Alpine area for young people was stressed. This could be done by creating an incentive framework, by using tools such as the Youth Parliament, mentioned by Peter Kaiser. It is therefore crucial to plan future-oriented activities to ensure the birth of a new vision of the Alps to be passed down to future generations.


The second part of the conference focused on the technical aspects of the tourism industry in the macro-region. Among the speakers, Silvia Draghi, member of the Unit Tourism of the DG GROW, underlined the importance of tourism, a particularly important sector in Europe, as it represents 10% of European GDP and 25 million jobs. The sector will be growing until 2030, but more targeted policies for the stakeholders of the sector are required. The European Commission plays a role of coordination and promotes a European, sustainable and innovative tourism. The intervention of the coordinator of the Action Group of Trentino, Fenyvesi-Kiss, focused especially on the new aspects of modern tourism, which is based on three key dimensions: experience, evidence and emotion. Trentino adopted the 2016-2018 program lines with two key issues: diversification and seasonal adjustment. It is indeed important to eliminate the difficulties arising from the gap between winter and summer, making the most of natural resources with a more conscious use of new technologies and develop a more diversified tourist offer that meets the most different requirements. Another advantage of the elimination of the low season would be the transformation of jobs, usually seasonal, into permanent jobs for local and more highly qualified young people.


Of particular interest were also the interventions of other speakers, including Fabrizio Sala, Vice-President of the Lombardy Region, Davide Donati, director of the Piedmont Region, Augusto Rollandin, President of the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta and Andreja Jerina, national coordinator of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They talked about the business impact of climate change on tourism, the need for increased digitization of the Alpine area, the attractiveness of the region in terms of a healthy environment and the problems of the poor accessibility and the depopulation of certain Alpine areas. The debate ended with an invitation to cooperation, which should focus on environment in the Alps, on the historical, cultural and natural heritage. To face these common challenges, a coordinated approach and working as a team in a governance process where regions play the role of protagonists are crucial elements.

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Festa e Garcia projects final conference

FBK and the University of Trento promot gender equality in the research environment.

The Bruno Kessler Foundation and the University of Trento present the results of the study about gender equality in research an academic contexts, on the 7th and the 8th November in Brussels, at the final conference of the projects Festa and Garcia.

The research environment is commonly considered a context in which, more than in others, meritocracy criteria prevail against the others. Those criteria, stiffly applicated, should lead to neutral decisions from the point of view of gender and career progressions. Studies and collected data show that the situation in academic and research environment is not so simple. In particular, female attendance in research work context is not enough. The female presence decreases with growing of academic or research careers.

The University of Trento and FBK are engaged in two different european pojects about study and trasformations inside working environment in academic and research contexts. The common target is to study academic and research organizations and to enhance their internal dynamics with regard to careers and gender rappresentation. The objective is to create pratical tools to develop the core skills of researchers and enhance the full recognition of their role, encouraging women researchers to get more involved in research, in particolar in the initial phase of their career.

 

The University of Trento, with the others international partners University of Iceland, University of Louvain (Belgium), Radboud University (Holland), ZRC-SASU Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts (Slovenia), University of Lausanne (Switzerland) e Joanneum Research (Austria), is implementing Garcia project. The project runs for three years and started in 2014. The focus of the project is to obtain more effective gender equality in academic career, both in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and in SSH (Social Sciences and Humanities). The coordinator Barbara Poggi, professor of sociology of economics and labor processes, will present in Brussels the results of the project, namely organizational schemes to apply in the decision-making processes in the research and academic bodies and evaluation criteria of excellence for recruitment practices.

 

Bruno Kessler Foundation has been involved in the FESTA project since february 2012, within a consortium coordinated by professor Minna Salminen Karlsson, of the Research Center of Uppsala (Sweden). The other International partners comes from Bulgaria, Turkey, Ireland, Germany and Denmark. The work made by Bruno Kessler Foundation has been focused on understanding gender-factor partecipation on decisional processes, from recruitment to career progresses. The objective of FESTA project is to create tools and manuals and to sensibilize people with seminar and training events.

 

The final event will be held on 7th and 8th November 2016 in Brussels. During the conference all involved stakeholders will meet present the results of their research. Results of reserch in gender discriminations and job insecurity in academic contexts will be explain by Rossella Bozzon.

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A stronger renewed regional policy post-2020 for all European Regions

On September 28th, a parade took place in Brussels, where representatives and presidents of several European Regions demonstrated for a stronger renewed regional policy after 2020. Indeed, more than 160 regions signed a document which called for more consideration of regional issues concerning the elaboration of the future Cohesion Policy post-2020. President Arno Kompatscher has sustained this initiative since its beginning and was one of the first signers. All signed declarations were collected in a book which was delivered to the Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu, after the parade.

Here you can find the political declaration of the European Regions.

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ERRIN Innovation & Investment WG meeting 26 September 2016

On 26 September the Representation of the European region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino hosted a meeting of the ERRIN Working Grioup on Innovation & Investments. The meeting's agenda included two speakers: Mr. Riccardo Honorati Bianchi, Permanent Representative of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) the Italian National Promotion Institution and Mr. Thomas de Béthune, member of the European Commission’s Unit of DG REGIO in charge for financial instruments and for the relations with International financial institutions.

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Mr. Honorati Bianchi gave an overview of the role of CDP in the implementation of the Juncker Plan and more specifically of EFSI in Italy stressing in particular some lessons learnt in the first year of EFSI implementation from the perspective of a National Promotional Instituion (NPI). Further on his presentation focussed on the changes and novelties of EFSI 2.0 in light of the recently published proposal of the European Commission to extend and strengthen it. Finally, Mr. Honorati Bianchi presented several initiatives in support of SMEs undertaken by CDP namely for the creation of investment platforms. The latter are the tool foreseen by the Commission in order to pool smaller projects and catalyse investments on them, thus allowing them to also benefit of the guarantee mechanism put in place through EFSI.

