The ERASMUS program celebrates 30 years

  • 25 January 2017

One of the projects that, for Europeans, is more the true ideals of a united Europe, this year celebrates 30 years.

Born in 1987 the European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS) in 2014 is declined in version Erasmus + for education, training, youth and sport.

The objectives are to reduce unemployment, especially among young people – Promoting adult learning – Encourage young people to participate in European democracy – Supporting innovation and cooperation – reduce early school leaving – To promote cooperation and mobility between the EU partner countries

The project is named after the philosopher and Dutch Renaissance humanist scholar (Erasmus of Rotterdam) who traveled throughout Europe for several years to understand the different cultures. The program benefited millions of young people, at first only university, also secondary school today.

The study abroad period should last for a period of at least three months, an internship for at least two months, all in another EU country. The maximum duration of an academic year, which must be recognized, to return from their University of origin.

To share knowledge with other young people and people of all ages, to learn about the institutions and organizations of other countries. To open up new job prospects and study.

Participating in the program 4,000 higher education institutions in 33 European countries, plus the external partner countries.

In the course of 2017, to celebrate the anniversary of 30 years, will be held events across Europe: conferences, forums, dialogues, parties, debates and exhibitions. These events may be organized on the basis of local initiatives and will contribute to the dissemination and promotion of the opportunities offered by the Erasmus + program.

Antonio Tajani elected President of the European Parliament

  • 17 January 2017

After a very long day of ballots the center-right MEP Antonio Tajani was elected Tuesday, January 17, 2017 President of the European Parliament with 351 votes.

Tajani, Vice-President of the EPP group acheter viagra and ex Commissioner for Transport and industry, happens at german Martin Schulz. The election of Tajani seals the control of the European institutions by of the Popular, already at the

European Lead Factory, Pharmaceutical Research and SMEs

  • 10 January 2017

The European Lead Factory is a pan-European platform that aims to accelerate the development of innovative medicines (especially in areas where there is a real need, like, for example, dementia and antibiotic resistance) with a unique collaboration between researchers in the world, pharmaceutical industry and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Currently in the European Lead Factory database of 500,000 chemical compounds we were introduced, produced by pharmaceutical companies, ready to be tested as experimental drugs.

The platform also performs the so-called ‘sieve’ of these chemicals, a key step to produce effective drugs. This has allowed, in three and a half years, to identify 70 potential active ingredients that could become drugs intended to be then given to patients.

Bridging the gap between academic research and the pharmaceutical industry has been possible to propose potential drugs in the field of

First call ENI CBC MED on Cross- border Cooperation in the Mediterranean

  • 30 December 2016

nuevo hosting y servidores en Chile The first call for standard projects of the ENI CBC Med Programme, which Sardinia is managing authority, was approved by the representatives of the participating countries. The ban total value is 84.6 million euro.

This formal step will allow the operational start of a new cycle of cooperation and collaboration between the euro-Mediterranean actors. The definition of the call, which will be launched in 2017 after the signing of the financing agreements between the European Commission and the six countries of the Southern Mediterranean, was accompanied in the previous months also by public meetings in the 13 participating countries to promote the program and the awareness of the opportunities offered by this important operational tool.

With a total amount of resources amounting to 209 million euro, the program will finance cooperation projects implemented by partnerships that include at least three countries of the euro-Mediterranean area to support the development of businesses and SMEs, innovation and technology transfer, social inclusion and the major challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability.

The ENI CBC MED program pursues equitable, sustainable and inclusive economic, social and territorial cohesion in the region by funding cross-border projects on issues common to several countries sharing a land or sea border or bordering on the same sea basin. The program has two overall objectives: promoting economic and social development and address common environmental challenges

The first call for proposals addresses the four thematic objectives identified in the program and related investment priorities:

A.1 – Development of Enterprises and SMEs

1.1: to support innovative start-ups and recently start-up businesses, with particular attention to those run by women and young people, and protection of their intellectual property and marketing;

1.2: strengthen and support networks, clusters, consortia and euro-Mediterranean chains in the traditional sectors (agro-food, tourism, textiles, clothing, etc.) And non-traditional (innovative ideas for sustainable urban development, eco-housing, clean sustainable technologies also related to water management, renewable energy, creative industries, etc.).

