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



Europe Direct Trentino brings to Brussels the winners of the "Europe 2019 - towards the european elections. Citizens, let's talk about that" project

Four citizens from Trentino have just spent three very intense and instructive days in Brussels. The study trip, organized by Europe Direct Trentino, was the prize for the project “Europe 2019 – towards the european elections. Citizens, let’s talk about that”.

The group was given a comprehensive overview of the european Institutions, through visits and meetings at the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. The reference point has always been the common Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino in Brussels.

Trento’s policy officers in Brussels introduced the organization and activities of the office to the participants. They got to know how the office is supporting the stakeholders from Trentino and the Province departments in their european activities.
Mr Gabriele Bertolli, an EU Commission officer from Trentino working in DG CONNECT, gave a presentation on how the Commission is supporting the distribution of european movies all across Europe and over the world.


Gruppo Europe Direct ottobre 2019

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Artisans Association of Trento supports the project “Alpeuregio Summer School” in Brussels

On September 16th, the Artisans Association of Trento hosted the “Alpeuregio Summer School 2019” final meeting. Ten young participants received a check covering the fee of the project by President Segatta and the two vice-Presidents Nicola Svaizer and Stefano Debortoli.

Both the director of the Association Nicola Berardi and the director of the Division for European Affairs of the Autonomous Province of Trento Michele Michelini participated in the event. Mr. Michelini expressed his satisfaction with the precious contribution of the association.

The project, which is jointly promoted by the Autonomous Province ofTrento, the Autonomous Province of Bozen and the Land Tyrol, provided the students with the possibility to enjoy an educational experience in the heart of the European Institutions, by deepening their knowledge of the functioning and the priorities of the EU.



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