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  • RegioStars Awards 2014

    RegioStars Awards 2014

    21/03/2014

    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.

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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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  • UGR: Pascale Renders (portrait)

    UGR: Pascale Renders (portrait)

    01/10/2011In this video portrait, Pascale Renders, a young Belgian PhD student at the University of Liège and University of Nancy, tells us how her work could have been much more straightforward if the University of the Greater Region (UGR) project had been in place when she began both the administrative process to enrol at the University of Nancy and her search for funding for her doctorate. The difficulties faced by Pascale, as well as the issue of moving between universities, are now however a thing of the past as a result of the UGR project, which has received backing from the EU via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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  • University of the Greater Region

    University of the Greater Region

    01/10/2011The University of the Greater Region (UGR) project brings together seven universities in four different countries. Through the UGR project, students, researchers and professors from these university institutions are able to explore new work and study prospects as well as new research networks, while gaining firsthand experiences of other languages and diverse cultures, thus laying the foundations for a truly European university. The administrative, legal and financial issues raised by the UGR project could lead to the development of solutions that may one day be used by all European universities, thus removing knowledge barriers and at the same time promoting cultural diversity, something highly valued by European citizens.

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  • C-Mine Centre

    C-Mine Centre

    01/05/2010This video presents the RegioStars 2010 winning project in the “Innovative use of brownfield sites in an urban context” category. Built on the heritage of the Genk region’s mining past, the multipurpose C-Mine centre is the result of converting a former industrial site into a hub for entrepreneurs and other visitors. Its two concert rooms, exhibition space and design centre were due to open in September 2010.

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  • RegioStars 2010: the industrial designer

    RegioStars 2010: the industrial designer

    05/01/2010Profile of Michaël Verheyden, a handbag designer in the Genk region. This video was produced as part of the “C-Mine” project, RegioStars 2010 winner in the “Innovative use of brownfield sites in an urban context” category.

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  • Open Days 2009: Kadri Uustal

    Open Days 2009: Kadri Uustal

    05/10/2009Interview with Kadri Uustal, Counsellor with the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. Kadri Uustal evokes the consequences of the crisis on long-term policies such as EU cohesion policy.

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  • Open Days 2009: Interview mit Michael Schneider, Staatssekretär des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt (Deutschland)

    Open Days 2009: Interview mit Michael Schneider, Staatssekretär des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt (Deutschland)

    05/10/2009Open Days 2009: Interview mit Michael Schneider, Staatssekretär des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt (Deutschland)

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  • Open Days 2009: Mario Pezzini

    Open Days 2009: Mario Pezzini

    05/10/2009Interview with Mario Pezzini from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. “Do better with less money” – according to Mario Pezzini, regions are best-placed to respond to this challenge within the current context. As far as climate change is concerned, Mario Pezzini notes that regions are the biggest contributors, but also have the means to provide solutions to the problem.

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  • Open Days 2009: Eberhard Jochem

    Open Days 2009: Eberhard Jochem

    05/10/2009Interview with Eberhard Jochem, Fraunhofer Institute of Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe (Germany), to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Eberhard Jochem addresses the challenges facing cohesion policy against a background of international economic crisis.

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  • Open Days 2009: Jirina Jilkova

    Open Days 2009: Jirina Jilkova

    05/10/2009Interview with Jirina Jilkova, Institute for Economics and Environmental Policy, Prague, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Jirina Jilkova offers her viewpoint on EU cohesion policy. In her opinion, Europe’s cities (which are responsible for around 80% of CO2 emissions) have a key role to play in terms of adapting to the fight against climate change.

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  • Open Days 2009: Danuta Hübner

    Open Days 2009: Danuta Hübner

    05/10/2009Interview with Danuta Hübner, Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Danuta Hübner reiterates the interconnection between the economic crisis and the challenges the world faces in terms of globalisation, climate change, energy and an ageing population, highlighting the importance of providing a simultaneous response to these different challenges. Against this background, she invites the Committee of the Regions to play its part in full.

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  • Open Days 2009 : Andel de la Fuente

    Open Days 2009 : Andel de la Fuente

    05/10/2009Interview with Andel de la Fuente from the Institute for Economic Analysis (CSIC), during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. Andel de la Fuente delivers two key messages: EU cohesion policy must be used for its initial aim of helping the poorest regions in their development; from now on, therefore, there should be less focus on the financial aspects of the policy and more on its actual impact.

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  • Open Days 2009: Mark Drabenstott

    Open Days 2009: Mark Drabenstott

    05/10/2009Interview with Mark Drabenstott from the OECD’s Territorial Development Policy Committee, during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. Mark Drabenstott believes regions can provide a long-term solution to the crisis. In his view, EU cohesion policy should allow regions to do what they do best. In the fight against climate change, a regional approach, he believes, is absolutely essential.

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  • Open Days 2009: Luc Van den Brande

    Open Days 2009: Luc Van den Brande

    05/10/2009Interview with Luc Van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Luc Van den Brande discusses the European Week of Regions and Cities: a key annual event which promotes discussion, debate and the sharing of experiences between various actors in European regional policy. The event’s 7th edition focussed on the topics of innovation and climate change.

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  • Open Days 2009: Benedict Wauters

    Open Days 2009: Benedict Wauters

    05/10/2009Interview with Benedict Wauters from the agency ESF Flanders, during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. Benedict Wauters reiterates the importance of a clearer, overall vision for Europe.

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  • Open Days 2009: Cécilia Malmström

    Open Days 2009: Cécilia Malmström

    05/10/2009Interview with Cecilia Malmström, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Cecilia Malmström issues an appeal for responsible globalisation and for greater cooperation between Europe’s economic actors, including public authorities, SMEs and regional entrepreneurs. She also calls for a dual response (global and local) to the challenge of climate change.

