In Aquitaine with Europe

That is the title of a dynamic and entirely state-funded web documentary, aiming to get rid of common preconceptions. Is Europe too distant? Too abstract? The aim of the 18 news reports produced by the Aquitaine Regional Council is to convince us of the diversity and effectiveness of European actions at a local level.

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The innovative know-how of the facsimiles workshop has made it possible to create very high-quality reproductions of paintings from the Lascaux cave, for both the travelling exhibition and the reconstruction of the site. © France Mérimée The innovative know-how of the facsimiles workshop has made it possible to create very high-quality reproductions of paintings from the Lascaux cave, for both the travelling exhibition and the reconstruction of the site. © France Mérimée

" In Aquitaine with Europe' presents a tour of the local projects supported by European programmes: 18 video reports, accessible in seven languages, including on social networks. For the Aquitaine Regional Council, which had the idea of making the documentary, 'the purpose of the web doc is to showcase Europe in Aquitaine and Aquitaine's cooperation with Europe. Our aim is to highlight the importance of the EU's actions at local level, and the crossover between regional and European priorities. "

Five categories, a host of projects

The documentary is organised into five main categories that can be viewed separately: 'Transcend boundaries', 'Forward together', 'Invent tomorrow', 'Preserve our quality of life' and 'What's Europe?'. Each section is made up of various journalistic reports, with the emphasis on personal interviews and field surveys. The variety of topics (health, environment, research, training, urban regeneration, transport, etc.) attests to the diversity of European aid.

Internet users can explore the different areas that interest them through a very user-friendly navigation system. The topics range from large-scale international projects such as the creation of a replica of the prehistoric cave at Lascaux, or the most cutting-edge medical research, to local initiatives, some of which have been implemented by very small organisations.

Wide-ranging areas of assistance

The environment sector spans several areas, covering the urban renewal project in the Right Bank area of Bordeaux (the construction of a park providing new opportunities to residents), an introduction to the oldest ecomuseum in France, in Marquèze (in the Landes), and also the 'Circuldouce' project, a new network of cycle routes crossing from the French Pyrenees into the Euskadi (Basque) region of Spain. The training section is presented by young people benefiting from various European Erasmus programmes, as well as literacy courses from the 'L’oiseau lire' association in Gironde. New methods of working set out to integrate disabled people in 'La Guinguette' de in Trelissac (Dordogne), to support local fishing at St-Jean-de-Luz (Atlantic) and to develop organic wine in a region where the great Bordeaux wines have been renowned for centuries.

Europe? An asset…

All the personal interviews with spokespeople stress the aid provided by Europe for their project. For Professor Bogdan Catargi, who is carrying out basic research on diabetes at Bordeaux University, European support 'was crucial in terms of finance, but also in terms of the recognition it implies of the exceptionally innovative nature of the research'. In a totally different sphere, Pierre Marly, who is promoting a new work model to support the employment of disabled people with his project in La Guinguette, believes that if his model can serve as an example for other inclusion initiatives 'it is a real example of one of the benefits provided by Europe'.

Total and EU funding

The total investment in the project entitled '"In Aquitaine with Europe" web documentary' amounts to a European contribution of EUR 56 459 and a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of EUR 16 320 for the 2007-2013 programming period.

Draft date

24/06/2015