Lombardy Region Delegation in Brussels

The presence of the Lombardy Region at the heart of EU Institutions in Brussels aims to provide an effective technical and administrative tool to facilitate the interaction between the Regional Government Authority and various actors at EU level. This is in order to strengthen coordination between regional policies (highlighted by the Regional Development Programme) and EU policies by promoting the social and economic development of the “Lombardy system” in the EU integration process within the Europe 2020 strategy.

What do we do

The objectives of the Delegation are fourfold. Representing the interests of Lombardy Region in all the EU Institutions (Council, European Commission, European Parliament etc.) also through a permanent contact with the Italian Embassies, the Permanent Representation to the EU, the Italian and European regional representations and the professional associations (i.e. Assolombarda). Cooperating with the most important European regional networks to lobby the EU Institutions, particularly in view of new regulations or determination of the directly managed EU programs (i.e. NEREUS and ECRN within the macro context of the HORIZON 2020 or LIFE programs).
  
Coordinating the “Lombardy system” in Brussels together with “Casa Lombardia”* in order to match the regional interests of our territories with the project financing opportunities of the EU Institutions (i.e. call for proposals, seminars or information and dissemination workshop in coordination with the regional Directorates). Working with the European Commission and other European Regions to further promote the Macro Alpine Regional Strategy (EUSALP) by implementing and identifying macro-regional projects together with SIREG and the regional Directorates.
*Within the Delegation of the Lombardy Region in Brussels it has been established “Casa Lombardia” which is the expression of the economic and social side of the Lombardy Region whose objective is to bring together the best political, economic, cultural and social practices of the Lombardy territories.

The Delegation will be responsible for monitoring and lobbying on key EU dossiers regarding environmental, energy, and climate change policies. In particular: the "Clean Air Package", the EU strategy for renewable energies; the "Circular Economy" package; Biodiversity - Natura 2000; the implementation of the post-COP21 agreements – Paris; and the management of water resources. It will also support the participation of EU Direct funds promoted by the EC, that is, LIFE and Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 3-5.

Alessandro Corrado
Environment, energy and climate change
alessandro_corrado@regione.lombardia.it
tel. +32 2 5187619

Education and culture sectors have the main aim to oversee a wide range of European cultural, youth, sports and educational programs in order to encourage the participation of the stakeholders from Lombardy, notably Creative Europe and Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 and European for Citizens. It supports also the Regional ministers in charge of these policies to set up all kind of actions (advocacy, capacity building, technical assistance and communication) whose objective is, among others, to promote the mobility of students and apprentices, the knowledge and the preservation of cultural heritage of Lombardy as well as the development of the cultural and creative industries, the social inclusion and the availability of sporting opportunities.


It also coordinate the participation of the Lombardy Region to the European Network such as RICC (Culture), RESET (education and training), Dosctrric of Crativity (creative e cultural industries) ESN (Social), Enos (sport).
 

Leonardo Lorusso
Culture, education and jobs
leonardo_lorusso@regione.lombardia.it
+32 2 518 7641

With over one million hectares devoted to Agriculture, Lombardy is the main agricultural region of Italy. It has a long history of producing and processing agricultural products and food for consumption throughout Europe. The regional agro-food sector as a whole is clearly emphasised by the Lombardy Smart Specialisation Strategy. Meanwhile, the European Common Agricultural Policy still represents an important slice of the EU budget: in the complex framework of the CAP, the Delegation is mainly committed to the development of initiatives related to the position of the paper; Promoting European Local Food Systems, which was signed by several European Regions and Networks during EXPO Milan 2015. With regards to the Research and Innovation field, the Societal Challenge "Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy of the Horizon 2020 programme represents a significant opportunity, as do the development of the European platform; European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability and the Vanguard Initiative on the bio-economy, which Lombardy co-leads at the European level. The Delegation is also deeply involved in the defence of the Cohesion Policy for the post-2020 period, which over the years has been securing a significant amount of important resources for the region through the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). It is crucial to build alliances and partnerships with other European regions and try to participate in shaping the future of this fundamental policy, bearing in mind the principles of simplification and flexibility, the focus on results, and developing closer links with EU Economic Governance. In this framework, particular attention is dedicated to the financial instruments as well as to the synergies between ESIF funds and other European funds.

 
Giancarlo Viola Agriculture, cohesion policy, economic and financial affars 
giancarlo_viola@regione.lombardia.it 
tel. +32 2 5187620

Industrial Policy: the most important political dossiers we are dealing with are: the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership) and China MES (Market Economy Status). Both dossiers have a direct impact on the economy of the region, and therefore it is essential to constantly monitor the evolution of the negotiations and work with the European Parliament to support the positions of the Lombardy production system at the highest level. Other topics of great interest are the EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments) and the Design for Europe policy.

