1st EUSALP Energy Congress 2017 & Workshop

On Friday, 9th of June 2017 (13.30-18.00) the 1st EUSALP Energy Conference 2017 (“Energy Efficiency in small and medium size enterprises: An opportunity for the EUSALP energy model region”) will take place in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy).

In small and medium size enterprises, there are significant energy savings potentials. While energy audits are mandatory for large companies based on the European Energy Efficiency Directive EU/27/2012, the implementation of energy efficiency measures in SMEs remains voluntary. For this reason, policy makers and public administration play an important role in offering frameworks to make voluntary energy efficiency measures attractive to SMEs. They support SMEs in the planning and implementation of voluntary energy efficiency measures through support programs and initiatives.
The 1st EUSALP Energy Congress, which takes place on 9th June 2017, approaches this issue. Representatives from politics, administration, business and science discuss the current political framework for energy efficiency promotion in small and medium-sized enterprises. Together, they are pitching ideas how the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region may support energy efficiency policies for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Alpine region thereby supporting the sustainability and attractiveness of the region.
The Congress is organized by the Energy Agency South Tyrol-KlimaHaus. Since 2016, it has been the leader of EUSALP Action Group 9, whose task it is to make the Alpine region a model region for energy efficiency and renewable energies.


On Saturday, 10th of June 2017 (8.30-16.00) there will be the workshop “Energieeffizienz in Unternehmen: Von der Theorie zur Praxis“.

What practical measures can a company take to minimize its energy consumption? The workshop "Energy Efficiency in Enterprises: From theory to practice" is tailored for specialists with technical training and entrepreneurs who are interested in making their company more energy-efficient. Together they will discuss the energy savings potential of cross-sectional technologies. Experts from the field of practice explain to the participants, using illustrative case studies such as companies in the fields of refrigeration technology, compressed air, pumps and lighting, to make companies energy-efficient.


Participation is free of charge.
Simultaneous translation service for German / Italian is offered at both events.
The target audience are policymakers, public authorities/energy agencies, stakeholders and persons interested in the macro strategy for the Alpine region.
Where: Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Craft and Agriculture of Bolzano/Bozen, via Alto Adige 60, I-39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy


Mandatory registration (by June 7, 2017). Please use the online registration form here (DE) or here (IT).



9th of June

  Title Speaker

Arrival and Registry of Participants

14.00-14.15 Welcome Address: EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

Arno Kompatscher, President of the Autonomous Province of Bozen/ Bolzano

14.15-14.35 Energy efficiency in SME: Chance for the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region Herbert Dorfmann, Member of the European Parliament

Energy efficiency measures in SME from an economic perspective: Which reduction potentials exist?

Federico Testa, President ENEA, Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, lenergia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile

14.55-15.15 Energy efficiency measures for enterprises

Gert Lanz, President lvh/apa Association of Craftsmen and small enterprises

15.15-15.35 Energy efficiency in small enterprises: Technical possibilities and challenges in the implementation

Giovanni Sarti, CNA/SHV South Tyrolean Association of craftsmen and small enterprises


Coffee break
16.00-16.20 Bavarian energy efficiency network initiative (BEEN-i) Chances for SME

Rupert Pritzl, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology


Klimaaktiv energy efficient enterprises the Austrian programme for the enhancement of energy efficiency in enterprises

Petra Lackner,

Austrian Energy Agency, program lead energy efficient enterprises


KlimaFactory: The Energy efficiency programme in South Tyrol

Ulrich Santa, director of the Agency for Energy South Tyrol CasaClima, lead of EUSALP Action Group 9

Panel Discussion: How can the EU strategy for the Alpine Region contribute to the fostering of energy efficiency in SME?


Farewell and networking aperitif


Moderator: Flavio Ruffini, Director Agency for Environment, Autonomous Province of Bolzano


10th of June




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EU-TIPS: WAZIUP project meeting

General key objectives:

  • Serve the Wealth Growth of Rural Communities. Create innovation across a dated agribusiness/agriculture/rural sector: increasing agriculture’s value and by adding to sub-Saharan countries economical growth, such innovation contributes towards poverty reduction of communities living in the rural areas;
  • Innovate Agro-Industry Processes. Increase efficiency of production and processing in small-scale agro industry SMEs, catalyze better yields and advance agribusiness;
  • Improve work conditions: WAZIUP technology aims at improving work and living quality by affordable and available specific IoT services tailored for African rural communities;
  • Tailored IoT and Big-data Technology. Offer smart sensor and data-driven applications and services addressing the end-users needs and requirements (understanding users requirements and preference delivering towards more personalized and easy users interfaces and applications);
  • Value-added cost and energy efficiency. IoT application and services based on WAZIUP open IoT-Big data platform will focus on ease of maintenance and low cost of solutions.

