Bolzano/Bozen - Merano/Meran - Trento, Italy.




From October 25 to October 28 a group of members of the Association and other European Journalists from several European countries visited the Region Trentino South Tyrol, in Italy.

The program took place under the moto : Growing European,  Developing International and Keeping Local Identity in a Boarder Region”.

The purpose of the visit was fourfold:

-          to get to know how a territory that was very poor after WWII has managed to promote with special autonomy to develop and  become one of the most prosperous regions of Europe;

-           to understand how a small boarder area has promoted and achieved high international development;

-          to learn about the experiences of peaceful  coexistence among linguistic groups considered to be sseeeeeeeerrt557’

-          ugx   a world example.

-          to bring together European journalists from different countries, cultures and professional experiences to discuss about communicating Europe.


The following topics, visits and meetings were on the program:


Meeting with the Vice-president of the Regional Council of Trentino-South Tyrol

Mario Magnani


A Region of Emigration Yesterday, a Challenge for Internationalization Today: The Trentino Case Study.

Maurizio Fontanari, Manager for Internationalization and Innovation at the Department  for Planning, Research and Innovation of the Autonomous Province of Trento.


Presence and Role of Industry in the Trentino Economy.

Alessandro Santini, Director of Research and Communication of the Association of Entrepreneurs of  the Province of Trento.

OECD-LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development ).

The Trento Centre for Local Development and its Role for Economic Development in Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

Sergio Arzeni, Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development.


International Scope of Research Strategy in a Small European Province.

Cognitive and Communication Technologies for European Languages

Gianni Lazzari, Director of the Interactive Sensory Systems Division of the Institute for Scientific and technological Research Trento.


Visit to the Center for Scientific  and Technological Research (ITC-IRST)



Meeting with the Italian Chamber of Journalists

Fabrizio Franchi, President of the Chamber of Journalists of Trentino-South Tyrol.


Presentation of the “Forum of the Journalists of the Mediterranean Area”

Lorenzo Del Boca, President of the Italian National Chamber of Journalists.


European Development of a Boarder Region with Linguistic Minorities – The South Tyrolean case study and the European Cross-boarder Region “Euregio Tirol-South Tyrol-Trentino”

Luis Durnwalder, President of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen and Vice-president of the Autonomous Region Trentino-South Tyro.l


European Projects in South Tyrol

Karl Rainer, Director of the Department for European Affairs of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen.


A Multilingual, International, Practice-Oriented University in a Boarder Region

OSWIN MAURER, Dean of the Faculty for Economy of the Free University of Bolzano/Bozen.


Participation to the conclusion of the International Meeting” Minorities: Law and


Romedi Arquint, President of theFederal Union of National Minorities” (FUEN)

Martha Stocker, Member of the Regional Government of Trentino South-Tyrol and Vice

President of FUEN.


MIDAS – The European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages and the Role of Local Media  in the European Communication Policy.

Günther Rautz, Research Department "Minorities and Autonomies" at the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano and General Secretary of MIDAS                                 

Visit of the Museum and the special exhibition on the Chachapoya in the Peruvian cloud forest.

                  Visit of the Iceman (Ötzi), and his accompanying artefacts.


                  Meeting with the President of the Regional Council of Trentino South Tyrol

                  Franz Pahl


Meeting of European Journalists.


The President of the Provincial Government of South Tyrol Luis Durnwalder (third from left) addresses the Congress' participants in Bozano/Bozen

Meeeting in the Aula of the Regional Parliament of Trentino-South Tyrol in Trento with the Parliament's VP Mario Magnani.

GA in "Sloss Tyrol", Merano/Meran.

Sergio Arzeni, OSCE represetative addresses the Congress' participants .

The President of the Italian Chamber of Journalists Lorenzo DEl Boca addresses the Congress'participants.

European Journalists interview the Director of

the Interactive Sensory Systems Division of the 

Institute for Scientific and Technological Research 

(ITC-IRST) Gianni Lazaari, on the TTC-STAR 

" Human Language Technologies For Europe” program.

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For an overview on the special Southtyrolean autonomy see “The South Tyrol Autonomy” in “Documentation” on the menu of our web.

For the Human Language Technology for Europe see TC-STAR in “Documentation” on the menu of our web.