Members of the European Parliament, institutional senior officials and representatives of the Italian scientific and industrial sector have gathered in Brussels to attend Techitaly 2016, an event aimed at promoting Italy’s technology and industrial points of excellence in the field of sustainable and circular economy. The event was organized by the Italian Embassy in Brussels and the Italian Trade Agency ICE, in close cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Italy to the EU, the National Research Council (CNR), the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Confindustria (the association of Italian entrepreneurs), and the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce (CCITABEL).
The event, hosted in the residence of Ambassador Vincenzo Grassi, began with a seminar on a package of measures relating to the circular economy and presented by the European Commission on Dec 2, 2015. This offered an opportunity to present the results achieved by Italy and to address the opportunities and criticalities deriving from the enforcement of the aforesaid measures, especially with regard to waste recycling and reuse of scrap materials in production processes. Today’s session focused on Belgian and Italian stakeholders involved in circular economy projects as well as B2B meetings between Italian and Belgian firms. The session will also illustrate the excellent results achieved by Italian firms in the recovery of agri-food organic matter, urban waste processing and energy efficiency in the construction sector.
This initiative follows similar meetings which Brussels hosted to showcase Italian technological excellence in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In recent years, Italy has prioritised a gradual transition towards a circular economy in both environmental and industrial policies, in view of pursuing sustainable and integrated development involving all the players in the production chain. In this context, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are set to acquire an increasingly relevant role in the implementation of the goals set in the bills of law now under scrutiny.
Within the framework of Community action, Technitaly represents a privileged Italian-Belgian platform and a forum to debate on the development of cutting-edge technologies and the exchange of experiences, skills and best practices. The 2016 edition merges Italian and Belgian excellence in the fields of biotechnologies, energy efficiency and environmental protection. It aims to foster a joint discussion among institutions, industries, research institutes and civil society on the issues of growth, the environment and innovation.