FLASH NEWS: EUSALP’s goals in the area of education and training have been presented in Brussels


On April 7, at the Committee of the Regions, was held the conference “Looking into the future: innovation in regional and local vocational education and training”. It took place in the framework of the General Assembly of EaRLALL, the European Association of Regional and Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning.

The Autonomous Province of Trento took part in the event, by illustrating not only its local initiatives concerning trilingualism and dual vocational training, but also the activities promoted in these fields by the Macroregional Strategy for the Alpine Area (EUSALP), which are precisely coordinated by the Province.


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Among the speakers there were also Nicolas Sagarzazu, Director of Training and Learning, Basque Government and President of EaRLALL, Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Apprenticeships and Adult Learning Unit, DG EMPL, Estanislau Vidal-Folch de Balanzó, Responsible for Programmes, Training and Innovation, Government of Catalonia, Jose Luis Fernandez Maure, Director of International Department TKNIKA, Cristina Grieco, Ministry of Education, Tuscany Region, Gunila Leven, Member of the Regional Board, Västra Götaland, Therese Ydren, Regional development officer, Västra Götaland, and Georgette Bréard, Second Vice-President, Training, Learning and Guidance, Brittany Region and Vice-President of EaRLALL.


Click here to download the presentation of the Autonomous Province of Trento

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The Liceo A. Rosmini (Rovereto) in visit to Brussels

On 28 and 29 March, as part of the active citizenship project "From the Common EU", a group of 37 students of the three years of the four strands of the Liceo Rosmini: classic, language, science and applied science, made a study trip in Brussels. The two-year project is now in its second phase which, in addition to training sessions, foresees a visit to the European institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and Frankfurt.

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The study program allowed students to visit the Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament and the European Commission. On March 28 the students were welcomed at the Representation of the European Region Tyrol - Alto Adige / Südtirol - Trentino by the director of the Office for Relations with the European Union by Valeria Liverini who explained the functioning and the objectives of the office, the role of the EGTCs and the macro-regional strategies, as well as the functioning of the European decision-making process. Moreover, the EU Brussels organized a meeting with the Herbert Dorfmann, Member of the European Parliament, who focused his speech on the challenges and critical issues that the EU is facing at the moment, highlighting the importance of responding to the "great danger for Europe" represented by the Eurosceptic movements.




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EU-TIPS: GIURI’s position paper on the next Research and Innovation Framework Programme has been presented at the European Parliament

On the 29th March 2017 at the European Parliament took place a meeting between some Italian MEPs and the members of GIURI, an informal coordination network of the Italian Representation Offices in Brussels, which consists of almost 50 stakeholders among which regions, professional associations, research centers and universities. The autonomous province of Trento actively contributed to the formulation of the document by collecting inputs and advice from the research centers of its territory, namely Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Fondazione Edmund Mach and University of Trento. The initiative was aimed to illustrate the position paper elaborated by GIURI on the next Research and Innovation Framework Programme (FP9). As a matter of fact, the members of the network had agreed to present a common position in order to seek to constructively contribute to the discussion on the next Framework Programme.


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The meeting was opened by the Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador to COREPER Giovanni Pugliese, who stressed the essential role of research in the European integration process. The ambassador also emphasized four strategic areas to work on: support to international cooperation, attention to the role of the big industry, major involvement of the countries of the eurozone13 and research in the defence sector. 

The next to take the floor was Marco Falzetti, director of APRE, who presented the study that the agency is carrying out about the Italian participation in the first three years of Horizon 2020 implementation.

Then, Renzo Tomellini, head of unit A3 «Horizon 2020 policies» of the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, informed the audience about the state of the art of the discussion at the European Commission on the next framework programme.

Successively, Arianna Giuliodori of Coldiretti illustrated GIURI’s position paper. The document proposes some recommendations on specific aspects of the framework programme, with the hope that the grant’s system will remain predominant also in the future and that the synergies among funds will be exploited to a greater extent.

