Second call for project proposals launched!
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Issue 7: March 2016 
Low Carbon

While the projects approved in the end of last year are gaining momentum, ideas and proposals for the second call are already in the starting blocks. The first step of the second call has now been launched, inviting the submission of expressions of interest (EoIs) in all four priorities.


But not only at project level there is a lot going on, also the programme has entered a new phase in its development: on 25-26 January, we witnessed the official launch of the EUSALP and its action groups. With the EUSALP becoming operational, we can now develop concrete links to foster the cooperation between the programme, our projects and the strategy. The C-TEMAlp project has already made a beginning - below you will find out how!

Call 2 is open!

The programme has launched the second call for project proposals. The two-step call is open for all four priorities. However, in priority four the total available funds have been limited to a maximum of two million Euro (ERDF).


Expressions of interest (EoIs) can be submitted until 8 April. In early June, the programme committee will decide which proposals to invite for the second step of the application process. The final selection of new projects will take place in October.


We encourage all applicants to build thematic links between their projects and the action groups of the EUSALP. For further information on the topics covered by the action groups see the article What's up EUSALP? below.


Details on the call, including the terms of reference and the exact timeline can be found here. On this page you can also find the dates of the national info days organised in your country.

Meet the Alpine Space projects : AlpES

Our colleague Primož attended the kick-off meeting of the AlpES project in Bolzano, Italy. He interviewed the project manager, Caroline Pecher...


The AlpES project deals with ecosystem services. How would you explain to a 10 year old child what ecosystem services are and why they are so important?

We breathe, eat, drink, enjoy, experience… nature provides us with a variety of services that we need for our daily life: trees and other plants help to clean our air, soils filter our water, mountain forests help to prevent avalanches, we have fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, and we can go out, meet each other and play sports in the nature. We usually do not think about it, but all we need for life depends on a healthy nature and the services it provides.   



What do you expect to achieve with the AlpES project? 

With the AlpES project we want to achieve a common understanding of the concept of ecosystem services in the Alpine space and equip public bodies, interest groups, researchers and economic players with tools that can help them to identify, assess and manage ecosystems services on a transnational basis.

Model the Alps! From EUSALP to AlpWeek

The participants of the EUSALP launch conference on 25 and 26 January in Brdo got a little surprised when they visited our stand: they received small clay packages labelled "Model the Alps". What for? How can we model the Alps together?


Come to our workshops at the AlpWeek, 11 to 15 October 2016 in Grassau, Germany, and find out!


The storify about the Brdo conference can be accessed here.

More information about the AlpWeek on the website, Facebook and Twitter: @AlpWeek. 

What's up EUSALP? EUSALP action group leaders meet Alpine Space projects

The EUSALP was kicked-off in January in Brdo. The strategy will be implemented by nine action groups working on different Alpine challenges:

1: To develop an effective research and innovation ecosystem;

2: To increase the economic potential of strategic sectors;

3: To improve the economic and social environment of economic operators in these strategic sectors with focus on labor market, education and training;

4: To promote inter-modality and interoperability in passengers and freight transport;

5: To e-connect people and promote accessibility to public services;

6: To preserve and valorise natural resources, including water and cultural resources;

7: To develop ecological connectivity in the whole territory of the EUSALP;

8: To improve risk management and to better manage climate change, including major natural risks prevention;

9: To make the territory a model region for energy efficiency and renewable energy.  


The Alpine Space projects work on similar Alpine issues. 


This section of the newsletter is a virtual dialogue between EUSALP Action Group leaders and the Alpine Space projects. What are the mutual expectations? What can be done together?


In this and the following issues of the newsletter, all Action Groups will be presented and linked to our projects.

Action Group 1: To develop an effective research and innovation ecosystem

Action Group 1 of the EUSALP kicked off their work programme on 26 February 2016 in Milan, Italy. Action group leaders Anna Giorgi and Emanuela Zilio from the Centre of Applied Studies for the Sustainable Management and Protection of Mountain Areas at the University of Milan tell us more:


Interreg Alpine Space: Now that the kick-off has been taking place, what will be the first action of AG1 in the near future?

Anna Giorgi: AG1 is already working for the submission of the AlpGov* project proposal; together with its members it is arranging the agenda for next six months. Since the very beginning, it will concentrate its attention on specific fields in line with the Smart Specialization Strategy; it will discuss about the possibility to involve PhD students in the process and about the creation of a Dean’s think tank connecting universities all across the Macroregion.


Interreg Alpine Space: If you could choose a motto for your Action Group - what would that be?

Emanuela Zilio: Innovation is in our hands.


* Editorial remark: AlpGov is a project proposal developed by all Action Group leaders that will be submitted to the Alpine Space Programme.

Action Group 2: To increase the economic potential of strategic sectors

Action Group 2 of the EUSALP also kicked off their work programme on 26 February 2016 in Milan, Italy. Action group co-leaders Susanne Ast from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance and Economics, Germany, and Francois Trusson from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, France, tell us more:


Interreg Alpine SpaceWhy did your institution decide to take the lead of this EUSALP AG?

Francois Trusson:To be coherent with the role that our region, and more generally, all Alpine regions played in boosting EUSALP emergence.

Susanne Ast: The long and good cooperation between Baden-Württemberg and Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes and the common interest to join forces in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the whole Alpine region was the initial point for the common leadership.


Interreg Alpine SpaceIf you could choose a motto for your action group - what would that be? 

Susanne Ast: I would say: Stay visionary and macro-regional, but act realistic and result-oriented.





Maria Sole D'Orazio, lead partner of the C-TEMAlp project (Continuity of Traditional Enterprises in Mountain Alpine Space areas) explains how the project foresees the cooperation with the Action Group: 

C-TEMAlp aims to open up a fruitful debate with the EUSALP Action Group 2, informing the group about its activities, and starting a debate on the open issues in this topic eg. on how to harmonise the policies for business transfer. C-TEMAlp foresees to organise a specific C-TEMAlp event in the frame of the EUSALP Group 2 activity.

Action Group 3: To improve the adequacy of labour market, education and training in strategic sectors

Action Group 3 of the EUSALP was the third group that had a kick-off meeting on 26 February 2016 in Milan, Italy. Action group leader Boglarka Fenyvesi-Kiss from the Autonomous Province of Trento tells us about her motivation and the plans of the group:


Interreg Alpine Space: Why did your institution decide to take the lead of this EUSALP AG?
Boglarka Fenyvesi-Kiss: The Autonomous Province of Trento is strongly investing in the human capital as the Programme of Legislations shows. In particular two special projects are promoted: Plurilingualism in the Sociaty and Dual Education for Youngsters. Moreover Trentino is investing since long years in the knowledge society through its institutions like the Local Labour Agency, University of Trento and its several research institutions.

Interreg Alpine Space: Now that the kick-off has been taking place, what will be the first action of AG3 in the near future?
Boglarka Fenyvesi-Kiss: The focus of the kick-off was on thematic fields to explore and working paths to identify. AG3 will explore the opportunities of collaboration and policy shaping connected to dual education.

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