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  • RegioStars Awards 2014

    RegioStars Awards 2014

    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

    Cooperating together for our region

    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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  • RegioStars 2012 - SÖM

    RegioStars 2012 -  SÖM

    13/06/2012There is no simple solution for regenerating run-down urban areas. But in South East Malmö, Sweden, a neighbourhood with a population of 80 000, the SÖM project offered an outstanding example of how measures working together can bring new hope to a depressed community. The project started by analysing the needs of local people in four of Malmö’s poorer areas. This generated 10 projects on issues such as social integration, local growth and job creation. Partnership was key to success, so the project built a network of public and private participants; contacting businesses, universities, property owners, NGOs and community groups. Within a year, they created a coordination platform to ensure the best use of EU structural funding. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award, Citystar category

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  • Bledi Zuta, the SÖM project

    Bledi Zuta, the SÖM project

    13/06/2012Testimonial of Bledi Zuta, the SÖM project There is no simple solution for regenerating run-down urban areas. But in South East Malmö, Sweden, a neighbourhood with a population of 80 000, the SÖM project offered an outstanding example of how measures working together can bring new hope to a depressed community. The project started by analysing the needs of local people in four of Malmö’s poorer areas. This generated 10 projects on issues such as social integration, local growth and job creation. Partnership was key to success, so the project built a network of public and private participants; contacting businesses, universities, property owners, NGOs and community groups. Within a year, they created a coordination platform to ensure the best use of EU structural funding. Winner of Regiostars 2012 Award, Citystar category

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  • RegioStars 2012 : O4O - Lifelong experience boosts ageing communities

    RegioStars 2012 : O4O - Lifelong experience boosts ageing communities

    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

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  • RegioStars Awards 2011: SLIM

    RegioStars Awards 2011: SLIM

    23/06/2011This video showcases the Swedish foundation ‘Compare Testlab’, part-funded by the EU via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and a direct beneficiary of the SLIM project (System Management for Innovative Platforms). ‘Compare’ brings together small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and university students, making it one of the region’s main hubs for innovation, training and employment, economic growth and competitiveness.

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  • RegioStars Awards 2011: SLIM project (story)

    RegioStars Awards 2011: SLIM project (story)

    23/06/2011In this video story, Rikard Boström, a young computer software designer, tells us how he found a job directly linked to both his education and career ambitions. While still a student at the University of Karlstad (Sweden), Rikard had the opportunity to make contact with the Tieto company, his current employer, at a gathering of students and businesses specialising in telecommunications and information technologies. This gathering, organised by ‘Compare Testlab’, a foundation directly supported by the EU through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), led to a traineeship and a dissertation which then turned into a job offer.

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  • RegioStars 2010: Micro-finance (story)

    RegioStars 2010: Micro-finance (story)

    01/05/2010Portrait d’Amal Jasm, dirigeante d’entreprise, originaire du Kurdistan, installée à Katrineholm en Suède. Y lancer son entreprise demande un travail administratif important qu’elle a pu gérer au mieux grâce à l’aide du projet «Micro-financement» soutenu par la politique régionale de l’UE. Cette vidéo a été réalisée dans le cadre du projet «Micro-financement», lauréat RegioStars 2010 dans la catégorie «Intégration des migrants ou des groupes marginalisés dans les zones urbaines».

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  • RegioStars 2010: Micro-finance

    RegioStars 2010: Micro-finance

    01/05/2010This video presents the RegioStars 2010 winning project in the “Integration of migrants or marginalised groups in urban areas” category. Founded in 2008, this project focuses on improving access to finance for migrant women, who often find it difficult to accrue capital in order to set up or develop their own company. The project’s main goal is to establish a permanent micro-finance institute in order to help them escape these confines. So far the project has supported 80 fledgling women entrepreneurs and helped to launch 15 micro-businesses, creating 20 new jobs along the way.

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  • Robotdalen

    Robotdalen

    27/04/2010This film is part of a series of four reports (Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Finland) produced within the framework of launching the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea. They present projects co-funded by the European Commission under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Specialising in robotics in the broad sense, the Swedish centre of excellence known as Robotdalen (“robot valley”) aims to boost Västmanland county’s competitiveness and potential in terms of attracting foreign investment. With direct support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the initiative finances and, where relevant, helps companies and engineers in the field of innovation, research and technological development to find sources of funding.

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