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.





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.

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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.

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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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