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  • Politica de coeziune a Uniunii Europene: investiții în regiunile și orașele dumneavoastră

    Politica de coeziune a Uniunii Europene: investiții în regiunile și orașele dumneavoastră

    16/07/2014

    În fiecare an, UE investește milioane de euro în măsuri menite să favorizeze crearea de locuri de muncă, să genereze creștere economică și să acontribuie la reducerea diferențelor sociale și economice dintre regiuni. Urmărind acest material video veți afla mai multe despre modul în care aceste inițiative ale UE pot îmbunătăți viața de zi cu zi a cetățenilor, stimulând creșterea economică în regiunea lor.   

    În ultimii cinci ani, această politică a creat peste 600 000 de locuri de muncă, a investit în instruirea a peste 15 milioane de persoane anual sporindu-le astfel șansele de angajare, a cofinanțat construirea a 25 000 km de drumuri și 1 800 km de cale ferată, a asigurat furnizarea de apă potabilă pentru 3 milioane de persoane, a investit în 200 000 de întreprinderi mici și mijlocii și în 61 000 de proiecte de cercetare. Aceste cifre continuă să crească, pe măsură ce proiectele demarate în ultimii cinci ani produc noi rezultate. 

    Acest lucru a fost posibil datorită Fondului european de dezvoltare regională, Fondului de coeziune și Fondului social european, care reprezintă împreună peste o treime din bugetul Uniunii Europene.

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  • Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy presents its new comic book "Partners"

    Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy presents its new 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 - 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

    31/03/2014

    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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  • Smart Specialisation: PLOCAN Oceanic Research Centre on the Canary Islands

    Smart Specialisation: PLOCAN Oceanic Research Centre on the Canary Islands

    08/11/2013

    The Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean have seen unemployment levels skyrocket after the financial crisis of 2008. The restructuring of economic activity to enhance this remote region's competitiveness is therefore urgent.

    Smart Specialisation has put the focus on the ocean. PLOCAN is a competence centre for marine issues, funded by the EU, and provides an infrastructure for developing cutting edge research and advanced ocean technology. The facility, which comprises of a scientific and an industrial test site offers its users not only data and knowledge on oceanic parameters, but also offers services and facilities like the transport of scientific equipment from origin to PLOCAN, lab space, technicians, support vessels and underwater vehicles.

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  • Technological advancement in Flanders' health care system through Smart Specialisation

    Technological advancement in Flanders' health care system through Smart Specialisation

    08/11/2013

    Like many regions of Europe, Flanders in Belgium is seeing an increase in the life expectancy of its inhabitants.

    This shift in demographics brings up a series of questions about how the medical system works and what needs transforming. Moving towards 'personalised care and cure' through Smart Systems has become necessary in order to continue offering accessible healthcare to patients.

    Bringing together clusters from biotechnology and nanotechnology is what Flanders has opted to do. Nano for Health is one of many good examples of Smart Specialisation in Europe. There are two objectives: to preserve the healthcare system and to diversify the economy thanks to these innovative solutions.

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  • Smart Specialisation for the shoe business in the Marche Region

    Smart Specialisation for the shoe business in the Marche Region

    08/11/2013

    Like the rest of Italy, the Marche region has been affected by the international financial crisis. The footwear sector, a traditionally handcrafted activity which accounts for over 50% of exports, has been particularly hard-hit.

    It was therefore necessary to come up with a Smart Specialisation strategy to modernise equipment and re-stimulate growth and strengthen employment. Innovations such as the automation of the production chain, or developing health and wellbeing products, or offering shoes made to measure thanks to 3D scanners are some of the solutions offered by Smart Specialisation.

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  • The Kingdom of Smart

    The Kingdom of Smart

    08/11/2013

    All is not well in the Kingdom of Smart…

    Find out how the concept of Smart Specialisation can help the King of Smart boost his Kingdom's economy and to create Growth and Jobs.

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  • Smart Specialisation in Poland takes off for the future through the Flaris project

    Smart Specialisation in Poland takes off for the future through the Flaris project

    08/11/2013

    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.  

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  • Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria - RegioStars 2012

    Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria - RegioStars 2012

    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 - Boosting employment through a world-beating network of green-tech companies

    RegioStars 2012 - ECO WORLD STYRIA - Boosting employment through a world-beating network of green-tech companies

    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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  • Robotdalen, Västmanland county, Sweden

    Robotdalen, Västmanland county, Sweden

    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). Specialising in robotics in the broad sense, the Swedish centre of excellence known as Robotdalen (“robot valley”) aims to boost Västmanland county’s competitiveness and potential in terms of attracting foreign investment. With direct support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the initiative finances and, where relevant, helps companies and engineers in the field of innovation, research and technological development to find sources of funding.

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  • The ERDF in Germany’s new Länder

    The ERDF in Germany’s new 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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  • RegioStars 2009 : Cenaero centre

    RegioStars 2009 : Cenaero centre

    02/01/2009This video showcases Cenaero, a centre of excellence in aeronautical research that plays a leading economic development role in Wallonia. The centre’s success is based essentially on increased cooperation between universities and industry, making it one of the leading-edge hubs in Europe within the field of digital simulation, particularly for aerospace applications.

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