A general overview on the principles and the implementation procedures of the European Union policy about state aids is necessary to know how this policy affects all the actors of the European Union development and not only the enterprises. In the framework of the European competition policy the application of the state aids are aimed to protect the trade freedom and to improve the use of public resources. The consciousness about the procedures of the European policy implementation is essential to underline the benefits and to not suffer it as a operative limitation, in order to enable the public authorities to use it as a referring framework for the policies that provide incentives to the growth.


Next Thursday May 19th in Lubiana, at the presence of the Ministry of Economy of Slovenia, Darja Radic, and of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Paolo Romani, will be held the Itay-Slovenia Economic Forum, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Region Lombardia, the National Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) and by Promos, agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, in collaboration with a number of institutional partners from Slovenia.

The event will be participated also by Informest and Finest, agencies for economic development and international cooperation from North-East Italy, and two banks: Unicredit Slovenia and Intesa San Paolo – Banca Koper. At the end of the Forum, will be organized Business to Business meetings between Italian and Slovene companies, in the sectors: ICT, renewable energy, environment, building and construction.

For information, please call the organizing secretariat at Promos Milano, te. +39-0285155203.

The project "BIO-ENERGY: bio-energy from a viaduct Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Republic of Moldova", co-financed by the Law 19/2000 of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia recently ended.
The partnership was composed by INFORMEST, Agency for development and international economic cooperation based in Gorizia, and as Italian partners the Italian Central Directorate for rural resources, food and forestry of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, ERSA and the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Udine. Moldovan partners were the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Industry , the Municipality of Balti, the Association "Euro Small Business" and the agricultural research institute "Selecta" from Balti.

The global processes that are changing the geo-economic balance will impact also the Northeast. A defensive response risks to weaken the competitive regional advantages and to jeopardize EU achievements weakening EU internationally. Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia should form trans-regional partnerships to strengthen productive chains and bring back to EU "lost" part of the global supply chains, in the meantime as well as areas that also supporting EU areas that the transfer of the '14-'21 budget cycle could penalized. This strategy seems useful given that the Northeast is more exposed than Central and Northern Europe to the global processes.



Since the beginning of 2010 is operating the New Free Economic Zone of Balti, in Northern Moldova. It is   the seventh off-shore reality in the country since the adoption of the Law on FZ in July 2001. The Zone, comprising a first already active area and a second broader space under preparation, totaling 12 hectares, is located in a prominent position, benefiting from ongoing economic development of the Balti district and of the relationship with the neighboring areas of Romania and Ukraine. The first active investor was a German industrial society operating in the automotive, which are now added four other joint ventures.


The end of divisions in Europe had an outburst as a direct result of sudden passengers and trade flows along the roads and railway East-West axis. This has led to a significant burden on the existing transport infrastructures, particularly in the South-Eastern Europe, whose network was less developed. With the support of the European Union was launched a regional infrastructure development plan, based on National Master Plans, with intention to contribute at the same to time the "physical" integration into EU of these countries, until the planned policy accession in the incoming years.
The increasing flow of vehicles (passenger cars and commercial vehicles) on the main roads also imply the need to ensure higher levels of risk control and security, which otherwise are likely to weigh heavily on the social and economic development. This should happen within a transnational cooperation framework as a natural consequence of the integration process and of the increasing interdependence that points to the creation of a single space, eliminating the still strong tendencies towards fragmentation and individual approach to problems.


Informest invita le aziende a partecipare alla tavola di lavoro sulla Marcatura CE e prodotti: nuova normativa dell'Unione Europea (Decisione 768/2008) che si terrà  mercoledì 23 giugno 2010 dalle ore 17 presso la sede di Confindustria Gorizia. I settori coinvolti sono elettrico ed elettronica; ascensori; apparecchiature in pressione;  strumenti di misura; esplosivi civili; articoli pirotecnici;  apparecchiature e sistemi di protezione per atmosfere pericolose.


The ITALBALK project, financed by the Italian Government under the program for the support to regional cooperation, strives on the need of improving connections to commercial traffic between Italy and some Balkan countries with special attention to integrated logistics and transport services. Specifically, the sub-project 4th focuses on the Bar-Belgrade rail/road route through Montenegro and Serbia, in the light of the considerable Italian interests in Serbia and of the possibility for further market penetration in the neighboring countries (Romania, Hungary).


The culture is based on processes of development and remains closely linked to economic performances. There can be no economic development without cultural development. An example of the interaction comes from historic development highlighted by the "Four Tigers", where to economic performance have contributed both the practical implementation of modern economic theories and strong local cultural roots. Moreover, the economic environment acts as a vehicle of cultural values.


A recent meeting between the Italian partners of the project Adriatic Danubian Clustering has highlighted the diversity of ways and needs that articulate business internationalization when in particular it concern business clusters. They range from the emerging need for a "vertical" and inter-sectoral  integration in the Veneto between districts to a more horizontal and widespread district in Emilia Romagna. But a purely commercial approach often reduces internationalization to production relocation in a logic of cost-cutting and/or of market-seeking. This limitation of the approach is likely to be added to other known constraints of Italian companies internationalization that will compete with foreign companies (and their territorial and institutional environment) able to relate with  the host area and its companies within a territorial a partnership framework.


Prospettive di sviluppo nel settore delle energie rinnovabili in alcuni paesi dell’Europa centrale e sud-orientale

La determinazione della domanda potenziale di investimento in nuovi impianti e del fabbisogno di tecnologie per il settore delle energie rinnovabili, a fronte degli obiettivi di produzione concordati internazionalmente e/o previsti da programmi nazionali dei singoli paesi, è di estrema attualità.


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