1.3: encouraging sustainable tourism and actions to diversify the offer in new segments and niches.

A.2 – Support to education, research, development and technological innovation

2.1: support the transfer and commercialization of technologies and research results, strengthening the link between research, industry and other private sector actors.

2.2: support SMEs in research and innovation, including through the clustering

A.3 – Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty

3.1: provide skills that the labour market for the young, especially the NEET, and women

3.2: to support social economy and solidarity, also improving the skills and cooperation with the government for the supply of services.

B.4 – environmental protection, adaptation and mitigation of climate change

4.1: support innovative and technological solutions to improve efficiency in water management and encourage the use of non-conventional water supply methods.

4.2: reduce the production of waste in the cities, promote recycling and its optimum exploitation, especially of its organic part

4.3: renewable energy and energy efficiency – to support the energy upgrading of buildings, specifically those public

4.4: Integrated Coastal Zone Management – incorporating an approach to ecosystem-based management in the local development plan, improving intra-regional coordination among various stakeholders.

Each project must address one thematic objective and one investment priority. The projects must have a demonstrative and innovative character, and therefore should provide for pilot projects and testing. They should aim also to cooperation between people in order to strengthen the active participation of civil society, and for building the capacity of the institutional sphere to promote the role of public authorities in the development of local economies.

The budget available for the call is EUR 84,668,413.86. The EU contribution must be between 1 million and 3 million euro and the co-financing will cover a maximum of 90% of the total eligible costs.

They can present the public and private bodies established candidates in the participating countries (Cyprus, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine and some regions of the following countries: Egypt, France, Greece, Italy (Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Liguria, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily , Tuscany), Jordan, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia).

Projects must involve at least three countries of which at least one EU country and at least one partner country. The project duration must be between 24 and 36 months.Il primo bando per progetti standard del Programma ENI CBC Med, del quale la Sardegna è autorità di gestione, è stato approvato dai rappresentanti dei paesi partecipanti. Il valore complessivo è di 84,6 milioni di euro. Il bando

Questo passaggio formale consentirà l’avvio operativo di un nuovo ciclo di cooperazione e collaborazione tra gli attori euro-mediterranei. La definizione del bando, che potrà essere lanciato nel 2017 dopo la sottoscrizione degli accordi di finanziamento tra la Commissione europea e i sei paesi del Sud del Mediterraneo, è stata accompagnata nei mesi precedenti anche da incontri pubblici nei tredici Paesi partecipanti per promuovere il Programma e la consapevolezza delle opportunità offerte da questo importante strumento operativo.
Con un ammontare complessivo di risorse pari a 209 milioni di euro, il programma finanzierà progetti di cooperazione realizzati da partenariati che includono almeno tre paesi dello spazio levitra free trial euro-mediterraneo per il supporto allo sviluppo delle imprese e delle Pmi, l’innovazione e il trasferimento tecnologico, l’inclusione sociale e le grandi sfide legate al cambiamento climatico e alla sostenibilità ambientale.

Il programma ENI CBC MED persegue uno sviluppo equo, sostenibile ed inclusivo a livello economico, sociale e territoriale nella regione, finanziando progetti transfrontalieri su tematiche comuni a più paesi che condividono una frontiera terrestre o marittima, o che si affacciano sullo stesso bacino marittimo. Il programma si pone due obiettivi generali: promuovere lo sviluppo economico e sociale ed affrontare sfide ambientali comuni.

