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KEP Italy: OGS Training for energy experts from Albania, Montenegro, Serbia in Trieste this week

Fifteen selected participants from the University of Tirana, the Montenegrin Seismological Centre and Serbian Geophysics Association are participating in the tailor-made “ training for trainers” organised by the Italian Institute for Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), taking place in Trieste on 13-17 October 2014.

The training is part of the joint CEI-OGS project dedicated to “Capacity building and transfer of knowledge for increasing and improving professional skills in the field of secure, clean and efficient energy in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia”.

The project is co-financed in the framework of the CEI Know-how Exchange Programme (KEP) through the CEI Fund at the EBRD, fully contributed by Italy, with a grant of 40.000 EUR, which is 50% of the overall project budget.

The course aims at improving the participants' professional skills in the framework of transnational cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian region. Special attention is paid to the actual needs of target institutions, through workshops, training sessions, exchange of good practices, problem-solving and other capacity-building activities.

The beneficiary institutions  -  the Department of Energy Resources at the Faculty of Geology and Mining, Albania, Geological Survey of Montenegro and the Association of Geophysicists and Environmentalists of Serbia (AGES) - are members of a long-term cooperation network of the knowledge provider, OGS, and represent its focal points in the region.

In the light of the forthcoming CEI PRAISE Programme dedicated to promoting research and innovation in the CEI region, three fellowships enabling outstanding scientists from the target countries to conduct their research at the OGS laboratories are also offered through this project.

Three two-day seminars in target countries and an e-learning platform on the OGS website have also been provided.

“This KEP project represents a concrete example of CEI's commitment towards the implementation of the Adriatic-Ionian Strategy”, said Special Advisor to CEI Secretary General, Giorgio Rosso Cicogna at the opening day of the course. He also pointed out this macro-region’s growing need to develop knowledge-based economies, especially in non-EU countries.

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