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
REGIOSTARS 2014 - Gdynia trolley bus network: Green trolley buses bring a better quality of urban life
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
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.
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.
Lower Silesia in Poland is a mountainous province which welcomes tourists, an industrial centre specialising in large machinery, energy equipment and household appliances. On its own, Lower Silesia accounts for around 8% of Poland’s Gross Value Added. However, this strong economic situation does not stop it from wanting to diversify through new projects based on innovation.
Flaris is the name of a five-seater family jet-plane developed in Poland through the co-operation of specialists from different European countries. It is made out of extremely light composite materials and is a true revolution in the category of small and lightweight jets. The EU funded Flaris project aims at opening up new market opportunities through innovation, just as the European Union recommends in its Smart Specialisation strategies.
REGIO STARS 2013 winner – Inclusive Growth: INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYMENT PATHS – Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland
Many obstacles make it hard for people to find a job when they are over 45, have been out of work for some time, or have disabilities or health problems. The Individual Employment Paths project in Elblag, northern Poland, offers the expert assistance these people need to overcome the barriers and secure fulfilling occupations. Individual Employment Paths, co-funded by the European Social Fund, contributes to the EU’s cohesion policy objective of economic growth and job creation.
Regional policy for real people – Testimonial by Mirosław Bancerz, maintenance worker in Elblag (Poland)
31/01/2013Mirosław Bancerz lost his job as a heavy goods vehicle driver when he started to develop glaucoma at the age of 58. But thanks to the EU-funded Individual Employment Paths project, he acquired new electrical and maintenance skills, and now works as caretaker for a housing cooperative.
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
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.