Flash News: “Science meets Parliaments”, 2019 edition

The initiative “Science meets Parliaments was launched in September 2015 by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission together with European Parliament’s panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA). The goal is to strengthen the role of science in political processes by promoting a regular dialogue between scientists and policy-makers, in order to encourage an evidence-informed decision-making.

This fourth edition will focus its attention on the great challenges of 21th century and in particular on some current topics:
- the impact of artificial intelligence on our lives;
- the need of building resilient societies in a turbulent world;
- the role of values and social relations for what concerns political behaviour and policy-making.

The agenda also includes the launch of the pilot project called “Science meets Parliaments/Science meets Regions”, which aims to encourage a wider involvement by national and regional authorities and to make local political issues come to light.

The event will take place on February 6th-7th, 2019, at the European Parliament in Bruxelles, in Paul Henri Spaak building (PHS).


For further information, please visit the event page.
Here you can find the event agenda.

Registration here – first day (February 6th, 2019).
Registration here – second day (February 7th, 2019).



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Flash News: the new project “AI4EU” on the matter of artificial intelligence has been launched

On January 10th, 2019, a kick-off meeting took place in Barcelona among the participants to the project “AI4EU”, which was officially launched at the beginning of the new year under the Horizon 2020 programme and the strategy on artificial intelligence (AI) of the European Commission.

AI4EU aims to create an European network able to bring together resources and tools on AI matters and put them at the service of social and economic growth within the European Union.

The starting point consists of eight project-pilots covering as many topics (Citizen, Robotics, Industry, Healthcare, Media, Agricolture, IoT, Cybersecurity): the goal is to demonstrate how the open and collaborative platform about AI which will be set up in the course of 2019 could stimulate scientific research and technological innovation in all sectors. Potential users will be able to access to resources, tools and knowledge and will be given support in order to integrate AI solutions in their processes, products and services.

The project, led by the French company Thales, involves 79 partners from 21 different countries, namely SMEs, large enterprises and research institutes, among which alto the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) is present. According to the grant arrangement signe on December 12th, 2018, AI4EU will receive a total funding of €20 millions over the next 3 years: total public and private investments should reach at least €20 billions by the end of 2020.


For further information, visit the official website of AI4EU.



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European Youth policies, practices and people


Youth Event


After one year from the adoption of the 20 principles contained in the European pillar of social rights, in light of the Resolution recently adopted by the Council on The European Union Youth Strategy 2019-2027 and in the midst of the debate on the next programming period 2021-2027, there is an increasing need for dialogue between institutions, local and regional authorities, associations, citizens and experts active in the field of social policies.

Following the ENSA, General Assembly 2018 about the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at local level held in Sweden-5,6,7/12/18, this event will offer the opportunity to address specifically some of the aspects related to youth policies, such as early school leaving, addiction, bullying, NEET, prevention of youth exclusion. The meeting will focus on the analysis of good practices and examples that address these challenges with integrated approaches and collaborative tools, through projects that have a high potential for transferability.

One of the objectives of this initiative is to enable those who deal with youth policies on a daily basis to meet, discuss and learn from each other. Thus a bottom up approach will help forming two discussions panels thanks to a call for proposals for interventions.

In addition, an interactive poster sessionwill allow promoters of (current, completed or future) projects to illustrate what has been done or planned in different fields of youth policies.

You can register here


8:30 Welcome coffee and registration

9:00 Keynote Speech – Fabienne Metayer

European Commission, Directorate-General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Senior Expert –Team leader for Youth policy

9:20 Regional and Local Strategies and Policies for effective Youth Participation

Alfonso Lara Montero - European Social Network, Chief Executive

An Rommel - Flemish Ministry for Youth Welfare, A Way Home Project Coordinator

Simone Rasetti - Lombardy Region, General Direction for Sport and Youth, General Director

Lorenzo Rampazzo - Veneto Region Social Services, Director Minors, Youth and Social Services'Unit

