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  • RegioStars Awards 2014

    RegioStars Awards 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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  • Integrating Roma into the labour market

    Integrating Roma into the labour market

    01/10/2011This video shows one of the many facets of the ROMA project, which has received support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ROMA project aims at the gradual integration of the large Roma community, traditionally discriminated against, living in the Romania-Hungary border region, by offering them the opportunity to find work. Dio Zoltan, one of the project’s key members, conducted a study to establish the professional profile of unemployed Roma. The profiles of those qualified for a job were then sent to employment agencies. Sharing experiences and good practices has produced positive results for Roma employment in the two countries. One of the programme’s beneficiaries, Daroczi Zoltanne, managed to find a job at the social centre in her village as a result of this process, in doing so ensuring a better life for her and her children.

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  • ROMA: Ioan Lakatos (story)

    ROMA: Ioan Lakatos (story)

    01/10/2011In this video profile, Ioan Lakatos explains how the ROMA project funded by the ERDF plays a role in the company he owns. A Roma himself, Ioan convinced 200 Roma in Bihor county to take a recruitment test. He is thankful for the project not only because it allowed him, as an employer, to choose the right profiles for his company, but also because he sees it as a great opportunity to help his community.

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  • Danubeparks: Mathias Schmidt (story)

    Danubeparks: Mathias Schmidt (story)

    08/12/2010This video profiles Mathias Schmidt, one of the many scientists involved in the Danubeparks project. A native of the Danube region, and now a research assistant in ornithology for Birdlife Austria, he is actively contributing to restoration of the river’s banks. In particular, he spent two years studying two species of birds threatened by the construction of a dyke.

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  • EU Strategy for the Danube Region: Danubeparks

    EU Strategy for the Danube Region: Danubeparks

    08/12/2010This video showcases Danubeparks, a cross-border cooperation project bringing together experts from some eight countries to defend protected zones along the Danube and preserve an ecosystem of 7 000 species threatened by intense river activity.

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  • Danube Bridge 2

    Danube Bridge 2

    08/12/2010This video showcases the project to construct a bridge linking Calafat (Romania) and Vidin (Bulgaria). Co-funded by the ERDF, from 2011 this new bridge will join what is for now the only bridge between the two countries. The project marks a major advance for both transport and trade between the Balkans and the rest of the European Union.

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  • NEWADA: László Szabo (story)

    NEWADA: László Szabo (story)

    08/12/2010This video profiles László Szabo, a customs officer in Mohacs, a small town at the crossroads between Hungary, Serbia and Croatia. Thanks to the NEWADA project, co-financed by the ERDF, he is now able to work in more modern conditions with his Serb and Croat colleagues.

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  • Danube Bridge 2: Mitroi Nicolae Daniel (story)

    Danube Bridge 2: Mitroi Nicolae Daniel (story)

    08/12/2010This video profiles Mitroi Nicolae Daniel, a native of Calafat and responsible for a construction team working on the Calafat-Vidin bridge. He, like many local workers, has found employment that is opening up new perspectives thanks to this project co-funded by the ERDF. As the head of a team responsible for laying the underground pipes that are designed to reduce water accumulation, he is developing a rewarding set of skills.

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    08/12/2010This video showcases the NEWADA (Network of Danube Waterway Administrations) project. Co-funded by the ERDF, it aims to increase cooperation between eight countries on improving infrastructures and developing waterway connections along the Danube – a vital transport corridor linking eastern and western Europe – chiefly by pooling the technical resources of the various river authorities.

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  • EU Strategy for the Danube Region

    EU Strategy for the Danube Region

    01/12/2010This video showcases the European Strategy for the Danube Region and highlights a whole series of promising projects in regional key areas such as transport, energy, the environment, security, and socio-economic development.

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