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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Flash News - President Juncker presented the White Paper of the European Commisison on the future of Europe

The President of the Europea Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, presented yesterday at the plenary session of the Parliament the "White Paper on the future of Europe." As previously announced in the State of the Union speech 2016, the White Paper  is the Commission's contribution to the debate ahead of the European Summit to be held in Rome on March 25 on the occasion of celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.

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INTEREG FINERPOL Project - Conference in Trento "Investing in energy efficiency: the Italian best practices in the use of financial instruments"

On 2 March 2017, at the Sala Grande of the Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento, an interregional conference will take place on "Investing in energy efficiency: the Italian best practices in the use of financial instruments". The event is organized by Aprie (Provincial Agency for Water Resources and Energy) and the Autonomous Province of Trento in the context of the FINERPOL project - Financial Instruments for Energy Renovation Policies. It will provide the opportunity to showcase and and discuss Italian best practices and concrete cases, both from the private and the public sectors,  of energy renovation of buildings realized with the use of innovative financial instruments.

 

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FINERPOL is a transregional cooperation project co-financed by the INTERREG EUROPE Program with the aim of promoting regional policies for the establishment of financial instruments targeting energy efficiency of and production of rennwable energy by existing buildings.

The event is organized by the Autonomous Province of Trento through APRIE and is an active partner of the project. The event will present initiatives at the local, national and European level, which contribute to an improved access to innovative financial instruments for energy efficiency.

The conference targets key stakeholders from cities, regions and industry, as well as from the financial sector to discuss experiences and opportunities and identify critical success factors for the financing of energy efficiency at the operational level.

It will be possible to follow the morning session in  streaming.

For registration and additional information please visit: www.energia.provincia.tn.it/ricerche_progetti/-progetti_europei_in_corso/pagina26.html 

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EU-TIPS: HIT Guest of the ERRIN I&I Working Group in Brussels on February 22, 2017

On February 22, 2017 the Innovation & investment Working Group (I&IWG) of the ERRIN network – of which the autonomous Province of Trento is a co-leader – met at the Representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino premises. The event started at 14:30.

The purpose of the meeting was to present some of the Commission initiatives in support of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start ups. Representatives of the Commission will gave a detailed account of the Business Coaching scheme for SMEs and the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative.

The meeting also offered the opportunity to learn about the experience of Trentino in supporting start-ups and SMEs through a presentation by Luca Mion, Head of innovation at HIT-Hub Innovazione Trentino.

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Members of the Commission will then gave an update on the priorities for 2017 and for the post-2020 vision of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). Finally, Eurochambres will discussed its experience on I&I in terms of SMEs internationalization. The meeting was also the opportunity to present the I&I WG work program for 2017.

The program of the event is available at this link.

Presentation MEYER

Presentation AYERBE

Presentation MION

Presentation MATTINO'

Presentation VANTYGHEM

 

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Flash News - The High-Level Group on Own Resources Presented its Final Report

On 16 January 2017 the High Level Group on Own Resources (HLGOR) presented the final results of its work. The group – chaired by Mario Monti – was established in 2014 with the aim to study and propose measures to make the EU budget revenue simple, transparent and fair.

The report examines the current system of own resources in depth. The Commission defined such resources as "tax revenue, permanently allocated to the EU to finance its budget, due to it by right without the need for any further decision by the national authorities".

Own resources are currently made up of customs duties, sugar levies, the tax rate levied on the harmonized base of value added tax (VAT) and the rate levy on gross national income (GNI). They represent the main EU financial instrument.

In the report the group stressed the positive aspects of the current system, such as the principle of equilibrium of the EU budget, the centrality of traditional own resources such as customs duties and the rate calculated on the basis of GNI.

However, the group has highlighted some problematic aspects, too. First of all, there has been an increasingly strong resistance from the Member States (MS) to contribute to the EU budget, thus making it urgent for the EU to ensure the development of new means of financing. Secondly, there is not a widespread perception of the added value given by the EU action, value that is added to that which is generated by the action of the individual MS. Finally, there is no unambiguous definition of what EU's own resources are. Oftentimes these resources are perceived as an extra charge for MS, rather than as resources that belong to the EU. 

In response to this situation, the HLGOR elaborated some recommendations:

- A reform of the EU budget is necessary – both on revenue and expenditure side – to address EU priorities and to help solve the challenges citizens face today.

- The EU budget needs to focus on areas bringing the highest ‘European added value’. A reform of own resources would impact the composition of revenue, not the volume of the EU budget. It should not increase the overall fiscal burden for the EU taxpayer.
- A new mix of own resources should be considered, particularly those that would help to implement EU policies. Examples are taxes that relate to the Energy Union, environment, climate and transport policies.
- Revenue other than own resources need also to be explored - for example, auctioning proceeds or other revenue stemming from EU policies (border control, digital single market).
- All correction mechanisms should be abolished.
- The coherence of the EU budget and national budgets within the European Semester should be reviewed, in order to create synergies and minimize the tax burden.
- a certain degree of differentiation should be allowed, notably for the further development of the euro area or for policies under enhanced cooperation.

The conclusions and recommendations of the Panel are not binding for the European Commission. Nonetheless, they are still very important because, along with other contributions and documents, they will form the basis for the discussion and the political negotiations on the next Multi-annual Financial Framework.

Further information on the Group's work and the complete report are available here.
A summary of the report is available here.

 

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Conference: The Contribution of Alpine Regions to the EU Forest Strategy: Sustainable Management and Financing Instruments

On 9 February 2017, the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino hosted a conference on "The Contribution of Alpine Regions to the EU Forest Strategy: Sustainable Management and Financing Instruments". The event aimed at presenting the state of implementation of the New EU Forest Strategy and the future priorities of the Commission ahead of the 2018 mid-term review of the strategy. 

The conference focused on two different aspects. First of all, a geographic and political one. Alpine forests have a positive impact on the socio-economic and environmental well-being of the whole Alpine region. It is of great importance to encourage a debate so that future European policies in the forestry sector acknowledge the unique value and the specificity of forests and of their sustainable management and use in the Alpine Region.

Secondly, a financial aspect was addressed. This was linked to the innovation of the instruments to finance investments in the forestry sector. In this context, the conference aimed to raise awareness among regions on the opportunities offered by the innovative financial instruments set up with the support of the EIB Group. Private investors have shown an increased interest in the forest sector, which falls as well within the scope of EFSI and of the Juncker Plan.

 

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The agenda was structured in two panels and saw the participation of representatives of the European Commission, the EUSALP Action Group 2, the EIF as well as of the administrations of Tyrol, South-Tyrol and Trentino who did a showcase their specific experience in the area of sustainable management of forests

The conference's agenda is available here.

Presentation SEOANE

Presentation GARGANI

Presentation WOLYNSKI

Presentation WALLNER

Presentation UNTERTHINER

 

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Flash News - New Bachelor's Degree in “Comparative, European and International Legal Studies” of the University of Trento

We are pleased to inform you that subject to approval by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Law Faculty of the University of Trento will launch a new Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative, European and International Legal Studies (CEILS) for the 2017-2018 academic year.

CEILS aims to provide high quality teaching under the supervision of leading scholars and academics. Students will be exposed to a variety of methodologies, disciplinary traditions and jurisdictions. The program covers a broad range of fields in a comparative, international and transnational legal perspective.

Students will be offered the opportunity of an international learning experience in a leading Italian Law institution.

More details on CEILS are available at: www.law.unitn.it/ceils.

 

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