Georg Horcher - German Institute of Social Economy, Chairman

Moderator: Alfonso Lara Montero

10:30 Networking poster session (coffee will be served)

Magdalena Bauhofer - La Strada – Der Weg Association, Contact person for international voluntary service

Cristina Bolzonella - Association p63 Sindrome EEC international Onlus, Vice president and Legal representative

Brian De Lord - Double Helix London, Director

Oskar Giovanelli - HANDS, Psyochologist and Psychoterapist

Stéphane Leclercq - Feantsa, Direttore & An Rommel - Flemish Ministry for Youth Welfare, A Way Home Project Coordinator

Barbara Maculan - Equality Social Cooperative, President

Lorenzo Rampazzo - Veneto Region Social Services, Director Minors, Youth and Social Services' Unit

Simone Rasetti - Lombardy Region, General Direction for Sport and Youth, General Director


11:15 Projects and Practices: Implementing Youth Inclusion

Brian De Lord - Double Helix London, Director

Barbara Maculan - Equality Social Cooperative, President

Lea Sedlmayr - Bavarian Youth Council, European Youth Policy Officer

Magdalena Bauhofer - La Strada – Der Weg Association, Contact person for international voluntary service

Moderator: Maria Baroni - DG EMPL Unit C1 Social Investment Strategy

12:15 European Youth Forum TBC

12.25 Networking (drinks will be served)

You can download the agenda here.

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EURITAS EU Digital Summit 2018


Euritas, the European Association of public ICT service providers, has hosted on November 28th, 2018,  a conference on European regulations regarding eGovernment in the representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino in Brussels. The conference highlighted the challenges between policy making and technical implementation and provided a platform to discuss how to bridge the gap. Stakeholders of the public sector on European, national and regional level participated.

The European Council, Commission and Parliament have recently launched several regulations to be implemented. These regulations are General Data Protection (GDPR), electronic IDentification, Authentication and trust Services (eIDAS) and the upcoming Single Digital Gateway (SDG). All member states are required to meet the demands of these regulations.

During several panels, representatives of the European Commission, CIOs from national entities and experts from public ICT service providers provided insights on the implementation status of these regulations and the challenges and lessons learned. They discussed for example how to provide cloud services in accordance with the GDPR-requirements, the specific national approaches and status of implementing the eIDAS-regulation and the options of creating a user-centric approach for the Single Digital Gateway.

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H2020 BuildHeat project partners meeting

After a revitalizing feedback received from the EU officers, the H2020 BuildHeat project www.buildheat.eu activities gained new traction and energy to fulfil the technical objectives and deliver the expected impacts in terms of energy efficiency retrofitting actions.

This step was marked in Brussels at the end of the 7th project meeting, held at the Representation office of the Regions Tirol-Alto Adige-Trentino. Project partners gathered for a full-day meeting to report each other upon the status of the technical work related to district automation and control, the tests made for the multi-control inverter validation and the iBIM finalisation. Beyond the outline of the status of the particular heating and cooling solution, a special focus was given to the presentation of the progress made at the demo site as well as to the strategy set for the elaboration of business models aimed at sustaining the future uptake of the solutions developed and the financial models set up to support the retrofitting actions in each demo site.


H2020 BuildHeat Project Partner Meeting


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Family Festival, Trento 3-9 December 2018

The 7th edition of the Family Festival will take place in Trento from 3 to 9 December. This edition deals with “Quality of life and competitiveness of the territory: an international perspective”. This Festival goes beyond regional and national borders to activate debate and an exchange of best practices with other areas within a wider environment: a week of events, meetings and seminars to give voice to national and European family wellness policies. There are different activities for families and children as well; not only political meetings, technical and scientific events, but also shows and workshops for children.

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Flash News: The new European Parliament portal "What Europe does for me" has been launched


In view of the upcoming elections in May, the website "What Europe does for me" was launched yesterday in Strasbourg by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani. The website, created by the EP Research Service, is a multilingual and interactive portal designed to illustrate the impact of the European Union on the lives of citizens. In the words of President Tajani this new website is a tool to "bring Europe closer to citizens".