Mr. de Béthune briefly introduced scope and functioning of financial instruments in the framework of the implementation of European Investment and Structural Funds (ESIF). He highlighted that financial instruments and their use is not an objective of the Commission but it is rather one of the methods available for the implementation of the programs within the cohesion policy (but not only). Further on the presentation focussed on the illustration of principles and characteristics of so called “off-the-shelf” financial instruments, which are instruments with standard terms and conditions set up by the European Commission and the the EIB/FEI in order to help and simplify the work of managing authorities in Member States and regions in their implementation. In particular, Mr. de Béthune introduced in details the two new "off-the-shelf” instruments launched by the Commission last summer respectively a co-investment fund to support start-up and SMEs and a fund for urban development.

Presentation Honorati Bianchi – CDP

Presentation de Béthune – DG REGIO

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CoR MOOC 2016: EU budget and funding for regions and cities (31/10-9/12/2016)

CoR MOOC 2016: EU budget and funding for regions and cities (31/10 to 9/12/2016) How does the EU budget work? How can European regions and cities access EU funds? The European Committee of the Region’s massive open online course (MOOC) is the first of its kind to help regional and local authorities navigate policy-making in EU affairs, with a focus on accessing EU funds and understanding budgets. This year’s course has been co-created by the European Investment Bank and two Directorates-General of the European Commission (Regional and Urban Policy, Budget). The MOOC will comprise six main themes – each online for one week and requiring about two hours of study time – focusing on the EU budget and how it is spent.

The course tools, including videos, live debates, factsheets and quizzes, will balance the basic theory behind EU funding, procedures and evaluation with hands-on information from practitioners on project design and delivery. More than 50 speakers – EU officials, academics, practitioners and local authorities – contribute to the course, which will start on Monday 31 October until Friday 9 December 2016. The course material will remain available online until 31 July 2017. Provided they have followed at least 80% of the course, participants will be able to download a certificate of achievement. More than 1,800 participants already registered!

More information and registration https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/CoR/114001/session01/about

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The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the EU strategy for the Alpine Region

 

The European Parliament welcomed the Commission's Communication on the EU macro-regional strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) in a non-binding resolution. The rapporteur, Mrs. Mercedes Bresso, stressed in her report the need to support SMEs and to promote projects related to innovation, smart infrastructure and renewable sources. The resolution called for a closer involvement of the European Union for the implementation and monitoring phase of the strategy and the European Investment Bank is invited, together with the Commission, to examine the creation of an investment platform in the Alpine region to mobilize funds from public and private sources.

The Alpine region macro-strategy affects 80 million people living in 48 regions in seven countries, including five EU Member States (Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia) and two non-EU countries (Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

Resolution

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Study of the European Parliament on Creative Europe: first experiences with the implementation of the new Programme

The European Parliament has recently published a study to provide the CULT Committee with an understanding on the implementation of the Creative Europe Culture Sub-programme based on Creative Europe national Desks’ first impressions. It covers a large selection of 32 Desks (82.1% of Desks).

Overall, the Culture Sub-programme is considered to be successfully implemented and cultural operators have a positive opinion of it. Yet a quite diversified picture emerges in terms of successfully implemented priorities, schemes, participation and implementation conditions and programme management. The study ends with a series of recommendations.

 

Link to the Study

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C-Reloaded consortium meeting

The C-Reloaded consortium, composed of 5 university partners TU Delft (NL), University of Trento (IT), Imperial College London (UK), KTH (SE), KIT (DE), gathered in Brussels on September 1-2 for a working meeting.

The philosophy behind C-Reloaded is to target H2020-specific actions, leveraging on digital-enabled energy, to address social challenges. The consortium is now preparing to apply for an EU call on engaging private consumers towards sustainable energy that should be submitted by 15 September 2016. 

 

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Review of the EU Financial Regulation

On 11 July the European Parliament held a workshop in Brussels entitled "Mid-term revision of the Financial Regulation: Improvement of Direct Management and Outlook on the Commission Proposal".

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HORIZON2020: the European Commission confirms the Work Programme update for 2017

On 25 July the European Commission confirmed the calls and other actions of the second year of the two-year work programmes of Horizon 2020 setting out funding opportunities for 2017. With a € 8.5 billion budget the 2016-17 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon2020 to date, but the current update introduces important novelties.

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European Commission launches two new financial instruments to boost investments in start-ups and sustainable urban development

On July 11 the European Commission adopted two new “off-the-shelf” (i.e. “ready to use”) financial instruments, already compliant with the ESI Funds Regulation and State Aid rules, in order to increase both public and private investments in innovative SMEs and in urban development projects.

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Report 'Review of the Financial Regulation'

On July 11 the European Parliament held a workshop in Brussels focused on the revision of the EU Financial Regulation.

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The Commission proposes new rules on European Venture Capital funds and on European Social Enterpreneurship funds

On 6 July the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation modify the existing regulations on European venture capital funds - EuVECA (Regulation 345/2013) and European social entrepreneurship funds - EuSEF (Regulation 346/2013).

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Report 'International conference on dual education'

On 30th of June at the Multiple Region House in Bruxelles took place the event “International conference on dual education”. The conference was aimed at comparing the best practices developed by different actors and local authorities and offering an overview of the initiatives taken by the European Commission in this field.

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The 2016 Alpeuregio Summer School has successfully concluded

Today, the 6th edition of the Alpeuregio Summer School, a cultural initiative organised by the Common Representation of the European Region Tyrol – South-Tyrol – Trentino, has come to an end. Every year, a group of students and new graduates from the three alpine regions get the chance to participate in this programme.

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