Il primo bando affronta i quattro obiettivi tematici individuati dal programma e le relative priorità d’investimento:

A.1 – Sviluppo delle imprese e delle PMI

1.1: sostenere le start-up innovative e alle imprese di recente avvio, con attenzione particolare per quelle gestite da donne e giovani, e protezione della loro proprietà intellettuale e commercializzazione;

1.2: rafforzare e sostenere network, cluster, consorzi e filiere euro-mediterranee nei settori tradizionali (agro-food, turismo, tessile, abbigliamento, ecc.) e non tradizionali (idee innovative di sviluppo urbano sostenibile, eco-housing, tecnologie sostenibili pulite anche legate alla gestione dell’acqua, energie rinnovabili, industrie creative, ecc.)

1.3: incoraggiare il turismo sostenibile e azioni volte a diversificarne l’offerta in nuovi segmenti e nicchie.

A.2 – Sostegno a educazione, ricerca, sviluppo e innovazione tecnologica

2.1: sostenere il trasferimento e la commercializzazione di tecnologie e risultati di ricerca, rafforzando il legame tra ricerca, industria e altri attori del settore privato.

2.2: sostenere le PMI nell’accesso alla ricerca e innovazione, anche attraverso il clustering

A.3 – Promozione dell’inclusione sociale e lotta alla povertà

3.1: fornire competenze spendibili nel mercato del lavoro ai giovani, specialmente ai NEET, e alle donne

3.2: sostenere attori dell’economia sociale e solidale, anche migliorandone le capacità e la cooperazione con la pubblica amministrazione per la fornitura di servizi.

B.4 – Protezione ambientale, adattamento e mitigazione dei cambiamenti climatici

4.1: sostenere soluzioni innovative e tecnologiche per migliorare l’efficienza nella gestione dell’acqua e incoraggiare l’utilizzo di metodi di approvvigionamento d’acqua non convenzionali.

4.2: ridurre la produzione di rifiuti nelle città, promuovere la raccolta differenziata e il suo sfruttamento ottimale, soprattutto della sua parte organica

4.3: energie rinnovabili ed efficienza energetica – sostenere la riqualificazione energetica di edifici, nello specifico quelli pubblici

4.4: gestione integrata delle zone costiere – incorporare un approccio alla gestione basata sull’ecosistema nel piano di sviluppo locale, migliorando la coordinazione intra-territoriale tra diversi stakeholder.

Ogni progetto deve rivolgersi a un solo obiettivo tematico e una sola priorità d’investimento. I progetti devono avere un carattere dimostrativo e innovativo, e dunque devono prevedere azioni pilota e di testing. Devono mirare inoltre a una cooperazione tra persone, al fine di rafforzare la partecipazione attiva della società civile, e allo sviluppo delle capacità della sfera istituzionale per favorire il ruolo delle autorità pubbliche nello sviluppo delle economie locali.

Il budget a disposizione della call è di 84.668.413,86 euro. Il contributo UE deve essere compreso tra 1 milione e 3 milioni di euro e il co-finanziamento coprirà al massimo il 90% dei costi totali eleggibili.

Possono presentare le candidature enti pubblici e privati stabiliti nei paesi partecipanti (Cipro, Libano, Malta, Palestina e alcune regioni dei seguenti paesi: Egitto, Francia, Grecia, Italia (Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Liguria, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana), Giordania, Portogallo, Spagna, Tunisia).

I progetti devono coinvolgere almeno 3 paesi di cui almeno uno Stato UE e almeno un paese partner. La durata del progetto deve essere compresa tra 24 e 36 mesi.


 Le premier appel à projets standards du Programme Med CBC ENI, qui Sardaigne est l’autorité de gestion, a été approuvé par les représentants des pays participants. La valeur totale du call est de 84,6 millions d’euros.

Cette étape formelle permettra le lancement opérationnel d’un nouveau cycle de coopération et de collaboration entre les acteurs de la zone euro-méditerranéenne. La définition de l’appel, qui sera lancé en 2017 après la signature des conventions de financement entre la Commission européenne et les six pays de la Méditerranée du Sud, a été accompagné dans les mois précédents aussi par des réunions publiques dans les 13 pays participants de promouvoir le programme et le mieux connaître les possibilités offertes par cet outil opérationnel important.

