The cultural association H2o+ and the BIM of Brenta finalists on Sustainable Energy Awards 2018

The project “L’Ecovigilessa Vanessa”, developed by the cultural association H2o+ in collaboration with the BIM of Brenta, was selected as one of the 12 finalists on the Sustainable Energy Awards 2018. The project aims to bring the environmental education into primary schools through engaging and playful educational activities.

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EU Commission published the proposal for a Regulation on the 9. Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

The European Commission published today its proposal for a Regulation for the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, named "Horizon Europe". The structure of the programme remains tripartite and the pillars are: Open Science, Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness and Open Innovation.
The structure is described as follows:

“The first pillar on Open Science will ensure strong continuity with Horizon 2020 in supporting excellent science within a bottom-up approach in order to reinforce the Union’s scientific leadership, high-quality knowledge and skills development, through the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and research infrastructures. The principles and practices of open science will be mainstreamed across the entire Programme.
The second pillar on Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness will take forward the societal challenges and industrial technologies in a more ‘top down’ directed approach addressing Union and global policy and competitiveness challenges and opportunities. These are integrated into five clusters (‘health’; ‘inclusive and secure society’; ‘digital and industry’; ‘climate, energy and mobility’; and ‘food and natural resources’), aligned with Union and global policy priorities (the Sustainable Development Goals) and having cooperation and competitiveness as key drivers. The integration in clusters, each having a number of intervention areas, is designed to incentivise cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, cross-policy and international collaboration, thereby achieving higher impact and better seizing the innovation potential that is often greatest at the intersection of disciplines and sectors.
Alongside the regular calls for proposals, a limited set of highly visible missions will be introduced. These will be designed in the context of a strategic planning process. Missions, with ambitious but time-bound and achievable goals, should speak to the public and engage it where relevant. They will be co-designed with Member States, the European Parliament, stakeholders and citizens.
The second pillar embodies industry’s essential role in achieving all the Programme’s objectives. The second pillar will also provide scientific evidence and technical support to Union policies, including through the activities of the Joint Research Centre. This pillar will help realise Union policy objectives within the spirit of the Innovation Principle as put forward in the European Commission's Communication of 15 May 2018 on Research and Innovation: a renewed European agenda. Particular attention should be given to increasing the share of participation in research and funding of entities from low-to-mid income third countries.
While innovation will be supported throughout the whole programme, the third pillar on Open Innovation will essentially focus on scaling up breakthrough and market-creating innovation by establishing a European Innovation Council, support the enhancement of European ecosystems of innovation and continued support to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The European Innovation Council will offer a one-stop-shop to high-potential innovators. Activities will be defined mainly bottom-up. This should significantly simplify and streamline current support, and fill any gap between the grant funding in other parts of Horizon Europe and the financial instruments of InvestEU. Support will also be provided for collaboration with and between national and regional innovation agencies but also any other public or private and general or sectoral actor of the European innovation landscape.”


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Energy transition in Europe’s Regions

On the 31st of May the event "Energy transition in Europe’s Regions" took place at the European Economic and Social Committee.

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

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Integrate Social Sciences and Humanities in FP9

On the 25th of May the conference “Integrate Social Sciences and Humanities in FP9” took place at the Copenhagen EU Office.

Nikolaj Burmeister, head of dean’s office from the Copenhagen Business School, declared that about 20% of the funding of the Copenhagen Business School are EU funding. Regarding the FP7 (7th European Framework Programme for Research and Development) he declared that it was seen as a sign of hope for social sciences and humanities (SSH) but that many people who applied to it have had bad experiences. Regarding the FP9 (9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation) he gave the following recommendations:
• to avoid calls which are prescriptive;
• to establish long-term strategic research programs with broad political support;
• to build a network long time before the application;
• to focus on the challenges and not on pre-identified solutions;
• to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to the development of calls and evaluation of applications.

He explained that it is important that the EU continues to focus on further integration of SSH. He argued that an integration of SSH will ensure the identification of the right problems and better solutions.

Harald Hartung, head of unit “Open and inclusive societies” from the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, presented the 3rd report on Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020. He declared that in the year 2016, 181 million euro went to SSH partners, which presents 7% of the total funding available for the calls for proposals in the Work Programme 2016. He explained that according to the report the discipline Economics is highly represented, the disciplines Sociology & Marketing are fairly well represented and the Humanities and many social sciences are less involved in Horizon2020. He declared that the following Member States: Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, France Belgium and Netherlands are dominating in this fields and that it is necessary to integrate the other Member States as well. Overall, he came to the conclusion that there is a need for improvement. He declared that the flagged-topics are a beginning but not enough. He declared that a large number of projects under flagged-topics are financed with no or little social sciences and humanities content.

Furthermore, he declared that it was necessary to integrate the social sciences and humanities from the very beginning. The SSH and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) communities should contribute to Missions and Global challenges on an equal footing. The topic design and evaluation process should be closely examined to facilitate this in practice.

Rebeca Fernández, senior manager in food policy for FoodDrinkEurope, explained that the main challenges in the food sector are the demographic and environmental changing and the distrust of consumers in this sector. She explained the platform food for live which brings together consumers and industries. It is fully transparent and has the aim to bridge modern and social sciences.

