EU TIPS: Edmund Mach Foundation joins the European Food 2030 Platform

Recently, the Edmund Mach Foundation-FEM has joined the European Food 2030 Platform as Food Lab Trentino.
The Platform is responsible for bringing food and nutrition issues to Europe and for suggesting to the European Commission the research and innovation priorities for a sustainable food system that considers the society’s values, needs and expectations.

The Platform is an initiative under the FIT4FOOD2030 project (funded by Horizon 2020). The project aims to support the European Commission in the development and implementation of the FOOD 2030 policy framework for food and nutrition security.
The platform is a very articulated structure that includes several actors. In particular, FEM is one of the 14 Food Labs that are part of it. The Food Labs are the subjects that in the territories have the task of developing and implementing training modules and specific actions in relation to the challenges of the sector, directly involving citizens, students, consumers, researchers and professionals. In addition to FEM, the Labs are based in Aarhus, Amsterdam, Athens, the Azores, Barcelona, Birmingham, Budapest, Dublin, Graz, Milan, Sofia, Tartu, Vilnius. (sc)

 

FEM has been chosen to be a Lab due to its unique “three souls” structure, namely research, training and technology transfer, but also for the strong connection with the territory and the design capacity that materialized into the Vision Document 2019-2028.

As explained by President Andrea Segrè, "It is a confirmation and recognition of the skills, vision and international placement of FEM, which can become the spokesperson of a peculiar reality, like Trentino, to respond to the next decade’s challenges. It is a unique opportunity in order that, what is done in this territory, would become a European role model". 

As part of the Food Lab initiative, FEM is organising a workshop on 13 February 2020, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at its headquarters, to bring together the operators of the agri-food system with the aim to promote interactive discussion and a brainstorming session on the themes selected by the participants and to collect suggestions and good practices of our territory to be promoted as virtuous models in the European initiative FOOD 2030. 

 

For those interested in participating in the workshop, please refer to the dedicated page on the FEM website.

 

 

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Flash News: Presented the new Commission Work Programme 2020

On Wednesday 29 January, the European Commission adopted its Work Programme for the current year. In the programme, the Commission has set out what it intends to do in 2020 to translate the political guidelines announced last December into concrete actions, in order to contribute 'to “building a Union that strives for more ' as stated by President von der Leyen.

The programme foresees actions in six thematic areas:

1. a European Green Deal: with the aim of achieving climate neutrality by 2050, a European climate legislation will be proposed and the participation of actors at various levels will be required
2. a Europe fit for the digital age: the Commission intends to exploit the potential of digital data and disseminate artificial intelligence in the respect of European values and fundamental rights
3. an economy that works for people: the Commission aims to achieve an economy in which social equity, sustainability and economic growth are combined
4. a stronger Europe in the world: the Commission will prepare new cooperation strategies with Africa and the Western Balkans and will call for the start of negotiations for the accession of North Macedonia and Albania
5. promoting our European way of life: the Commission will present a new pact on migration and asylum, will provide security support and will sustain the protection of the health of European citizens
6. a new push for European democracy: together with other EU institutions and partners, the Commission will launch a Conference on the future of Europe to better define, with citizens' input, the Union's future actions.

The programme, as usual, consists of a Communication from the European Commission and a series of annexes listing among others, the new acts that the Commission intends to adopt this year and those priority acts adopted in the previous years but whose approval process has not yet been completed.

 

Commission Communication “Commission Work Programme 2020 - A Union that strives for more”
Annex I: New initiatives
Annex III: Priority pending proposals

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Flash News: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism

On Tuesday 14 January, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, presented to the European Parliament in Strasbourg the European Green Deal’s Investment Plan (the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan), through which the Commission intends to support the implementation of the Union's green transition over the programming period 2021-2027.

The Commission's ambitious environmental strategy requires the mobilisation of substantial public and private investment over the next decade. It will leverage on EU financial instruments such as InvestEu, which will mobilise around €279 billion of private and public investment in the climate and environment sectors over the period 2021-2030, and additional private funds estimated by the Commission of around €1,000 billion. In this context, the role of the EIB (European Investment Bank) and the Commission itself will be crucial to stimulate and redirect sustainable investments.

Source: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism
explained, European Commission - Press release, Brussels 14 January 2020

 

With the aim of softening the economic and social costs of the regions that will suffer the most because of the consequences of the energy transition and of the socio-economic transformation process envisaged by the Green Deal, the Commission has created the Just Transition Mechanism, a financial ad hoc instrument, of around € 100 billion, which should foster a just and inclusive transformation for the benefit of all and, as the European executive said, it should help to "create the necessary investment to help workers and communities which rely on the fossil fuel value chain.”
The just transition mechanism will be financially supported by the following sources:
1. A Just Transition Fund: € 7.5 billion of new funds from the EU budget will be allocated in favour of the Just Transition Fund for the benefit in particular of regions where jobs depend on fossil fuels, including coal, lignite, peat and oil shale or carbon-intensive industrial processes emitting greenhouse-gases. In order to enjoy this benefit, Member States in agreement with the Commission will have to identify eligible territories by means of appropriate territorial plans for a fair transition.
2. A dedicated just transition scheme under InvestEU: a mobilisation up to € 45 billion of investment is foreseen, with the dual aim of attracting private investment for the benefit of the regions concerned and of helping local economies to identify new sources of growth.
3. A public sector loan facility with the European Investment Bank backed by the EU budget: the related legislative proposal for the establishment of a public sector lending facility is planned for March 2020. This instrument is expected to mobilise between € 25 and 30 billion in investment.

