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.
29/08/2012In sparsely populated Central Finland, inter-municipal co-operation is a long-standing tradition, with communities entering into voluntary agreements when necessary to provide key services. The European Commission, through the European Regional Development Fund is encouraging co-operative initiatives in Central Finland, including the development of more widespread broadband communications. This kind of action, reaching out to citizens in outlying areas, contributes to achieving the goal of 'smart and inclusive growth'.
13/06/2012People in the EU are living longer than ever, and the proportion of the population aged over 55 is growing all the time. In some rural areas on the fringes of northern Europe, many pensioners live by themselves, and risk becoming isolated and marginalised if public transport and other services are not available and they cannot afford special care. In these remote regions, skilled staff, such as carers and nurses, are often hard to recruit and retain. The O4O project – Older people for Older people – co-financed by the European Union, responded to this challenge, using existing skills and experience within ageing communities. O4O shows older people how they can take responsibility for providing the services they need, and organises support across rural Scotland, Finland, Greenland, Northern Ireland and Sweden. At a time when public spending is under pressure in many parts of the EU, the project demonstrates how vital networks and facilities can be maintained in a way that also encourages older people to stay active and make an important contribution to society. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award, Inclusive Growth category
04/01/2010Dieser Film wurde im Rahmen einer vierteiligen Reportagereihe (Litauen, Schweden, Dänemark, Finnland) anlässlich des Starts der europäischen Strategie für den Ostseeraum gedreht. Er stellt die von der Europäischen Kommission im Rahmen von EFRE kofinanzierten Projekte vor. Das vom europäischen Programm INTERREG 4 kofinanzierte Projekt VOMARE (Voluntary Maritime Rescue) soll die Zusammenarbeit zwischen den finnischen und estländischen Rettungsdiensten aufbauen. Finnland stellt Estland und seinen Küstenwachbooten sein Know-how und seine 100-jährige Erfahrung in der freiwilligen Seenotrettung zur Verfügung.