The site navigation, divided into three main sections - "In my region", "In my life", "In focus", offers clear answers and specific information to better understand what Europe does for EU citizens, regions and territories: through articles, concrete examples and results achieved over time, the benefits and added value of the European project are illustrated, as well as the results of the current legislature and the perspectives for the future.

In the section "In my region", examples of initiatives and programs supported by the European Union are presented at the territorial level: for Trentino, among the many projects financed through the structural funds or directly managed, the TEN (Trentino Ecological Network), Global Schools, BrennerLEC, the Mechatronics and Life Franca projects are included.




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The project "Io Trentino" earned the "Regional Best Practices Award"

The "Io Trentino" project, which the Autonomous Province of Trento is working on, earned the "Regional Best Practices Award" which is promoted by the United Regions Organization - Forum of Regional Governments and Global Associations of Regions (ORU Fogar) and the United Nations - United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The delivery ceremony was held in Rabat, Morocco, on Tuesday 23 October. The candidacy was presented in May by the Province Personnel Service. With the "Io Trentino" project, after a first phase of experimentation, a digital services platform is being planned; The aim is to reach citizens more effectively and faster and thus make their relationship with the public administration easier. Currently, a territorial database and a web platform are being planned, which will allow the citizens to receive notices, opportunities and communications of interest to them on digital channels.



The 'Regional Best Practices Award', this year at its third edition, is dedicated to the five best worldwide practices carried out by regional authorities or federated states, aimed at improving the quality of services provided to citizens.

The five winning projects will be advertised as best practices through the United Nations' communication networks and channels.
ORU Fogar is an international organization that gathers regional authorities from around the world and represents their interests towards other international organizations to promote a global policy for sustainable development and territorial cohesion.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is a United Nations program that promotes sustainable development and fosters the exchange of knowledge, experience and resources in line with the UN objectives.




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EU-TIPS: Sports Festival kicks off on 11-14 October 2018 in Trento

The first edition of the Festival dello Sport (Sports Festival) will take place in Trento from the 11th to the 14th October 2018. This event is organised by La Gazzetta dello Sport together with Trentino Marketing and supported by the Italian Olympic (CONI) and Paralympic Committee. It represents a unique chance for fans and sports enthusiasts to meet their idols and enter into contact with a vast array of different activities. Over 60 activities and events have been organised in 15 locations and in 5 squares of the city of Trento.

This four-day event will consist of outdoor and indoor activities: seminars, interviews, and debates designed to meet athletes, coaches, experts, and institutional figures. All speakers are deeply involved with different kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, volleyball, sailing, Formula 1, Moto GP, tennis, and golf. Moreover, sport camps and book signings will be organized as well.
The 2018 Sports Festival will be focused on the broad theme of “the record”: break a record is one of the biggest dreams of any athlete representing also glory, happiness, and fame. These athletes will become idols having the responsibility of being a good example for younger generations.

During the festival, Trentino Sviluppo will devote a special attention to startups and entrepreneurship. It will organise “Trentino Sport Tech Arena” where start-ups of Trentino Sviluppo “Spin Accelerator Program” will present innovative ideas through conversations on the future of sport, Sport Tech, and Sport Technology.

More information and the detailed programme of the festival are available here.

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Flash News: The European Week of Regions and Cities 2018 is about to start

The 16th edition the European week of Regions and Cities will take place in Brussels from 8 to 11 October. This event is co-organised by the European Committee of the Regions and the DG for Regional Policy of the European Commission. It is designed for regional and local government officials, academics and experts to share best practices and technical competences in the field of regional and urban development. More than 6,000 participants and 600 speakers will take part in more than 150 activities.

The Representation of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino will participate in one of the sessions on the future challenges that have to be addressed in a coordinated and innovative way by regions and cities. On Tuesday 9 October, this workshop entitled “Addressing the challenges of the 21st century through innovative measures” will analyse best practices and successful projects linked to circular economy and digital transformation.