The European Green Deal Investment Plan (EGDIP), also referred to as Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP), represents the key instrument to implement one of the main political priorities of the new von der Leyen’s Commission, namely the environmental protection and the fight against climate change.

As a first formal act, on 11th December, the Commission presented the European Green Deal, an environmental strategy by which it intends to make the EU the first block of countries with zero climate impact by 2050.
Achieving climate neutrality will require considerable efforts and financial resources, to be found also outside the EU financial framework.
The Green Deal aims to improve the well-being of present and future generations and to promote fair and inclusive growth. The Commission's policy proposal will involve various sectors:
climate: a European Climate Law will be proposed in March 2020 in order to promote climate neutrality and stimulate investment
energy: the aim is to speed up the decarbonisation process in the energy sector
buildings: the aim is to encourage more sustainable buildings renovation, help people reducing energy bills and energy use
industry: aims to support industry to stimulate innovation and to become world leaders in the green economy
mobility: the aim is to introduce cleaner, cheaper and healthier means of private and public transport

 

For further information:

Commission Communication "Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - European Green Deal Investment Plan"

Commission Communication "The European Green Deal"

Annex to the Communication on the European Green Deal "Roadmap - Key actions"

 

 

 

 

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EU-TIPS: ERRIN Health WG Meeting on project opportunities for Regions after 2020 & planning meeting

On 16th January 2020 the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento in Brussels hosted the new year’s first meeting of the Health Working Group, organized by the ERRIN – European Regions Research and Innovation Network.

Mr Riccardo Farina, representing the Health and Social Policies Department of the Autonomous Province of Trento, opened the event with a brief presentation.

Among the Autonomous Province of Trento best practices, Mr Farina presented Trentino Salute 4.0, the competence centre for the design, development and provision of digital health services and TreC ecosystem (citizens medical records), the electronic platform that allows citizens to benefit from online services related to their health.

This was followed by the speech of Mr Giorgio Clarotti, senior policy officer at the European Commission DG RTD, who explained the latest opportunities of Horizon 2020 and illustrated the innovations that will be introduced under Horizon Europe. Digital transformation in health will also be a cross-cutting priority in the Digital Europe programme. He also outlined the opportunities of Partnerships and Missions under Horizon Europe.

Moreover, participants had the opportunity to discuss priorities and the Health WG activities for the current year.

The event was reserved to ERRIN members.

 
 
Agenda and further information are available directly on the ERRIN website.
 
 
 
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Euroflash: Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills

The blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills is one of the key initiatives of the new skills agenda for Europe.

Under the blueprint, stakeholders work together in sector-specific partnerships, also called sectoral skills alliances, to develop and implement strategies to address skills gaps in these sectors.

 

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Euroflash: EU budget 2020 approved

The Council and the European Parliament reached agreement on 18 November on the EU budget for 2020, which clearly focuses on growth and competitiveness, climate change and other EU priorities such as security and migration management. The Council approved the agreement on the EU budget on 25 November. Parliament approved the budget on Wednesday 27 November by 543 votes to 136 with 23 abstentions.

Total commitments are set at €168.7 billion. This is an increase of 1.5% compared to the 2019 budget as amended. €1.5 billion have been kept available under the expenditure ceilings of the multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020, allowing the EU to react to unforeseeable needs.

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Euroflash: European Universities

European Universities will become inter-university campuses around which students, doctoral candidates, staff and researchers can move seamlessly. They will pool their expertise, platforms and resources to deliver joint curricula or modules covering various disciplines. These curricula will be very flexible and will allow students to personalise their education, choosing what, where and when to study and get a European degree.

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Event: Brain Drain - Brain Gain: Local and Regional Experience

The IER - Institute of Economic Research of the Chamber of Commerce of Bolzano/Bozen and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen are organizing a conference in Brussels on 11 December 2019 on “Brain Drain - Brain Gain: Local and Regional Experience”. The event is based on a study developed by IER on South Tyrol level that was presented in Bolzano/Bozen in March with great success.

Brain drain is a topic that earns very much interest. This shows that the situation must not be under estimated and that there is an urgent need to act. Since this is the case not only in South Tyrol, but Europe wide, we plan this event, based also on a study that was published last year by the SEDEC Commission of the European Committee of the Regions "Addressing Brain Drain: the local and regional dimension".

The aim of the event will be to analyse the practical aspects of the challenge and show possible solutions on local and regional level implemented Europe wide. During the podium discussion high-ranking speakers will have a closer look at this problem and present also best practices from the local and regional perspective.

Please find attached the programme of the event, the SEDEC study and the abstract in English of the IER study. Here you can find the study in German and Italian.

For organisational reasons we kindly ask you to confirm your participation by clicking on the following link: Online registration

 

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