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
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
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.
REGIO STARS 2013 winner – Smart Growth: Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC) - North of Portugal (Norte), Portugal
The Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto, UPTEC, is an outstanding example of how to bring academic knowledge and business closer together, through its strategy of sharing research findings and fostering local entrepreneurship. It is helping to turn the northern region of Portugal into a centre for innovation. Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the project is spreading modern, structural change across the north of Portugal, demonstrating how active universities in previously poorer regions of Europe can lead the move to smart growth.
Vera Santos lives near Porto’s Creative Industries Centre and works as a contemporary dance teacher. More recently she has been developing training tools through the work of dance, in the area of entrepreneurship associated with creativity, thanks to the EU-funded UPTEC project.
23/06/2011In this video portrait, Eugenia Vasconcelos, a native and resident of Funchal, explains how the introduction of a bus route near her home has changed her life. Today, at nearly 80 years of age, she is rediscovering the freedom she had as a teenager: going out, moving around, getting together with other people, and so on. This achievement falls within the framework of an innovative and sustainable mobility policy implemented by the local authorities and given direct support by the EU.
23/06/2011This video presents the different initiatives in Funchal, the capital of Madeira, implemented by the local authorities with support from EU Regional Policy in relation to innovative and sustainable mobility. By encouraging the use of cleaner transport modes and practices, this action is aimed at both the region’s inhabitants and, above all, at tourists, who are key actors in the development of the local economy. The CIVITAS initiative is being co-funded by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of EU Regional Policy aid for transport infrastructures.