Moreover, the autonomous Province of Trento has been involved in several events.
Paolo Gregori, Director of the PROM Facility at Trentino Sviluppo, will speak in the panel “Industrial Research Infrastructures: the role of the regions to support industry access” on Wednesday 10 October. This workshop aims to highlight examples of Industrial Research Infrastructures. The discussion will focus on how to make regional and cross-regional stakeholders accessible and visible and on the link between industrial needs and policy planning for growth.

On the same day, Sara Verones (APRIE) will moderate a working group during the session “The clean energy transition seen from the local perspective” devoted to understand how local authorities and stakeholders can plan the upcoming clean energy transition accounting for the economical, technical and social challenges of the territory. Participants will analyse concrete cases, challenges, and opportunities.

Alongside this, in the framework of the OSIRIS project, the autonomous Province of Trento has been involved in the organization of the panel discussion “An Innovation Loop to enhance Open and Social Research and Innovation projects”. Not only aims this project to improve the performances of European regional policy funds management tools, but it also creates regional innovation ecosystems by sharing good practices and upgrading co-creative processes within the public administration.

Finally, the FabLabNet project will be presented in an event organised by Interreg Central Europe. The objective of this European project led by MUSE is to contribute to the development of a new manufacturing model through transnational actions in order to connect technological SMEs, schools, research centres, and museums.




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The European Large Family Card has been presented in Brussels

Around sixty million Europeans live in large families, with three or more children.

On 26 September the Autonomous Province of Trento and the European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC) have organized, with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee, an event dedicated to the presentation of two new European family-friendly initiatives: The European Large Family Card and The European Network of Family-Friendly Municipalities.

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Flash News: Juncker's state of the union speech 2018

On Wednesday 12 September 2018, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, delivered his State of the Union Address at the European Parliament. In the speech the priorities for the year ahead were presented. This year's speech comes ahead of the 2019 European elections and of the EU summit that will be held in Sibiu in May 2019.

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EU-TIPS: 5G-CARMEN, a digital corridor for the mobility of the future

The aim of the project 5G-CARMEN (5G for Connected and Automated Road Mobility in the European Union) is to design and develop a 5G digital corridor that will be applied on European roads in the future. The project, that will be coordinated by the Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) of Trento, just obtained a total financing of 18,5 million euros: 14,9 from the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme and 3,6 from the industrial partners of the project.

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Crowdfunding South Tyrol as a showcase project at Harvard University

Harvard Business School

The lvh (Wirtschaftsverband Handwerk und Dienstleister in Südtirol / Association of handicraft service providers in South Tyrol) has recently embarked on a special journey. It went to Harvard University, where the Internet platform Open Innovation & Crowdfunding South Tyrol was presented as a regional showcase project. Harvard is one of the best-known American universities where Barack Obama or Bill Gates also studied.

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The ecosystem of research and innovation of Trentino at the 2018 WIRE conference

The Trentino research and innovation system had a prominent role in Innsbruck at WIRE, the European conference of innovative regions that took place from the 4th to the 6th of July 2018.
Trentino was represented by the prototyping Mechatronics Laboratory ProM Facility and by the Contamination lab of the University of Trento.

Within the WIRE conference, the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (DG RTD) choose to present as best practices the experiences of innovation and promotion of entrepreneurial culture represented by the ProM Facility of Rovereto and by the Contamination Lab of the Trento University.

As a confirmation of the fact that Trentino is one of the most innovative territories in Europe, upon the proposal by the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento, the DG RTD selected the Trentino research and innovation system as a territorial best practice to be presented at the WIRE conference.

The 2018 WIRE conference, that throughout the years has become a European platform of reference for policy makers, experts in regional innovation, local and national authorities, knowledge centers and private enterprises, will look into three smart choices for regional ecosystems of innovation: Science & Research, Entrepreneurship and Connectivity. The strengthening of these three areas will also favor a better exchange of good practices and opinions for the drafting of the future European funding programmes.

The EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento, in coordination with the Knowledge Department of the Autonomous Province of Trento and with the support of local stakeholders, proposed to the WIRE steering committee different experiences connected to the three aforementioned areas. Two of those were selected: the ProM Facility and the Contamination Lab.

The result of collaboration between Trentino Sviluppo, Fondazione Bruno Kessler and the University of Trento, ProM Facility provides businesses in the mechatronics industry an integrated platform for the design, development, implementation, verification and validation of systems and manufacturing processes. At WIRE ProM Facility was presented by Paolo Gregori, the Director, within a session co-organized by the ERRIN Network titled “Cooperation between regional innovation ecosystems: inspiration from Alpine Regions”.

Contamination Lab was presented by Roberto Napoli, from the University of Trento. Contamination lab, that is managed by the University of Trento in partnership with HIT-Hub Innovazione Trentino, has two main aims: complementing the traditional training activities provided to students with knowledge transfer regarding innovation and entrepreneurial culture, and promoting new successful businesses based on real cases and new industry requirements.

Conference programme

Agenda Hosted by Session - ERRIN

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Event: Cultural heritage of war to be rediscovered

On the 3rd of July 2018, as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network) and the common Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino in Brussels, organized in Brussels two events dedicated to the promotion of cultural heritage connected to the two world wars.

In the morning the event “The Road from War to Peace, More Democracy and European Integration. War Architecture, Sites and Memories as Part of European Heritage and History” took place at the House of European History. The conference, organized by ERRIN with the support, among others, of the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento, tackled the socio-cultural and educational aspects connected to memories and war sites. In particular, it analyzed their contribution to the construction of a common European identity. The initiative was also an opportunity to present and share good practices of enhancement of cultural heritage at the regional level.



The moderator of the panel and of the discussion has been Luisa Chiodi, director of the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa of Trento.

During the event Chiodi also presented the European project meSch (Material Encounters with digital Cultural Heritage), that has seen the participation of the Italian War History Museum of Rovereto. The goal of the project was to enable museum curators to offer visitors new experiences through the interaction with smart objects.

In the afternoon the workshop “The cultural heritage of war in contemporary Europe: EU programmes and European cooperation” took place at the premises of the Representation of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino. During the workshop, representatives of the European Commission gave an overview of those EU programmes relevant for the support and enhancement of cultural heritage. In addition, the speakers also provided interesting examples of projects already financed. Subsequently, based on the suggestions offered by the speakers, the participants had the chance to exchange experience, to network and to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration.

Conference agenda

Workshop agenda

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PowerPoint Presentation Europe for Citizens

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Conference 'The Road from War to Peace, More Democracy and European Integration. War Architecture, Sites and Memories as Part of European Heritage and History'

On 3 July the ERRIN network and the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino will organise in Brussels two events dedicated to the enhancement of the World Wars cultural heritage, on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

During the morning the event organised by ERRIN in collaboration with the Liaison Office of the Province of Trento and other members will take place at the House of European History. The title of the event is “The Road from War to Peace, More Democracy and European Integration. War Architecture, Sites and Memories as Part of European Heritage and History”. The event will address political as well as educational aspects of memories and memorial sites and explore the role of war memories for our common European History and European Identity. It will be an occasion to present and exchange good practices to enhance the cultural heritage at regional level. The Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra of Rovereto will take part to the event.

The moderator of the panels will be Luisa Chiodi, director of “Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa” of Trento.

In the afternoon, at the Office of the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino it will be organised the workshop “The Cultural Heritage of War in Contemporary Europe: EU Programmes and European Cooperation”. The event is part of the common agenda of the Representation. The representatives of the European Commission will provide an overview of the relevant European financing programmes with regard to the support and enhancement of cultural heritage and will present some examples of previously funded projects. The participants will then have the opportunity to exchange experiences, network and discuss potential collaborations.

Conference agenda

Workshop agenda

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