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REGION OF THE WEEK: Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

19/12/2011

What are the region’s priorities?

Located in the south western part of Germany, Baden-Württemberg is one of the largest and most populous German Länder.  The state capital is Stuttgart.

Baden-Württemberg is considered to be one of the most innovative regions in Europe and is the base for many high-tech companies.  These include household names like Daimler, Bosch and Porsche, as well as less well-known "hidden champions" and many small and medium-sized enterprises in the services and manufacturing sectors.  The regional economy is highly export-orientated.

At 79%, the employment rate in Baden-Württemberg is well above the EU and German national average.  GDP per capita in the region is 29% above the EU average.

What contribution has been made by the EU's regional policy?

During the 2007-2013 period, the EU is due to invest €143 million in Baden-Württemberg (approximately 0.5% of the total EU funds available to Germany).

The main funding priorities are:

  • Research and technological development

  • Support for business development and SMEs

  • Integrated urban development in three cities: Mannheim, Pforzheim and Heilbronn as well as in some other municipalities in the rural area

  • Environmentally friendly products or production processes

  • Energy efficiency and renewables

Around 70% of the EU funding available to Baden-Württemberg for the 2007-2013 period has already been committed.

Examples of projects

  • Kreativzentrum, Pforzheim: A historic former public baths in the city of Pforzheim is being converted into a 2000m² business centre for the creative industry/sector with workshops, offices and meeting facilities.  The centre will be available for use by entrepreneurs, creative professionals (advertising, design, fashion …) and knowledge workers from summer 2013.

  • NeptuTherm: EU regional funding is helping to support the development of resource-efficient and climate-neutral production of high quality technical insulation products.  A consortium based in the region is developing insulation materials made from a type of seaweed that is normally cleared from beaches and landfilled.

  • SAFH Servicerobotik: Autonomous robots could be providing services in many areas of people's daily lives, as a result of a project that is benefiting from EU regional funding.  The project brings together scientists from the Universities of Mannheim, Ravensburg-Weingarten and Ulm.

  • Zweckverband Kläranlage Böblingen-Sindelfingen: New techniques for filtering water should help to prevent potentially toxic chemicals entering the human food cycle.  This project is developing new carbon treatment techniques in order to eliminate drug residues, hormones and other micro-pollutants from waste water.

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