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

    REGIOSTARS 2014 - BEACON: Creating green jobs in rural Wales

    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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  • Rurban – Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg

    Rurban – Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg

    29/08/2012In today's Europe, rural-urban relations can be complex and challenging. In the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg, in Germany, rural-urban partnerships, with support from the European Commission via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), are offering new opportunities in the fields of food production, tourism and energy supply.

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  • Rurban – Finland: Broadband Services for rural areas in Central Finland

    Rurban – Finland: Broadband Services for rural areas in Central Finland

    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'.

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  • Rurban – Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg

    Rurban – Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg

    29/08/2012In today's Europe, rural-urban relations can be complex and challenging. In the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg, in Germany, rural-urban partnerships, with support from the European Commission via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), are offering new opportunities in the fields of food production, tourism and energy supply.

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  • Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy’s cities and rural communities

    Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy’s cities and rural communities

    29/08/2012In the province of Forlì-Cesena, in central Italy, the European Union has helped a network of medium-sized cities and rural areas to share resources, encouraging sustainable growth and improving the local quality of life. The University of Bologna’s centre for food and agro-industrial research is based in Cesena. Part-financed by the EU, it helps local businesses and food growers to improve their products and boost exports, through research, advice and cooperation.

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  • Rural-urban partnership: key to a prosperous future for Europe

    Rural-urban partnership: key to a prosperous future for Europe

    29/08/2012

    Europe is a complex patchwork of urban and rural areas, where people live in different ways but face common challenges. City- and country-dwellers are mutually dependent, and both sides need to cooperate to achieve a sustainable future for everyone. The European Union’s Rurban initiative fosters formal and informal partnerships around a whole string of issues such as research and innovation, energy, water supply, food production, transport, tourism and leisure, and many more. Through its cohesion policy, the EU invests more than one-third of its budget in promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive development across Europe. The aim is for all regions, whether urban or rural, to have equal access to the benefits of growth.

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  • Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy’s cities and rural communities

    Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy’s cities and rural communities

    29/08/2012In the province of Forlì-Cesena, in central Italy, the European Union has helped a network of medium-sized cities and rural areas to share resources, encouraging sustainable growth and improving the local quality of life. The University of Bologna’s centre for food and agro-industrial research is based in Cesena. Part-financed by the EU, it helps local businesses and food growers to improve their products and boost exports, through research, advice and cooperation.

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