Unioncamere Piemonte has a representative office in Brussels. Its aim is to inform on EU policies and support in the participation to EU funding
Mid June European Council meeting: José Manuel Durão Barroso obtains unanimous support from EU leaders
The Heads of State or Government agreed unanimously on the name of Mr. Barroso as the person they intend to nominate as President of the European Commission for the period 2009-2014.
Czech Republic and Sweden, as the present and the incoming Presidents of the European Council, will have discussions with the European Parliament in order to determine whether the Parliament is in a position to approve that nomination at its July plenary session. In the light of these discussions, the Council will formalize its decision on the nomination of the person it intends to appoint as President of the Commission. The process of nomination of the appointed members of the Commission can only be initiated when the legal basis for the nomination procedure has become clear.
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The results for applications concerning
the "Adoption of ICT" in the ERDF POR
2007-2013 will be published in 15 July
The tenders are financed with European funds and the total amount that Regione Piemonte makes available is E 25 million. The Region is encouraging the growth of innovation in the enterprise fabric of Piemonte and the companies are responding well, with over 1,000 projects presented for a total value of E205 million. Out of more than 1,000 projects presented, about 650 concern the interest to experiment with new technologies. At the forefront is attention for the environment, the green web, with its smart devices to monitor environmental impact and climate parameters on line. There is also great curiosity for the world of gaming to be used in education, schools, therapeutic and industrial fields; expectations are also high for 3D solutions created for the cure and prevention of illnesses and for the support for disabilities.
New BioSolar Lab research centre inaugurated
at the Alessandria site of the
Politecnico di Torino
The biochemistry laboratory dedicated to the development of systems for the biochemical conversion of solar energy will be headed for the next three years by the renowned scientist James Barber. A special device will be developed in the new research centre in which the so-called artificial leaf will be reproduced. The objective is to convert solar energy directly into hydrogen and oxygen, separated by a membrane. The BioSolar Lab, in collaboration with Chemtex, Imperial College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will also tackle the production of bioethanol from agricultural cuttings, algae biofuels, and hydrogen from micro-organisms. The BioSolar Lab project has been financed by Regione Piemonte with a contribution of E450,000 in the framework of wide-ranging support for research and technological innovation.
The new regional hub for renewable
energy presented in Tortona
Regione Piemonte has recognised the PST of Tortona as the Innovation Hub for Renewable Energy and Biofuels with the contribution of the ERDF POR 2007 - 2013. The new Hub has become the region's unique point of reference for a precise technological domain: Tortona has been selected for renewable energy, with particular attention to photovoltaic energy and biofuels. Becoming a regional innovation Hub, the offer of services by the PST, which maintains its function as a physical space with 100,000 sq.m. for company premises, will concentrate on the new directions of renewable energy. It will also benefit from the facilities of the Park, and all those made available by the ATS, made up of PST Spa, Politecnico di Torino, University of Torino, University of Eastern Piemonte, a score of companies, two consortia and a non-profit organisation.