In addition, the work within European Networks such ECRN (European Chemical Regions Network) and NEREUS (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies) is crucial: the chemical and aerospace industries are fundamental pillars of the regional industrial system. Last but not least, the cooperation within the "House of Lombardy" framework with Assolombarda, FederlegnoArredo Furniture and Unioncamere Lombardia allows the Delegation to give targeted support to all industrial sectors of the region, both in terms of funding programs and legislative monitoring.

Infrastructures and Mobility: the most relevant activities are related to policies and projects on inland waterways. In particular, the waterways of the Po in collaboration with the Interregional Agency for the Po River (AIPO), which have won several European projects co-financed by "TEN-T programmes" and the "Connecting Europe Facility". Finally, the Region of Lombardy is on the Board of the European Network "Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions" (HyER), which is developing a range of actions on Sustainable Mobility, a priority for the Ministry for Infrastructure and Mobility.

Folco Ciulli

Industry, infrastructure and mobility

folco_ciulli@regione.lombardia.it
tel. 32 2 5187611

Concerning the internal market, the Delegation follows matters such as public procurement and concessions; free movement of goods, persons, services and capital; intellectual property; and consumer policy. With respect to immigration, particular attention is addressed towards EC proposals for the revision of EU criteria and mechanisms: this is to determine which Member State is responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States, a third-country or by stateless persons (recast by the Dublin Regulation). Other important issues are the implementation of the EU/Turkey agreement on refugee return, strengthening controls at EU external borders, and resettlement of internal controls in the case of the border crisis between member countries in the Schengen Area.

Avv. Giuseppe De Vita

Legal affairs, State aid, internal market and migration

giuseppe_de_vita@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 50187600

Valentina Pinna

Research, innovation and health

valentina_pinna@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 5187605

Macro-regional strategies provide a new way for EU and non-EU Member States, regions and local stakeholders to cooperate. Regione Lombardia has been strongly involved in the European Strategy for the Alpine Area (EUSALP) since its foundation, and presently leads Action Group 1 on Research and Innovation. Our region is equally involved in the European Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region. Macro-regional strategies are intertwined with and connected to European territorial cooperation, EU direct funds, and other national and regional funding sources in order to pursue the Action plans' objectives.
 
Furthermore, these themes are followed up through the activity of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), namely via support for the CoR's Lombard members in their respective functions. Regarding the “Four Motors for Europe - which includes the regions of Lombardy (IT), Auvergne-Rhône Alpes (FR), Catalonia (ES) and Baden-Württemberg (DE) – our Delegation provides necessary support to the involved delegations in Brussels for on-going projects.

Roberta Negriolli

Macro-regional strategies and territorial cooperation

roberta_negriolli@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 5187604

The activity focuses on the relevant European legislation, the sentences of the EU Court of Justice and the practices of the European Commission, with attention also directed at the ascendant phase of the related discipline. In particular, the Delegation provides assistance and support to the regional General Directorates, and in close collaboration with Unit Advocacy, European affairs, and legal support, cultivates contacts with the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission during the notification and pre-notification procedures, and deals with requests for information from the Commission and/or in the case of launching of formal investigations. The Delegation also maintains and develops an on-going dialogue on state aid matters with the Italian Representation to the EU and other regional delegations in Brussels. 

Concerning civil protection, the Delegation follows in particular the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the resources allocated in the annual work programme. The Mechanism, reformed with Decision 1313/2013EU, governs European cooperation on civil protection and the associated financial planning for the period 2014-2020. In addition, as part of the Horizon 2020 programme, within the third pillar “Societal Challenges”, the challenge ‘Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens’ offers significant opportunities regarding the issue of civil protection, according to which the Delegation carries out monitoring and reporting activities. 

Avv. Valentina Santin
State aid, internal affairs, civil protection and gender equality
valentina_santin@regione.lombardia.it
tel. +32 2 5187618

Contact

Raffaele Raja

Director

raffaele_raja@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 518 7609/10

 

Marina Sicuro

Administration

marina_sicuro@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 5187601

 

Alessandro Corrado

Environment, energy and climate change

alessandro_corrado@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 5187619

 

Leonardo Lorusso

Culture, education and jobs

leonardo_lorusso@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 518 7641

 

Giancarlo Viola

Agriculture, cohesion policy, economic and financial affaris

giancarlo_viola@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 5187620

 

Folco Ciulli

Industry, infrastructure and mobility

folco_ciulli@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 5187611

 

Valentina Pinna

Research, innovation and health

valentina_pinna@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 5187605

 

Roberta Negriolli

Macro-regional strategies and territorial cooperation

roberta_negriolli@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 5187604

 

Valentina Santin

State aid, internal affairs, civil protection and gender equality

valentina_santin@regione.lombardia.it

 

tel. +32 2 5187618

 

Giuseppe De Vita

Legal affairs, internal market and migration

giuseppe_de_vita@regione.lombardia.it

tel. +32 2 50187600

 

Andrea Maresi

Institutional relations and communication

andrea_maresi@regione.lombaria.it

Twitter @amaresi

tel. +32 2 5187627

11/12/2018