- The Finnova Foundation organised a meeting in collaboration with the Benaguasil Town Council at the headquarters of the Comunitat Valenciana in Brussels
- The aim of the event was to strengthen the knowledge of the municipalities of Camp de Túria about European funds and to promote possible public-private partnerships that can be developed into new projects.
- Finnova Foundation presented the European projects Res4City, SETOFF, LivAI and LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0
10/11/2023, Brussels. On Thursday 9th November an institutional visit was held at the offices of the delegation of the Comunitat Valenciana in Brussels led by the City Council of Benaguasil in the framework of its commitment to the development of municipalities through European funds. The event was attended by 19 mayors and councillors from municipalities in the Camp de Túria region, accompanied by Stephane Soriano, Director General for Diversity of the Department of Social Services, Equality and Housing of the Generalitat Valenciana. In addition to informing about European funds, Finnova Foundation presented four European projects in which it is a partner.
The introductory speech was given by Leticia Casañ Jensen, coordinator of the Delegation of the Comunitat Valenciana in Brussels, who presented the mission and functions of the Delegation of the Comunitat Valenciana in Brussels.
This was followed by José Alberto López Moreno, Head of Policy at the Fundación Comunidad Valencia Región Europea in Brussels and responsible for relations with the Committee of the Regions, who spoke about the opportunities offered by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) to municipalities and provinces and the mechanisms for political participation available.
Patricia Tejada, responsible for vocational training, Erasmus+ and training and youth at Finnova, introduced the European funds, highlighting the Multiannual Financial Framework and NextGeneration and the different programmes offered by the EU, such as the Horizon, LIFE and Interreg programmes, among others.
The next speaker was Laura Velasco, European Project Manager at Finnova, who explained the European project Res4City, whose main objective is to address the skills shortage in the EU in the renewable energy sector, accelerating the energy transition. Res4City has a budget of 2.5 million euros and brings together 17 partners from eight countries, including the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Velasco went on to present the Erasmus+ SETOFF project, which aims to improve the preparedness and occupational safety of civil protection and security personnel, both from the public and private sectors, for future crises and emergencies through the development of an innovative online training curriculum based on a proven and successfully implemented simulation model. SETOFF has a budget of 312,307 euros and brings together 8 partners from four countries, including the International Hellenic University.
Elroy Arancibia, European Project manager at Finnova, presented the European project LivAI, which focuses on how technology and data in particular should be approached from an ethical perspective, within a certification framework that guarantees standards for any learning and working environment. It is an Erasmus+ project with a budget of 250,000 euros and is led by the Universitat Jaume I (Spain in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation (Belgium), Konnektable Technologies Ltd (Ireland), EFCoCert (Switzerland), Project Consult (Italy) y UBITECH (Greece).
Finally, Ester Mbomio, from Finnova’s communication department, presented the LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 project, a project funded by the European LIFE programme that, through its technology, generates renewable energy (biogas) in water treatment plant digesters by mixing putrescible organic waste. This project has a budget of more than 970,000 euros and is led by Global Omnium (Spain) in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation (Belgium) and Aguas do Centro Litoral (Portugal).
About Finnova Foundation
Finnova is a Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level. Based in Brussels, it operates through collaborations and partnerships in all EU countries. Finnova’s experience in leading European project communication and dissemination activities is combined with a strong proven track record in start-ups and business support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and selection and award ceremonial events.
About the Delegation of the Valencian Community in Brussels
The Delegation of the Comunitat Valenciana in Brussels is an administrative body that represents, defends and promotes the multi-sectoral interests of the Valencian Community before the institutions and bodies of the European Union.