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  • Spain on the Move

    Spain on the Move


    Spain is a country of contrasts, from its rich cultural heritage to its diverse and beautiful landscape. But not all contrasts are an asset to the country; economic differences remain between Spain’s regions. ‘Spain on the move’ presents the importance of EU Cohesion, -Social and -Structural Funding in fighting unemployment, fostering economic growth and helping all of Spain’s regions reach their full potential.

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

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


    Every year the EU invests millions of Euro in job creation and economic growth, to help reduce social and economic differences between its regions. This short video will tell you more on how these EU investments can improve citizens' everyday lives by stimulating economic growth in their region.  

    Over the past five years, EU cohesion policy has created over 600.000 jobs; invested in the professional training of up to 15 million people every year to improve their employability; and co‑financed the construction of 25 000 km of roads and 1800 km of railways; it has also ensured the provision of clean drinking water for 3 million more people; has invested in 200 000 small and medium-sized companies and 61.000 research projects. These figures are still growing, as projects which started over the past 5 years continue to produce results.

    All this is made possible by the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund, which together represent more than one-third of the EU budget.

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  • Comic book "Partners"

    Comic book


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

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


    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 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 Awards 2011: GEMS project (story)

    RegioStars Awards 2011: GEMS project (story)


    In this video story, Richard Wynn-Ellisan, an engineering student at Llandrillo College in north Wales, tells us how he discovered and joined the Bridge Marine Science Group, supported by the EU as part of the GEMS project (Growth in Environmental Marine Science) and co-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This experience has enabled him to gain a foothold in the professional sector without waiting until the end of his studies, when he hopes eventually to set up his own wholesale fishing business in the region.

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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: GEMS

    RegioStars Awards 2011: GEMS


    This video showcases the ‘Bridge Marine Science Group’ cluster, which aims to bring together the academic and businesses worlds in a region where maritime trade and occupations provide the engines for growth and competitiveness. Directly supported by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), this grouping combines no fewer than 500 small and medium-sized enterprises active within the maritime sector, in particular environmental marine science.

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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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  • RegioStars 2010: “new business model” project (story)

    RegioStars 2010: “new business model” project (story)

    05/01/2010Story of Günter Lohr, pensioner living day-to-day with health problems, but who has benefited from telemedicine. This video was produced as part of the “New business model” project, the RegioStars 2010 winner in the “ICT applications by or for SMEs” category.

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  • ERDF in Germany’s Länder

    ERDF in Germany’s Länder

    10/01/2009"We want to be German Europeans and European Germans," said former Chancellor Helmut Kohl in relation to German reunification. Twenty years on, EU funds (ERDF) were allocated to the new federal states (Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, and part of Berlin).The €46 billion between 1990 and 2013 are making success stories like Biocity in Leipzig and an urban development project in Merseburg possible.

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  • Diple project

    Diple project

    02/01/2009This video showcases the Diple project, designed to reinvigorate the printing sector, one of the cornerstones of the Welsh economy. The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) in Swansea, which manages the project, develops case studies and conducts research on innovative uses of printing, and also transfers this knowledge over to industry, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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