EU-TIPS: FEM hosted the Workshop "New Financing Opportunities in the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2"

On 1 December, a workshop to explore and evaluate the new funding opportunities provided by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 program for the period 2018-20 was held at the Edmund Mach Foundation in San Michele all'Adige (Trento).

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EUFRUIT Meetings 2017

On 14 November 2017, the EUFRUIT consortium met in Brussels at the common Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino for its yearly General Assembly. EUFRUIT is a multi-layered, thematic network under the Horizon 2020 programme (Project ID: 696337) that aims to bridge the gap between research outcomes and uptake of those results by the sector itself. Also the Research Center Laimburg, from South Tyrol, is part of the consortium. Already halfway through the project, the consortium members collected a large array of best practices and ongoing research efforts on a public Knowledge Platform . Additionally, the platform offers a set of synthesis reports which reflect the current state of play in research along four thematic areas: performance of new varieties and cultivar developments, minimising residues on fruit and in the environment, improving quality during handling and storage, and enhancing sustainable production systems.

The press release of EUFRIT is available here

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The winners of the LAMO project on a visit to Brussels

On November 7, a meeting with a group of young people winners of a contest within the framework of the LAMO project (Mountain Participation Conference) was held at the headquarters of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino. LAMO, an experience of shared design between young people and territories, is aimed at the development of mid-mountain areas.


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The project, which saw the participation of 24 students between university students and young graduates, is designed to gather ideas and design for the enhancement of mountainous regions through the involvement of institutional, university, youth and territorial actors.
For the winners, a three-day trip to Brussels has been organized. On the first day of the visit, the group was welcomed by Valeria Liverini, Director of the EU Brussels Office, who outlined the activities of the office, offering an overview of institutional architecture and European decision-making processes and Emiliano Corà, policy officer, who presented the EU funding opportunities. Then Giacomo Luciani, Seconded National Expert at the DG Environment of the European Commission, spoke about European measures, initiatives and programs for the protection and enhancement of the environment in mountain areas. Finally, the two winning projects “Floating Innovation” (Valli Giudicarie) and 2GiovAzione” (Primiero) were presented.
The study visit continued on November 9th with a series of visits to the European Institutions and the House of European History to end the following day with two meetings: the first with Chiara Bolner, an official at the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, who presented the EU policies in support of quality in food production, classification systems and the relationship with the territory and the second with Mirco Tomasi, economic analyst at the Directorate - Economy and Finance, who outlined the decision-making process within the Commission, the Europe 2020 Strategy, and the relations and balances between the Commission and the other European Institutions.




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The Milk System - Milk production and marketing in a globalized world

On Thursday the 9th November the event "The Milk System - Milk production and marketing in a globalized world" took place at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union. 

The entire report can be downloaded here (in German). 

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Successfully concluded the second study visit within the training programmes for Directors of the autonomous Province of Trento

From 6 to 8 November 2017 it was carried on the second study visit within the training programme for Directors of the autonomous Province of Trento. In these three days Ms Giuliana Cristoforetti, Director at the Institutiona and Legislative Affairs Department, and Mr Alessio Bertolli, deputy Director of the Civic Museum of Rovereto, had the chance to collect inputs and information on ways to support the strategic initiatives of the department. 

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Speeding up market-uptake of buildings renovation in Europe

On 12 October 2017 the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino hosted the workshop "Speeding up market-uptake of buildings renovation in Europe", co-organized by ICLEI, the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous province of Bolzano and the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento. The workshop gathered speakers and participants from different regions of Europe to discuss the challenges shared by local governments in boosting the uptake of buildings renovation.

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Conference: How data economy can unlock the full potential of european transport

On Wednesday the 17th October the 2017 edition of the European Transport Forum (ETF) took place.

The speakers were:
Alina Ujupan (Member of Cabinet, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society), Dita Charanzová (Vice Chair of IMCO Committee, The European Parliament), John Frank (Vice-President EU Government Affairs, Microsoft), Niklas Gustafsson (Chief Sustainability Officer, Volvo Group), Victoria A. Espinel (President and CEO, BSA) Vincent Kobesen (CEO and Member of the Executive Board, PTV AG).

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EU-TIPS: VITAL project meeting

VITAL (VIrtualized hybrid satellite-TerrestriAl systems for resilient and fLexible future networks) is an ambitious project addressing the combination of Terrestrial and Satellite networks by pursuing two key innovation areas, by bringing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) into the satellite domain and by enabling Software-Defined-Networking (SDN)-based, federated resources management in hybrid SatCom-terrestrial networks.

The VITAL project is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Research and Innovation program.


EU Update Euromontana event: How to better valorise mountain food products?

The European multisectoral association for co-operation and development of mountain territories (Euromontana) is an organization that embraces regional and national mountain organizations throughout greater Europe, including regional development agencies, local authorities, agriculture organizations, environmental agencies, forestry organizations and research institutes.
Euromontana’s mission is to promote living mountains, integrated and sustainable development and quality of life in mountain areas.

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Flashnews - The Commmission published its 2018 work programme

Following what President Juncker stated in his 2017 State of the Union Address, the European Commission presented yesterday its Work Programme for 2018 to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Programme identifies a  limited number of new initiatives that will contribute to its plans for completing the work on President Juncker's ten political priorities before the end of its mandate, as well as a series of forward-looking initiatives for the future of Europe.

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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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EU-TIPS: AGILE project meeting

AGILE is an H2020 EU funded project coordinated by CREATE-NET that builds a modular hardware and software gateway for the Internet of Things with support for protocol interoperability, device and data management, IoT apps execution and external Cloud communication, featuring diverse pilot activities, Open Calls & Community building.


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..







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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