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1 Pre-commercial public procurement and cross-border Living Labs Innovation Union: the contribution of Europe s regions and cities Brussels, 27 November 2013

2 Open innovation in Aosta Valley WhatisaLivingLab? The Living Lab is an ecosystem of open innovation, based on the development of partnership between enterprises, research centres, universities, end-users, and public sector. The main purpose is to promote and substain the active role of users to the innovation and co-development of products and services in economically and socially strategical sectors, with the aim of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Can public procurement be a key driver of innovation? Region Aosta Valley, as a first adopter of innovative solutions, via pre-commercial public procurement, has planned to procure R&D and prototypation services able to deal in an efficient, effective and sustainable way with the economic and social needs identified from the local community.

3 Cross-border Living Labs in AostaValley Programme: Cross-border Cooperation Interreg Alcotra Italy France Project:AlcotraInnovation, durationseptember2010 October 2013 Partners: Piedmont, Aosta Valley, Liguria for Italy, Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côtes d Azur for France Objective: to create and develop a culture of partnership and action among the innovation actors on both sides of the Alpine frontier Italy-France, in order to improve their innovation capacity and ability to compete internationally Mindset: crossing borders, closing gaps Methodology: knowledge and ideas pooling and moving across borders, in a working and thinking, physical and intangible open innovation environment

4 Pre-commercial public procurement of eco-innovation in Aosta Valley The local communities start a dialogue in order to define a set of common, shared, emerging economic and social needs (smart energies, intelligent mobility, sustainable management system ): innovative SMEs have the opportunity to enter in these new, challenging and high added value markets. In particular, the strategic sectors selected for the pilot action on precommercial public procurement are the following ones: Smart energies (alternative energy sources, energy efficiency); Intelligent mobility (transport and logistic sectors, infomobility, safety and security monitoring on territory).

5 Pre-commercial procurement tendering process: research and development services as ruled in Directive 2004/18/EC, pursuant to Article 16 letter f. Several identified civil society needs for which solutions are not yet available on the market, but, at the same time, they are not too far from existing commercial solutions. Invitation to tender, public, open and transparent, concerning the exploration of possible solutions able to fulfil societal challenges: the tender pilots for the precommercial public procurement within the technological platforms of smart energies and intelligent mobility were issued by Region Aosta Valley on March 2012 and on November 2012.

6 Pre-commercial public procurement of eco-innovation in Aosta Valley Global budget of the 2 PCP pilotsissued: about1 millioneuros Outputsof the 2 PCP tenders: 4 projects selected for smart energies (eco-innovative hydrogen storage system, smart metering on energy consumption and production from traditional and renewable sources); 3 projects selected on intelligent mobility(monitoring system for safety and traffic control on working sites along roads and highway, mobile application on smartphones for booking parking integrated with a travel planning system, mobile application on smartphones for bike sharing). The R&D results of each single project, in the form of prototypes, have been tested in a Living Lab environment.

7 Thankyoufor payingattention! Mr. Francesco Fionda Project Manager Regional Ministry of Productive Activities, Energy and Employment Region Aosta Valley, Italy

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