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  • Comic book "Partners"

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    13/05/2014

    The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy has just published a brand new comic book called ’Partners’ which aims at presenting Regional and Urban Policy through six stories designed to appeal to a young audience. The themes covered in this album are Research & Innovation, Urban Development, Environment, Support to SMEs, Social Inclusion, ICT, Cooperation between regions, Transport, Solidarity between regions in case of natural disasters, etc. These slices of life and stories of men and women were inspired by real EU-funded projects that illustrate the European Union’s contribution to reducing differences in standards of living and supporting the regions in their development.
    This comic is available in FR, EN and NL and can be ordered via EU Bookshop

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  • The European Union's Cohesion Policy: investing in your Regions and Cities

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    11/06/2014

    The economic and social situation is very different in each of the European Union’s 274 regions. This short video shows how the EU's cohesion policy helps to reduce these differences, by investing in economic growth, job creation and competitiveness.

    This short animation explains how the latest review of the EU's Cohesion Policy, concluded in 2013 and implemented as from 2014, is designed to help achieve the Europe 2020 Strategy objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by investing in key areas such as: research and innovation, the digital agenda, support for SMEs, the low-carbon economy, employment and mobility, better education, social inclusion and better public administration.

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  • REGIOSTARS 2014 - Fifteen Cornwall: Launching a new life in the kitchen

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    31/03/2014

    A passion for cooking is transforming young lives in one of the poorest parts of England. Inspired by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Fifteen Cornwall is more than a restaurant but a social enterprise which offers a chance to disadvantaged unemployed 16-to 24-year olds the opportunity to train as chefs. This ground-breaking initiative has trained almost 130 young people, many of whom are dealing with serious challenges such as criminal records, substance misuse, mental illness or disability. 89 of them have graduated as chefs and more than 90% are still in employment. Each year, the project invests around €1.2 million back into the local economy, creating jobs for the region’s vital tourist sector.

    • Region: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, UK
    • Total budget: €5 882 000
    • ERDF/ESF funding: €2 537 000
    • Financing period: May 2006 – April 2015

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  • REGIOSTARS 2014 - BEACON: Creating green jobs in rural Wales

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    31/03/2014

    The BEACON project faces a major challenge for Europe and the world: developing innovative technologies to meet the growing demand for energy and resources. The project focuses on bio-refining: a process using non-food crops to create biomass which can be used in products instead of crude oil. By producing renewable products from biomass, BEACON represents a green alternative to polluting fossil fuels, helping Europe to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. BEACON also supports companies in commercialising their research and exploiting intellectual property. This pioneering initiative is attracting investments to one of the UK poorest rural regions, creating vital jobs and developing advanced know-how at a global level.

    • Region: West Wales and the Valleys, UK
    • Total budget: €22 987 000
    • ERDF funding: €11 917 000
    • Financing period: December 2010 – June 2015

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  • Top chef Jamie Oliver thanks European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund for supporting his award winning 'Fifteen Cornwall' project for budding chefs

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    31/03/2014

    Jamie Oliver, the world renowned British celebrity chef praises EU Structural Funds for supporting a restaurant in Cornwall that helps young people to become apprentice chefs. The 'Fifteen Cornwall' apprenticeship programme won the RegioStars Awards 2014 in the category "Inclusive Growth - jobs for the younger generation"in Brussels.

    Fifteen Conrwall - RegioStars 2014 winner

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  • REGIOSTARS 2014 - Art on Chairs: Portugal’s innovative chair-makers gain a global reputation

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    31/03/2014

    The furniture industry has for years been one of the most important economic activities in the city of Paredes, which has the highest concentration of chair factories in Europe and accounting for 65% of national furniture production. But although the industry was once highly productive, its image is now seen as old-fashioned and conservative. Art on Chairs has breathed new life into this traditional furniture industry by bringing them together with the designer world to transform chair making into an art. This fruitful cooperation between designers and the local SMEs has led to the production of top quality designer chairs, renewed pride in the work, boost of creativity in the manufacturing industry, enhanced productivity and an increase in international exports.

    • Region: Região Norte, Portugal
    • Total budget: €1 096 000
    • ERDF funding: €931 000
    • Financing period: January 2010 – May 2013

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  • REGIOSTARS 2014 - Gdynia trolley bus network: Green trolley buses bring a better quality of urban life

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    31/03/2014

    The project aims to enhance the power supply system of the trolleybus traction network. It also purchased 28 new trolleybuses to increase the number of modern, eco-friendly and accessible trolleybuses. The direct objectives of the project are to increase the competitiveness of environmentally friendly public transport and to improve quality of service. Those improvements have rebuilt the image of public transport in Gdynia, causing an increase in the number of passengers, and creating direct benefits for the residents and the local economy.

    • City: Gdynia, Poland
    • Total budget: €24 424 000
    • ERDF funding: €13 428 000
    • Financing period: January 2010 – June 2013

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  • RegioStars Awards 2014

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    21/03/2014

    EU regional policy helps European regions to advance together.  It boosts economic growth, competitiveness and job creation – by investing billions of Euros each year, in thousands of innovative and ambitious projects throughout Europe. On March 31st, the Regiostars awards will honour 19 finalists, divided in 4 categories, and choose as winners the most inspirational and innovative EU-funded projects across the Member States.

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  • Cooperating together for our region

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    11/11/2013

    Counting 8 EU countries and 85 million inhabitants, the Baltic Sea region faces common environmental, economic and social challenges which can only be met by working together. This short video explains how, since 2009, the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region strives to shape this area into a regional cooperation model for the whole EU, addressing common challenges and opportunities to save the sea, connect the region and increase prosperity.

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