Avec un montant total des ressources d’un montant à 209 millions d’euros, le programme financera des projets de coopération mis en œuvre par des partenariats qui comprennent au moins trois pays de la zone euro-méditerranéenne pour soutenir le développement des entreprises et des PME, l’innovation et le transfert de technologie , l’inclusion sociale et les grands défis du changement climatique et la durabilité environnementale.

Le programme ENI CBC MED poursuit la cohésion économique, sociale et territoriale équitable, durable et inclusive dans la région en finançant des projets transfrontaliers sur des questions communes à plusieurs pays partageant une frontière terrestre ou maritime ou en bordure sur le même bassin maritime. Le programme a deux objectifs: la promotion du développement économique et social et l’adresse des défis environnementaux communs

Le premier appel à propositions porte sur les quatre objectifs thématiques identifiés dans le programme et les priorités d’investissement connexes:

A.1 – Développement des entreprises et des PME

1.1: pour soutenir les start-ups innovantes et récemment entreprises de démarrage, avec une attention particulière à celles qui sont dirigées par des femmes et des jeunes, et la protection de leur propriété intellectuelle et de la commercialisation;

1.2: renforcer et réseaux de soutien, les clusters, les consortiums et les chaînes d’euro-méditerranéenne dans les secteurs traditionnels (agro-alimentaire,

Rome Investment Forum – 17 December 2016

  • 20 December 2016

Results and prospects of the Juncker Plan were discussed during the second session of the Rome Investment Forum 2016, sponsored by FEFAB, dedicated to finance for the development of innovation and infrastructure, and held last December 17, representatives of the insurance, banking and institutions.

Reflections from the forum, in particular those of the leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and presidential candidate in Strasbourg Gianni Pittella, shows that the key word to understand the European Mediterranean policy has stagnation.

Indeed, he stated that “the causes of this stagnation are varied, primarily an east-west oriented political orientation more and more along the axis of the European Union (I think the TTIP, the trade agreement and investment being negotiated between EU and the US and relations with the countries of Eastern Europe). We need a new approach, hinged on two dimensions: foreign policy and new development pact. Behind a greater effort to concentrate investments to the South of the Mediterranean, has yet noticed the MEP, there must be a Europe renewed, able to “propose a more sustainable development model.”

The study centre BNL Group BNP Paribas, through the words of his manager, John Ajassa, used the term “secular stagnation”, whose most obvious symptom is the decline in exports and the contraction of world trade. “To get out of it we have to shift the investment focus, delicate creatures that need for economic and political incentives.”

Restore the competitiveness of the southern Mediterranean is the indicated priorities Abouyoub Hassan, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco in Italy. To do that you need to address a number of issues: “bolster investor confidence and restore peace”, address the issue of governance and “create the conditions for the emergence of a fiscal policy, based on savings and investments”. “We lost too much time, we must open a real dialogue for development of the Mediterranean,” said the ambassador.

Streamline European decision-making

In conclusion of the Pittella and Abouyoub works they have proposed some recipes to boost financing for development of the Mediterranean. For the presidential candidate of the European Parliament is, first, to streamline European decision-making; then required “an institution that brings together and give guarantees for private investors, provided they exceed the triple A logical”.

The ambassador suggested dropping funding grant, which “are useless.” “We must also rethink the funding model, giving priority at risk assessment and risk mitigation”.

Alessandro Caranodella, DG Transport Brussels, emphasized on the European plan for outside investment (PIE), proposed by the Commission last September: a tool which will stimulate investment in Africa and in the EU neighbourhood countries, in particular to support the economic and social infrastructure and SMEs, by the removal of barriers to private investment. With a contribution of 3.35 billion euro from the EU budget and the European Development Fund, the PIE will support innovative guarantees and similar instruments to hedge private investment, to mobilize up to 44 billion euro investment.

