The Sophie Scholl Language High School on a study trip in the European capital

 

From 21st to 24th March, the Sophie Scholl Language High School in Trento organized a trip to the European capital, in collaboration with the EU Liaison Office in Brussels of the Autonomous Province of Trento.

On the first day the group of students visited the European Parliament, deepening the understanding of the functioning of this institution and the stages of the process of European unification. At the headquarters of the Representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino a meeting with MEP Herbert Dorfmann was organized: he described his work as a MEP, whereas Valeria Liverini, director of the PAT office presented the role and activities promoted by the Office.

 

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Considering the group's studies, the program was enriched with a presentation of the work experience of Margherita Franch, currently employed at the European Commission in the DG Translation. The day ended with a lecture by Giuliano Castellan, an EU Council official who focused his presentation on the institutional architecture and decision-making processes of the European Union.

On the second day several visits are planned, including the European Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the European Commission.

 

 

 

 

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EU-TIPS: Joint meeting with the stakeholders

 

From transport to student exchanges, from agriculture to trade, from culture to health care; many things of everyday life are decided at the European level. For this reason, it is important to be present in the very centre of the European Union where major decisions are adopted.

The Autonomous Province of Trento has had a liaison office with the European institutions in Brussels since 1995. Yesterday, the office took stock of what has been achieved in the previous years, while discussing the challenges for the next European programming period starting from 2021. Invited guests included representatives of the Province of Trento and relevant stakeholders such as FBK, FEM, HIT, Trentino Sviluppo, Federazione della Cooperazione, Università, Associazione Artigiani, Consorzio dei Comuni, Camera di Commercio and ConfServizi-Cispel Trentino Alto Adige.

 

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The president of the Province Ugo Rossi stressed the necessity to further enhance the effort of the Brussels Office. “We have to raise awareness on the importance of this activity and improve the exchange of experience among all actors involved.” Rossi therefore suggested to implement a system of report that would help to better understand the meaning of commitment at the European level. He called it a sort of “return” that will contribute to counter the negative perception of Europe that many citizens have. Rossi maintained “During the previous years, an important change has occurred because we were used to consider the European resources as something additional. Now, we are obligated to think about them as integral parts of the provincial budget.” According to Rossi this is no minor change. It is therefore necessary to strengthen the programming and coordination tools, avoiding fragmentation to maximize the use of communitarian resources. Rossi concluded: “We must all undertake additional efforts to improve the logic and effectiveness of the system as well as improve our project skills.

The current European budget amounts to approx. EUR 964 billion, corresponding to approx. 1% of the total GDP of the 28 Member States and only approx. 2% of the European Union public expenditure. The exit of the United Kingdom will certainly have an impact on the total amount of the available finances by 2021. In the current budget framework, the Province of Trento benefits from European funding of the structural funds, corresponding approximately to 2.7% of the provincial budget. “During the period 2014-2017, Trentino, a land historically in favour of research and innovation, delivered an impressive performance on the framework program for research and innovation Horizon 2020” - recalled Valeria Liverini, director of the Brussels Office. In September 2017, the funding obtained by provincial stakeholders amounted to approximately EUR 66 million. The success rate of the stakeholders is in line with the European average. Liverini concluded: “The next post 2020 European Programming will put more emphasis on direct management programs with particular attention to the development of synergies between the structural funds and the thematic programs directly managed by the Commission.”

To support this activity, the Brussels Office has undergone a complete change in the last years, becoming a real “hub” not only for the offices of “Gruppo Provincia” but also for the several local stakeholders, for which it offers a series of specialised services.

 

 

 

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EU-TIPS: ESPRESSO project meeting 2018

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 06th February 2018. It is an operative meeting where the project’s partners will prepare for the review meeting. In an effort to leverage the promise of a system approach, ESPRESSO (Espresso – systEmic standardisation apPRoach to Empower Smart citieS and cOmmunities) will focus on the development of a conceptual Smart City Information Framework based on open standards. This framework will consist of a Smart City platform and a number of data provision and processing services to integrate relevant data, workflows, and processes. Based on a detailed requirements-engineering campaign executed in close cooperation with cities, standardisation organizations, administrative bodies, and private industry, the project will identify open standards matching the elicited requirements and will establish a baseline for interoperability between the various sectorial data sources and the Smart City enterprise application platform. ESPRESSO’s approach emphasizes cost reduction and will foster an open market for many actors, avoiding lock-in to proprietary solutions. European Smart City solutions that adopt these prescripts will be raised to the forefront worldwide.

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EU-TIPS: Pre-review meeting H2020 UNCAP Project

UNCAP delivers a platform based on open industrial standards able to create new care & assistance paradigms. The result will be an open source, scalable and privacy-savvy ecosystem ready to help aging people live independently

UNCAP (“Ubiquitous iNteroperable Care for Ageing People “) will make use of solutions and technologies developed in previous research projects to develop an open, scalable and privacy-savvy ICT infrastructure designed to help aging people live independently while maintaining and improving their lifestyle. The final solution will consist of real products that will be made available on the market.

Click here to visit the project website

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EU-TIPS: PIE NEWS project mid-term review meeting

On 16th January the Representation of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino hosted the H2020 PIE News project meeting. This initiative is promoted in the framework of EU-TIPS as part of the collaboration between the University of Trento and the Brussels EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento.

The PIE News project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant.

Click here to access the project website

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**Smart freight pricing for sensitive areas – a proposal from Alpine regions**

On behalf of the iMONITRAF! Network we invite you to the political roundtable discussion “Smart freight pricing for sensitive areas – a proposal from Alpine regions” taking place on 23 January 2018 at 18:30 at the Representation of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino in Brussels.