The meeting ended with a debate with the MEPs Patrizia Toia and Rosa d’Amato. During this latest moment of confrontation it emerged how crucial it is to work in an integrated way at the Italian level in order to put forward a united stand at European level. The necessity to strike a balance between the funds dedicated to research and those to innovation within the framework programme was also highlighted. It is generally accepted that research should be kept at European level to ensure critical mass and to bring further added value. Finally, it is fundamental to better capitalize the results of the financed projects so that they can produce a real impact on European society.

GIURI’s presentation of the position paper represents a first step made by Italian actors to put forwards their requests at European level. The MEP Patrizian Toia expressed her satisfaction for this initiative and the hope to continue the collaboration on these bases.

Download GIURI’s position paper on the next Research and Innovation Framework Programme (FP9).


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EU-TIPS: European Coop Campus Young


European Coop Campus Young aims to involve 14 to 18 year olds in the training of cooperative values and principles, which is considered more and more important in encouraging the cultural process of European cohesion.

Europe 2020 targets the development of knowledge, competences and abilities as essential for economic growth and employment, insisting on the necessity to create innovative contexts to generate intercultural exchange and training amongst European citizens.

European Coop Campus Young aims to be one of such contexts: one or two weeks with a choice of activities, in which each day will be a real and authentic life experience, a unique opportunity specifically designed for young people who can learn about life and each other.

The initiative is organized by the Federazione Trentina della Cooperazione, under the patronage of the autonomous Province of Trento


Download the brochure of the initiative

Go the website of the initiative






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A sustainable EU food policy: proposal adopted

The President of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen - South Tyrol, Mr Arno Kompatscher, presented yesterday in Brussels his proposal for a sustainable EU food policy. The Commissioner for Health, Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis, took part to the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) as well. The proposal has been unanimously adopted by all the CoR political groups. Mr Kompatscher required, in particular, the cooperation between CoR, European Parliament and European Commission, in order to take concrete action soon.
“The EU is facing new big challenges. We are all concerned by food production, since it affects the whole ecosystem. As a consequence, it is fundamental to launch a comprehensive and sustainable food policy at EU level. This should allow, amongst others, to give preference to local products in the framework of public procurement”, stated Mr Kompatscher.
On the occasion of his visit, Mr Kompatscher met yesterday the President of the European Parliament, Mr Antonio Tajani, too. They specifically agreed about the necessity to bring the EU closer to the people.



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Flash News - The European Research Council celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The European Research Council (ERC), celebrates the 10th anniversary of its activities in support of European cutting-edge research, considered amongst the best in the world. The ERC is central in Horizon 2020, the EU's main program for Research and Innovation.

To date, the ERC has funded 7,000 research stakeholders, supported more than 50,000 researchers, including six Nobel laureates, and facilitated the presentation of several hundred patent applications for scientific discoveries. The support of the ERC is widely recognized as a symbol of excellence in the scientific community. It is characterized by a highly competitive evaluation process in which winners are selected only on the basis of the scientific excellence of the project within curriculum of the proposing researcher. The achievements of the ERC represent a starting point for growth and employment in Europe, as well as to improve the daily lives of Europeans.

In Italy, the ERC has supported nearly 400 researchers with a total of 600 million euros invested. In Trentino, the University of Trento has received funding from the ERC for 23 projects, ranking fourth nationally.

More information is available here.

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Flash News - “The EU in 2016” – The Commission published the General Report on the activities of the EU implemented in 2016

Yesterday, the European Commission published the 2016 edition of the General Report of the activities of the European Union. The Report complements the White Paper on the future of Europe and covers the most important events and initiatives carried out by the EU throughout 2016.

Those initiatives include, among others, the EU's efforts to boost jobs, growth and investment, as well as those to encourage a deeper and fairer economic monetary union and internal market, with a strengthened industrial base.

Strengthening the EU’s industrial base was a priority in 2016. For example, in April the Commission proposed a set of measures in order to support initiatives for industrial digitization and to encourage investments. Moreover, last June an EU-level Smart Specialization Platform for Industrial Modernization was set up to foster “cooperation between regions, clusters of companies, business networks and industrial partners and to develop ambitious investment projects that can benefit from EU programmes, the Investment Plan for Europe and private funds”.