A sort of foreign version of the Juncker Plan, designed to “meet the challenge of migration also thinking about the investment side.” Now, said Carano, it comes to acting to federate “the EU and non-EU resources towards investments in cooperation with partner countries in the Mediterranean and Africa, not only on the financial investments plan but also technical assistance” through the transfer of skills.

Brussels hopes to “create a favourable climate for investors through the sectoral dialogue, bilateral and multilateral, to ensure that in these countries there will be established a public-private partnership regime and reliable safety standards”. In general, “there is need to bring the world of public finance and the capital market.”

“Responding to the emergency and lay the foundations for a partnership.” Principles that, according to the president of the Commission for Culture and Education at the European Parliament Silvia Costa (who intervened a surprise during the panel), are important even under the cultural profile. In addition to the European plan for outside investment, therefore, it is “necessary to create a cultural and educational” platform, a kind of “educational corridor” necessary not only for the universities and educational institutions, but also for entrepreneurs.

The southern Mediterranean “become integrated area”, which facilitates investment by the northern shore

Underlining the role of venture capital, Innocent Chive, president of AIFI, said: “Private equity funds may invest in the Southern Mediterranean, bringing private capital to finance companies and infrastructure”.

However, necessary to protect investors, “individuals cannot take the political risk or institutional; you could develop a system of European guarantees to cover the risks of this kind.” However, important to create a network between companies and investors from the two shores of the Mediterranean: Cipolletta launches in particular an appeal to the South of the Mediterranean to “become an integrated area”, which facilitates investment by the North shore.

Another recommendation, defined during the forum by the Minister for Territorial Cohesion Claudio De Vincenti, stresses the need to complete the Banking Union to boost investment in Europe.

The sustainable finance must become a tool to promote responsible actions, inclusive and supportive.

In the last 20 years the international community has committed itself to incorporate the management of risks related to natural disasters in the poorest, said Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations countries.

Environmental disasters have economic implications for developing countries, where populations are paying a disproportionate price due to events such as droughts, floods and tsunami. The private sector plays a key role in reducing the levels of risk in the most vulnerable areas, he said Glasser, stressing that the business world should support the implementation of the agreement Parigiper combat climate change.

Rethinking the investment criteria and incentives in agriculture

Private investment should also be strengthened in agriculture to give impetus to the incomes of small farmers, those most affected by the effects of climate change on agricultural production, continued Kostas Stamoulis of FAO. The companies, along with governments, have the task to work together to rethink the investment criteria and incentives in agriculture in order to uphold the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

To ensure the socio-economic conditions for the development of human potential requires financial institutions to serve people, said Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi. Finance needs an ethic cantered on people to create appropriate conditions for the development of society as a whole.

Sustainable Finance is at the centre of a dialogue at national level involving both the private sector and civil society, he said Davide Dal Maso, co-ordinator of the national dialogue on sustainable finance, UNEP Inquiry. The Ministry has set up a working group, with representatives of the financial world, which in February the Bank of Italy will present a report on issues related to sustainable finance in the country, with the objective of outlining public policies and joint strategies.

At European and international sustainable development has now become a new model of governance, said Pier Virgilio Dastoli, President of the Italian Council of the European Movement (CIME). In this context, the CIME has proposed the creation of a European platform for promoting dialogue between the public and private sectors in support of green and circular economy, with the goal of fighting climate change.

The political dialogue is indeed crucial for boosting sustainable investments, highlighted Flavia Micilotta, pan-European director of the association dedicated to the promotion of sustainability through the Capital market (Eurosif), that to be such must incorporate three elements – governance , society and the environment – in a long-term approach. An example of sustainable finance is investments in resilient and flexible structures, involving collaboration between private and public actors in responding to local needs, has commented Jonathan Watson, co-founder of integrated think tank.

To avoid economic stagnation that began with the financial crisis, Europe needs to invest more, said Robert Ophèle, the Banque de France. To start a long-term investment, however, the Eurozone should have a single jurisdiction and complete the banking union, ensure that risks are managed on a diversified basis in an efficient financial market.