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  • Open Days 2009: Jan Kozlowski

    Open Days 2009: Jan Kozlowski

    05/10/2009Interview with Jan Kozlowski, Marshal, Pomorskie region (Poland), to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Jan Kozlowski discusses the key role played by EU cohesion policy and the Structural Funds in narrowing the gaps between regions in terms of economic development and jobs.

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  • Open Days 2009: Jurgen Kropp

    Open Days 2009: Jurgen Kropp

    05/10/2009Interview with Dr Jurgen Kropp from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. Dr Kropp discusses the implications of cohesion in the fight against climate change. Dr. Kropp spricht über die Bedeutung des Zusammenhalts bezüglich des Kampfes gegen die Erderwärmung.

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  • Open Days 2009: Fabrizio Barca

    Open Days 2009: Fabrizio Barca

    05/10/2009Interview with Fabrizio Barca, Head of the Department for Development Policies at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. Fabrizio Barca talks about EU cohesion policy as a generator of opportunities within the context of globalisation.

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  • Open Days 2009: José Manue Barroso

    Open Days 2009: José Manue Barroso

    05/10/2009Speech and then interview with José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, to mark the launch of the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009.

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  • Open Days 2009: Helma Orosz

    Open Days 2009: Helma Orosz

    05/10/2009Interview with Helma Orosz, Mayor of Dresden, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009.

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  • Open Days 2009: John Tomaney

    Open Days 2009: John Tomaney

    05/10/2009Interview with John Tomaney, Newcastle University, during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. John Tomaney stresses the need for consistency at European level in the face of globalisation beyond the diversity of regions and cities.

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  • Open Days 2009: Pawel Samecki

    Open Days 2009: Pawel Samecki

    05/10/2009Interview with Pawel Samecki, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Pawel Samecki discusses EU cohesion policy and its evolution against a background of economic crisis.

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  • Open Days 2009: Mercedes Bresso

    Open Days 2009: Mercedes Bresso

    05/10/2009Interview with Mercedes Bresso, President of the Piedmont region (Italy), to mark the launch of the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009.

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  • Open Days 2009: Philip McCann

    Open Days 2009: Philip McCann

    05/10/2009Interview with Philip McCann from the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen, during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. Philip McCann explains how the crisis shows the power of international markets. Cohesion policy, he argues, is the EU’s primary tool for managing the current processes of transition.

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  • Open Days 2009: Nikitas Nikitakos

    Open Days 2009: Nikitas Nikitakos

    05/10/2009Interview with Nikitas Nikitakos, University of the Aegean (Greece), to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Nikitas Nikitakos underlines the importance of taking on board the specific needs of island regions in terms of energy and development, and reiterates the unique character of each region as a cultural and natural environment that should be utilised to the full. Nikitas Nikitakos ends by developing the concept of “green islands”.

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  • Open Days 2009: Maud Olofsson

    Open Days 2009: Maud Olofsson

    05/10/2009Interview with Maud Olofsson, Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Deputy Prime Minister, representing the Swedish Presidency, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Maud Olofsson argues the case for establishing a new economic environment in Europe that mobilises all of Europe’s resources and actors. She sees the current economic crisis as an opportunity for change.

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  • Open Days 2009: Astrid Thors

    Open Days 2009: Astrid Thors

    05/10/2009Interview with Astrid Thors, Finnish Minister for European Affairs, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Astrid Thors reiterates that the current economic crisis should not act as a brake on the fight against climate change, job creation or socio-economic development in the regions.

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  • Open Days 2009: Patxi López Álvarez

    Open Days 2009: Patxi López Álvarez

    05/10/2009Interview with Patxi López Álvarez, President of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009.

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  • Open Days 2009: Dirk Ahner

    Open Days 2009: Dirk Ahner

    05/10/2009Interview with Dirk Ahner, Director General for Regional Policy, European Commission, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009. Dirk Ahner discusses the role of EU cohesion policy in the face of local challenges presented by the economic and financial crisis and by climate change.

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  • Open Days 2009: Vicente Alvarez Areces

    Open Days 2009: Vicente Alvarez Areces

    05/10/2009Interview with Vincente Alberto Alvarez Areces, President of the Government of the Principality of Asturias, to mark the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, held in Brussels on 5 to 8 October 2009.

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  • Wiels and Brass project

    Wiels and Brass project

    01/02/2009This video showcases the Wiels-Brass project, an urban regeneration initiative in the Forest district of the Brussels region (Belgium) co-funded by the European fund URBAN II. The project, which involved the successful conversion of a former brewery into a centre for modern art, has changed the face of an entire neighbourhood.

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  • VLOC project

    VLOC project

    01/02/2009This video showcases the VLOC project, which involves a training centre for the aeronautical industry in Ostend, West Flanders (Belgium). Launched in 2007 with ERDF support, the centre enables 200 people a year (students, jobseekers, engineers, pilots) to acquire new skills in all aeronautical professions.

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  • Open Days 2009: Thomas Bender

    Open Days 2009: Thomas Bender

    10/01/2009Interview with Thomas Bender, European Commission Head of Unit in charge of coordinating the European Social Fund (ESF), during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. Thomas Bender talks about the ESF and the role it can play within a regional and local perspective.

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  • Open Days 2009: Kay Twitchen

    Open Days 2009: Kay Twitchen

    10/01/2009Interview with Kay Twitchen, Essex County Councillor (United Kingdom) and member of the Committee of the Regions, during the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) 2009, organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009. Kay Twitchen acknowledges the role which the European Union should play in the face of today’s challenges, but reiterates that the regions and cities are the key actors as they are at the centre of action on the ground.

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  • Cenaero centre

    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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  • 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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