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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

    16/07/2014

    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

    13/05/2014

    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 - Gdynia trolley bus network: Green trolley buses bring a better quality of urban life

    REGIOSTARS 2014 - Gdynia trolley bus network: Green trolley buses bring a better quality of urban life

    31/03/2014

    The project aims to enhance the power supply system of the trolleybus traction network. It also purchased 28 new trolleybuses to increase the number of modern, eco-friendly and accessible trolleybuses. The direct objectives of the project are to increase the competitiveness of environmentally friendly public transport and to improve quality of service. Those improvements have rebuilt the image of public transport in Gdynia, causing an increase in the number of passengers, and creating direct benefits for the residents and the local economy.

    • City: Gdynia, Poland
    • Total budget: €24 424 000
    • ERDF funding: €13 428 000
    • Financing period: January 2010 – June 2013

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  • Trixie Neilson from GRaBS project

    Trixie Neilson from GRaBS project

    13/06/2012Testimonial of Trixie Neilson from GRaBS project. Urban areas are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. To enable European towns and cities to adapt successfully to the challenges of extreme weather and warming temperatures, and to achieve sustainable growth, local people need to be consulted and actively involved in improving their environment. The GRaBS project – Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco-towns – focused on ‘green’ open spaces and ‘blue’ water resources. Trees and grasslands, for example, help to lower temperatures in towns, through evaporation. The project worked with local communities, helping them to improve their own environment and create healthier, safer and more pleasant living spaces for everyone. Winner of RegioStars 2012 Award - SUSTAINABLE GROWTH category

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  • RegioStars 2012 : GRaBS

    RegioStars 2012 : GRaBS

    13/06/2012Urban areas are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. To enable European towns and cities to adapt successfully to the challenges of extreme weather and warming temperatures, and to achieve sustainable growth, local people need to be consulted and actively involved in improving their environment. The GRaBS project – Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco-towns – focused on ‘green’ open spaces and ‘blue’ water resources. Trees and grasslands, for example, help to lower temperatures in towns, through evaporation. The project worked with local communities, helping them to improve their own environment and create healthier, safer and more pleasant living spaces for everyone. Winner of RegioStars 2012 Award - SUSTAINABLE GROWTH category

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  • RegioStars 2012 - Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria

    RegioStars 2012 - Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria

    13/06/2012A portrait of Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria Eco World Styria started up in 2005, in Austria’s Styria region, with the aim of creating a location for the development of innovative green businesses, able to compete with the best at a global level. Since then, it has established itself as a ground breaker in developing clean, environmentally friendly technologies. By encouraging cleantech companies with innovative ideas, this outstanding project has helped create 5 000 jobs and grow the local economy. These local firms have expanded their workforce by over 10% a year, on average. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award - Smart Growth category

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  • RegioStars 2012 - ECO WORLD STYRIA

    RegioStars 2012 - ECO WORLD STYRIA

    13/06/2012Eco World Styria started up in 2005, in Austria’s Styria region, with the aim of creating a location for the development of innovative green businesses, able to compete with the best at a global level. Since then, it has established itself as a ground breaker in developing clean, environmentally friendly technologies. By encouraging cleantech companies with innovative ideas, this outstanding project has helped create 5 000 jobs and grow the local economy. These local firms have expanded their workforce by over 10% a year, on average. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award - Smart Growth category

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  • Building bridges between people

    Building bridges between people

    01/11/2011This video examines different aspects of European Territorial Cooperation and highlights the usefulness of support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for projects that involve cross-border cooperation. For instance, the University of the Greater Region (UGR) project is promoting exchanges and mobility between different European universities; 17 000 km of roads are being built or upgraded to improve transport; the LABEL project is reducing the risk of flooding in the Elbe basin; experiences and good practices are being exchanged in order to boost economic growth; lastly, several cross-border programmes are promoting the integration of marginalised population groups.

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  • LABEL: Uwe Restetzki (story)

    LABEL: Uwe Restetzki (story)

    01/10/2011This clip presents the work of Uwe Restetzki, senior fire officer in Görlitz, Germany. Discover how the LABEL project, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), allows his service to offer the people of Görlitz better protection by reducing the risk of flooding from the Neisse river.

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  • LABEL: Vladimir Žák (story)

    LABEL: Vladimir Žák (story)

    01/10/2011This clip shows the work of Vladimir Žák, manager of the Tynec marina in the Czech Republic. Discover how the participation of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the LABEL project allowed his marina to come to life and develop through the creation of a flood-plain forest located upstream on the Elbe river.

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  • Flood risk management

    Flood risk management

    01/10/2011This video takes you on a discovery of the ELLA+LABEL project, a cooperation initiative launched in 2003, with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), between the different countries of the Elbe River basin, with the aim of reducing flood risks. The project came about in the wake of the massive floods in 2002 which caused more than 100 deaths and resulted in some €12 billion of damages. Since then, the Central European countries affected by these floods have undertaken widespread cooperation in a bid to ensure that floods of such magnitude never happen again. The prevention mechanisms introduced have also resulted in the creation and development of many SMEs.

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  • RegioStars Awards 2011: Smart City

    RegioStars Awards 2011: Smart City

    23/06/2011This video showcases the “Amsterdam Smart City” project, supported by the EU through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This initiative, under which individuals, businesses and local authorities are working together on 12 pilot-projects, aims to cut energy consumption and reduce the region’s carbon footprint in the medium to long term.

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  • RegioStars Awards 2011: Amsterdam Smart City (story)

    RegioStars Awards 2011: Amsterdam Smart City (story)

    23/06/2011This video tells the story of Wim Kuiper, a resident of Geuzenveld in Amsterdam, who, along with his wife, is involved in the ‘Smart Meter’ scheme (one of various pilot-projects initiated as part of the ‘Amsterdam Smart City’ programme) co-funded by the EU under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). His testimony tells us more about a technology (based on inserting a smart card in the meter) which allows the couple to keep a detailed eye on their consumption and, as a result, to regulate it better.

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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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  • Restoration of the Baltic Sea coastline (Klaipėda)

    Restoration of the Baltic Sea coastline (Klaipėda)

    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). Developing a local economy based essentially on tourism, while at the same time preserving the area’s natural resources, represents one of the main challenges facing the Lithuanian coast. Through the “Promoting Cohesion” Operational Programme (implemented under the ERDF), the Kuršių Nerija National Park has been able to finance work to reinforce sand dunes and stabilise the coast.

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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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  • Cluster Eco-Construction

    Cluster Eco-Construction

    02/01/2008This video showcases an innovative eco-construction project, the brainchild of Benoît Remy, at Maisoncelles in Namur province (Belgium). European Union regional policy co-funded the creation of this eco-village.

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