Europe can lead the recovery of investments even at a global level, adopting reforms to 360 degrees involving different sectors, from business to that of finance, said the secretary general of the FEBAF Paul Garonne, provided to tackle the problem of lack of integrated financial services in the EU, which creates uncertainty in the market.

The Minister for Territorial Cohesion and the South Claudio De Vincenti, closing the Forum, stressed the need to conclude the integration process of financial services in Europe, by adopting a modern and transparent governance, with stronger tools to citizens and understandable , not only to insiders.

In this context, it concluded De Vincenti, the state has a democratic duty to deal with market failures, initiating infrastructure investments and politics industrial market-oriented. These are interventions that can help create an environment in which the role of finance is facilitated, both in the management of asymmetries in the definition of long-term investments.

On the need to stimulate private investment was also addressed by Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen, who stressed: “In many areas, particularly those related to research and development activities, which have experienced disruptive change, it is essential to mobilize private investment “. The Juncker plan “moves precisely in this direction: the EIB has approved about 20% of transactions in the R & D sector. Obviously we need to invest in human capital, since the skills are the catalyst element, “he added.

“The combination of the capital markets is one of our main objectives, but must be strong and well made at national level to enable of make different credit opportunities, especially for SMEs,” the Commissioner continued, recalling the Action Plan presented by ‘Executive Community in September 2015. “The Plan has identified a serious action for the Union of the capital markets: most of them have already been implemented, the remaining will be implemented in the coming months,” he assured Katainen.

Therefore, the Commission Vice-President recalled the proposal made recently by the Berlaymont Building for start-ups, scale up and crowdfunding, which provides, among other initiatives, the launch by the EU Executive and the EIB of a pan-European fund of funds venture capital: the EU will provide the cornerstone investment by providing a maximum budget of 400 million euro, while the fund managers will have to collect at least three times from private sources, thus mobilizing funding for at least 1.6 billion Euros owned by venture capital .

“We are trying to improve crowdfunding to improve access to finance for new businesses, and we are working on a revision of the functioning of credit to businesses,” notes Katainen.

To strengthen the initiatives supported by the Juncker plan is necessary, firstly, to develop interactions with actors who know the local economic fabric, like “Cassa Depositi e Prestiti” in the case of Italy, on the other hand, take fiscal homogenous policies across the EU, completing the banking union and consolidating monetary union, added the MEP.

In Europe some differences about the infrastructure investments made by the FEIS, explained Lutz-Christian Funke, Senior Vice President of Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) have been observed. Risk mitigation offered by the Fund, in fact, did not work the same way in the Union, given that in some countries the long-term investment perspective represents a significant challenge for potential investors. It serves, therefore, a more stable regulatory environment, along with increased support from the EU in risk management.

“The Juncker investment plan has relocated to top EU agenda” said Valeria Ronzitti, secretary general of the European Centre of Enterprises and organizations offering services of general interest (CEEP). There remain, however, some limitations, including reduced investments in social infrastructure and the lack of innovation of the physical infrastructure, which can be overcome, within the framework of the strengthening of the FEIS, with more additionality and coordination with other European funding instruments, such as Horizon 2020 and the Connecting Europe Facility.

In addition to coordination with other European funds, concluded Laurent Zylberberg of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC), the FEIS 2.0 will also improve cooperation between all parties involved, with the aim of making the implementation easier Juncker Plan and transparent.

According to Domenico Arcuri (CEO of Invitalia Spa) “the time has won the battle against both space and  money” -as regards the state of the investments. “It means that the places where we produce goods and services are not necessarily the ones where there are the basic conditions to produce them: it produces an increasing amount of goods and services, and hence of wealth, in the places of the world where this is simple and fast.”

Situation that has an immediate consequence: the financial assets that can be turned into investments “are allocated not where national systems provide financial incentives for this to happen, but where certain that is this monetary mass produce income in a sufficiently short time and with a certain safety”. In other words, “you invest if you are sure that in a reasonable time that investment will become rich.”