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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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  • RegioStars 2012 - The Podlaskie Voivodeship website

    RegioStars 2012 - The Podlaskie Voivodeship website

    13/06/2012How are European Union investments being used in north-eastern Poland? Look no further than the website of the Podlaskie Voivodeship – or province. This outstanding internet communication tool enables users to find everything they need to know, with just a couple of clicks. Podlaskie is situated on Poland’s north-eastern border, with Lithuania and Belarus to the east, and the Russian region of Kaliningrad to the north. Its capital is Białystok. The province currently runs a total of 904 projects, with over €450 million of EU co-funding. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award - Information & Communication Category

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  • High Speed Broadband

    High Speed Broadband

    01/05/2010This video showcases the RegioStars 2010 winner in the “Broadband coverage in less developed regions or rural areas” category. Broadband coverage is a central element when it comes to guaranteeing competitiveness in the world today. In more sparsely populated regions, private telecommunications operators are often reticent about shouldering the risk of investing in what are commonly referred to as “white zones”. Faced with this challenge, the Auvergne region established a public/private partnership (PPP) in 2005 to extend broadband coverage to all homes. The project was finalised in early 2009.

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  • RegioStars 2010: Computer-Literacy

    RegioStars 2010: Computer-Literacy

    05/01/2010This video showcases the RegioStars 2010 winning project in the “ICT applications for e-inclusion” category. The “Window to the future” association, which was founded in 2002 and is based in Vilnius, brings together a group of businesses, banks and enterprises specialising in telecommunications and information technologies. Its aim is to provide training, establish public internet access points and stimulate the growth of e-services, not to mention improve computer literacy potential. The main target groups have been seniors, the disabled and people living in remote regions with limited access to digital services: in total, 50 400 adults have completed training courses over a two-year period.

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  • High Speed Broadband (story)

    High Speed Broadband (story)

    05/01/2010Portrait of Gaël Romier and Cécile Hesse, professional photographers in the Auvergne region. Active in the field of contemporary art, they decided a few years ago to pursue their chosen profession in the countryside. Living in a sparsely populated valley, without EU regional policy assistance in particular they would not have had access to high speed broadband, which is an essential tool for their daily work. This video was produced as part of the “Auvergne high speed broadband” project, RegioStars 2010 winner in the “Broadband coverage in less developed regions or rural areas” category.

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  • RegioStars 2010: Computer literacy (story)

    RegioStars 2010: Computer literacy (story)

    05/01/2010Profile of Edvardas Gurčinas, a former engineer who lives in the Vilnius region. This video was produced as part of the “Computer Literacy” project, a RegioStars 2010 winner in the “ICT applications for e-inclusion” 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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