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The Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) will take place in Milan from the 16-17 May 2016 with an optional excursion day on May 18th for all interested Forum participants. There will be two excursion possibilities and a scientific visit to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre for the participants to choose from, all of which focus on different cultural and scientific sites in the greater Milan region.

Time Schedule

  • Start: Busses leave at 8:30am from selected hotels (refer to separate logistical note)
  • End: The excursions end at 2pm. Participants will then directly be taken to either Linate or Malpensa Airport, or back to the city centre.


Participants must please register their participation in the excursions


Detailled decription of the excursions, PDF, 676 kB

Excursion 1
Visit to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre Ispra Site

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service,
whose mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.

The JRC draws on over 50 years of scientific work experience and hosts specialist laboratories and
unique research facilities located in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. The JRC site in Ispra, Italy is firmly established as one of Europe’s leading research campuses.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit the JRC in Ispra as part of a scientific visit. The visit will provide a general overview of JRC activities, visiting some of JRC’s state-of-art infrastructures in the area of energy and a possibility to meet and discuss with JRC staff working on energy related topics.

Excursion 2
Como/Lake Como
Historical Tour

Como is a town at the southern tip of Lake Como that is famous for its historical centre.

Participants in this excursion will take part in a guided tour. The focus will be on the town’s
historic legacy and important cultural sites found in Como, such as: the prominent Cathedral, the Romanesque “Basilica of S. Fedele” and the remains of the defence fortifications. The excursion aims to enhance the participants’ understanding of the region in a historic context.

After the guided tour, participants will have 1 hour of free time to discover the town and enjoy its prime location on the shores of Lake Como.

Alternatively, participants can take the free hour to visit the Volta Museum (Tempio Voltiano). It is dedicated to Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery, who was born in Como. The museum houses a varied mix of items related to his life and a rich display of scientific instruments showing his research and experiments.

Excursion 3:
Historic City Tour

Milan is a city with a rich history, dating back to 400 B.C. Due to the city’s strategical position as the entrance to the Italian peninsula, it experienced numerous conquests and various cultural influences. Participants of the Milan City Tour will discover the historic face of modern Milan and gain a greater understand of Italian culture.

The City Tour will be guided through the historic parts of Milan. Key sights on the tour include the: famous Milan Dome and Terrace, San Maurizio Church and Sforza Castle (with its Archaeological Museum).

After the guided tour, participants will have 1 hour of free time to discover the city on their own.

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Politecnico di Milano/University of Milan
  • Terna Group