Kim Brinckmann, vice director of Research & Innovation from the University of Copenhagen, gave the following recommendations regarding the SSH integration:
• to introduce new instruments in future funding programmes;
• to develop a new approach for the drafting calls for funding proposals;
• the SSH community needs to create new role models and showcase interdisciplinary experiences.

The entire report can be downloaded here.

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Revising the Clean Vehicles Directive – How to promote clean mobility solutions in public procurement at the local and regional level

On the 23rd of May the conference “Revising the Clean Vehicles Directive – How to promote clean mobility solutions in public procurement at the local and regional level” took place at the Region Västra Götaland & Gothenburg European Office. At the conference the proposal for revising the current Clean Vehicles Directive was discussed.

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Flash News: “URBIS” - Investment Support for Cities

On April 27 it was presented at the Committee of Regions “URBIS”, a new dedicated urban investment advisory initiative set up by the European Commission (DG REGIO) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) in November 2017 under the umbrella of the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH). It was developed in the context of the EU One Stop Shop for Cities and supports the ambitions defined in the EU Urban Agenda.

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New UniTN Master in EU Affairs - EU Strategy and Policy Advisor: application by 8th June

The first edition of the Master’s programme EU Affairs - EU Strategy and Policy Advisor will be launched in September 2018. The programme is promoted by the Faculty of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento (Italy) in collaboration with the EU Affairs consultancy firm Euro Partners & Associés s.p.r.l., based in Brussels.

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Flash News: The Commission adopted the proposal of Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021 – 2027

The Commission adopted yesterday the proposal of Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU for the period 2021 – 2027. The new MFF foresees a total expenditure for the seven years of €1.135 billion, equivalent to 1.11% of the EU27's gross national income (GNI)  (general fact sheet). The proposal of the Commission concentrates resources on a limited number of priorities for which the impact of the Union's action in terms of benefits for citizens is stronger. The sectors with a greatest European added value, that will thus receive more funding in the next years, are: security and defense, migration flows and border managementclimate change, youth mobility and research&innovation.

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Voices from the Regions: Rethinking the communication of Cohesion Policy

On the 26th of April the conference “Voices from the Regions: Rethinking the communication of Cohesion Policy” took place at the European Committee of the Regions. At the event the research findings of the COHESIFY project were presented, which focused:

• on the citizens ‘perceptions of the cohesion policy;
• on how the cohesion policy is portrayed in the media;
• on the improvement of the communication of the cohesion policy.

Prof. John Bachtler opened the conference with the statement that good communication of the cohesion policy is necessary in order that citizens also identify with the EU.

Dana Spinant from the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission declared that only a third of European citizens do know about the cohesion policy.
Dr. Andreja Pegan from the Trinity College Dublin declared that most participants of the study were aware of cohesion projects which involved infrastructure. She explained also that most of them find out about the cohesion policy through signs. Citizens get informed also through traditional media but rarely through social media.

Dr. Heinz Brandenburg from the University of Strathclyde presented the citizens’ survey. He declared that among the EU funding, the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) was the most known. He explained that according to the participants the cohesion fund is the one who contributes the most to the creation of an EU identity. Furthermore, he explained that people from net beneficiary countries were more aware of the cohesion policy than people from net payer countries.

Dr. Vasiliki Triga from the Cyprus University of Technology presented the results of the study on how the media frames the cohesion policy. He explained that there are basically eight different ways on how journalists report about the cohesion policy:

• in terms of economic consequences (for ex. jobs, costs)
• in terms of quality of life (for ex. raising of equality)
• in terms of culture
• in terms of incompetence of local governments (for ex. misuse of funding)
this happens especially often in Romania
• in terms of power (for ex. which member State gets more funding)
• in terms of national interests (for ex. improvement of better relationships with neighbours)
• in terms of basic principles of the cohesion policy
• in terms of misuse of the funds (for ex. corruption).

According to the research most journalist report about the cohesion policy in terms of economic aspects. Dr. Triga declared also that the regional media reports more positive and the national media more negative about the cohesion policy. He came to the conclusion that the media does frame the cohesion policy and that in overall, they speak positively about the cohesion policy.

Dr. Carlos Mendez from the University of Strathclyde gave the following recommendations in order to improve the communication of the cohesion policy and to connect the European citizens better:

• EU funding projects need to be seen by citizens
• improvement on communication of the cohesion policy is needed
• the cohesion policy should be more reported in the social media
• to democratise the cohesion policy: citizens should be involved in decision-making process
more engagement of the citizens in programming would lead to an increasement in communication
• to bring the projects more alive by creating a one central platform with audio-visuals

Dana Spinant from the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission concluded the conference with the following declarations for the post 2020 cohesion policy, which:

• would try to avoid burden on national authorities
• would use more emotional communication to which citizens can more relate to it
• to target more the regional and local audience (for ex. to use the local language)
• taking account of people view on the programming
• to prioritise more on social media.

The entire report can be downloaded here.

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Flash News: The Innovation Radar

On April 10, during the Digital Day 2018 in Brussels, the Commission launched a new tool, called Innovation Radar, with the objective to give visibility to innovative systems and solutions financed by European funds and facilitate their market outlet.

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ERRIN Innovation & Investments WG Meeting

On April 19, the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino hosted the first 2018 meeting of Innovation & Investing working group of ERRIN (the European Regions Research and Innovation Network). The EU Liaison office of the Autonomous Province of Trento is an active member of the Network and co-leads the I&I working group.

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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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