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Examples of Cross-border Projects

More than 6000 cross-border projects were supported in Europe's regions between 2007-2013 - in EU Members and non-Member States alike. Most of these have been centred around the EU's 60 internal borders and the citizens who live there. Relatively small in budget, the projects have many concrete outcomes: removing barriers to better security, transport, education, energy, health care, training and job creation.

The "Greater Region University" project – BE/DE/FR/LUX

While public spending in higher education is being cut in many Member States, investment in research remains crucial to ensure Europe's competitiveness on the global level. Six universities from four neighbouring countries (BE, DE, FR and LUX) joined forces to maintain excellence in academic and research standards for their over 125 000 students and 6 500 researchers and lecturers. This cooperation has increased cross-border mobility connecting students and researchers in a multicultural environment. It will further develop the Greater Region into a motor of economic growth.

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The "De-mine" project – HU/HR

Devastating land mines concealed along the Croatia-Hungary border during the 1990s conflict in the former Yugoslavia were uncovered in 2011, leading the Hungarian authorities to declare some of the border area an off-bounds danger site. Thanks to the help of EU funds, the life-threatening mines have been removed protecting the local population and clearing the way for many cross-border "Natura2000" conservation areas boosting sustainable tourism. The project is also part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), aiming to protect the local environment and build prosperity.

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"Telediag" project – RO/SR

Thanks to the help of EU funds, health institutions in Romania and Serbia are sharing a unique telemedicine system, allowing their doctors to use innovative e-information and e-communication technologies to provide long-distance health care without being face-to-face with the patients. This cooperation greatly reduces medical costs, provides for better, faster and safer diagnostics and improves the quality of health care services on the Romanian-Serbian border. It enables the institutions from both regions to be among the top medical centres of worldwide telemedicine.

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Academy of Crafts project – SI/HU

European Cooperation can boast more than 6000 cross-border projects supporting border regions and citizens in EU Members and non-Member States alike under the 2007-2013 budget for European Cohesion policy. Relatively small in budget, the projects have many concrete outcomes: removing barriers to better security, transport, education, energy, health care, training and job creation.

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RegionCo - AT-HU

This cross-border project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is helping cancer patients in Austria and Hungary to benefit from advanced new particle therapy, as well as raising awareness of ion beam therapy.

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Vamos Seguro – IT-MT

This project monitors levels of volcanic ash between Italy and Malta to make the skies in the central Mediterranean Sea safer for aircraft.

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Danube Risk Monitoring – RO-BG

Through the development of joint monitoring systems and improved cooperation between public authorities, academic circles and rescue services in Bulgaria and Romania, damages caused by environmental disasters such as hail, air pollution and floods in the Danube border area have been reduced.

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