The report also addresses the EU efforts to provide help for small businesses through several different channels, like the Investment Plan, the COSME program, the EU’s program for small and medium-sized enterprises.
In November the Commission adopted the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative in order to give to the EU entrepreneurs an opportunity to implement their innovative ideas.

On a different note, the General Report also recalls initiatives regarding the European youth, such as the newly launched European Solidarity Corps, and the ambitions behind it. The EU aims to foster new skills, and more jobs for the young, through actions and programs such as Erasmus + and the Youth Guarantee.

In the foreword of the General Report President Juncker stated that "Our ambition now, as the European Union, must not be to adapt to a changing world, but to shape it. Our goal is not only to protect what we have today, but to build a better society for tomorrow.

The publication of the General Report is a Treaty obligation, set out in Article 249(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and it is designed to be highly accessible.

The General Report is available here.


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Report: Step-2-Sport for energy efficiency

On the 21st of February STEP-2-SPORT hosted an event about future funding for energy efficiency of sport buildings.

The report is here.

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Study visit of the schools "Marie Curie" and "Marcelline"

The study visit of students of the Fachoberschule für Tourismus und Biotechnologie „Marie Curie“ Meran and the Instituto „Marcelline“ Bolzano started with visiting the Committee of Regions and was followed by a visit of the Common Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino.
The 45 participating students learnt about the operating ranges of the office and its collaboration with similar regional representations and the European institutions. By now, more than 200 regions are present with a liaison office in the Belgian capital.
In succession, there was also a presentation about “studying and working in the EU”. Several interesting possibilities – Erasmus exchanges, study abroad or employment opportunities in the EU, e. g. – were discussed as well as the recognition of foreign diplomas and degrees.
The study tour was continued by visits of the European Commission and the visitor centre of the European Parliament and then led the students to Strasbourg where they will have an encounter with MEP Herbert Dorfmann and a visit of the European Parliament.

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EU-TIPS: STARTIFY7 project meeting

On 27 February the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento hosted the final meeting of STARTIFY7 project. The project has been implemented by Hub Innovazione Trentino in cooperation with other European partners.

STARTIFY7 is a two-year European project intended to train entrepreneurial students to shape their own startups, and provide them with expert support to lead their ideas to concrete achievements.

The project has witnessed the application of more than 1400 students, and 280 among them were successfully selected to participate in the seven thematic academies, within environments tailored to push them beyond their limits and own expectations. They had the chance to meet like-minded people and form teams, learn about bsuiness development and especially practice entrepreneurship by crossing the frontier, meeting the first customers and building their first working prototypes.

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EU TIPS: SmartSDK project meeting

On 8 and 9 March 2017 the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento hosts a partner meeting of the EU funded SmartSDK projects. The project is implemented by Fondazione Bruno Kessler (www.fbk.eu) and of several partners form Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Mexico.

SmartSDK aims at creating a sustainable FIWARE ecosystem between Europe and Mexico by leveraging on existing FIWARE outcomes and building reference standards for common challenges.

To fulfil this goal, SmartSDK analyses successful FIWARE applications deployed in Europe and derives from these applications a set of FIWARE-based reference service architectures and reference data models to support the agile development of smart solutions for sustainability challenges of today world. In this perspective, SmartSDK will adopt existing Open Standards and Open Source solutions leveraging on results of European and Mexican initiatives based on FIWARE. By “standardizing” these efforts in a reference Software Development Kit (SDK) for smart applications, SmartSDK will foster a long-term collaboration between Europe and Mexico on FIWARE building on shared societal and economical challenges in Europe and Mexico.

The collaboration will promote increased FIWARE adoption in Mexico as ecosystem for developing smart solutions, through the involvement of cities, innovative SMEs and startups. This will insure a wide impact in Mexico and Europe and will support the growth of new FIWARE-based businesses through the direct involvement of a network of around ICT 30 incubators and accelerators with access to more than 1000 ICT Innovative companies and startups and the support of Wayra Mexico (owned by Telefonica), the local branch of the worldwide largest accelerator.

The participation of key FIWARE partners in Europe (TID, CREATE-NET) and Mexico (INFOTEC, ITESM), the support of European startups building on FIWARE technology (HOPU, UBI), and Future Internet researchers from Mexico (CECISE, CENIDET, INAOE) under the experienced guide of R&D consultancy specialist and key promoter of FIWARE internationalization (MARTEL) are a unique asset for ensuring SmartSDK success.

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