Please register by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For more information, please check the Flyer.

 

 

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EU-TIPS: Study visit in Brussels on digital innovation for an FBK delegation

On 12-13 December 2017 the EU Liaison Office of the autonomous province of Trento organised a study visit in Brussels for a delegation of Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK), in order to discover funding opportunities and other EU initiatives on digital innovation in the industrial sector. The agenda included several meetings with representatives of the Commission, mainly DG Research and DG Cnect, and European association active in the field of advanced manufacturing.  

 

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A group of twenty young people from the Association Social Catena on a visit to the European institutions

From December 4th to 6th a group of twenty young people from the Association “Social Catena” organized, in collaboration with the Office for Relations with the European Union in Brussels, a trip to the European capital. The group, active on the “destra Adige” territory, participates in a project on Europe developed in collaboration with the Caucasus-Transeuropa Balkan Observatory and co-funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento.
The project consists of a series of meetings designed to offer the participants a deepening of the understanding of various European issues, from the history of the EU, to the European economy, to populism, and concluded with visits to the European institutions.

 

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The study trip organized in Brussels also allowed a deepening of the understanding of the institutional architecture and of the European decision-making processes thanks to a meeting with Valeria Liverini, Director of the PAT Office. An overview of EU funding opportunities was presented by Emiliano Corà, a policy officer at the Office, while Gabriele Bertolli from the European Commission, DG CNECT, outlined the role of the Commission with a focus on media policies.


The visit ended with a meeting with the MEP Herbert Dorfmann who explained to the participants the work he carries out in the European Parliament, focusing his intervention on the importance of the regional and interregional dimension in the European context.

 

 

 

EU-TIPS: a delegation of young cooperators from Trentino on a visit to Brussels

The study visit to the European Institutions of the delegation of the Young Cooperators Association of the Trentino Federation of Cooperation took place from 29 November to 1 December in Brussels. The visit is part of the activities of EU-TIPS, the collaboration platform between the Province and the stakeholders of the territory interested in getting to know and taking part in the various initiatives of the European Union. The participation of the Trentino Federation of Cooperation in EU-TIPS was formalized by the protocol of understanding signed between the Province and the Federation on 9 June.


As part of the visit, organized with the support of the EU Brussels liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento, the delegation met with representatives of the Commission and various European thematic networks. Among them, Alfonso Aliberti of the European Youth Forum presented the lobbying and advocacy activities of the network in favor of youth organizations, focusing on the opportunities offered by the programs Erasmus+ and Erasmus for young entrepreneurs. Louis Cousin, of Cooperatives Europe, illustrated several initiatives aimed at promoting the cooperative entrepreneurial model at European level, finally focusing on the launch of the European Young Cooperators Network.

 

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As far as European policies are concerned, the group met Elena Panichi of the European Commission, DG AGRI who, in light of the recent approval of the new European regulation, spoke about organic crops and their labeling and certification. Always remaining in the agricultural sector, Kahtrin Rudolf, DG AGRI, focused on the Common Agricultural Policy and measures to support rural development, underlining the challenges that this policy must face: from the sustainability of production, to globalization, from the diversity of markets, the need to focus on modern agriculture based on research and innovation.
The meeting with representatives of the Confcooperative Office- Trentino Federation of Cooperation concluded the intense program of visits in Brussels.

 

 

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EU-TIPS: Trentino SPIN Lab, the first European sport tech acceleration program

Trentino SPIN Lab: the first European sport tech acceleration program, was launched by Trentino Sviluppo and HYPE-Sports Innovation on 17 nove,ber. Applications are open until 22 December.

Four partners, three continents, one priority: to support the most innovative business ideas within the sports sector. This is the aim of Trentino SPIN Lab, the first sport tech acceleration program within the European Union. Born from the collaboration between Trentino Sviluppo, University of Trento and HYPE-Sports Innovation, the hub is located in the Italian city of Rovereto and teams up with a wide range of world-famous sports institutions. The program is dedicated to passionate entrepreneurs who want to validate their innovative sport tech ideas and transform them in real business.

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Advanced Manufacturing: Trentino joins the Vanguard Initiative

Vanguard Political leaders gathered for high-level discussions with Antoine KASEL, member of the JUNCKER CABINET and high-level representatives from EU Institutions. They announced the signature of the first Memorandum of Understanding between Vanguard Regions and called the EU to join the effort. The meeting provided as well the occasion to ratify the inclusion of the Trentino into the Network.

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EU-TIPS: ERRIN project development week 2017

From 20 to 24 November 2017 it was held in Brussels the Project Development Week organized by the ERRIN network (European Regions for Research and Innovation Network), which the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento contributed to organize in cooperation with several other European regions. In fact, in light of the publication of the work programme 2018-2020 of the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020) partner regions and ERRIN scretariat considered important to create opportunities for local stakeholder to build internation partnerships aimed to submit well structured project proposals.

Over the 5-days event several thematic workshops have been held focusing on Horizon 2020 funding priorities. Within each workshop representatives of the Commission and other experts introduced the call for proposals for the 2018-2020 period and contributed to clarify their aim and extent. Simultaneously over 50 roundtables have been set to discuss concrete project ideas preselected by the organizers. In total, over 200 stakeholders took part to the roudtables. This allow participants to exchange information and expertise and to jointly build collaborative project proposals.

Among Trentino's stakeholders representative of the University of Trento, of Bruno Kessler Foundation and of the public administration took part in the event presenting project ideas. 

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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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