(02 July 2013)
Euronews issues this week the first episode of the series "Real Economy". Real Economy focuses on the macro-economic policies in Europe that have an impact on the daily lives of the citizens, looking for solutions that work. The series kicks off with an episode on "Growth in the European Union".
The episode on "Growth" provides an overview of the cycles of growth in the EU, the factors influencing growth, and the differences between EU countries' growth trajectories and the reasons behind it. It also examines the different paths and measures taken until now by policy makers and the private sector to address productivity and competition.
The episode features an ERDF-funded project "UPTEC", the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto in Portugal. This is an outstanding example of how to bring research and business closer together through its strategy of sharing research findings and fostering local entrepreneurship. Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, its aim is to create new jobs and new businesses in knowledge based sectors in the north of Portugal. In the first five years, its target of employing 300 people has been far exceeded, as it now employs around 900 specialists.
Episode 1 also features Olli Rehn, the EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs as Guest Host. Olli Rehn answers pointed questions about the EU’s crisis measures and the need for coordinated action by European institutions.
Episode 1 – Real Economy "Growth in the European Union"
REGIO STARS 2013 winner – Smart Growth: Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC) – North of Portugal
Project of the Week: UPTEC as a catalyst for structural change in the Portuguese Region Norte